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Architecture & Design and Visual Arts

April 04 2012 to June 05 2012

Opening Reception Wed April 4th 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Thursday 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Friday 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

 
 
1125 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10452


On April 4, 2012, the gates of the Andrew Freedman Home will open to the public. The 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 – 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.

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. The exhibition and its extensive public programming onsite and offsite will draw together the economic and social history of the Home with the present day realities of the Bronx and its residents.

The selected artists' will work in a site-specific manner and will respond to such issues as memory, immigration, storytelling, aging and the creation of fantasy that the original concept of the Home “being poor in style” suggests. This Side of Paradise will celebrate human ingenuity, the strength of the human spirit and the resilience needed to fashion beauty, hope and rejoicing.





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