No Longer Empty Takes Hold of 215 East Houston

Posted on: May 3rd, 2011 at 6:09 am by

For the time being, 215 East Houston is no longer empty. Seriously. No Longer Empty, the organization charged with orchestrating public art events in vacant storefronts, is currently putting its mark in the empty retail space at the base of The Ludlow. The new exhibition is dubbed “About Face,” and will open Thursday night in conjunction with the Festival of Ideas for a New City.

This image has been archived or removed.

“About Face” is more of an interactive event that explores “alternative ways an exhibition can be created and received.”  As such, this temporary show is not strictly relegated to 215 East Houston.  According to the press release:

Artwork will be shown not only in the temporarily occupied storefront at 215 E. Houston, but also on the streets of the surrounding neighborhood and in the virtual space of the Internet or a smartphone. Some works will endure for the time the space is open, for instance artist Maria Jose Arjona’s performance is designed around the duration of the exhibition, while others will last only a few hours as in Itziar Barrio’s outdoor blue-screen installation.

Over the weekend, a team of artists was busy readying the interior.  Painting pretty much every surface inside the storefront.  A tiny sign in the door indicates what’s happening; tech savvy folks will also notice the QR code that accompanies the text.

This image has been archived or removed.

“About Face” opens May 6 and runs through June 12.

This image has been archived or removed.

Recent Stories

Clayton’s Corner: Martha Cooper to Middle Collegiate

Clayton Patterson sent his latest dispatch of imagery from his recent neighborhood walkabouts. The latest Clayton’s Corner is here. Legendary graffiti photographer, Martha Cooper, standing beside a payphone in Astor Place that features one of her iconic images. NY PopsUp spent last weekend at the International Center of Photography on Essex Street. It drew crowds […]

Upside Pizza Slinging Slices in Little Italy

Upside Pizza is now serving at the former home of Pomodoro in Little Italy. It opened on Spring Street this past Wednesday. Founder Noam Grossman and partners Eli and Oren Halali (behind 2 Brothers and Taqueria Diana) had been renovating 51 Spring Street since the fall. The pizza parlor opted for a gut renovation, resulting […]

Jing Fong Workers Protest Dining Room Closure and Rumored Shutdown

Despite the brisk weather, several dozen union members and Jing Fong employees rallied Tuesday morning in front of the East West Bank on Centre Street to save save the iconic dim sum restaurant. Advocates called on the Chu family, which owns the Elizabeth Street property (and the aforementioned bank), to stop killing Chinatown and to keep […]

Forever Stalled Delancey Street Condo Tower is Finally Rising

Stop the press – there is actual real world progress to report on a long-stalled development at the east end of Delancey Street. The 12-story “boutique condo” at the corner of Delancey and Pitt Streets has seen some serious progress in recent months, after spending most of its life cycle as a stalled steel skeleton. […]

Asian Man Pummeled Outside East Broadway Station in Latest Biased Attack

An Asian man was assaulted in an unprovoked attack outside the East Broadway subway station Tuesday night, adding to a recent spate of biased assaults against Asians across the city. Cops said the 56-year-old victim was entering the F train station – the Rutgers Street entrance by Woo’s Wonton King – at about 8:50pm when […]