No Longer Empty is unique in presenting site-responsive exhibitions. We commission and curate art that has a connection to its space, context and neighborhood. At the heart of our process is community engagement. We work with neighboring residents, and diverse curators and artists in the co-creation of all aspects of our programming.
A synthesis of community interviews and site research drives the curatorial process, which aims to surface histories and local narratives. We meet and listen to members of the community – artists, residents, organizations, and businesses — and distill local input with our own research to create an exhibition theme and related programming.
Emergent themes and physical aspects of the site provide artists with new opportunities to expand their practices through site-commissioned work. Artists work in a range of media and have both local and international origins.
No Longer Empty’s collaborative exhibitions and programs strengthen community networks and cultural resources. No Longer Empty has signature education programs that engage families and schools. To present this art experience to the widest audience possible, we work together with local community organizations and collectives. Many times our collaborations are interdisciplinary, drawing on the creative synergies from fields such as dance, music, or technology.
We work to establish legacy programs at each site, and have launched educational programs with the schools we’ve invited to our exhibitions. We also host the NLE Curatorial Lab within the same neighborhood—to expand the model, heighten the site-specific curatorial practice, and provide meaningful art experiences for all viewers.
No Longer Empty is committed to a site-responsive curatorial practice. As such, we regret we are unable to review applications for space for pre-existing exhibitions, nor can we supply space for other organizations.
“No Longer Empty curates site-responsive exhibitions, education and public programs in unexpected locations around New York City that are free and accessible to everyone.”