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This image has been archived or removed.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This image has been archived or removed.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This image has been archived or removed.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

Lower East Side Ferry Route Permanently Reconfigured Due to Poor Ridership

Spring and summer usually see peak ridership for the city’s nascent ferry system. However, as with everything else these days, the novel coronavirus got in the way. In response to the ongoing crisis, the NYC Ferry program is reducing service by an additional 20-percent. Three routes are permanently reconfigured, including the Corlears Hook line, which […]

Scarr’s Pizza Reopens Today for Pickup and Delivery

On the sidelines for two months, Scarr’s Pizza reopens on the Lower East Side today. The popular Orchard Street pizzeria had shuttered in mid-March, just as the COVID-19 pandemic seized control of the city. Customers can order only for pickup or delivery (via Caviar); no slices. Still no word on how this extended closure ultimately […]

POP International Galleries ‘Collects for Cause’

Hello Art Lovers! This one’s for you. Starting tomorrow, and running through June 20, POP International Galleries (whose brick and mortar is 195 Bowery) will be presenting an online group charity exhibit suitably named “Collect for Cause.” The event will feature a mix of new and familiar faces. From the POP Press Release: No one […]

MooShoes Permanently Closes its LA Store Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Popular vegan shoe store, MooShoes, permanently closed its Los Angeles satellite earlier this month. The retail outpost had been in business on the West Coast since 2014. Six years later, it’s done in by the novel coronavirus. The shutter does not affect the Lower East Side original, which has been out of commission due to […]

Man Seriously Injured in Stabbing at Ludlow and Delancey

Cops say that a man was seriously injured in a stabbing on the fringe of Hell Square late Monday night. The twenty-something was stabbed in the “upper abdominal” area during an altercation with an unknown assailant near the northeast corner of Ludlow and Delancey Streets. The police report noted a “large pool of blood” on […]