NLE Labs Presents: ‘Intersecting Imaginaries’ At The Old Concourse Plaza Hotel

The Concourse Plaza Hotel/ Image via No Longer Empty
The Concourse Plaza Hotel/ Image via No Longer Empty

From No Longer Empty:

Intersecting Imaginaries
900 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 19, 7-10pm
Viewing Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 2-8pm; Saturday & Sunday, 12-6pm

No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab (NLE Lab) is pleased to present Intersecting Imaginaries at 900 Grand Concourse, a site-responsive exhibition curated by Natasha Bunzl, Dalaeja Foreman, Paola Gallio, Mary Kay Judy, Eva Mayhabal Davis, Lindsey O’Connor, Walter Puryear, and Emilia Shaffer-Del Valle. Including sculpture, photography, installation, video, works on paper and commissioned works by Bronx-based and tri-state area artists, Intersecting Imaginaries considers mapping as a method for understanding place, time, and identity.

The title of the exhibition is borrowed from the philosophical concept of the social imaginary, which considers community to be composed of human interaction and perceived connection. Intersecting Imaginaries melds this abstract understanding with an acknowledgement of external circumstance, presenting a constellation of works that speak to memory and lived experience as composite parts of a map, and as the binding fibers of community.

Facing the Bronx Supreme Courthouse, and mere blocks from Yankee Stadium, the storefront sits in a highly frequented intersection of the South Bronx. These landmarks, each controversial in their own right, arouse singular stories within a diverse borough that inform the cultural and sociopolitical discussion at the heart of the exhibition. The site has served many functions: it was once a ballroom as part of the Concourse Plaza Hotel, a diner, a thrift store, and now stands empty, sharing walls with housing provided by the Mid-Bronx Senior Citizen Council. Remnants of its former lives are evident in the raw space, serving as inspiration and context for works that navigate body politics, racial identity, communities in flux, and the natural environment as both separate and intersecting realities.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a series of public programs will explore a complex vision of the culture and the current environment of the South Bronx, while drawing parallels across all five boroughs, and to cities around the world. Check back for updates.

ArtistsElia Alba / Arthur Avilés and Nicolás Dumit EstévezBronx Photo League / Linda CunninghamJosué Guarionex / Giorgio Guidi / Ariel JacksonSo Yoon Lim / Laura Napier / Anne Percoco and Ellie Irons / Amy PryorDavid Shrobe / Manuela Viera-Gallo

The 2015 NLE Curatorial Lab is supported by the Dedalus Foundation, Puffin Foundation, and, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Special thanks: Andrew Freedman Home / Bronx Council on the Arts / Bronx Museum / Ed García Conde / Sara Guerrero / Rachel Gugelberger / Naomi Hersson-Ringskog / Patra Jongjitirat / Jennie K. Lamensdorf / Shaun Leonardo / Larisa Leventon / Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Council / Residency Unlimited / Manon Slome / Lindsay Smilow  / Jeffrey Walkowiak.

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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.