Bronx museum of the arts

The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Established 1971
Location 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York, USA
Director Holly Block

The Bronx Museum of the Arts is a cultural institution located in the New York City borough of The Bronx. The museum focuses on contemporary and 20th century works created by American artists, and it has hosted exhibitions of art and design from Latin America, Africa and Asia. Its permanent collection consists of more than 800 paintings, sculptures, photographs and works on paper.[1]


The museum was founded in 1971 and originally housed in the Bronx County Courthouse. In 1982, it moved into a converted synagogue at 165th Street and the Grand Concourse.[1] In 2006, the museum’s size was doubled to 33,000 square feet (3,100 m2) following a $19 million expansion project designed by Arquitectonica that added a larger entrance, a new gallery and enhanced educational facilities.[2] In 2008, a 3,000-square-foot (280 m2) arts center was added to accommodate educational programs for local schoolchildren and their families.[3]

In 2006, Holly Block became the museum’s director. She was previously the executive director of Art in General, a nonprofit organization in New York City.[2]


In 1987, the museum gained attention for two high-profile exhibitions: a career retrospective of African American artist Romare Bearden[4] and a presentation of the then-evolving school of computer generated art.[5] More recent exhibitions have included the 2006 presentation "Tropicalia: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture"[2] and the 2008 overview of street-level photography by Jamel Shabazz, a Harlem-based artist.[6]


External links

  • The Bronx Museum of the Arts

Coordinates: 40°49′51.6″N 73°55′11.5″W / 40.831000°N 73.919861°W / 40.831000; -73.919861

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