• Hyperallergic 120 Prominent Artists and Scholars

    |https://hyperallergic.com/414315/over-120-prominent-artists-and-scholars-call-on-nyc-to-take-down-racist-monuments/|Over 120 Prominent Artists and Scholars

    Today, more than 120 prominent scholars and artists have signed and sent a letter to the Commission — and shared it exclusively with Hyperallergic — calling for the removal of three monuments and two historic markers. The signatories include such well-known art historians as Ariella Azoulay, Claire Bishop, Lucy Lippard, Fred Moten, Deborah Willis, Gregory Sholette, and Hal Foster, and artists, including Alicia Grullon, Jackson Polys, and Martha Rosler.

  • Activism in support of Chinatown Art Brigade


    Alicia Grullon, who was a speaker representing Mothers on the Move (MOM) at Sunday’s protest, was disappointed by the artist’s response.

    “Since Fast completely missed the point of Sunday’s protest, here’s perhaps a critique he might understand,” she wrote to Hyperallergic in a long email reflecting on Fast’s video piece also on display at the James Cohan Gallery. The video is inspired by the life of August Sander, the German photographer. She believes Sander’s work may touch on a few things that Fast may be missing.

    “As noted on the Tate Museum’s website, ‘Five Things to Know About August Sander‘: ‘Sander once said ‘The portrait is your mirror. It’s you.’ He believed that, through photography, he could reveal the characteristic traits of people. He used these images to tell each person’s story; their profession, politics, social situation and background.’

    “Beyond superficial observation, the depth of Sanders’s relationship is in the exchange occurring in the lens — the comfort in the space allowing what needs to be said about a very specific place and time. This level of connection is one for which many documentary photographers aim. If Omer Fast (and on that note the curatorial team at James Cohan as well) had dedicated research, thought, and care in understanding Sanders’s portraits as testaments of successful relationships between artist and subject, Fast’s rather empty installation of a Chinatown shop before gentrification, as noted in his artist statement, could have been avoided. Yet perhaps the installation is a portrait of Fast — shallow and blinded by the colonized gaze.”

  • New Gallery on the Block


    Alicia Grullón is sitting at what looks like a kitchen table, telling stories from her past—sometimes in English, sometimes in Spanish. There’s one story in which she reads a love letter written to her grandmother almost 100 years ago. And then, in another story, Grullón says that she can’t read. There’s a part where she sings a jazz standard, “All of Me”: “Your goodbye / Left me with eyes that cry / How can I / Get along without you?” Her singing reminds me of when Rodolpho sings “Paper Doll” in the first act of A View From the Bridge, all tender and earnest.

    Grullón finishes and pauses for a moment. “That was my song.”

    Grullón is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Bronx. This video project, called Storytelling, is playing on a small screen in Columbia’s Wallach Art Gallery, which is open to the public. She is the Wallach Network Fellow there, a role created to help build the gallery’s relationship with the local community, and Grullón made this video as part of her work as a fellow.

  • Activism in support of Chinatown Art Brigade


    Alicia Grullón of MOM made the most impassioned speech as she held up her copy of Edward Said’s well-known post-colonial theoretical text, Orientalism, and said, “I brought this because it appears that the [James] Cohan Gallery and Omer Fast missed that class.”

    She continued, speaking in a manner that sounded like the declaration of a manifesto:

    You will not use art to erase us. You will not use art to displace us. You will not use art to profit off our backs. You will not use art to shape us in what you want us to appear. 'Find another connection to the rest of the world. Find something else to make you legitimate. Find another way to be political and hip. We will not be the bridge to your riches and success. We will not be the bridge to your humanness. Forget it. Stretch or drown, evolve or go extinct'.

  • People's Cultural Plan Responds to Create NYC

    Continued work with colleagues on the People's Cultural Plan.


    New Yorkers face a massive crisis in housing and affordability and huge inequities in funding for arts and culture. Public land is being sold off to developers; homelessness is reaching heights not seen in the city since the Great Depression; and most of the arts community hangs on by a thread. We need a cultural plan matching the scale of the crisis, proposing bold, courageous action — but Mayor de Blasio’s “CreateNYC” Cultural Plan disappoints, with its cosmetic and feel-good narrative. Where’s the activist mayor who pledged to fight Albany so that New York City could collect higher income taxes? Where are the City Council members who faced arrest protesting the 2015 expiration of the rent laws?

    We’re pleased that CreateNYC highlights the need for greater equity, seeking to make our cultural institutions more inclusive. This mandate reflects a commitment to the work begun in 2015 with the Department of Cultural Affairs’ (DCLA) first ever diversity survey — whose results informed some of our work on the People’s Cultural Plan (PCP). We’ll continue to encourage such efforts and take action to fix this malignant problem. It’s imperative that New York take the lead, because New York is a city of color.

    Nonetheless, CreateNYC is missing fundamental components, which fall broadly into two categories: the lack of concrete funding commitments, and the absence of adequate anti-displacement policies. We will address funding first, because CreateNYC was undertaken by the DCLA, whose primary mission is to fund cultural organizations.

  • In Harlem a new Triennial parses the historical


    Alicia Grullón‘s “Storytelling” (2017), a video piece that comes out of the time the artist spent with the residents of Jackie Robinson Senior Center at the Grant Houses on Broadway and 125th Street. The video consists of her foregrounded re-enactments of selected moments within the lives of the people she spoke to, while in the background, a mix of images constantly shift to give historical context to the story she is telling. There is something in Grullón’s concern for these otherwise invisible lives that is genuine and touching.

  • Mention in the Village Voice


    Among other works, Alicia Grullón’s new video performance stands out. The artist spent time at the senior center in the nearby Grant Houses public housing complex; she enacts stories the residents told her, mixing video of life at the center with archival images relevant to their tales

  • New York Times Review of "Uptown"

    New York Times Review of "Uptown"

    Columbia’s New Harlem Museum Opens, With Art From Its Neighbors by Jason Farago June 1, 2017

    And Alicia Grullón — from the Bronx, technically, though a fellow of the Wallach — embedded herself in the senior citizens’ center of the Grant Houses, a public-housing project not far from this gallery, to listen to the life stories of its longtime residents. Her video “Storytelling” sees Ms. Grullón winningly narrate their histories and dreams, in both English and Spanish, against a digital backdrop of Hollywood clips, Billie Holiday concerts and documentary video of the old-age home.


  • Brooklyn Museum for Target First Saturday Community Resource Fair presenting PERCENT FOR GREEN

    Brooklyn Museum for Target First Saturday Community Resource Fair presenting PERCENT FOR GREEN

    June 3rd from 7-8:30 I will be at the Brooklyn Museum for Target First Saturday Community Resource Fair presenting PERCENT FOR GREEN- my on going project focused on passing green legislation in NYC addressing climate change. I will be with climate Scientist Dr. Debra Tillinger and some mermaid surprises.


    #climatechange #percentforgreen #mermaid #parisaccord #environmentaljustice #targetfirstsaturdaysbkm #wewatedarevolution #PRIDE

  • New Piece for "Uptown" triennial opening June 1st 6-8 pm Wallach Art Gallery

    New Piece for "Uptown" triennial opening June 1st 6-8 pm Wallach Art Gallery
  • Columbia University Starts ‘Uptown’ Triennial for Artists Living and Working in Upper Manhattan

    Columbia University Starts ‘Uptown’ Triennial for Artists Living and Working in Upper Manhattan
    #aliciagrullon #uptown #nyc #art #harlem #storytelling #place #video #performance

  • Please join us for the 21st annual building-wide Open Studios!

    Please join us for the 21st annual building-wide Open Studios!


    Join me, at AAI open studios where I will be a guest! this weekend May 19-20th.

    #aliciagrullon #guest #artistsallianceinc #openstudios #weekend #nyc #art #fun

  • Artists and Activists Propose a “People’s Cultural Plan” for New York City

    Artists and Activists Propose a “People’s Cultural Plan” for New York City

    Artists and Activists Propose a “People’s Cultural Plan” for New York City
    #culturalplan #peoplesculturalplan #artists #activists #equity #justice #nyc

  • Artists Propose Alternate Cultural Funding Plan for NYC

    Artists Propose Alternate Cultural Funding Plan for NYC
  • Occupy Museums Staged an Unofficial “Graduation” at the Whitney

    Occupy Museums Staged an Unofficial “Graduation” at the Whitney


    #aliciagrullon #occupymuseums #whitneybiennial #debtfair

  • Confronting Power and Privilege: Community Art & Activism in NYC

    Confronting Power and Privilege: Community Art & Activism in NYC
  • A History of Performance Art as Protest at the 8th Floor On April 26, Martha Wilson will bring together a slew of artist-activists for a teach-in

    A History of Performance Art as Protest at the 8th Floor On April 26, Martha Wilson will bring together a slew of artist-activists for a teach-in
  • A New Cultural Plan for NYC Runs into Objections from Artists

  • Care as Culture: Scientists, Activists, and Artists at Queens Museum

    Care as Culture: Scientists, Activists, and Artists at Queens Museum



    #aliciagrullon #MierleLadermanUkeles #queensmuseum #MaintenanceArt #climatechange #activists #artists #political #art #nyc

  • Enacting Stillness at the 8th Floor

    Enacting Stillness at the 8th Floor


    On yet another (“An Auto-Ethnographic Study: The Bronx,” 2008), Alicia Grullón engages Bronx pedestrians in discussions about gentrification while wearing a newspaper papier-maché mask unnervingly redolent of Hannibal Lecter. Each of these performance gestures constitutes a tiny act of bodily resistance whose efficacy depends precisely on its smallness.

  • Bronx panel- Artists Space November 5th, 2016

    Bronx panel- Artists Space November 5th, 2016
  • The 8th Floor Panel "Fair Care"


    #RubinFoundation #ArtandSocialJusitice #The8thFloor

  • "Filibuster #2", 2016 at SMACK MELLON


    Friday, June 17, 11:30am-8pm: Filibuster #2
    In Of the People curated by Erin Donnelly

    For this live re-enactment of Senator Bernie Sanders' Bush Tax Cuts filibuster, the interdisciplinary artist will follow strict filibustering rules: continual speaking, no bathroom break, no sitting or leaning and no eating or drinking until the 8.5-hour performance is complete.

    Eliciting public reactions from the finger to the fist pump during its cross-country tour this year, the T.RUMP Bus by t.Rutt (Mary Mihelic & David Gleeson) will make a stop in Brooklyn, while in the gallery, Alicia Grullon’s endurance performance of Filibuster #2 strives to withstand the force of income inequality. The closing reception includes Martha Wilson as Donald Trump – Politics and Performance Art Are One and the Same and a panel discussion with select exhibition artists.

  • "The Political Art of Alicia Grullon" Hyperallergic

    "The Political Art of Alicia Grullon" Hyperallergic
  • "Stepping into History" Creative Time Reports

    "Stepping into History" Creative Time Reports
  • Blouin Artinfo Blogs "An Endurance Performance"

    Blouin Artinfo Blogs

    Photo by: Angelys Ocana

  • Editors' Pick: 10 Art Events to see

    Editors' Pick: 10 Art Events to see


    "3. Alicia Grullón, Filibuster performance at BRIC House
    Alicia Grullón is taking on the Texas senate in her upcoming Filibuster performance at BRIC House, where the artist will re-enact all eleven hours of senator Wendy Davis' 2013 filibuster against a sweeping anti-abortion bill that would have shut down 37 out of 42 abortion clinics in the state. Despite Davis' efforts, Texas House Bill 2 passed that same year, restricting access to reproductive health centers, and creating nightmare scenarios for women.

    Grullón's previous performances include No Cookies (2010), where she recreated protesting workers' signs at the Stella D'oro cookie factory in the Bronx, and Illegal Death (2007), where the artist "re-enacted" the death of a young undocumented Honduran worker who froze near Huntington Station that same year."

    The performance can be streamed online.
    Image by: Jason Wyche

    Location: 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
    Price: Free
    Time: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

  • BRIC blog on filibuster

    BRIC blog on filibuster


    It began with a pair of pink Mizuno Women’s Wave Rider 16 Running Shoes. On June 25, 2013, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis stood for 11 hours in these pink sneakers, filibustering against a restrictive abortion bill and creating history. Bronx artist Alicia Grullón will recreate this piece of history in its entirety (in an identical pair of pink Mizuno shoes) from 10am until 9pm Wednesday, April 13 at BRIC House.

    By inserting herself, a woman of color, into the Senator’s role, Grullón’s reenactment becomes the retelling of a historic moment from a new point of view. Charged with fresh cultural, social, and political significance—it also questions, as Grullón said, “how stories change when you change the face of an actor.”

    The sneakers Wendy Davis wore - Grullon will wear the same ones.
    The sneakers Wendy Davis wore – Grullon will wear the same ones.
    Grullón’s piece, Filibuster, reflects on the platforms provided to the empowered, a key women’s rights issue, and the filibuster as a specific form of speech. Grullón channels her interdisciplinary approach, using performance, video, and photography, into criticism on the politics of presence. She argues for the inclusion of disenfranchised communities in political and social spheres by way of social interventions and performative reenactments that assert the lived experiences of people left out of, or in this case, central to history.

    “I started doing reenactments in 2007 with Illegal Death, where I reenacted the death of an undocumented worker who was found frozen to death in a forest on Long Island,” Grullón said. “He had been living out there near an LIRR station and was found several days later.”

    Grullón stood for four hours in the snow in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx during her performance. Thereafter, she planned a series of reenactments of true events including Senator Bernie Sanders’ 8.5-hour talk to filibuster the extension of the Bush tax cuts, a Korean farmer’s protest at the WTO Cancun conference, and an aspect of Amadou Diallo’s murder.

    “Senator Davis’ filibuster fell along the lines of these other events where moments of protest or tragedy highlight the impact of imbalanced history and policies on the social sphere and on the body of other[s],” Grullón said. “Her filibuster on women’s healthcare highlighted and reignited the necessity for an equitable feminist history and a call for younger women of color to take the lead since many of the women affected by the closing of clinics are poor and/or of color.”

    For Grullón, the alternative narratives that emerge from these socially engaged practices consider race, class, gender, activism, and the inner-workings of all four as they shape the contemporary social condition.

    This event takes place as part of the Whisper or Shout: Artists in the Social Sphere exhibition, a show interested in the communication methods of artists involved in critical social and political issues.

  • Art News 9 Events to Attend

    Art News 9 Art Events to Attend

    Performance: Filibuster at BRIC House
    Alicia Grullón will perform Filibuster, a work that reenacts Texas State Senator Wendy Davis’s iconic 2013 filibuster to block an abortion bill in its entirety. During this 11-hour period, Davis wasn’t permitted to sit down, drink water, go to the bathroom, or deviate from the topic at hand. A press release states, “By mirroring Davis’ feat, Grullón not only performs a significant moment in the history of women’s rights, but, as a Latina, also brings forward broader issues, such as poor women’s access to health care, cultural norms related to abortion, and cultural stereotypes.” Filibuster is part of a larger group show ongoing at BRIC House titled “Whisper or Shout: Artists in the Social Sphere,” which examines social justice issues through different forms of communication.
    BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street, 10 a.m.—9 p.m.

  • The Brooklyn Paper- Filibuster

    The Brooklyn Paper- Filibuster
  • on a Panel at SVA

    on a Panel at SVA
  • Some links of reviews for "Crushing Debt"

  • RECALL Interview with Performance is Alive

    A link to a nice interview with Quinn Dukes of Performance is Alive for RECALL, Art in Odd Places 10 year impact on 14th street.


  • Creative Time Summit 2015

  • a workshop for Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts October 2015

  • Ecologic on WBAI!

    A fun night and great conversation with activists from around NYC on ecologic from Pacifica Radio o WBAI 99.5FM. A great host Ken Gale and David Occhiuto.


  • Queens Museum Presentation for USSEA on July 18, 2015

    I will be presenting and talking about PERCENT FOR GREEN for the United States Society for Education in the Arts Regional Conference. It opens on July 17 through July 19th. My session is on Saturday.


  • The results from an exciting panel I was on, "Shifting Sands: New Dynamics in the Bronx Art Scene". Bueys must have been on the rafters



    Join us for a variety of events, including a guided tour of both Museum of the City of New York and El Museo del Barrio, brief artist talks in the galleries featuring artists Miguel Luciano and Shellyne Rodriguez from our exhibition PRESENTE! The Young Lords in New York. In our courtyard, Alicia Grullón presents her interactive performance Pick It!, in which she invites audience members to create signs protesting an issue of their choice. Also outside, enjoy sidewalk shenanigans by FEEGZ and crew. El Café features the musical stylings of DJ Turmix, a specialist in Boogaloo which was a favorite of the Young Lords and their generation; and video projections by Louis Cameron

  • Creative Time Salon- Panel

    I was on a great panel discussing Marc Bathmuti Joseph's "Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos" earlier this month. Here's some info:

    FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 4PM – 6PM

    In collaboration with Creative Time and La Casa Azul Bookstore, El Museo del Barrio presents a roundtable discussion on themes in Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s new artwork, Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos. The piece will unfurl under a parachute on the Great Hill of Central Park on Fridays and Saturdays from May 15 to June 20 as part of Drifting in Daylight: Art in Central Park, a free public art exhibition co-presented by Creative Time and the Central Park Conservancy.

    El Museo invites the public to discuss ideas related to black joy, #blacklivesmatter, and other related themes in its cafe space. Performance artist Alicia Grullon, multidisciplinary artist Shani Peters and spoken word poet LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs will join Professor Tanya Katerí Hernández, author of Racial Subordination in Latin America: The Role of the State, Customary Law, and the New Civil Rights Response in discussing these topics. Everyone is invited to participate.

    Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos is a cycle of musical, dance and spoken word poetry performances that evoke “black joy” at the permeable boundary of northern Central Park. Invoking the history of Central Park, the legacy of hip-hop, the Great Migration, New Orleans ‘second line’ parades and contemporary racial politics, Marc Bamuthi Joseph has composed a vibrant and participatory performance that moves through the Park’s paths, congregating regularly under a parachute-turned-revival-tent for moments of intimate performance and celebration from 12:00-6:00pm every Friday and Saturday. The Harlem community is invited to salons and picnics around the artwork on the Great Hill lawn.


  • Some nice PR on the Department of Cultural Affairs site!


    It's a survey of my projects to date. So excited to be working with Christine Licata curator and the incredible community of Casita Maria staff and youth.


  • Documentation from PERCENT FOR GREEN up at the Manny Cantor Center for Arts in the LES

    Part of the exhibition "All Together DIfferent: A survey of artists working in the lower east side" presented via Culture Push from whom I received an honorary fellowship and incredible support for my work on PERCENT FOR GREEN. Up until April 1.


  • Friday March 6 Bronx Speaks: Making Place

    I will be performing and exhibition my video piece, "Morir Sonando" at the Bronx Museum of the Arts presented by the Bronx Arts Alliance in concert with New York Armory Arts Week. Opening reception from 6-10 pm.

    1040 Gand Concourse, LowerLevel Gallery
    #D to 165th Grand Concourse #4 to 161st

  • Work included in Luciano Benetton's Imago Mundi Project

    Caribbean: Together Apart Contemporary Artists from (part of) the Caribbean
    published by Fabrica 2014


  • Bronx 200!

    A great directory featuring Bronx artists. Have a look!


  • Interview with artist Nicolas Dumit Estevez

    Read my interview with Nicolas Dumit Estevez. Please scroll down to the link below the images. THe interview will either open in your browser or download.


  • Thoughts on the Gramsci Monument

    Read an on-going dialogue moderated by A Blade of Grass on the Gramsci Monument by Thomas Hirschhorn. Read my comment in relations to some wonderful contributions by curators, critics, and educators.


  • |http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marcia-g-yerman/marisol-sculptures-and-wo_b_6410580.html|

    Huffington Post reporter Marcia Yerman quoted me in regards to the Marisol exhibition at El Museo del Barrio and the exhibition's influence on my work during my residency.

  • Artist in residency at El Museo del Barrio. Now! through December

    New Work at #El Museo del Barrio. It's been an exciting time to create art and in light of recent events an important one to use art. See the work I have created Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11-6 at 104th and 5th Avenue. Thanks!


  • Artist Talk El Museo del Barrio. "Day In, Day Out: Art as Social Engagement"

    This was an exciting opportunity to be on stage with some of my favorite artists. Moderated by Nicolas Dumit Estevez I shared the stage with the Guerrilla Girls, Juan Sanchez and Mary Ting. What a humbling experience to be with them.



  • Interviews of artists

    I love to do interviews especially about art, culture, current events, and the city. Read the following interviews I did for the Bronx Documentary Project.

    Lizzy Alejandro:

    Barbara Korman:

    Sean Paul Gallegos:

    Bill Gibbons

  • CPI with First Street Green

    CPI in collaboration with First Street Green, is producing a series of public roundtable discussions, architectural installations, and activities in July and August 2014. I am co-facilitating a roundtable discussion with Ed Woodman, Balancing Connections: What to Expect When Trying to Save the World Through Social Practice Art on August 10th, 2014.


  • Boogie On the Boulevard

    From 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday August 3, I will have a PERCENT FOR GREEN booth as part of Boogie On the Boulevard! Come talk about problems in your area! Learn about the Percent for Green Bill!
    The center lanes will be closed to vehicular traffic from 165th - 167th Streets (it’s actually four city blocks).

  • Radical Women Building Resilient Communities Summit

    Panelist, August 3, 2014, 1:00 to 3:30 at the Point CDC, 940 Garrison Avenue Bronx , NY Brought to you by Tanya Fields and The Blk Projeck

  • *Press for PERCENT FOR GREEN*

    A great review of PERCENT FOR GREEN by the very gracious people at Art in Odd Places.


  • *April 10 London Association of Art Historians*

    I will be speaking in London in April on my project PERCENT FOR GREEN for an academic session, "But How Does it Work?"


    Association of Art Historians 2014
    40th Anniversary Conference & Bookfair
    Royal College of Art, London
    10 - 12 April 2014

  • *Book Launch AIOP: Ritual*

    Art in Odd Places RITUAL - Catalogue Launch
    Tuesday, December 17, 5:30-7:30pm
    Panel Discussion at 6:15pm
    AiOP RITUAL co-curator Kalia Brooks, Rob Andrews,
    Lawrence Graham-Brown.
    Moderated by catalogue editor, Juliana Driever

    Residency Unlimited
    360 Court Street, Brooklyn
    Subway F/G to Carroll Street
    near the President Street exit
    Enter through the green doors

    RSVP by December 16 at noon to artinoddplaces@gmail.com

  • *Whitney Kimball review Bronx Calling AIM Biennial 2013*

    excerpt from artfcity.com/2013/08/08/at-the-bronx-mu?

    "In the social department, though, nobody rivals Alicia Grullon, who begs the camera for spare change in her video Five Speeches. Regular MTA riders know them all: defensive, apologetic, hopeless, uplifting, and entertaining. “I live in a homeless shelter and need some food for me and my kid,” she explains in the first speech. “No, I don’t qualify for social services, I don’t have an address.” In another, she tries hopelessness, reading off a piece of scrap paper: “I was just released from prison ten months ago, and my mother has recently died.” By the end, she’s strumming a guitar and singing an off-tune Amazing Grace. “Nothing’s keeping me warm,” she says, “Except for that smile.” She smiles. It had the power of Adrian Piper flatly telling us “I’m black” in her video Cornered: she scrutinizes a situation with such cold directness that neither viewer nor artist has anywhere left to hide. In this version, art’s not a job, but something closer to life."

  • Bronx River Art Center

    Shifting Communities Roundtable Series at the Andrew Freedman Home

    Thursday, May 31 from 3-5pm
    Alicia Grullon "Becoming Green in the Bronx"

    Artist and activist Alicia Grullon presents Becoming Green in the Bronx, a social practice project examining green initiatives that are reshaping urban environments and appling those values in areas where sustainable living practices are needed. For this roundtable discussion, attendees will be invited to participate in discussions to find practical solutions for issues on specific environmental challenges people experience in their everyday lives. What we learn from this process will form the basis of creating new community-inspired measures for how arts and culture engage with ideas of balancing ecological, social and economic success in stratified urban environments exemplified throughout the bouroughs of New York City.

    As part of No Longer Empty's This Side of Paradise exhibition at the Andrew Freedman Home, the Bronx River Art Center will present a continuation of the Shifting Communities Roundtable Series. The Andrew Freedman Home, located at 1125 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, was once built to be a haven, a paradise, for the rich elderly who had lost their fortunes. Referencing this quixotic history, This Side of Paradise references the past and reconnects the vision of Andrew Freedman with the Bronx of today.


  • *Bronx artist recreates freezing death of immigrant in Brook Park art piece*

  • On "Illegal Death" at the Bronx Museum

  • Pedestrian by Hrag Vartanian Art in Odd Places October 2008


    "The most successful of the works featured in Pedestrian was Alicia Grullón’s “Revealing New York City: The Disappearance of Others.” Quietly parked beside a blank brick wall between First Avenue and Avenue A, Grullón sat in front of a small white table holding a small basin in which newspaper clippings about the housing changes in the city floated in papier-mâché paste. In front of the basin there was a small sign that read “Gentrification-Free Zone.” A collapsible shopping cart and another small white table, held bags of staples like rice, beans, and wheat tagged with exorbitant prices ($3000, $1000, $5000). From a distance, Grullón looked like any other Latin American merchant selling street food. Only her textured blue and gray papier-mâché mask, covered with cut-up headlines, and her Beefeater-like motionlessness triggered my “art” barometer. While I admit I’m growing increasingly weary of the gentrification binary that artists habitually draw attention to, Grullón’s silent protest drove home its pain, anguish, and poverty in a way that none of the other works approached. It exuded a sense of dignity that didn’t preach loudly (okay, not too loudly), and if the text tended to dumb-down the piece, her performance elevated it."