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Art Teacher Participates in Bronx Exhibition

3/22/2012
Middle and Upper School art teacher Nicky Enright has a project featured in the No Longer Empty exhibition at the Andrew Freedman Home on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. Called This Side of Paradise, the exhibition aims to “reference the past and reconnect the vision of Andrew Freedman to today’s Bronx and its realities,” according to the No Longer Empty website.  
 
The Andrew Freedman Home was once built to be a haven—a paradise—for the rich elderly who had lost their fortunes. Bequeathed by millionaire Andrew Freedman, the Home provided not only food and shelter but all the accoutrements of a rich and civilized life style, such as white glove dinner service, a grand ball room, a wood-paneled library, billiard room, and a social committee who organized concerts, opera performances, and the like. The Home fell on hard times in the 1980s and although some parts of the building are used for a daycare center and for special events, most of the building has been closed off and unused.
 
Referencing this quixotic history, This Side of Paradise will reference the past and reconnect the vision of Andrew Freedman to today’s Bronx and its realities. Nicky’s project, installed in one of the home’s preserved ballrooms, features a deteriorating upright piano that he found upstairs, surrounded by old manual typewriters.
 
To learn more about the exhibition, see this New York Times article and/or No Longer Empty’s website. This Side of Paradise will be open to the public from April 4 through June 5.

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