The Bronx is what’s up in New York City these days. Most New Yorkers can tell you about Arthur Avenue, the Bronx Zoo, or the Botanical Gardens, but there is another cultural gem which has taken root in the Big Apple, the Bronx Museum of Art (BxMA).
Since 1971, BxMA has been an ever-growing cultural institution in the city’s northernmost borough. The Bronx, home to nearly 1.5 million people, is a place alive with culture, color, and diversity. It only makes sense that the Bronx has given America and the world a number of significant contemporary artist, many of whom have had their work displayed in the BxMA’s galleries through the years. The Museum's permanent collection is home to over 800 paintings, photographs, and sculptures.
BxMA began as a partnership between the Bronx Council on the Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Initially, BxMA hung parts of its collection in the rotunda of the Bronx County Court House, and at various other ancillary venues around the borough. The museum lacked a space of its own from 1971 until 1983, which is when BxMA first occupied its current site at 165th Street and the Grand Concourse.
The BxMA has been expanding. In 1988 a $5.8 million renovation was completed, and in 2006 a $19 million annex was added. Thus the size of the art museum was doubled to 33,000 square feet. The museum is now well poised to continue growing in the decades ahead.
If you are like me and enjoy beautiful art, BxMA is a day trip you should undoubtedly plan. Admission to the museum is free. The museum is in the vicinity of Yankee Stadium and easily accessible by both the 4 and D train subway lines. I hope to see you there.
Click on this moovit link for direction to the Bronx Museum of Art via public transit.