When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out at Old Bronx Borough Courthouse
When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out at
Old Bronx Borough Courthouse
New York, March 19, 2015 – No Longer Empty (NLE) is pleased to present When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out at the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse. Curated by Regine Basha for No Longer Empty, the exhibition is one of seven projects to receive the Neighborhood Challenge Award. 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 NLE.
Viewing Hours: April 23–July 19, Thursday–Sunday, 1–7pm
Location: 878 Brook Ave, Bronx, NY 10451 (at East 161 St and Third Ave)
Artists: Daniel Bozhkov / Melissa Calderón / Beth Campbell / Paco Cao / Onyedika Chuke / Abigail DeVille / Teresa Diehl / Nicolás Dumit Estévez / Deborah Fisher & Paul Ramírez Jonas / Ellen Harvey / Skowmon Hastanan / Adam Helms / Iman Issa / Lady K Fever / Michelle Lopez / Iván Navarro / Juan Betancurth & Daniel Neumann/ Shellyne Rodriguez / David Scanavino / Todd Shalom (Elastic City) / Lisa Sigal / Julianne Swartz / Xaviera Simmons / Valerie Tevere & Angel Nevarez
To activate the empty space and directly involve the community members, NLE will host public programs and activities. An estimated 20 events will include: No Longer Bored Family Day (Saturday, April 25, 1–4pm); Teens Curate Teens Exhibition Opening and Teen Day (Saturday, May 16, 1–7pm); and participatory walks with Todd Shalom (Elastic City) (Friday, May 29, 1pm and Saturday, May 30, 1pm and 5pm). Bi-lingual support materials will be available where appropriate.
Additional event and programming dates to be announced: New York Public Library Community Oral History Project, an evening of dance and performance with Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, walking tours by Ed García Conde - Founder and Editor of Welcome2TheBronx, a prospective tenant party hosted in partnership with SoBRO, and more! To stay tuned, please visit www.nolongerempty.org
Community Partners: ArtsConnection / Bronx200 / BronxNet TV / 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 / Office of the Bronx District Attorney / Percent for Green / South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO)
Official media sponsors: WNYC Radio and Ed García Conde, Welcome2TheBronx
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, The Gilbert MacKay Foundation, 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.
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