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Project: The Bronx: History of Now

The Bronx: History of Now involves the construction of 100 site-specific sculptural installations using found objects, fragments of histories and community narratives to tell the story of the present moment in the Bronx. DeVille uses black holes as a metaphor for historical erasure; her black hole installations serve as a temporary testament to the cultural vitality, passion and love Bronxites have for a borough with a long melting pot tradition. The structure and programming of these black holes varies based on the history of the specific location and dialogue with community members. Recorded oral histories will be made into a web-based, downloadable tour for the duration of each piece. The final product will be a historical document in the form of a book and documentary shorts.

Awardee: Abigail DeVille

Visual Arts, 2015

Abigail DeVille received her MFA from Yale University 2011 and her BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2007. DeVille has exhibited at Socrates Sculpture Park, (2016); The Contemporary, Baltimore (2016); Hauser Wirth & Schimmel (2016); Galerie Michel Rein, Paris (2015); 601Artspace (2015), the Old Bronx Courthouse (2015), Monique Meloche Gallery (2015); Radcliffe Institute (2015); Sculpture Center (2014); El Museo del Barrio (2014); CAMH (2014), the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2013), The 55th Venice Biennale (2013), The Studio Museum in Harlem (2012, 14), ICA, Philadelphia (2012), the New Museum (2012) and the Stedelijk Museum (2011). DeVille designed sets for theatrical productions—directed by Peter Sellers and Charlotte Brathwaite at La Mama (2015), Stratford Festival (2014), JACK (2014-16), and Joe’s Pub (2014). DeVille is a 2012 Joan Mitchell Foundation grant recipient. 2014-15 fellow at The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and received a 2015 OBIE Award for design.

 

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