October 8–December 6, 2019


Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 6–8pm

Ungrounded is a group exhibition featuring the work of the seven artists in residence in ISCP’s Ground Floor Program. The exhibition considers—from many vantage points—today’s political, social, and ecological urgencies. Works include a compilation of words in need of safeguarding painted by Danilo Correale; Simone Couto’s multimedia presentation of immigrant stories spanning 150 years in 2 x 2; Furen Dai’s two-dimensional work examining global census forms; Mariajosé Fernández-Plenge’s photographic exploration of the fine line between mental illness and compulsive habits in Small Obsessions; Jude Griebel’s latest figurative sculpture highlighting dystopic paranoia; Joshua Liebowitz’ Proof Burdens – No1an ongoing multimedia project investigating grievance in the United States; and Alison Nguyen’s every dog has its day, a video made with consumer-produced media highlighting the connections between religion, self, and technology.

These artists in residence are all part of a program that offers subsidized workspace and professional development for New York City-based artists. Launched in 2015, Ground Floor at ISCP takes place on the first floor of ISCP in tandem with ISCP’s international residency program, forming an integral part of a dynamic community of artists and curators from all over the world.

Artists in the exhibition: Danilo Correale, Simone Couto, Furen Dai, Mariajosé Fernandez-Plenge, Jude Griebel, Joshua Liebowitz, and Alison Nguyen.

Ungrounded is organized by Alexandra Friedman, Programs Associate, ISCP.

Public Programs:

  • October 8, 6–8pm: Opening reception in ISCP’s Project Space with a performance by Simone Couto at 7 pm.
  • November 19, 6:30–8pm: Film screening and discussion on gun violence in the United States, led by Joshua Liebowitz with additional speakers to be announced.

About the artists:

Danilo Correale (born Italy) analyzes aspects of human life, such as labor-leisure, and sleep under the lenses of time and body. His work has been presented in Broken Nature-Triennale Milano and the Vienna Biennale. He has exhibited his work at The MAC, Belfast; Art in General, New York; and La Loge, Brussels. He was awarded the 2017 New York Prize for Italian Young Art. In 2017, Correale was a research fellow at Columbia University, New York.

Simone Couto (born Brazil) is an interdisciplinary artist. Her private and collective practices explore the history of places. She has exhibited at Pioneer Works, The Invisible Dog Art Center, Electronic Arts Intermix, El Museo de Los Sures, Momenta Art, all New York. She has participated in several residencies, including Hafnarborg-The Hafnarfjörður Centre Of Culture and Fine Art; The Studios of MASS MoCA, North Adams, and NURTUREart, New York. She is on the faculty at the School of Visual Art, New York.

Furen Dai (born China) has a practice focused largely on the economy of the cultural industry, and how languages lose function, usage, and history. Dai’s hybrid art practice utilizes video, sound, sculpture, painting and collaboration. Her years as a professional translator and interest in linguistic studies have guided her artistic practice since 2015. She has exhibited work at The National Art Center, Tokyo; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Athens Digital Arts Festival; and Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival, among others.

Mariajosé Fernández-Plenge (born Peru) works primarily with photography, sculpture, and installation. Her practice demonstrates her interest in the effects of time. Her work has been shown internationally including Casa de América, Madrid; the United States Embassy in Peru and MATE Museo Mario Testino, Lima; and the International Center of Photography, New York, among others.

Jude Griebel (born Canada) is a figurative sculptor, who has completed numerous residencies including The Studios of MASS MoCA, North Adams and HALLE 14, Leipzig. His major sculptural commission Tired Water was installed earlier this year in the Telus Spark, Calgary. Recent exhibitions include the Esker Foundation, Calgary and Galerie Sturm, Nuremberg. Griebel is a three-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for Emerging Figurative Artists and his work is in collections including Arsenal Contemporary Art, Montreal and the Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee.

Joshua Liebowitz (born United States) pursues research-based practices and works across diverse media. In his work, he addresses the absurdity of the human condition. Liebowitz’ most recent solo exhibition was on view at this year’s SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York. His work has been presented at CAFA Art Museum, Beijing; NARS Foundation, Pioneer Works, and St. Mark’s Church, all New York. Liebowitz ‘s projects have been written about in a variety of publications and media, including ARTNews, The Atlantic, Gothamist, and Art F City.

Alison Nguyen (born United States) explores the ways in which images are produced, disseminated, and consumed within the current media landscape, exposing the socio-political conditions from which they arise. She has presented work at Ann Arbor Film Festival; CROSSROADS presented by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Channels Festival International Biennial of Video Art, Melbourne; Microscope Gallery, New York and AC Gallery, Beijing, among others. She has participated in residencies and/or been awarded fellowships from The Institute of Electronic Arts, Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Art Center, and BRIC. In 2018, Nguyen was featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.

This exhibition is supported by Yoko Ono; Alice and Lawrence Weiner; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York City Council District 34; The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation; Danna and Ed Ruscha; and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Hartfield Foundation; and Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

Opening Reception: Oct 08, 2019, 6–8pm
Open Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 12-6pm
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October 1–October 16, 2019

2019 ISCP Benefit Auction

Bidding opens Tuesday, October 1, 12pm EST
Bidding closes Wednesday, October 16, 9pm EST

The International Studio & Curatorial Program announces the 2019 ISCP Benefit Auction!

Conducted exclusively through Artsy, the auction offers a range of affordable contemporary art works by established, mid-career, and world-renowned artists, including ISCP alumni. Over fifty international contemporary artists and generous supporters are joining ISCP’s mission as we celebrate our 25th anniversary by donating all auction proceeds. The funds raised will support the program, and pay to bring artists and curators from areas of the world that do not have significant cultural infrastructural funding.

Click here to browse the Benefit Auction powered by Artsy.

Bid now to support ISCP’s international contemporary art programs and community of artists and curators.

The 2019 limited edition created exclusively for ISCP by John Kørner* is now for sale!

Participating artists include:

Tony Albert*, Roni Aviv, Yiso Bahc, Luca Buvoli, Susan M B Chen, Danilo Correale*, Gregory Crewdson, Lucky DeBellevue, Jane Dickson, Nathan Farb, Al Freeman, Chitra Ganesh, Steven D. Goff, André Hemer*, Honza Hoeck*, Tang-Wei Hsu*, Ayana V. Jackson, Michael Joo, Remy Jungerman*, Jerry Kearns, Gracia Khouw*, John Kørner*, Joseph Kosuth, Karen Kraven*, Shigeki Kuroda, Mernet Larsen, Louise Lawler, Robert Lazzarini, Cary Leibowitz, Jen Liu*, Zachari Logan*, Naoko Matsubara, Amanda Means, Jiha Moon, John L. Moore, Antoni Muntadas, Kate Newby*, Yann Pocreau*, Orit Raff*, Luisa Rabbia*, Tenzing Rigdol, Geno Rodriguez, Andrew Ross, Yuri Shimojo, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Jessica Stockholder, Donald Sultan, Stipan Tadić, Fred Tomaselli, Lau Wai, and Terry Winters.

*ISCP Alumni

The 2019 ISCP Benefit Committee

Tania Bruguera, Patricia L. Brundage, Susan M B Chen, Yng-Ru Chen (Chair), Alexandra Fanning, Cristina Gómez, Karyn Issa Ginsberg-Greenwald, Karen E. Jones, Karen Karp, Darragh McConnell, Julie Mehretu, John L. Moore, Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, Sophie O. Riese, Lena Saltos, Julia Speed, Fred Tomaselli, Arthur Zegelbone, and Yvonne Zhou.

Generous donations to the auction have been made by the artists as well as Patricia L. Brundage; Susan M B Chen; Yng-Ru Chen; COOPER COLE, Toronto; Dennis Elliott; Fridman Gallery, New York; Galerie Hein Elferink, Staphorst, Netherlands; Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco; James Cohan Gallery, New York; JHB Gallery, New York; Julie Saul Gallery, New York; Karen Karp; Kent Fine Art, New York; Judge Khanna; Laney Contemporary Fine Art, Savannah, Georgia; Luhring Augustine, New York; Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Chicago; Metro Pictures, New York; John L. Moore; Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York; Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi; Pace Prints, New York; Sophie O. Riese; Rossi & Rossi, London; Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016; Julia Speed; Sullivan + Strumpf, Zetland, Australia; Allison Tolman; Tolman Collection of Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, New York; Douglas Walla; Larry Warsh; Marjorie Welish; Arthur Zegelbone; and Yvonne Zhou.

ISCP is extremely grateful to Sarah Krueger of Phillips; Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York; MoodyTongue; Grimm Artisanal Ales; and Pied à Terre for their support of the auction.

September 24, 2019, 6:30–8pm

Artists at Work: Walter Scott and Borjana Ventzislavova

Walter Scott will stage a live performance of his video-work in progress The Pathos of Mandy. As a desperate and hubristic male artist, Mandy struggles with his identity after losing the legal rights to a fictional character he created. Featuring live performers and images, the performance and subsequent discussion will serve as the audio for the final video work.

Borjana Ventzislavova will present excerpts from her latest projects—the film and photo-work And the sky clears up (MAGIC RESISTANCE) from 2018 and the five-channel video installation Real Games from 2019. Both deal with politics, games, rituals and specters and act as a plea for conjuring resistance to the current right-wing populism in the Western Hemisphere.

This program is supported, in part, by BKA – Bundeskanzleramt Österreich Kunst und Kultur / Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria; Canada Council for the Arts; Hartfield Foundation; 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; and Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).


Participating Residents