No Longer Empty is pleased to present When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out
No Longer Empty is pleased to present When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out at the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse. Built 1905–1914 and attributed to architects Michael John Garvin and Oscar Florianus Bluemner, the Courthouse, once boasting granite floors, lavish stairways, and bronze doors, remains adorned by a statue of Lady Justice. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Bronx County, the Beaux Arts-style building has been shuttered for 37 years.
The Old Bronx Borough Courthouse is taken as both site and theme: a time capsule, witness, and symbol existing within a plurality of narratives about its future role in the neighborhood. Referencing a quote by Beat generation poet William S. Burroughs, When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out echoes approaches attributed to cut-up poetry, early Hip-Hop, Spoken Word, and the sculptural practice of artist Gordon Matta-Clark, who sliced into urban spaces as social commentary. The exhibition will occupy three floors and include the works of 26 artists and site-specific works commissioned by No Longer Empty. Curated by Regine Basha for No Longer Empty.
Location: 878 Brook Ave (at the intersection of East 161 St and Third Ave)
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 23, 6–9pm
Viewing hours: April 23–July 19, Thursday–Sunday, 1–7pm
Directions: 2 or 5 train to 3 Ave-149 St, walk northeast on Third Ave, left onto Brook Ave (10 min); 4, B, or D train to 161 St-Yankee Stadium, walk east on 161 St (20 min) or take Bx6 bus to Elton Ave–E 161 St
Daniel Bozhkov / Melissa Calderon / Beth Campbell / Paco Cao / Onyedika Chuke / Abigail DeVille / Teresa Diehl / Elastic City (Todd Shalom) / Nicolás Dumit Estévez / Ellen Harvey / Skowmon Hastanan / Adam Helms / Iman Issa / Paul Ramirez Jonas & Deborah Fisher / Lady K Fever / Michelle Lopez / Ivan Navarro / Daniel Neumann & Juan Betancurth / Shellyn Rodriguez / David Scanavino / Lisa Sigal / Julianne Swartz / Xaviera Simmons / Valerie Tevere & Angel Nevarez
A series of events and educational programming will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition: No Longer Bored Family Days, BX200 Virtual Artist Studios, Teens curate Teens (TCT) exhibition and teen day, Bronx Fashion Week, conceptual walks with Elastic City, New York Public Library Community Oral History Project, performance with Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, walking tours by Ed García Conde, Founder and Editor of Welcome2TheBronx.
SAT APR 25, 1–4pm: No Longer Bored Family Day: Urban Gardening Workshop
SUN APR 26, 3–5pm & FRI JUN 12, 6–8pm: BX200 Virtual Artist Studios
SAT MAY 16, 1–7pm: Teens curate Teens exhibition opening and teen day
SAT MAY 9: Bronx Fashion Week
FRI May 29, 1pm & SAT May 30, 1pm & 5pm: Conceptual walks with Elastic City
and much more to be announced! Check back soon for details.
ArtsConnection / Bronx200 / Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance (BAAD!) / Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education / DreamYard Project / Ed García Conde, Welcome2TheBronx / The Kelly Street Community Garden / New York Public Library Community Oral History Project / Percent for Green / South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO)
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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and with generous support from NYC Department of Small Business Services, New York City Economic Development Corporation, National Endowment for the Arts, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, and The Gilbert MacKay Foundation. Support for No Longer Empty’s educational programming is provided by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and The American Chai Trust. We gratefully acknowledge our project partner, Liberty Square Realty Corporation. Opening reception sponsored by Bronx Brewery.
Official media sponsors: WNYC Radio and Ed García Conde, Welcome2TheBronx.
Photo credit: Whitney Browne Photography