Bring in the Reality

May 13 - September 17, 2015 / The Nathan Cummings Foundation

Teresa Diehl: Breathing Waters

August 26 - October 25, 2015 / Seaport Culture District

  • Manon Slome

    Manon Slome

    President and Chief Curator

    Manon Slome (PhD) is the Chief Curator of No Longer Empty. From 2002 to June 2008 she was the Chief Curator of the Chelsea Art Museum in New York. During that time, she curated and oversaw a program of some forty exhibitions, symposia and museum publications as well as monographs and scholarly essays. Ms. Slome became highly involved with the Israeli art scene during her research for the exhibition, Such Stuff as Dreams are Made on, (2005) and has followed and researched the Israeli scene for the last three years. Prior to the CAM, Ms. Slome worked as a curator at the Guggenheim Museum for seven years and was a holder of a Helena Rubinstein curatorial fellowship at the Whitney Independent Study program. She has written widely on contemporary art and has recently completed The Aesthetics of Terror published by Charta Press.

  • Naomi Hersson-Ringskog

    Naomi Hersson-Ringskog

    Executive Director

    As Founding Executive Director, Naomi has spearheaded community and real estate outreach strategies for No Longer Empty. With its scalability and replicability, Naomi is studying the creative interim use model's impact for re-activating corridors, creative placemaking, and community engagement. Naomi has worked with the New School Collaboratory- a two year program funded by Rockefeller Foundation that emphasizes collaborative design-led research and interventions. As a Swedish-American, Naomi is a graduate of Columbia University's Masters Program in Urban Planning with a focus on urban green sustainability. She was awarded the William Kinne Fellowship Award. Previously she worked in real estate for SK Development in New York City and Info.Design, an information architecture firm in Washington DC. She currently serves on the Coro New York Neighborhood Leadership alumni board and as a Public Advocate to the Board of Trustees for Museum of the City of New York. Previous affiliations include National Charrette Institute and Columbia University's Alumni Association.

  • Rachel Gugelberger

    Rachel Raphaela Gugelberger

    Associate Curator

    Rachel Raphaela Gugelberger is Associate Curator of No Longer Empty. A New York- based curator, she is co-founder of "1@111," a series of process-oriented conversations that focus on a single work, text, curatorial premise or proposition. Recent exhibitions have focused on the intersection of information, data and art, in particular the digital transformation of books and libraries. Curatorial projects include "Once upon a Time, There Was the End" at Center for Book Arts (New York, NY); "Data Deluge" at Ballroom Marfa (Marfa, TX); and "Library Science" at Artspace (New Haven, CT). Rachel has served as co-director of Sara Meltzer Gallery and curator at Exit Art, where she organized the final exhibitions "Every Exit Is an Entrance: 30 Years of Exit Art" and "Collective/Performative." Publications include monographs, exhibition catalog essays, and contributions to "Art Galleries International: Post-War to Post-Millennium" and "Unfinished Memories: 30 Years of Exit Art" (forthcoming). Rachel received an MA in Curatorial Studies in Contemporary Art and Culture from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

  • Lindsay Smilow

    Lindsay Smilow

    Director of External Affairs

    Lindsay comes to No Longer Empty with a background in education, fundraising, research and communication. Dedicated to providing access to the arts, she has worked previously as the Associate Manager of Learning Through Art, an educational outreach program of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where she supervised artists in NYC public schools. She has also collaborated extensively with a range of communities during her tenure at the Queens Museum of Art. Lindsay holds a BA in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Maryland and has completed advanced graduate work at The Graduate Center in Modern and Contemporary Art. An enthusiastic advocate of the power of art to effect social change, she is regularly invited to lecture nationwide at conferences, lead workshops at universities, and participate in brainstorm sessions with local artists and arts organizations.

  • Patra Jongjitirat

    Patra Jongjitirat

    Design & Development Associate

    Patra Jongjitirat is a designer, writer, choreographer, and urbanist whose work lies at intersection of myriad fields across art, design, and performance. At No Longer Empty she focuses on the radiating impact of its arts model in support of vibrant, connected communities for the long-term. She holds a degree in Architectural Studies from Brown University and after moving to New York in 2009, worked for Project for Public Spaces and Future Green Studio / Landscape Design + Urban Ecology. See Patra's own design studio, specializing in maps and urban exploration.

  • Rita Leduc

    Rita Leduc

    Project Manager

    We are thrilled to work with Rita for If You Build It exhibition- she adroitly can drill a hole while juggling 1,000 other items. Rita Leduc combines her fine art, theatrical design, and shop/studio management backgrounds in her position as Project Manager for No Longer Empty. When not installing for NLE, Rita creates installations of her own that both rely on and question presence and process as distraction from future and product. In addition to her solo practice, she is building a collaborative series of performative installation works and has recently spearheaded Ground Work, an interactive, cross-disciplinary creative retreat. Born and raised in the farmlands of New Jersey, Rita received her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Ayana Hosten

    Ayana Hosten

    Education Manager

    Ayana magically connects and excites both children and youth. As a New York native, Ayana has a deep interest in ensuring that all the city's residents can participate in art and cultural opportunities. Her relationship with No Longer Empty began as an intern during the exhibition This Side of Paradise in 2012. She currently focuses on educational programming and creating unique art experiences that resonate with the neighborhood's history and contemporary life. Ayana received her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies at Claremont McKenna College and has worked as a Teaching Artist, Art Teacher and Educator for early childhood to high school students. She looks forward to pursuing a Masters in Museum Education.

Dedicated Ambassadors

  • Julie Bell, Education
  • Sarah Corona, Curator
  • Asher Remy-Toledo, Co-founder
  • Julian Navarro, Curator
  • Mira Friedlaender, Project Manager
  • Rachel Zegar, Graphic Design
  • Keith Schweitzer, Curator
  • Christina Milan, Curatorial Assistant
  • Tara de la Garza, Curator
  • Lucy Lydon, Team Builder
  • Kathy Zeiger, Photography
  • Breda Kennedy, Development Advisor
  • Ella Levitt, Curator
  • Linda White, Creative Educator
  • Aaron Leopold Graphic Design
  • Barbara Feldman, Special Project Coordinator
  • Charlotte Caldwell, Flying Talented Project Manager