Fashion Moda storefront painted by Crash in the 1980’s . Courtesy of Lisa Kahane ©.
2803 3rd Avenue, 347-577-6842
September 18 - September 27, 2009
Reception: Friday, September 18, 6 - 8 PM
Fashion Moda’s founder Stefan Eins maintains that art “can happen anywhere and that it can be appreciated and made by people who are known and unknown, trained and untrained, rich and poor.”
REFASHIONING: MODA is a tribute exhibition created by Bronx-based artist Hatuey Ramos-Fermín in response to an invitation to participate in “Avant-Guide to NYC: Discovering Absence,” a project curated by Sandra Skurvida at apexart (November 4 – December 19), which maps art environment of New York of the twentieth century by reconnecting historic sites to their present functions.
Fashion Moda was an influential art center in the South Bronx, active from 1978 to 1993. The present exhibition takes place at the original first location of Fashion Moda, a storefront at 2803 Third Avenue, currently occupied by On Time Security Guard Training School. At the premises of the School, works by artists will be displayed without interfering with its daily business, mixing the space’s past and present history at the same time. The artists originally involved with Fashion Moda — including Stefan Eins, Joe Lewis, John Ahearn, Lisa Kahane, and Miguelangel (Miky) Ruiz will be presented along with contemporary artists from the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn and San Francisco — including Katherine Casado, Fannieka Dawkins, Lady K Fever, Edwin González, Pablo Guardiola, Libertad Guerra, Carmen Hernández, Alí Irizarry, Laura Napier, Haden Nicholl, Miryana Todorova, José Vargas, Ivan Velez Jr., Aaron Wojack, and Calder Zwicky — in accordance with the ideas of Fashion Moda of mixing geographies, artistic mediums, and generations.
The artist Stefan Eins, with Joe Lewis and William Scott, opened Fashion Moda in 1978. He defined it as “Museum of Science, Art, Invention, Technology and Fantasy.” During the fifteen years’ run, Fashion Moda held iconic group shows and events, such as “Spring Fever” in 1982, and propelled careers of many artists, including Sophie Calle, Crash, Daze, Richard Hambleton, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Spank, David Wojnarowicz, and many others. It was where graffiti makers met painters, musicians, and poets — together, they blurred boundaries between “high” and “low,” art gallery and the street.
We wish to thank Stefan Eins and John Ahearn for their help with research for this exhibition.