I have to admit, I felt mildly reluctant to shlepp myself all the way to the Bronx on Saturday. But once I got myself to No Longer Empty‘s new exhibit, This Side of Paradise, my qualms of the hour long subway ride became an irrational past emotion. No Longer Empty is an organization that creates exhibitions in underused or abandoned buildings throughout New York City. This Side of Paradise is their thirteenth exhibition and is currently in the Andrew Freeman Home. The Andrew Freeman Home is a mansion which served as a residence for the once wealthy elderly couples from the 1920’s to the 1980’s. The sculptures and installations built for this project interestingly reflected on the lives of previous residents of the Andrew Freeman Home, as well as highlighted the changes the Bronx had endured since the home’s closing. As if the art was not creative and exciting enough, our tour ended in an empanada party in the reopened kitchen to showcase the new cultures presently occupying the Bronx.
One of the most memorable sculptures of tour was located in the Princess Ballroom. [Read more…]