“Surviving Then and Now” South Bronx Sagas” by artist Linda Cunningham
The No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab (NLE Lab) is addressing one of New York’s hot topics – community change – with its current exhibit NLE Lab: Intersecting Imaginaries. The subject matter, shown in visual form, explores the culture and current environment of the South Bronx, and at the same time, draws parallels with current changes going on throughout New York City. The exhibit addresses what happens when community connections are broken, and the many issues that affect the people who live there via site-specific works by a collection of artists.
Built between 1905-1914, the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse at 878 Brook Street has been shuttered for the last 37 years. Now, it’s been reopened for the first time as part of No Longer Empty‘s series of public art programs in underutilized spaces. When You Cut Into the Present the Future Leaks Out brought together 26 artists from the Bronx and across New York to create site-specific work drawing inspiration from the structure, its history, and the surrounding neighborhood.
This past Saturday evening, Untapped Cities, Local Roots NYC and No Longer Empty produced a dinner in the Clocktower in Long Island City, the abandoned Bank of Manhattan. The 5-course meal by Chef Will Griffin, using locally sourced food, was complemented by docent tours of the exhibition on its final weekend, a trip up to the Clocktower with 360 degree views of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, and a performance by artist Hayoon Jay Lee.
The evening benefited arts non-profit No Longer Empty, which curates exhibitions in unused storefronts in New York City. Special thanks to our liquor sponsor Punzone Vodka. The night also marked the launch of the Untapped Cities/Local Roots NYC Dinner Series, pairing local chefs and fare with New York City’s most unique locations. The next Untapped Cities Event: Prohibition NYC, an over-the-top speakeasy event at a secret location curated by Bravo chefs Rob McCue and Adam Banks.To stay in-the-know of Untapped Cities events, sign up for our mailing list.
Our curated events picks for this week: E.L. Doctorow reading at MCNY, No Longer Empty + Local Roots 5 course fundraising dinner, Chinatown Restaurant Week.
MONDAY, MARCH 11: “We stood in the shadow of the Trylon and Preisphere, and I felt these familiar forms, huge and white, granted some sort of beneficence to my shoulders.” So says the narrator of World’s Fair: A Novel, the 1986 National Book Award Winner by celebrated novelist E.L. Doctorow, which recreates the magic of the 1939 New York World’s Fair as seen through the eyes of a young boy. Join Mr. Doctorow as he reads excerpts from his novel, followed by a discussion with the audience. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s. 6:30pm at MCNY, 1220 5th Avenue. Reservations required. $6 Museum members / $8 students & seniors / $12 general admission. RSVP here. (more…)
This Saturday, March 16: Join Untapped Cities and No Longer Empty for an evening of food and entertainment celebrating the closing of “How Much Do I Owe You?”, a site-specific art installation housed in the abandoned Bank of Manhattan in Long Island City. No Longer Empty is a non-profit arts organization that sponsors public art exhibits in empty storefronts in New York City. The No Longer Empty Dinner is a chance for Untapped Readers to experience curated local cuisine and meaningful art in an extraordinary setting. Seating is limited to 30, and the dinner is almost sold out. Tickets available here.
The evening will kick off with cocktails in the Clock Tower, followed by a tour of the “How Much Do I Owe You?” exhibition. Next, guests will enjoy a five-course seated dinner by Chef Will Griffin. The night will conclude with a special performance by Korean artist Hayoon-Jay Lee.
The No Longer Empty Dinner is organized in collaboration by No Longer Empty, Untapped Cities and Local Roots NYC.
The dinner menu is inspired by the era of big banks and robber barons, whose personal chefs and those in their favored restaurants were often imported from Europe. This Saturday’s dinner will include:
The No Longer Empty Dinner will take place on Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. The event is located in the Clock Tower at 29-27 41st Avenue, in Queens, NY. Tickets cost $125 and can be purchased here.
Untapped Cities is a proud media sponsor of No Longer Empty’s latest exhibition “How Much Do I Owe You?” at the abandoned Bank of Manhattan in Long Island City. Jennifer Dalton‘s piece ‘Reckoning’ asks viewers to fill out a survey explaining whether they have given more than they’ve taken or vice versa and then take a button that labels them as a ‘giver,’ ‘taker,’ etc. Over the course of the exhibition, Jennifer has been charting the responses as drawings that are displayed on the wall behind the receptacles. We had a chance to ask her about her experience as part of No Longer Empty.
Untapped Cities: Can you tell us a little bit about the concept behind ‘Reckoning’?
Jennifer Dalton: For me, it is about how hard it is to feel comfortable with either how much you’re giving or how much you’re receiving, and it always feels fraught. It never just feel like things are working out. It feels like, I’m giving too much, I’m getting too much, and in these aspects of my life I’m so indebted and in other aspects of my life, I give and I give and I give, you know? And so I just sort of wanted to get at that, and so ‘Reckoning’ is… there is no reckoning. It’s an attempt at reckoning. It’s something we aspire to, but it never really happens, you just muddle through.
And it’s been really great as I’ve seen some of the responses. It’s really obvious that people are filling out both sides. So it isn’t like some people are givers and some people are takers. We’re all both. And at different times or in different spheres of our lives, we can feel this imbalance. And there’s no such thing as balance, I guess is what I’m trying to say. (more…)