This weekend at Frieze NY (May 4-7th), artist John Ahearn will present a reconstruction of his 1979 legendary exhibition ‘South Bronx Hall of Fame’, an exhibition of sculptural casts originally presented at Fashion Moda, a pioneering South Bronx alternative space founded by Stefan Eins in 1978 and open until 1993.
Ahearn in collaboration with Rigoberto Torres, will be making a new series of commissioned portraits (South Bronx Hall of Fame, 2012) live for the whole duration of the fair. The original 1979 sculptures portray faces of neighbors from the 3rd Avenue shopping area, as well as downtown artist friends and people from the methadone clinic across the street. Ahearn and Torres began their castings in the gallery’s storefront window, transforming the space into a public street performance visible from the sidewalk. This project will also function as a tribute to the alternative spaces and galleries that were once vital for the artistic community and have now closed.