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Mapping Skate Parks

Monday, Sep 12, 2011

In the spring of 2009, graphic artist, Douglas Miles, of Apache Skateboards came for a residency at The Point. His influence was a watershed moment. Prior to his stay there wasn't much interest in the skateboard movement. Now, it is a major part of The Point and Hunts Point culture. Miles gave his young artists a passion for stencil design and skateboarding laced with an understanding of Native American Culture and its complex issues of social injustices and how it related to their own. What was The Point Apache Skate Team morphed into the Eco-Ryders, a student-led movement of skateboard design with ecological concerns. This year, The Point honors this tide of interest with an initiative to design a permanent skate park in Hunts Point that is the cornerstone of our Visual Arts Program.

A wide range of artists and architects contribute to this thinking. From Vito Acconci's proposed skate park in Puerto Rico to a 4-year old artist's, Billy Cuozzi IV, interpretation of the loss of a cousin (and her finding), this exhibition is a freewheeling interpretation of these themes. We have videos from Argentina by Minou Maguna in collaboration with Benton C. Bainbridge, works by BG from Tats Cru (famed South Bronx Writers), studies of a skate park design by The RBA Group based on a Noguchi sculpture, as well as the works of artists and skaters from all over the city and abroad who have responded to our call.

This show is conceived and organized by Carey Clark, Visual Arts Director at The Point
Curated By: Lyla Rose, Visual, Performing & Literary Arts Manager at Casita Maria, Danny R. Peralta, Arts and Education Director at THE POINT, and Joe McCarthy, Arts Director at Casita Maria.

Sponsor: NEA-Artistic Excellence Initiative

Date: May 19 - September 12

Opening Reception Casita Maria Gallery, Wednesday, May 18 6-8 pm, 928 Simpson Street, 6th Floor, Bronx, NY, Closing Reception, Wednesday, June 15, 6-8 pm same location

Opening Reception, The Point Campus for The Arts and Environment, Friday, July 8, 4-7 pm, 1399 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx, NY

For more information: The Point, Carey Clark, 718-822-4853

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