No Longer Empty’s ‘If You Build It’ Opens at Harlem’s Sugar Hill

BN-DK572_0625em_G_20140625125653Wall Street Journal | June 25, 2014 | By Jessica Dawson

Over the past week, Harlem’s David Adjaye-designed Sugar Hill Apartments teemed with workers readying the building for August occupancy, as well as artists carting in piano keys, sheets of stainless steel and golden inner tubes.

“And they’re all competing for the same elevator,” said Ellen Baxter, executive director of Broadway Housing Communities, the nonprofit behind the Sugar Hill Project, a complex that will include more than 100 residences for low-income and homeless families.

The artists were there for “If You Build It,” an ambitious group exhibition opening Thursday. Ahead of the complex’s opening, Broadway Housing Communities invited No Longer Empty, an arts organization that specializes in staging exhibitions in places that rarely see contemporary art, to install a show linked to the neighborhood. At Sugar Hill, it has taken over several floors with site-specific installations and other works.

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