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No Longer Empty
by Wendy Dembo
on 10 July 2009
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No Longer Empty, a new non-profit group of artists and curators, finds unused (or should we say un-leased) storefronts in Manhattan and fills them with temporary art shows. The project revitalizes empty spaces by filling them with art, situates art in the public realm and supports work that touches on the theme of this current economic situation.

For an inaugural show, the old bait and tackle store on the ground floor of the Chelsea Hotel couldn't fit better. Curator and artist Michael Bevilacqua says that he used to do the same thing in L.A. about 20 years ago and decided to try it again in NYC. Participating artists include, Scott Campbell, Joseph Aloi, Tara de la Garza, Rita Barros, Kate Gilmore, and Raimundo Rubio, among others. With so many empty spaces around, they won't have a problem finding one for their next show.

More images after the jump.

No Longer Empty
Hotel Chelsea
Through July 18 2009
222 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011 map

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