While the "Broken Glass" exhibit is in Manhattan, it is all about the Bronx. It records a painful time in the history of the South Bronx. With so much talk about gentrification and the movement to change the identity of the South Bronx to SoBro or the downtown Bronx, it is important to remember the images and the stories of those who survived the Bronx when others gave up on it. That is the story of the Bronx. It is a story of survival.
I'm planning to check out this upcoming exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. It documents the South Bronx of the early 1980s.
Documenting the South Bronx, 1982-1984
The last time we looked at the South Bronx it was 1979 through 1987, and now photographer Ray Mortenson focuses in on 1982 through 1984 in his new exhibit titled "Broken Glass: Photographs of the South Bronx." Opening November 14th (and running through March 9th) at the Museum of the City of New York, Mortenson's exhibit of 50 black & white prints will take a look at "the abandoned, burnt out, and razed structures of entire city blocks in the South Bronx in the aftermath of the 1970s, during which this neighborhood experienced dramatic decline."
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