This Side of a Postmodern Paradise: No Longer Empty in the Andrew Freedman Home

By  Caroline Bauer for Untapped Cities The two-month run of This Side of Paradise, the much celebrated exhibit by No Longer Empty, is quickly coming to a close. Last minute viewers have until June 5th to see the works of 34 artists occupying the Andrew Freedman Home (1125 Grand Concourse) before it closes this Tuesday. Since theContinue reading “This Side of a Postmodern Paradise: No Longer Empty in the Andrew Freedman Home”

The Serrano Report, Vol. IX, #11

In the Bronx Unveiling Pro-Immigrant Art Made from Anti-Immigrant Bricks Jose Serrano’s Newsletter reports Last Saturday, Congressman Serrano joined Hostos Community College President Dr. Félix Matos Rodríguez, community leaders, and artist Hatuey Ramos-Fermín to unveil a the first part of a newly installed art feature at the Hostos Memorial Plaza. The Conversing Bricks installation, whichContinue reading “The Serrano Report, Vol. IX, #11”

“Wall of Hope” artwork at Hostos Community College

By TANYANIKA SAMUELS for the New York Daily News Hundreds of bricks once used as anti-immigrant messages are finding a new artistic purpose in one of the borough’s most diverse communities. Artist Hatuey Ramos-Fermín is creating a two-part art installation piece called “Conversing Bricks” at Hostos Community College in Mott Haven. The installation uses bricks thatContinue reading ““Wall of Hope” artwork at Hostos Community College”

Immigration Opponents’ Bricks Repurposed For A Respectful Bronx Artwork

  By: Natasha Ghoneim for NY1 Immigration reform inspires passionate views, and hundreds of bricks sent to members of Congress to oppose amnesty have now formed a pro-immigrant artistic installation at Hostos Community College in the Bronx. NY1’s Natasha Ghoneim filed the following report. During the heat of the immigration reform debate several years ago, peopleContinue reading “Immigration Opponents’ Bricks Repurposed For A Respectful Bronx Artwork”

Un muro de tolerancia se alza en el Bronx.

POR: Carolina Ledezma / EDLP   El Bronx.- En 2006, grupos antiinmigrantes se unieron para enviar a congresistas en Washington más de 20,000 ladrillos con consignas en pro de la construcció n de un muro y otras medidas para reforzar la seguridad fronteriza.   Seis años después, en la plaza memorial del Hostos Community College (HCC)Continue reading “Un muro de tolerancia se alza en el Bronx.”

This Side of Paradise

Rebecca Rothberg for Whitehot Magazine The conflicted protagonists in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novels, Amory Blaine of This Side of Paradise (literary inspiration for the title of No Longer Empty’s exhibition) and Jay Gatsby of The Great Gatsby, are inherently nostalgic characters. Imbued with an innate yearning for what was, what never will be, they are both perpetually dissatisfied byContinue reading “This Side of Paradise”

A 5-year exhibition kicks off with a ‘Shout Out from the Bronx’

by TANYANIKA SAMUELS for the NY Daily News After losing her job, artist Melissa Calderón took out her grandmother’s sewing box and channeled her frustrations into embroidery. After losing her job, artist Melissa Calderón took out her grandmother’s sewing box and channeled her frustrations into embroidery.  The result is a telling series she’s dubbed “My Unemployed Life.”Continue reading “A 5-year exhibition kicks off with a ‘Shout Out from the Bronx’”

This Side of Paradise: A Bronx Art and Culture Hub

by Christine Licata for Artlog Through June 1, the once insular and exclusive Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx has been transformed by site-specific exhibition facilitatorsNo Longer Empty into This Side of Paradise, a progressive arts and culture tour de force of thirty-two emerging and established artists, local cultural institutions, and community collaborations. Offering a rare historicalContinue reading “This Side of Paradise: A Bronx Art and Culture Hub”

Cyclists Plan a Month-Long Celebration of Bronx Biking for May

by Patrick Wall for DNAinfo   GRAND CONCOURSE — Waves of helmeted cyclists could come rolling down the Grand Concourse next month as part of a project meant to draw attention to the Bronx’s fleet of riders, while also highlighting the work that remains to make The Bronx a true bikers’ borough. A pair of Mott Haven-basedContinue reading “Cyclists Plan a Month-Long Celebration of Bronx Biking for May”

…de la Trienal Poli/Gráfica: El Panal/TheHive y un contrapunto

por Julieta Muñoz para la revista Cruce “[N]uestra premisa es que la actitud apropiada es una apertura inteligente ante las manifestaciones del arte contemporáneo que implican una saludable sacudida frente a un testarudo atascamiento en lo tradicional, pero también una firmeza necesaria contra cierto tipo de irracionalidad en tal ruptura, así como el afán porContinue reading “…de la Trienal Poli/Gráfica: El Panal/TheHive y un contrapunto”

Works by 32 artists show borough’s many sides at Freedman Home

By Amora McDaniel for the Hunts Point Express Once known as the “home for poor millionaires,” an elegant mansion on the Grand Concourse has burst to glittering life as the home of a new art exhibit featuring 32 artists whose work meditates on the Bronx’s past and future. Connoisseurs and artists mixed with hundreds of ordinaryContinue reading “Works by 32 artists show borough’s many sides at Freedman Home”

ArtistS of the Week: Elizabeth Hamby and Hatuey Ramos-Fermin

By Cathleen Cueto for Swings and Arrows My dear friends Elizabeth Hamby and Hatuey Ramos-Fermin, two Bronx-based multimedia artists, are gearing up for a couple of fantastic projects this month. First, they’re going to be a part of a group exhibition at the Andrew Freeman Home, a former retirement home for the formerly well-to-do ladies and gentlemenContinue reading “ArtistS of the Week: Elizabeth Hamby and Hatuey Ramos-Fermin”

Uptown Palazzo Project

By RANDY KENNEDY for the NY Times When the Andrew Freedman Home opened in the Bronx in 1924, it looked like a limestone luxury liner sailing up the Grand Concourse, a grandiosity that advertised its odd function: a privately endowed retirement home for the formerly well-to-do, those who might have lost their money but not their mannersContinue reading “Uptown Palazzo Project”


The second Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) roundtable was moderated by Bill Aguado of the Bronx Music Heritage Center with guests: Patty Dukes and Reph Starr of Circa 95, Steven Sapp and Mildred Ruiz Sapp of UniVerses, Fred Ones, Jane Gabriels of Pepatian, and Rockafella of Full Circle Dance. Each of the roundtable participants has included within their body of work a sense of cultural and social justice.

Share, Where? at Newtown Creek

Check out congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck touring Newtown Creek with CUP’s latest youth education project “Share, Where?” The booklet takes a look at NYC’s Fair Share legislation two decades after its passage.

NYFA Immigrant Artist Project Newsletter

Transmit – Transit is a multimedia installation at “The (S) Files 2011.” One aspect of the piece is a video of interviews with Dominican cab drivers and dispatchers in the Bronx that is a short documentary about the difficulties of the trade.

ArtNexus Review of the Group Show The (S) Files 2011

ArtNexus ssue #82 01/09/2011 United States, New York Institution:El Museo del Barrio by: Raúl Díaz   El Museo del Barrio with venues at Chashama at the Donnell, Socrates Sculpture Park ¿ Queens, Lehman College Art Gallery ¿The Bronx, Times Square Alliance, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and the Bric Rotunda Gallery ¿Brooklyn. Political paradox, urban life,Continue reading “ArtNexus Review of the Group Show The (S) Files 2011”

The People’s Potluck at Taller Boricua Gallery

On Thursday, July 14th, I was invited to share an evening of food, friendship, and conversation at The People’s Potluck, a collaborative dinner and discussion group exploring ideas concerning living as conscious citizens in an interconnected global and local society.

El Museo’s Bienal: The (S) Files 2011

The “(S)” in this exhibition’s title stands for “Street,” and the show celebrates the “hood”—whether in East Harlem or El Salvador. Featuring the work of 75 Latino, Caribbean and Latin American emerging artists working in the greater New York area,

WNYC mentions Transmit – Transit

WNYC art critic Carolina A. Miranda included Transmit – Transit as part of the must see at El Museo del Barrio’s S-Files Biennial. Quote from her article: “One of the more stunning pieces in El Museo’s biennial is this sculpture by Hatuey Ramos-Fermín, which explores the working lives of livery cab drivers in East Harlem.”Continue reading “WNYC mentions Transmit – Transit”