"Intersections: The Grand Concourse at 100" Exhibition

poster for "Intersections: The Grand Concourse at 100" Exhibition

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At The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Media: Painting, Drawing, Photography, Architecture

A visionary feat of 19th-century city planning, largely taken for granted by 21st- century New Yorkers, the Grand Concourse flows through the Bronx from Van Cortlandt Park at the top to East 138th Street at the south. Inspired by the Champs-Élysées in Paris and designed by Alsatian-born engineer Louis Risse, the famous thoroughfare was originally conceived in 1890 as a means of connecting residents of Manhattan to the green parks of the north Bronx. After nearly two decades of planning, engineering, and construction, the Grand Concourse officially opened in November 1909.

Now, in 2009, The Bronx Museum of the Arts examines the past, present, and future of the Grand Concourse in Intersections, a year-long, three-part centennial celebration. The three exhibitions comprising Intersections are: Intersections: The Grand Concourse at 100 (March
5 – July 20, 2009); Intersections: The Grand Concourse Commissions (August 2, 2009 –
January 4, 2010); and Intersections: The Grand Concourse Beyond 100 (November 1 –
January 4, 2010).

“We invite New Yorkers to accompany us on a journey that begins with Risse’s 1892 watercolor sketch for a ‘transverse road’ slicing through farmlands, continues in the summer with specially commissioned works by artists, and ends in the fall with the presentation of visionary new designs for the Bronx,” says Holly Block, Executive Director, Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Schedule

From 2009-03-05 To 2010-01-04
Intersections: The Grand Concourse at 100 (March 5 – July 20, 2009); Intersections: The Grand Concourse Commissions (August 2, 2009 – January 4, 2010); and Intersections: The Grand Concourse Beyond 100 (November 1 – January 4, 2010). Daniel Libeskind i

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