From Miss Rosen’s article for AnOther:

Strolling through Luxe, Calme, Volupté, a major group exhibition that surveys over 70 artists working in New York in the 1980s, you are transported back to a time when a new generation emerge like the phoenix from the ashes of a city plagued by arson, poverty, and “benign neglect.” At a time when anyone could afford to live and work in New York, artists transformed the crumbling landscape into a playground for pleasure, creativity, self-discovery, community, and cultural reinvention.

Curated by photographer Allen Frame and Antonio Sergio Bessa, chief curator emeritus at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, the exhibition honours the world of artist Darrel Ellis, a native of the South Bronx whose life and legacy as a queer Black man have largely gone overlooked.

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