Jane’s Walk Bronx Art Spaces was a Success!

As tired as I was after the Jane’s Walk of Bronx Art Spaces last weekend, I was really pleased with how everything turned out. People from all over New York City and even from overseas, visited the No Longer Empty exhibit at the Old Bronx Courthouse, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx Art Space, and House of Visual. Even local restaurants Mott Haven Bar and Don Pancho’s Steakhouse offered specials to participants of the walk. The Saturday walk serendipitously coincided with Ceetay’s third anniversary celebration and an opening at Wall Works gallery, so some participants decided to stick around for that, which was amazing. Below are some of the pictures from the weekend. 🙂

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Join Me for a Jane’s Walk Exploring Bronx Art Spaces May 1st and 2nd!

I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be leading a Jane’s Walk on art spaces in the south Bronx next Friday (May 1st) and Saturday (May 2nd). We already know that our borough is home to a plethora of beautiful art spaces and artists and this walk will highlight some of them. We’ll be visiting the new No Longer Empty exhibit at the Old Bronx Courthouse, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx Art Space, and House of Visual. In short, it’s going to be awesome and best of all, it’s FREE!

Check out the details here.

A Bronx Paradise

Last night, was the extremely successful opening reception of No Longer Empty’s This Side of Paradise at the Andrew Freedman Home. I can’t even express how much I loved this event. From the flappers and dapper gentlemen ready for the speakeasy fundraiser to the wide variety of exhibits, there was something for everyone. And I really mean everyone, the place was packed! It was cool to see so many people in the Bronx for an art event like this (though, as you’ll see below there’s a Post-It note someone left on a mirror. I’m inclined to agree.)  For a little background info on what’s going on, check out my post about the Andrew Freedman Home’s makeover.

I took a ton of pictures (the longest slideshow on the blog to date!), look closely and you may see a piece that made an appearance from my visit to Linda Cunningham’s studio a couple of weeks ago.

Plus, I got to hang out with Adrien Brody.*

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*This is a lie. I did not hang out with Adrien Brody. I stood a few feet away from him and smiled awkwardly.

Andrew Freedman Home Gets Revamped

Nice to be back after a slow blogging week. What do you guys know about the Andrew Freedman home over on the Grand Concourse? The West Side is like another world! Luckily,  the Bronx Bohemian has a really great write up from ’09 that sums up its history nicely.

In short, Freedman was a wealthy man during the early 20th century who helped fund the first subway line. He enjoyed the finer things in life, as a true socialite would (I can totally relate), such as wine, theater, music, and art. In his will, he dedicated some of his money to a place that would house and assist elderly citizens who loved the arts like himself. The money ran out in the ’80s and then the Mid Bronx Senior Citizens Council took over.  They still use part of the building, but now there are new plans to use other parts of the building for a variety of activities. (Yay!)

The nonprofit, No Longer Empty has a dance performance event called Dance Here coming up on 4/28 as well as cooking demonstrations during ‘What’s Cooking in the Bronx’ weekend beginning 4/21. They have a lot of other things going on to, so it’s worth it to check out their website.

And, according to The Tourist Traps, there are also plans to turn part of it into a bed and breakfast. Interesting.