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April 8, 2012
Jose F. Avila, Ava Avila, Thomas A. Avila, Jeff Bliumis, Teofilo Garcia, Diega Jaime, Alina Bliumis, Sulma Arzu-Bbrown, Bella - Victoria Brown, Maurice Brown, Escolastico Arzu, Isidra Sabio, Dwight Dockery, Monica Bernardez, Suleni T. Sabio Arzu Brown, Sparkle, Perla Gonzales
C-print, 24 x 24 in

A Painting For A Family Dinner / Bronx, NY
April 4 - June 4, 2012

In early April, we placed the following call for participation in local media and via social networking sites to Bronx residents:

"Husband and wife artist team are offering a painting in exchange for an invitation to a family dinner. Please email or call for more info."

Over the next month, we had meals with thirteen families all over the Bronx. Along the way, we met wonderful people, had meaningful conversations, enjoyed tasty meals and gained a new perspective on the Bronx community.

Here are just some of the things we learned:
government officials compose trance tracks after work while their kids get down to the beat in the kitchen; having a chef for mom doesn't mean you can't sneak scraps from the bottom of the pan; Garifunas ROCKS; stories and dancing make excellent side dishes; the Bronx has perfected a musical child delivery; live birds and stuffed toys are family members; bronxmama is expecting; a retirement home can be a museum; a Shabbat dinner can be full of adventures; the locals are taking initiative in education; an artist-mother-wife with friends from all over the world can handle it all; the definition of clamdigger and musselsucker on City Island; the pros and cons of Puerto Rican independence; and a New York Botanical Garden employee has mastered the art of cooking a perfect Thai feast.

All thirteen paintings stayed in the families. But the resulting series of thirteen photo family portraits, A Painting for a Family Dinner / Bronx, NY was part of No Longer Empty's This Side of Paradise exhibition and was on display at The Bronx Museum of the Arts NY, April 4 - June 4, 2012. Presentation included: a series of thirteen photographs, 24 x 24 in each / "Thank You for Your Dinner!" painting, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24 in / call for participation print out, 5 x 7 in.

Special thanks: Manon Slome, NoLongerEmpty team, Holly Block, Sergio Bessa, and Lia Zaaloff. Thanks to all the families.

Photographer: Anton Trofymov

Press and media: Artnet Magazine, Bronx Channel 12, The Daily News, NY1 News, and Voice of America, bronxmama.com, seriouseats.com, nycfoodiegirl.com

A Painting For A Family Dinner PROJECT DESCRIPTION >>>





March 24, 2012
Alina Bliumis, Natalia, Pavlo, Ani, Liliya, Pavlo, Bohdan, Inga Koroleva, Jeff Bliumis
C-print, 24 x 24 in
March 29, 2012
Alina Bliumis, Emma Simon, Laura Kaufman Simon, Josei Simon, Jeff Bliumis
C-print, 24 x 24 in
April 10, 2012
Alina Bliumis, Jahsaia, Maiysha, Lohan, Jeff Bliumis
C-print, 24 x 24 in



April 15, 2012
Jeff Bliumis, Gayle Snible, Charlotte Snible, Lambie, Ed Snible, Alina Bliumis, Betty, Lothar
C-print, 24 x 24 in
April 16, 2012
Jeff Bliumis, Nicole Perrino, Briana Geronimo, Luis Geronimo, Shazia T. Khan, Alina Bliumis
C-print, 24 x 24 in
April 17, 2012
Jeff Bliumis, Jeanette Gordon, Sherryl Minott, Alina Bliumis, Beth Mintz, Fay Weingarten, Howard A. Zeimer, Ruth Lasner, Alice Sebastian
C-print, 24 x 24 in



April 27, 2012
Jeff Bliumis, Avi B, Erin M, Alex, Judy G, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Jack Ukeles, Alina Bliumis
C-print, 24 x 24 in
April 27, 2012
Alina Bliumis, Sasha Wilson, Magnolia Sibley-Wilson, Delphinium Sibley-Wilson, Kendra Sibley, Jeff Bliumis
C-print, 24 x 24 in
April 29, 2012
Jeff Bliumis, Woorim Kim, Cesar A. Grullon, Eija Barends, Alicia Grullon, Johan Barends, Ignacio Cltoi, Elielle Barends, Alina Bliumis
C-print, 24 x 24 in



May 5, 2012
Jeff Bliumis, Noemi Santana, Manny "Megman" Oquendo, Ezra Oquendo, Beatrice Tinio, Francisco "Paco" Lugovina, Alina Bliumis
C-print, 24 x 24 in
May 6, 2012
Alina Bliumis, Andres Soto Burgos, Sandra Burgos Hidalgo, Xavier Soto Burgos, Israel Soto Duprey, Nena, Jeff Bliumis
C-print, 24 x 24 in
May 6, 2012
Alina Bliumis, Jeff Bliumis, Hector L. Lopez, Nicolas R. Provenzano, Leana J. Lopez, Narunee Meesawan, Manaswinee Meesawan, Astro Boy, Tera Meesawan
C-print, 24 x 24 in