No Longer Empty in Chelsea HotelJune 19, 2009 - July 18, 2009
No Longer Empty began exhibiting at two storefronts at the Chelsea Hotel, the historical art heart of Manhattan. Artists such as Michael Bevilacqua, Alina and Jeff Bliumis, and Diana Puntar filled economy-ravaged spaces with installations while responding to the dire financial straits of the time and its effect on the urban landscape and national psyche. Resident artists at the Chelsea Hotel also exhibited.
No Longer Empty´s first exhibition took the name of its location. The Chelsea Hotel offered a forum for artistic dialogue. The spaces here were not gallery or museum locales, and the resulting works and conversations were not defined by such conventional exhibition spaces.
Indeed, the exhibition was the pioneer of No Longer Empty´s new model of community art. The project strived to stem any potential neighborhood decline resulting from unused and abandoned buildings by lavishing them with art.