The final days have come to pass for one of the most innovative art sites in the Bronx – the multi-artist/multi-organizational show This Side of Paradise at the Andrew Freedman Home on the Grand Concourse.
For the past several months, visitors have entered the long-shuttered gates, crossed the lawn under gigantic trees, and entered once-grand rooms where formerly wealthy seniors sat out their golden years to experience two floors of art works by Bronx sculptors, painters, videomakers, and installation artists. Take a look at the entrance and first floor.
No Longer Empty organized the project with participation by members of The Bronx Arts Alliance, featuring new works, Bronx collections, and recent artist-in-residence programs. On the second floor: The Bronx Documentary Center displayed Tim Hetherington’s film Diary in a wreck of a room; Wave Hill’s artist Adam Parker Smith bedazzled another nearby room; and photographer Sylvia Plachy placed her 1980 Village Voice portraits of the former residents in Room 246 amid furniture and knick-knacks evoking her long-ago visit.