Carlos Ortiz: Tracking the South Bronx
March 2-April 30
Bronx Library Center
310 E Kingsbridge Road, Bronx
Carlos Ortiz’s photography is returning home to the Bronx. After Centro’s successful Carlos Ortiz: Tracking the South Bronx photo exhibition at the Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work in East Harlem, the exhibit is now headed to the Bronx Library Center. The exhibit will run from March 2 through April 30.
Jean Harripersaud, unit head of adult services at the Bronx Library Center, said that showing the Ortiz exhibit at the Center “is most fitting; Carlos Ortiz lived in the Bronx and focused his art on the Bronx. We expect a lot of local interest in a fellow Bronxite.”
Félix A. Rivera, Centro’s reference and film librarian, said Centro is thrilled that Bronx students, teachers and community members will get the opportunity to view the work of this “renowned photographer and chronicler of the South Bronx.”
Centro’s traveling exhibit features a selection of Ortiz’s Bronx black and white photos and is a snapshot of the extensive collection Centro has of his work. The Bronx photographer donated his collection to Centro before he died in 2008 as a way to ensure that this history is preserved and shared.
Centro’s Senior Archivist Pedro Juan Hernández said the Ortiz exhibit has generally renewed interest in the collection at the Centro Archives and he hopes the Bronx Library exhibit will draw even more attention. The materials in the Ortiz collection at the Centro Archives consist of his personal files, correspondence, clippings, flyers, slides and photographs dating from the 1970s through the early 2000s. The strength of the collection is the vast array of print photographs, slides and negatives that document not only multiple facets of Puerto Rican life but also of grassroots politics and organizations in the community, such as The Police Athletic League and The Puerto Rican Day Parade.
It is a resource for research on the history of the South Bronx and, in particular, of the Puerto Rican community in the Longwood neighborhood, from the dire 1970s to its rebirth in the 1990s. In addition to being a photographer, Ortiz was also a documentary filmmaker and co-founder of the Nubia Music Society. Thus his collection also strongly documents some of the interesting history of Latin music.
To view the Ortiz guide at Centro: http://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/sites/default/files/faids/pdf/Ortiz_Carlos_Finding_Aid.pdf
The Bronx Library Center, located at 310 E Kingsbridge Road, is the largest public library in the borough with extensive collections of print and non-print materials for adults, young adults and children. It features New York Public Library’s premiere Latino and Puerto Rican Heritage Collection. For more information and library hours; http://www.nypl.org/locations/bronx-library-center