From April 23 to July 19, No Longer Empty will welcome the public to the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse for the exhibit When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out. The historic Old Bronx Borough Courthouse, which has been closed for 37 years, serves as the exhibition’s both site and theme. The exhibition will occupy three floors and include the works of 26 artists. In collaboration with community partners, No Longer Empty will host cultural events and educational programs throughout the course of the exhibition.
The Old Bronx Borough Courthouse was built 1905–1914 by 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 was abandoned and sealed in 1977.
Naomi Hersson Ringskig, Executive Director at No Longer Empty, shared that “Our goal in this project is to increase access to the arts and to reopen this beautiful building.” Prior site-specific exhibitions by No Longer Empty have included If You Build It (in Broadway Housing Communities’ new affordable housing building in Sugar Hill, Harlem), How Much Do I Owe You? (in the Clock Tower in Long Island City, Queens), and This Side of Paradise (at the Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx). The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund hosted A Glimpse of This Side of Paradise, a sampling of the works from the exhibition, at the Fund’s office gallery.
To activate the empty space and directly involve the community members, NLE will host public programs and activities. Approximately 20 events will include: No Longer Bored Family Day: Urban Gardening Workshop (Saturday, April 25, 1–4pm); BX200 Virtual Artist Studios (Sunday, April 26, 3–5pm and Friday, June 12, 6–8pm); Teens Curate Teens exhibition opening and teen day (Saturday, May 16, 1–7pm); Bronx Fashion Week (Saturday, May 9); and conceptual walks with Elastic City (Friday, May 29, 1pm and Saturday, May 30, 1pm and 5pm). Additional event and programming dates to be announced will include a New York Public Library Community Oral History Project, an evening of dance and performance with Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, walking tours by Ed García Conde, Founder and Editor of Welcome2TheBronx, a prospective tenant party hosted in partnership with SoBRO, and more.
Click here for more information on the exhibit, details on exhibiting artists and the calendar of events.
On View | April 23 – July 19, 2015: Thursday–Sunday, 1–7pm
Location | Old Bronx Borough Courthouse, 878 Brook Ave (at E 161 St & Third Ave)