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:
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:
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:
After the game is won, both combatants are washed by the chess players: The 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.
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.
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.
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!
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. 🙂
You’re welcome. This was a fun performance!