The City University
of New York

250 Bedford Park Blvd. West

Howardena Pindell
Lehman College Environs, 1993 glass mosaic
APEX, Lehman College
Dormitory Authority
State of New York

The large mosaic for the Lehman College athletics center, the APEX, is a montage of images of the Lehman campus and the Bronx. Howardena Pindell researched the Lehman photo archives to get a sense of the history of the campus, the neighborhood, and the borough. Crovatto Mosaics in Spillemberg, Italy fabricated the mosaic wall, sponsored by the Dormitory Authority for the Lehman College gymnasium. The composition features students engaged in athletic activities; historic buildings in the Bronx; the tree-lined walkways on campus; and the Lehman College swimming pool. The shimmering light and vibrant colors emphasize the vitality and lushness of the physical setting. The final mosaic applies the color nuances of the artist's preparatory collage study.

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