In 2009, Bronx artist and a good friend of ours, Daniel Hauben was commissioned to create all the artwork for the new Robert A. M. Stern Library
and instructional building being constructed on the campus of Bronx Community College. One of the largest public art commissions The Bronx has
seen in decades, the twenty-two paintings (all of them views of The Bronx) have just been completed!
The paintings will be installed in May 2012, just in time for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the building. In September 2012, there will be big gala event celebrating the commissioned artwork
as well as an exhibition of Hauben's paintings related to the project in the Hall of Fame Gallery on the BCC campus.
To share this epic achievement with our fans, "from The Bronx" will be posting one of Hauben's commissioned paintings on our blog every 2 weeks leading up to the September event. Alongside
the artwork will be a short story or anecdote related to the painting. The first painting (below) is titled "View of the Harlem River Valley."
"This piece is one of two large paintings (10 ft wide!) which will be located in the stairwells leading up to the main reading room on the second floor of the library building. The
painting depicts the view from the Target parking lot where Danny first painted on location in the summer of 2006.
It is an ideal painting location because of it's elevated vantage point, expansive views (and free parking!). Coincidentally, it also offers a view of The Bronx Community College campus. The
lot is located at the exact point where the Harlem River bends westward toward the Hudson. On the east bank (the left side of the painting) climbs University Heights. Perched at the summit
is the BCC campus with the recognizable dome-topped Gould Memorial Library fronted by the colonnade housing the Hall of Fame for Great
Americans. On the west side of the river is Washington Heights and the Inwood section of upper Manhattan. With the majestic backdrop of the Manhattan skyline and the many bridges
connecting the two boroughs, this is truly one of New York City's great urban landscapes."
We couldn't agree more and can't wait to see the rest of the commissioned work!