“I’m there tomorrow,” said Omo Misha. “Please pop by to see the ‘HOME’ exhibit. It’s part of It’s No Longer Empty, on St. Nicholas at 155th Street. The big black building. You can’t miss it!”
She’s right, you can’t miss the glimmering black Sugar Hill housing site, which is still under construction by Broadway Housing Communities and now the temporary home of No Longer Empty’s “If You Build It,” which runs through Aug. 10.
I strongly suggest that all interested New Yorkers, especially artists of color, make a beeline to see the art, which is housed inside studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. A selection of the apartments are set aside for modest- to low-income families and struggling artists.
Art installations fill the third and ninth floors, which are often accompanied by performance art and music, and for some exhibits, the artists are present to share the inspiration behind their work.
“There are many grant opportunities available to artists,” shared theater director Bernard Robert Bennett, who was stationed at the Harlem Art Alliance (headed by Executive Director, Linda Walton) dynamic space, housed inside a one-bedroom apartment on the ninth floor. He continued, “Once a month, the Alliance chairs a meeting, and there you find out about opportunities like this: grants, collaborations and housing opportunities throughout the city. People of color are generous by nature, despite the media’s continual depictions otherwise.”
The organization No Longer Empty transforms vacant real estate into world-class cultural destinations, showcasing original works by new and established artists.
Since 2009, No Longer Empty has launched the careers of many artists, some of whom have had their installations purchased by museums.
The “HOME” exhibition, now housed inside the sprawling Sugar Hill apartment complex, includes exhibitions and installations by well-known artists and cultural organizations, including the aforementioned Harlem Arts Alliance, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Art in Flux, Dread Scott, Radcliffe Bailey, Hank Willis and Shani Peters.
Misha’s “HOME” features the work of the following artists: Christopher Trullio, Danny Simmons, D.H. Caranda Martin, Ese’ Alexis, Grace Aneiza Ali, Janie Patrignani, John K. Lawson, Kathleen Granados, Laura Gadson, M. Tony Peralta, Negin Sharifzadeh and Tomo Mori.
As a special addition to Misha’s exhibition, visitors are invited to create small collages that will be bound together in a book and then auctioned off at the end of the exhibition.
Each collage expresses something about home, and the proceeds from the auction of the book will be donated to Broadway Housing Communities and their programs which help families transition out of homelessness.
All are invited to stop by and create a collage page through July 27.