Exciting site-specific exhibition happening in Washington Heights this summer:
“If You Build It” exhibition, organized by No Longer Empty, includes installations, photography, and performances by more than twenty local, national, and international artists. Featured are alumnus Hank Willis Thomas, faculty Bayeté Ross Smith, and former staff Sonia Louise Davis, Alumnus Petrushka Bazin Larsen, program manager at the Laundromat Project, contributed an essay to the catalog.
The works in the exhibition address cycles of urban decay and regeneration; building community through shared heritage; immigration and displacement; the longing for home in all its senses; and the vast economic disparities that plague our cities.
The multi-floor exhibition leads visitors from the ground floor to the ninth and back finally to the third floors where additional works, installations, and apartments are curated by invited neighborhood organizations. The project will incorporate multi-disciplinary cultural events and the next editions of No Longer Empty’s signature education programs—the Y.Dot Youth Docent Program, Teens Curate Teens in partnership with ArtsConnection, and No Longer Bored Family Days. Check website for info.
“Caesar’s Visa” by Hank Willis Thomas. Credit Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Holland Cotter writes in the NY Times
In 2009, when a bad economy left commercial spaces vacant across New York City, an itinerant nonprofit art group called No Longer Empty started filling some of them — a storefront on West 23rd Street, the closed-up Tower Records on lower Broadway — with art. This summer, the organization adds a twist to its mission by working on premises that have yet to be occupied, an in-progress 13-story affordable-housing complex called the Sugar Hill Building located on West 155th Street in Washington Heights.
Sponsored by Broadway Housing Communities and designed by David Adjaye, the development won’t open until the fall. But for the next month, it has exhibitions installed on two floors, and in a ground-level space that will eventually be the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling.
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No Longer Empty’s mission is to widen the audience for contemporary art, to promote socially conscious artists, and to build resilience in communities through art. We do so by presenting professionally curated, site-specific art exhibitions where a community of artists, educators, scholars and the public come together to create and experience art, free of market imperatives and institutional constraints. read more
If you are in NYC, go see it: 155th Street & St. Nicholas Avenue, NYC 10032
Thursday–Friday 3–7pm & Saturday–Sunday 1–6pm
Wednesday by appointment.
On view until August 10, 2014
Be sure to check out No Longer Empty’s website to learn more what they are doing and artist opportunities.