Bronx Museum: Open House Event, 23 June 2013, Bronx, NYC

The Bronx Museum held an Open House today featuring two new exhibits: State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970 and Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial.

The museum is free and located at 1040 Grandconcourse, Bronx – off the D/B trains 167 St. stop or the 4 train to 161 St/Yankee Stadium station.

This afternoon’s Open House included a performance art piece, Sons of War Games, a re-enactment of the 1973 performance piece War Games between Darryl Sapien, Michael A. Hinton:

Sons of War Games

40 years later, Sapien and Hinton’s sons have re-created this mock fight.  The fight is interpreted as two men on elevated platforms play chess by announcing their moves out loud:

Sons of War Games

The young fighters covered in body paint, which eventually sweat off, represent the moves via a wrestling match, a stick fight, or a shoving match.  As this fight is going on, a young boy in the background moves the chess pieces on a chess board that is propped up on a wall:

Sons of War Games

After the game is won, both combatants are washed by the chess players:    Sons of War Games Sons of War Games Sons of War GamesThe game is quite mesmerizing, and definitely not the typical chess match you’d imagine.


The exhibitions at the Bronx Museum also showcase art installations, including this deceptively, simple-looking wood structure.

State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970

Upon entering the wooden box though, your senses are immediately disoriented, due to the overwhelming bright, yellow light in the box.  Warning:  If you are sensitive to extreme, bright light, you should NOT go into the box.  After a few seconds, you will probably get a headache and some minor eye strain.State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970


But not all of the their installations were hazardous to your health.  The tubes in this piece light up as you walk close to the tubes.

State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970


There was plenty of art to see and enjoy as well.




The two exhibits State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970 and Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial are currently running at the Bronx Museum from June 20th to September 8th.  Definitely do go check it out!


After the exhibit, you can get a diploma for an MFA degree, Master of Finds Art!  YAAY me!





  1. Thanks for your post! Michael A. Hinton is my dad, and these are the first photos of the Bronx performance of the chess match that I’ve been able to see. 🙂

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