Inside the Bronx Museum of the Arts' 'State of Mind' exhibit
After enduring rain these past few weeks, New Yorkers longing for some West Coast-style sun need look no further than the Bronx Museum of the Arts. The museum's new exhibition "State of Mind: California Art circa 1970" features conceptual works from artists influenced by the Golden State.
The exhibit, which opens Sunday, displays 150 works across a variety of media, including pieces by New York-based artists Martha Rosler, David Hammons and William Wegman that were created in California.
"California for certain artists represented the future and freedom," said curator Constance Lewallan. "New York represented history. It was a little scary, a little more intellectual."
In addition to photographs (both as documentation and artworks in themselves), "State of Mind" includes on-site installations and even a live performance.
At 2:30 p.m. this Sunday a reenactment will take place of Darryl Sapien and Michael Hinton's 1973 performance piece "War Games," which involves the artists partaking in a physical battle while a chess game is played simultaneously beside them. These "conflict rituals" demonstrate the differences between modern and prehistoric struggles. Forty years after the original work was performed, Sapien and Hinton will lead a revised version of the program, titled "Sons of War Games," with their sons playing their previous roles as near-animalistic fighters.
"Like any other work of art, it was a reflection of its time," Sapien said. "There was the Israeli war, the Vietnam War. A lot of fighting on the streets."
The exhibit runs through September 8 at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (1040 Grand Concourse, btw. 165th and 166th Streets). Admission is FREE.