Grand Stand

July 31, 2009

The Bronx Museum of the Arts is currently undertaking a year-long examination of one of the borough’s main geographical features, the Grand Concourse. For a series of exhibitions under the banner “Intersections: The Grand Concourse at 100,” the museum is presenting historical artifacts alongside new commissions, and has brought in SVA alumnus Jeff Liao (MFA 2005 Photography, Video and Related Media) to document the current vistas of the thoroughfare through his lens.

The artist created these new images using techniques similar to those from In the Shadow of the No. 7 Line, his award-winning series from 2005. “Intersections: The Grand Concourse Commissions” features a dozen of Liao’s large-format color photographs, including a pair of 128-foot-wide, detailed panoramas showing every building along the Concourse. Speaking to about the photos, Liao said: “I wanted to show the lushness and the vibrancy of the borough. A lot of the photography of the Bronx is negative. So I was surprised when I began this project at how alive the streets are with activity.”

“The Grand Concourse Commissions” will be on view beginning Sunday, August 2, at the Bronx Museum, 1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street, and will run through January 4, 2010.

Images: Jeff Liao, (top) Yankee Stadiums, 2008; (bottom) Bird’s-eye View from Tracy Tower, 2009.

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