Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography, at El Museo del Barrio.
BronxArtHouse (BXAH) reviews Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography, at El Museo del Barrio.
Viewing "Down These Mean Streets" on the Three Kings Day Parade might be best likened to flipping through a family album or a friend's social media feed. Fond neighborhood memories merge with painful realizations about enduring legacies of economic disinvestment and policing. Surrounding visitor conversations on the photography survey oscillated from reminiscing about past fashions to commiserating about waiting for the bus to marveling on imaginative artistic place interventions. Positioned in a community-built institution during a moment of hostile representations towards Latino groups and inner cities, this exhibit exemplifies the powerful capacity for an exhibit to resonate with its audience.
- Amanda Guzman
Photos by Amanda Guzman.
Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography, curated by Evelyn Carmen Ramos, closes tomorrow, January 6 at the Museo del Barrio.
For more information about this exhibit (including its original installation at the Smithsonian), visit: http://www.elmuseo.org/down-these-mean-streets/