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No Longer Empty: A Glimpse into This Side of Paradise
May 2014 – January 2015
A Glimpse into This Side of Paradise is a mini-retrospective of No Longer Empty’s This Side of Paradise. The original exhibit was first introduced in 2012 at the Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx. Situated on the Grand Concourse, the Home was once a symbol of paradise for the formerly wealthy that lived there from the 1920s to the early 1980s. Built to mirror a grand palazzo, the Home provided the accoutrements of a rich and civilized lifestyle for the elderly who had lost their fortunes—white glove dinner service, a grand ballroom, and a social committee who organized concerts and opera performances. The home was empty for years, referencing this quixotic history, the exhibit referenced the past and reconnected the vision of Andrew Freedman to today’s Bronx and its realities.
No Longer Empty fosters access to contemporary art by engaging the public and experimental, socially conscious artists in professionally curated, site-specific exhibitions throughout New York City and beyond. Located in underutilized or alternative properties, free of the connotations of traditional art venues, No Longer Empty creates welcoming and inclusive experiences that support this access to art through educational and collaborative programming that harness and engage local resources.