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November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018


Celebrate: From Nuisance to New Stance

Monday, October 20 2014 - Sunday, November 02 2014

Featuring Gordon Matta Clark, Rachel Feierman, Juan Hinojosa, Lina Puerta,
Mark Salinas, Soonae Tark, and Nicolas Touron

Curated by Sarah Corona for No Longer Empty


October 20–November 2, 2014
Queens Boulevard (multiple locations), Sunnyside, Queens, New York

Monday, October 20th at 7 pm, starting a guided tour at Salt & Fat, which will continue to each of the five locations.


From Nuisance to New Stance features five site-specific public art installations that investigate the identity and cultural development of Sunnyside. The artworks interpret the neighborhood’s evolution from expanses of farmland to a new hot spot of New York’s cultural and artistic life. The project addresses the local garden culture, mutual influences of art and food on each other, diverse ethnic groups, and other worlds—all that within the unpredictable sphere of the public space.

A selection of Nicolas Touron’s ceramic plates, with which he mapped the world through a graphic interpretation of each country, will be exhibited at Salt & Fat and will serve as a visual romance and unique background for the start of the opening ceremony on October 20. 

Invoking fairy tales and hidden gardens, the Irish Pub PJ Horgan’s will be invaded by Botanicas— fantastical, dreamlike “pieces” of nature by Colombian Artist Lina Puerta, bursting out of the interior structure and recreating a connection between the Irish world of fables and myths. 

The graphic, site-specific wall installation by Juan Hinojosa will be created for the main room of Venturo Restaurant. Inspired by pop culture, different social circles and the city itself, it will interpret the historical and cultural location of the restaurant.

Similar in technique and use of materials, but distinct in form and content, will be Soonae Tark’s window installation at Los Verdes. Her analytic approach to life and environment is displayed in her art through an abstract and minimalist character.  

Mark Salinas, founder of 7 Train Murals, will create two new artworks for Bucharest Restaurant on 40th Street. An outdoor mural and an indoor textile installation are inspired by traditional Romanian embroidery patterns and will relate to both the outside sphere and the interior culture. 

On opening night, one of the highlights will be a public screening of art videos revisiting FOOD, the conceptual restaurant founded by Gordon Matta-Clark and Carol Goodden in 1972 in SoHo. In short time, FOOD became a space for dialogue and conversation that convened artists and the local community. This screening will be a starting point for the experience of art and food during From Nuisance to New Stance. The video 'I want to be an artist' by Nicolas Touron gives insight to the work and life of an art student/chef, and “Odd Jobs: Food Flavorist” (Rachel Feierman) is a documentary about an aroma-maker in the contemporary food industry. 


From Nuisance To New Stance is part of Sunnyside Restaurant Week to promote the neighborhood as a culinary destination, offering visitors a memorable experience that combines space, food, and art. 34 restaurants participated in Sunnyside Restaurant Week organized by Sunnyside Shines BID in partnership with No Longer Empty. Offering 3-course dinners for $25, the restaurants attracted many new guests, with 64.4% of diners saying that this was their first visit to the neighborhood. 79% of business owners reported an increase in traffic and sales during restaurant week, and a third of the restaurant owners observed the mixed crowd and the greater number of young people around their tables that the event attracted.



Mark Salinas: Bucharest Restaurant, 43-45 40th St
Lina Puerta: PJ Horgan’s Pub, 42-17 Queens Blvd
Juan Hinojosa: Venturo Restaurant, 44-07 Queens Blvd
Nicolas Touron: Salt & Fat Restaurant, 41-16 Queens Blvd
Soonae Tark: Los Verdes Restaurant. 4626 Greenpoint Ave
Film screenings: Dazie’s Restaurant, 39-41 Queens Blvd

Subway: 7 train to 40 St/Queens Blvd

Since its establishment at the beginning of the 20th century Sunnyside has been home for subgroups and exceptional minds that created, independently from Manhattan’s economy, a vibrant social and cultural live, mostly unknown to the large public, but still full of surprise. The neighborhood represented and still represents a hidden spot of New York, concealing a vivacious ethnic community, a spectacular garden culture and breathtaking views over Manhattan, especially at sunrise/dawn (from that its name).

This project is made possible by the generous support of Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District. Special thanks to City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. 


Image: Lina Puerta, Alto, 2012. Mixed media, 23 x 22 x 6 inches.
Photo © Lina Puerta

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