Today we're sharing the sixth, seventh and eighth of twenty-two paintings (all of them views of The Bronx) by Bronx artist Daniel
Hauben for the new Robert A. M. Stern Library on the Bronx Community College campus. All three panels
focus on a different location on The Bronx Community College campus (hence the blog title). We'll let Hauben tell you more.
"As part of the research for this commission, I visited the Bronx Community College campus several times at different times of the year, observing college life in action. I came
away with a sense of constant movement, as students went here and there, intent on getting to where they needed to go. I attempted to capture this in the pastel studies I did on
location, for what would later become paintings for the commission:
The college years are a time of change in a person’s life - of transition, and of the growth of one’s sense of place in the world. It was during the creation of these panels that I decided
the title of the series would be "A Sense of Place." The paintings as a group depict not only the BCC campus but the surrounding neighborhoods and the greater landscape of the Bronx
itself. By understanding the world around us, we cultivate a greater sense of belonging to that world.
Unintentionally -- yet appropriately -- the campus buildings depicted in these three paintings all have housed the BCC library at different times.
The entrance to the Gould Memorial Library Building (the original school library).
The entrance to Meister Hall (currently the temporary home of the school library).
The North Entrance to the campus on Hall of Fame Terrace, with the new North Instructional Building and Library on the right (which will house these paintings)."
Wow, all of these are equally breathtaking and really capture the vibe on the Bronx Community College campus! Do you attend or have you visited BCC? What do you think of Hauben's take on the