Open Studios
November 10–November 11, 2017

Fall Open Studios

Opening Reception: Friday, November 10, 6–9pm
Open Hours: Saturday, November 11, 1–8pm

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) Fall Open Studios is a two-day exhibition of international contemporary art presented by the 36 artists and curators from 22 countries currently in residence. Twice a year only, ISCP offers the public access to the inner sanctum of artists’ and curators’ studios to view artwork and share one-on-one conversations. In these current times, spaces for open discourse are more important than ever—we invite the public to engage in dialogue around contemporary art with arts professionals from across the globe. Concentrated in a three-story postindustrial loft building on the edge of Bushwick, ISCP has supported the creative advancement of residents for over twenty years, with a robust program of private individual workspaces and professional benefits.

Concrete Truth: Art and the Documentary will be on view during Open Studios. Concrete Truth considers vital questions around fact and image-making. The exhibition presents recent lens-based works positioned at the boundary of art and the documentary. It takes stock of documentary art work produced in the last few years, and highlights the various ways artists represent political and social realities in an age of global disinformation. Artists in the exhibition include Edgardo Aragón, Eric Baudelaire, Paolo Cirio, Maryam Jafri, belit sağ, and Krista Belle Stewart. The exhibition is curated by Kari Conte.

Artworks from the 2017 ISCP Benefit Auction will be on view in the Project Space.  

ISCP’s Offsite Project Cheon pyo Lee: Alibi of Autonomy will be taking place at El Museo de Los Sures, located at 120 South 1st Street, Brooklyn.

Open Studios participating artists and curators: Knut Åsdam (Norway), Elaine Byrne (United States/Ireland), Naomi Campbell (United States/Japan), Paolo Cirio (United States/Italy), Lourdes Correa-Carlo (United States), Alexis Dahan (United States/France), Cem Dinlenmiş (Turkey), Constant Dullaart (The Netherlands), Deborah Edmeades (Canada), Christian Falsnaes (Denmark), Carolina Falkholt (Sweden), Søren Thilo Funder (Denmark), Doreen Garner (United States), Camilo Godoy (United States/Colombia), Jude Griebel (United States/Canada), André Hemer (New Zealand/Germany), Mark Hilton (United States), Jess Johnson (Australia/New Zealand), Marte Danielsen Jølbo (Norway), Eli Kerr (Canada), Maria Lalou (Greece/The Netherlands), Antonia Low (Germany/United Kingdom), Lucy McKenna (Ireland), Elisabeth Molin (Denmark), Anna Nykyri (Finland), Mathias Pöschl (Austria), Liutauras Psibilskis (United States), Pia Rönicke (Denmark), Katharina Schilling (Germany), Lisa Seebach (Germany), Fuyuka Shindo (Japan), Anne de Vries (The Netherlands), Anu Vahtra (Estonia), Raul Valverde (United States/Spain), Entang Wiharso (United States/Indonesia), and Shuhei Yamada (Japan).

Temporary tattoos designed by residents Cem Dinlenmiş and Jess Johnson will be provided free by Tattly throughout the event, and a limited edition by Cary Leibowitz will be available for purchase.

ISCP thanks the following residency sponsors: ACC – Asian Cultural Council; Aisho Miura Arts; Alfred Kordelin Foundation; Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst; Australia Council for the Arts; The Beckett Foundation; BKA – Bundeskanzleramt Österreich Kunst und Kultur / Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria; Canada Council for the Arts; Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec; Creative New Zealand; Danish Arts Foundation; Den Hielmstierne-Rosencroneske Stiftelse; Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center; The Fulbright Foundation in Greece; Hasselblad Foundation; IASPIS – The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists; The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation; James Wallace Arts Trust; The J.F. Costopoulos Foundation; KdFS Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen; Knud Højgaards Fond; Mondriaan Fonds; National Endowment for the Arts; The New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York City Council District 34; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur and Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung; OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway; Yoko Ono; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.; Rubicon Gallery; Danna and Ed Ruscha; SAHA Association; Senate Department for Culture and Europe; Toby Devan Lewis Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland; and Alice and Lawrence Weiner.

This program is supported, in part, by Arrogant Swine; Austrian Cultural Forum New York; Consulate General of Denmark in New York; Consulate General of Finland in New York; Consulate General of Sweden in New York; Google; Greenwich Collection, Ltd.; Lagunitas Brewing Company; Materials for the Arts; The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York; and Tattly.

ISCP thanks the members of Director’s Circle for their generous support: Anne Altchek, Janet Brief Ezersky, Karyn Issa Greenwald Ginsberg, Ellen Rachlin, Lori Reinsberg, Tracey Riese, Laurie Sprayregen, and Teri Volpert.

Opening Reception: Nov 10, 2017, 1–8pm

Exhibition
October 24, 2017–February 16, 2018

Concrete Truth: Art and the Documentary

Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 6–8pm

Concrete Truth: Art and the Documentary considers vital questions around fact and image-making. The exhibition presents recent lens-based works positioned at the boundary of art and the documentary.

During the last two decades, visual artists have revitalized documentary practices, facilitated by new media technologies and modes of circulation. Documentary approaches help us bear witness to both individual and collective realities, often using found footage, biographical narratives, textual documents, and historic reenactments. The artists in Concrete Truth respond to times of crisis by interweaving documentary practices, aesthetics and ethics. Several artists in the exhibition employ documentary formats as a strategy to construct counter-narratives, in works that deal with a range of concerns including the histories of Indigenous peoples, the role of media in political conflict, internet ethics, the abuse of governmental power, and archives and copyright issues.

Artists in the exhibition include Edgardo Aragón, Eric Baudelaire, Paolo Cirio, Maryam Jafri, belit sağ, and Krista Belle Stewart.

Concrete Truth: Art and the Documentary takes stock of documentary art work produced in the last few years, and highlights the various ways artists represent political and social realities in an age of global disinformation. Among the works on view will be a video by Krista Belle Stewart that combines 1960s documentary footage of the artist’s mother at the beginning of her career as British Columbia’s first Aboriginal public health nurse with her mother’s recent testimonies of the trauma she endured in an Indian Residential School. Current ISCP resident Paolo Cirio’s installation obfuscates the 15 million mugshots made public on internet databases for corporate profit. Photographs of the independence ceremonies of Asian and African nations are the subject of Maryam Jafri’s work, specifically looking at the ways these images have been illegally copyrighted by stock agencies and digitally “colonized.” Using landscape as a sign of the political climate, Eric Baudelaire traces the story of a young man from his troubled home in the Parisian suburbs to Syria, where he joins ISIS. Edgardo Aragón’s critical cartography and video of everyday conditions in Cachimbo, Mexico, demonstrates the crippling effects of foreign power. The amnesia of both public and personal memory—framed by a bombardment of contentious media images in Turkish politics—shapes belit sağ’s activist artwork.

Daily screening times of Eric Baudelaire’s work Also Known As Jihadi: 12pm, 2pm and 4pm

Tuesday, December 19, 2017: Paolo Cirio and Julia Powles will discuss Cirio’s work Obscurity and data protection.

Concrete Truth will be accompanied by additional public programs in early 2018, including a screening of new work by Tomáš Rafa and a lecture by Krista Belle Stewart, among other events.

This exhibition is curated by Kari Conte, Director of Programs and Exhibitions.

This program is supported, in part, by Greenwich Collection, Ltd., National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Council District 34; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Opening Reception: Oct 24, 2017, 6–8pm
Open Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–6pm
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Participating Residents

Offsite Project
Through January 17

Cheon pyo Lee: Alibi of Autonomy

The International Studio & Curatorial Program announces ISCP Ground Floor alumnus Cheon pyo Lee’s residency and ongoing project, Alibi of Autonomy at El Museo de Los Sures.

The artist will organize a variety of activities in the space and continue his studio practice with weekly open hours. Over the course of three months, these activities will include a screening of videos on the subject of second languages in collaboration with Video Snack; an exhibition of design products intended to enhance childhood development; a collective mapping session with the Queens College MFA program, Social Practice Queens; and a food related program with the School for Poetic Computation. Lee’s residency will close with the premiere screening of videos from his multi-year project, Alibi of Autonomy. Lee initiated this project in collaboration with writers Razmig Bedirian and Amir Ahmadi Arian, developing a book of short stories involving his collection of receipts from artist residencies in Basel and Swansea. These stories serve as material for the Alibi of Autonomy video works that Lee will produce during his residency.

Cheon pyo Lee (born 1980, South Korea) has a multidisciplinary practice that involves the creation of films and installations, and organizing curatorial projects with the curatorial collective, AGWF. AGWF’s projects address a variety of themes, and are stylistically marked with absurdity, play, and experimentation. Lee completed his undergraduate studies at the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago and his MFA at Yale University.

The events mentioned above will be announced periodically on this event page:

  • Saturday October 14, 5–8pm: Opening Reception of Impossible Child, a collection of child wares by Arthur Brum, Erik Gonzalez, and Diego Leclery. Impossible Child fosters autonomy in early childhood, promotes physical and spiritual risk-taking for young bodies and minds, and arms those in the earliest stages of development. On view through October 28, 2017.

This residency is coordinated by Juliana Cope, Director of Development and Programs Manager.

El Museo de Los Sures was founded by Southside United HDFC-Los Sures former Executive Director Ramon Peguero along with colleagues from Cornell University and Churches United for Fair Housing to preserve the history of the neighborhood’s residents.

This project is the ninth collaboration between Los Sures and ISCP. It is made possible in part, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, New York City Council District 34, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation. Cheon pyo Lee’s 2016 Ground Floor Program residency at ISCP was supported in part by Yoko Ono, Alice and Lawrence Weiner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and New York City Council District 34.

  • Closing Reception: Thursday, January 11, 6–8pm
  • Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 11am–7pm
  • Location: El Museo de Los Sures, 120 South 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Participating Residents