THE newest art gallery coming to Hunts Point will be – in a local laundromat.
The community arts group, The Laundromat Project, is bringing its creative take on art shows to Hunts Point with its 2013 Create Change Public Artist Residency program.
The six-month program, which kicks off next week, asks artists to work with local communities to create site-specific art projects at area laundromats.
Organizers chose Bronx artist Art Jones, known for his innovative film and audio installations, to create a multimedia exhibit in Hunts Point. Two similar projects are planned for Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant.
In the Bronx, “Portrait of the Community as a Block,” will explore the pulse of the Hunts Point community by focusing on the stores where people work and shop, like bodegas, hair salons, dollar stores, take-out restaurants and laundromats.
Over the next few months, Jones plans to partner with local residents through a series of workshops to record stories, anecdotes, jokes, urban legends, and histories about their experiences buying and selling in the neighborhood.
The plan is to create a photographic, audio and video exhibit at a local laundromat in the Autumn.
Jones hopes it’s a project that the community will continue long after exhibit has run its course.
BRONXARTSPACE will host a special exhibit titled “Young Experimental Photographers” starting May 1.
The show features the compelling imagery of artists Lizzy Alejandro, Maria Estevez, Christina Fermin, Melvin Guzman, Louis Riso, Amanda Savinon and Orlando Urena.
An artist reception is set for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at the gallery, 305 E. 140th St. The exhibit will run through May 25. To learn more, visit bronxartspace.com