Laura James, BX200
Bronx-based artists Chelsea Hyrnick Browne, Antoinette Legnini, and Diana Schmertz reveal site-specific installations in the windows of Fordham Plaza through a collaboration between the New York City Department of Transportation and nonprofit Chashama. The exhibit, titled COME TOGETHER, was curated by Laura James and will be on view at the plaza outside the Metro North Fordham Station at 1 Fordham Plaza from March 3rd, 2020 through April 30th, 2020.
Artist Chelsea Hyrnick Browne’s installation Array of Reflection layers together intricately hand-cut paper, paint and embellishments to form larger abstract paintings. Chelsea’s work is part of the permanent collections at numerous hospitals and centers for healing across the United States. Her work was featured in the Art Space of the famed Flatiron Building on 23rd Street in Manhattan.
Antoinette Legnini is an Italian-American artist born and raised in the Bronx. Her installation Bronx Faces is a collaborative community art project pairing the stories and experiences of Bronx natives with a mixed media portrait made from paint and recycled materials. Antoinette is a graduate of Fordham University and was recently the Artist-In-Residence at the BX Arts Factory.
Mixed media artist Diana Schmertz presents her installation Declarations on Human Rights, which emphasizes the importance of positive social agreements as an alternative to the current political and social hostilities that surround us. Her ink paintings depict diverse races of people pulling each other up. Each grouping is laser cut with text from international covenants for Human Rights actualized by the United Nations.
About the Artists
Chelsea Hrynick Browne was born in Athens, Georgia in 1989. After graduating college in Madison, WI, where she studied math and fine art, Browne moved to NYC to pursue her art career and has since created artwork for Brookfield, The Flatiron Building and Cibar Lounge in addition to several hospitals across the country. She practices yoga daily and is close with her family.
Annie Legnini is an Italian-American artist born and raised in the Bronx. She graduated from Fordham University in 2016 with a B.A. in Visual Arts and Women’s Studies. Legnini’s main body of work is comprised of mixed media collage portraits. Today, Legnini is a Teaching Artist with Spark: an art, yoga, and meditation program for kids in New York City. Legnini lives and works in the Bronx.
Diana Schmertz completed her BFA from Purchase College at the age of 19 and moved to Amsterdam, Holland to start her art career as a recipient of De Ateliers 63’ grant and residency program. In addition to showing her work at traditional galleries and museum spaces, Schmertz has made public art supported by grants. Most recently she had a solo exhibit at the University of Maine Museum of Art and a public art work presented at NOW Project Space in Jersey City.
BX200 is a dynamic, online platform that showcases a curated selection of artwork by two hundred artists identified with The Bronx. The directory connects the borough’s artists and art organizations to curators, collectors, art enthusiasts, businesses and other artists worldwide.
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COME TOGETHER is made possible by the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT)