NYC Parks, in collaboration with Partnerships for Parks and The Ravens: Friends of Poe Park, is pleased to present a group exhibition of contemporary photographs celebrating the High Bridge, New York City’s oldest bridge which reopened to the public on June 9th for the first time in 40 years. The exhibition High Bridge: Rebirth of the Harlem River will run from July 1 through July 25, 2015 at the Poe Park Visitor Center gallery and is a part of the NYC Parks’ summer long Season of the High Bridge.
New York City photographers Duane Bailey-Castro, Nathan Kensinger, and Wes Tarca will be featured in the show, which is the city’s first exhibition of contemporary photographs focusing solely on the High Bridge and the Harlem River. These three artists have spent the past several years documenting the High Bridge, its neighboring spans, and their
relationship to the natural and built environment of the Harlem River Valley.
Fascinated by the rich but largely forgotten history of the Harlem River and its bridges, these photographers aim to bring public attention to and foster discussion about the future of this marginalized waterway.
“It’s a pleasure to exhibit the fine works of these talented photographers, who have magnificently captured the High Bridge in their photos,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “This exhibit is an important part of Parks’ continued efforts to bring New Yorkers to the High Bridge to celebrate its past, present and future, and we thank Partnerships for Parks and the Poe Park Visitor Center for helping us bring it to the public.”
Like their late nineteenth and early twentieth century artistic forebears who explored and documented this area of the city when it was considered ‘the tired city’s playground’, the works of these three photographers is documentary evidence capturing this unique moment in the history of the High Bridge and the Harlem River Valley. At a time when city residents, community groups, property developers, and government officials are reevaluating and discussing the future use of New York City’s waterfront and neighboring parkland and infrastructure, this exhibition could not be timelier.
The Poe Park Visitor Center is located in Poe Park at 2640 Grand Concourse (at the corner of E. 193rd Street) in the Bronx, and its gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The photographers will be present at a meet and greet reception on Saturday, July 18th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m, and an Artists’ Talk on Saturday, June 25th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.