When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out at Old Bronx Borough Courthouse

When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out at Old Bronx Borough Courthouse


When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out welcomes the public to enter and re-discover the cavernous interior of the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse that has been shuttered for 37 years.

The title of the show—a quote in reference to the process of Beat generation poet, William S. Burroughs—alludes to an approach to the site: the cutting, splicing, re-shuffling, re-wording, and re-purposing is attributed to not only the ongoing physical renovation of the building, but also to the speculation of its future role. How can this building transgress its past and ignite a new way into the future?

Twenty-seven New York artists were invited to use the monumental building as a creative production site, a character in a film, a sculptural form, a setting for dance performances, and a locale for community gatherings. Selected artworks and site-specific installations in sculpture, fresco painting, sound, and video are installed throughout the lower level, ground floor, and first floor.

On View | April 23 – July 19, 2015: Thursday–Sunday, 1–7pm
Opening Reception | Thursday, April 23, 6–9pm
Location | Old Bronx Borough Courthouse, 878 Brook Ave (at E 161 St & Third Ave)
Subway directions: 2 or 5 train to 3 Ave-149 St, walk northeast on Third Ave, left onto Brook Ave

Curated by Regine Basha for No Longer Empty

Juan Betancurth & Daniel Neumann / Daniel Bozhkov / Melissa Calderón / Beth Campbell / Paco Cao / Onyedika Chuke / Abigail DeVille / Teresa Diehl / Nicolás Dumit Estévez / Deborah Fisher & Paul Ramírez Jonas / Ellen Harvey / Skowmon Hastanan / Adam Helms / Iman Issa / Lady K Fever / Michelle Lopez / Iván Navarro /Shellyne Rodriguez / David Scanavino / Todd Shalom (Elastic City) / Lisa Sigal /Xaviera Simmons / Julianne Swartz / Valerie Tevere & Angel Nevarez

In collaboration with community partners, No Longer Empty will host cultural events and educational programs throughout the course of the exhibition. Events are free and open to the public!

Opening weekend events:
No Longer Bored Family Day: Planting Our Stories: Saturday, April 25, 1–4pm
Artist Spotlight: A BX200 Artist Tour: Sunday, April 26, 3–5pm
Neighborhood Map: Where a Village Became the Bronx

Please check our website for details on exhibiting artists and the calendar of events.