Since 2010, the exhibition program has been dedicated to commissioning and presenting significant work by dynamic international artists underrepresented in New York City. Four exhibitions each year, organized by ISCP’s Director of Programs and Exhibitions include: a continuing series of thematic exhibitions; a solo exhibition by a current ISCP artist-in-residence; a solo exhibition by an ISCP alum; and an institutional residency exhibition. Based on exchange and the production of knowledge, each exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication with a new essay, available for free to the public in hard copy and online. Talks, panels and offsite projects are often presented in conjunction with exhibitions.
The 2017 exhibition program began with the group exhibition The Animal Mirror, followed by the solo exhibition by ISCP alumna Ghazel titled Mismappings. The Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos, an independent non-profit space based in Lagos, Nigeria was in residence in ISCP’s gallery from April through June 2017. The solo show Kiluanji Kia Henda: A City Called Mirage was presented throughout the summer, and Concrete Truth, the final exhibition of 2017, is on view starting October 24, 2017.
Past ISCP exhibitions have included the first solo exhibitions in the United States by artists Leung Chi Wo, Nanna Debois Buhl, Petra Feriancova, Foundland, Maider Lopez, Maria Rapicavoli, and Stefanos Tsivopoulos. Group exhibitions have included Factory Makers, The Power to Host, Secondary Witness, and The Field is to the Sky, Only Backwards.
In 2015, the project space on the ground floor was refitted for exhibition purposes, and is employed for a variety of presentations. From Fall 2015 to Spring 2016, Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies collaborated with ISCP to stage seven separate solo exhibitions. In 2017, the Project Space program of exhibitions includes the solo show women boxed by Ground Floor resident Elaine Byrne, a group exhibition curated by Master’s candidate at CCS, Bard College Pat Elifritz titled Gazelle Lost in Watts, a solo show by ISCP alumna Ayesha Kamal Khan: Extraction and a one-artist exhibition curated by ISCP alumna Hsiang-Ning Huang.
ISCP Talks presents panel discussions, lectures, and conversations throughout the year on a wide range of topics related to contemporary art. This series includes talks by leading artists and curators, discussions hosted in partnership with other arts organizations, and semi-monthly public Salons by ISCP residents.
ISCP began to commission and produce offsite projects in 2011 by current residents and alumni. Through connecting residents to resources in the immediate neighborhood and Greater New York, this program supports resident and alumni practices, strengthens the vitality of East Williamsburg and integrates residents’ work into the life of the city. Not limited to a singular form of social or public practice, ISCP is interested in responding to resident needs, with a focus on temporary site-specific work in the public realm. ISCP seeks out meaningful partnerships with other organizations including the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, New York City Department of Transportation Urban Art Program, Moore Street Market and Southside United HDFC El Museo de Los Sures, and provides funding for selected commissions.