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John Ahearn’s Double Dutch

John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres’ South Bronx casting projects are now a thing of legend, and could be seen in our art world at the ill fated Max Fish Bar, Socrates Sculpture Park, Coney Island Art Walls, even at Frieze Art Fair, where a recreation was staged. The pair started collaborating when they met at  Stefan Eins’ Fashion Moda art space in the late 70s. They began documenting and paying tribute to the locals they met in the Bronx area, doing head and shoulder castings of their trusting subjects. Anyway, there are a bunch of these castings still on the sides of buildings in the Bronx, including this double dutch scene  on Kelly Street.


The frieze/mural shows four local girls in mid-jumprope- Frieda, Javette, Towana and Stancey. The girls were probably in their early teens when they were cast back in 1981-82, I wonder if they still live in the neighborhood, and what they think of seeing the life size casts of themselves, captured in time from one hot summer in the Bronx.

Who: John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres

What: Homage to the People of the Bronx, Double Dutch at Kelly Street I

Where: Intervale Ave & Kelly St Bronx, NY 10459

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