When You Cut Into the Present the Future Leaks Out

878 Brook Avenue , Bronx 10451


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

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 23, 6–9pm
Viewing hours: April 23–July 19, Thursday–Sunday, 1–7pm
NOTE: Closed May 23–24 for Memorial Day weekend, and July 2–5 in observance of Independence Day.

Location: 878 Brook Ave (at East 161 St and Third Ave). Directions: 2 or 5 train to 3 Ave-149 St, walk northeast on Third Ave, left onto Brook Ave.


A series of events and educational programming will be presented with the Community: ArtsConnection / Bronx200 / Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance (BAAD!) / Bronx Arts Alliance / Bronx Music Heritage Center / Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education / Designing the We / DreamYard Project / Ed García Conde, Welcome2TheBronx  / The Ghetto Film School / The Kelly Street Community Garden / New York Public Library Community Oral History Project / Percent for Green.

Programming in conjunction with the exhibition is ongoing. Please check back for updates.

For all of you that visited the exhibition, please take our visitor survey to share your experience. For more information, contact us at info@nolongerempty.org.

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