Public Art in the Bronx, a project of Lehman College Art Gallery / City University of New York, examines the rich collection of public art found in our borough. This site provides an overview of works in public places from the earliest created in the 19th century, those produced under the WPA, as well as the more recent projects being produced under such agencies as Percent for Art, Arts for Transit, the Health and Hospital Corporation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the New York State Dormitory Authority, and the Public Art Fund.
This collection includes work by major artists, among them are Vito Acconci, Alice Adams, John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres, Charles Alston, Romare Bearden, Jackie Ferrara, Rafael Ferrer, Helen Frankenthaler, Daniel Chester French, Malvina Hoffman, Komar and Melamid, Paul Manship, Tom Otterness, Howardena Pindell, Ben Shahn and Bernarda Bryson Shahn, Faith Ringgold, and Tim Rollins + KOS.
How to use this guide:
This website includes entries for over one hundred major public art projects in the Bronx. These can be searched in the indexes by Artists as well as by Sites. Information about the artists can be found in Biographies. The gallery gathered the listings of many agencies and has posted every project we found in the Bronx Public Art Inventory section of this guide. In addition, there are links to art related agencies and organizations listed in the Resources section of the site.
Ideas for Teachers are intended to assist elementary educators in connecting site visits to meaningful in-class projects that link to the curriculum. Each lesson plan follows the National Standards for Visual Arts Education and the New York City Strands of Art Education.
The Neighborhoods section features historical backgrounds on thirty-six Bronx neighborhoods and is illustrated with archival photographs from the collection of the Bronx Institute. In addition Walking Tours and Maps to public art projects have been developed, divided by neighborhoods.