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 by […]

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.” […]

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 historical […]

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-based […]

…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 por […]

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 ordinary […]

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 gentlemen […]

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 manners […]

“HIP-HOP: THEN, NOW & TOMORROW,” PANEL on News 12

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, […]

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.” […]

Reports of art scene’s death are exaggerated

Artists say change defines their relationship with Mott Haven
Hatuey Ramos Fermin sits in the most famous apartment in Mott Haven, recording a podcast called “South Bronx Filter.”
Fermin is the current tenant of Apartment 3A at 309 Alexander Avenue, which housed the Blue Bedroom where for two years his friend Blanka Amezkua displayed the work of contemporary artists who agreed in exchange for the show to offer a workshop or discussion in the neighborhood.

Barri-o-rama Hatuey Ramos Fermín

El artista plástico puertorriqueño Hatuey Ramos Fermín caminó por todas las calles de El Barrio en la ciudad de Nueva York tomando fotos de cada uno de los sitios donde se puede comprar productos frescos para cocinar en la casa. Esta travesía y documentación son parte de una exhibición que comienza el viernes, 3 de junio en Taller Boricua y lleva por nombre Barri-o-rama.

Conversation Series Launches in Mott Haven

A local artist has developed a new way for people all over the country to stay on top of what’s happening in the Bronx.

From artist Blanka Amezkua’s former Bronx Blue Bedroom Project on 309 Alexander Avenue, fellow artist and friend Hatuey Ramos Fermin has developed a monthly podcast for Bronx residents and others nationwide to enjoy.

A Tightly Knit and Diverse Arts Scene Grows in the Bronx

Artist and educator Hatuey Ramos Fermin moved to the Bronx in 2007 to jump-start his career in New York after completing his studies in the Netherlands. An enticing mix of affordable housing and teaching opportunities lured Fermin to the South Bronx. Four years later, he has yet to leave.

Drawings by Mexican Artist, Aurelio Del Muro On Display

Coqui Mexicano, who is not just a restaurant in Melrose but a local cultural institution, will be hosting, “Drawings From the Story, “¿Un Anhelo?” – Aurelio Del Muro.” The exhibit is curated Hatuey Ramos -Fermin who is a self-described multimedia artist.

Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Battle Draws Fresh Voices

Last week, fifteen Bronx high school students added their voices to the volatile mix of dialogue over the redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory, a former National Guard ammunitions warehouse in the Bronx.

Dispatching Art In Real Time

On speaking with Fermín, he explained to me his early encounters of using cab services when he arrived in the Bronx. These encounters initiated his idea for Transmit-Transit.

A Playful Take on Serious Matters: The Center for Urban Pedagogy

By Rebecka Gordan for [ polis ] blog: Collecting my thoughts after six months as an architectural reporter in New York City, one of my most memorable encounters was undoubtedly with the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). I wrote three articles on this Brooklyn-based organization, two in print and one online. What makes this non-profit so special is the way […]

Los taxis de NY que no son amarillos en Diálogo Digital

La vida de un taxista. Cuántas veces alguien se detiene a pensar en la cotidianidad de ese conductor (o conductora) que lo lleva de un sitio a otro. Cómo es su oficio un día cualquiera, el domingo “día familiar” por excelencia. Hombres y mujeres que pasan -a menudo- hasta 18 horas con el trasero entumecido recibiendo direcciones de todos. Del centro de transmisión, de los clientes que cambian de parecer cuando el aparato móvil se lo indica: “No, mejor déjame en la otra calle, perdona…”

Review and Interview with Hatuey Ramos Fermin

BY Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga for his blog

Puerto Rican publication, Dialogo Digital ran a review and interview of “Transmit-Transit” Hatuey Ramos Fermin’s first solo show in NYC that I curated. The article presents an in depth interview with Hatuey regarding the development and concepts behind the exhibition currently on exhibit at the Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos in the Bronx.