From left: Ricardo Gallo, Cecilia Vicuña and Samita Sinha


Cecilia Vicuña, Ricardo Gallo, and Samita Sinha

August 12, 5pm – 7pm

Eduardo Pavez Goye

August 19, 4pm – 6pm

Ricardo Gallo and Amirtha Kidambi

August 26, 5pm – 7pm

Join Francisca Benítez and friends for three upcoming concerts at Direct Action with special performances by Cecilia Vicuña, Ricardo Gallo, Samita Sinha, Eduardo Pavez Goye and Amirtha Kidambi.


Direct Action is a thought-provoking exhibition at Storefront by artist and activist 

Francisca Benítez that explores the material traces and performative rituals of protest

and solidarity in defense of public space. 


Direct Action by Francisca Benítez

June 17 – Sep 9, 2023

Wednesday – Saturday 12pm – 6pm

Read more about the exhibition here

Image: Food Mahjong Club 5, 2023. Courtesy of Food New York


Hosted by Food Mahjong Club

Tuesday August 29, 2023

6 – 10 pm

For our fifth Open Session, Food Mahjong Club brings their seasonal mahjong tournament to Storefront’s gallery and sidewalk, inviting the public to reconsider the meaning of creating spaces through network building and shared activity. Started by the architectural design studio Food New York, this club explores a version of an on the ground community center with firm roots in the neighborhood of Chinatown and its nearby surroundings. Participants will learn the game, compete in an amateur-friendly tournament, socialize, and snack and drink with friends, old and new.

Open Sessions are a series of evenings curated and hosted at Storefront by an invited guest during the last week of each month. These informal gatherings open a space for shared dialogue on critical issues surrounding the themes of Storefront’s yearlong research project, On the Ground. 

Read more about the event here

NOTE: This program has limited capacity. RSVP is required to attend


On the Ground: Broadcasts

Episode 2 – Void

On July 29, Storefront presented the second episode of On the Ground: Broadcasts, titled Void live on Montez Press Radio. This episode focuses on the various registers of emptiness across the built environment. The void is unpacked as spatial absences, erasure, unmet potential, permissive emptiness, liberating silences, and capital-driven failure. We explore the many languages of vacancy in New York City in dialogue with other socio-political contexts with shared challenges.

If you missed tuning in, it’s now available for listening here

Image: On the Ground: Broadcasts | Void, 2023. Courtesy of Montez Press Radio

Participants in this episode include: Dominique Petit-Frère from Limbo Accra who talks about Into the Void, a digital project aimed at archiving West Africa’s unfinished property developments and revitalizing their existence through collectivity and embracing liminal space. Dragonfly aka Robin LaVerne Wilson, member of The Stop Shopping Choir, brings us into The Earth Chrxch. Writer Jeremiah Moss, reads an excerpt from Feral City, a book they published in 2022 about life in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic. Artists Tom Burr and Carlos Motta think about multiple voids and their meaning in the context of queer life. Artist Ignacio Gatica has a conversation with Martha Snow from the Urban Design Forum and Gina Lee from the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development about their work on the hidden stories of vacancy in the city and their potential. Dia Art Foundation curator, Jordan Carter, reads an excerpt from a text by Glenn Ligon published in Artforum in September 2004, titled Black Light: David Hammons and The Poetics of Emptiness. Collaged within the episode are clips from archival videos and audio from artists Amanda Williams, Gordon Matta-Clark, June Jordan, Zoe Leonard, and Francisca Benítez.

Storefront’s On the Ground program is made possible through the support of the Graham Foundation, the Ruth Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the Storefront Circle and Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors. 
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