September 14–October 11, 2016

Raque Ford: Yours Truly, Georgia Brown

Yours Truly, Georgia Brown is a solo exhibition by current resident and New York Community Trust Van Lier fellow, Raque Ford. In this floor to ceiling installation, Ford reimagines the story of Georgia Brown, who was originally portrayed as a temptress in the 1940s film and Broadway musical, Cabin in the Sky.

The groundbreaking production played a pivotal role in the performing arts as the first all-African-American cast. Through Brown’s persona, Ford critically examines the simplistic and short-sighted depiction of black culture in the mid-twentieth century. She is interested in Brown as a complex black female character struggling with depression, and exploring issues pertaining to femininity, sexuality, and race. The exhibition comes at a timely moment as New York City Center revives Cabin in the Sky in its 2016 season, last performed on Broadway in 1941.

Raque Ford is particularly interested in the politics of aestheticization, the worship and idolatry of the strong black female in American culture, feminism in pop imagery and music, and consumerism. By jamming materials and symbols, Ford creates alternative dialogues and approaches, often through the use of cutout techniques to create imagery from negative space.

Raque Ford was born in 1986, Columbia, Maryland and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute in 2010 and her MFA from Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University in 2013. Ford’s recent solo shows include That Which We Call A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet, Soloway, Brooklyn, and Raque, Welcome Screen, London. She has exhibited in group shows at S1, Portland, Oregon; Evelyn Yard, London; 321 Gallery, Brooklyn; SculptureCenter, Queens; and Galerie Division, Montreal.

This exhibition is coordinated by Juliana Cope, Director of Development and Programs Manager at ISCP.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 13, 6–8pm.
Public discussion: Tuesday, October 11, 6:30–8:30pm

Yours Truly, Georgia Brown is made possible through the generous support of the New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

Opening Reception: Sep 13, 2016, 6–8pm
Open Hours: Wednesday–Friday, 12–6pm
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Participating Residents

August 9, 2016, 6:30–8pm

Salon: Sara Eliassen and Guillermo Mora

Sara Eliassen’s conceptual cinematic practice investigates how moving images create collective memories and influence history. Her projects expose how popular mediated images construct us as subjects. During her presentation, Eliassen will speak about the gendered gaze in the moving image as well as some of her interventions in public space as a media activist. These works will frame current projects she has undertaken while in residence at ISCP, including a publication to accompany her film A Blank Slate (2014), in addition to a map of ideologies she has amassed from the history of cinema–beginning from early propaganda films through to contemporary screen culture.

Guillermo Mora’s recent work looks at the forgotten histories of painting and specifically ideas about acts of concealment, overlapping and disappearance. He will speak about his new project Hantaï escondido (Hidden Hantaï), based on the story of artist Simon Hantaï’s painting Untitled [Suite “Blancs”], 1973. This painting was hidden for years behind two of Roy Lichtenstein’s paintings in the MoMA’s warehouse in Queens and was only rediscovered in 2010 during the reorganization of the museum’s collection.

This program is supported, in part, by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Participating Residents

August 4–September 1, 2016

The Consonant of Noise, by Naomi Campbell

The International Studio & Curatorial Program is pleased to present The Consonant of Noise, by Naomi Campbell, an exhibition in ISCP’s first floor Project Space.

Naomi Campbell investigates issues pertaining to science and nature through her interdisciplinary practice, employing a wide variety of techniques and mediums including glass, x-rays, metal, ink, and even corn to compose sculptures, drawings, paintings, and mixed media installations. For The Consonant of Noise, she creates a braille pattern of corn kernels running across the gallery walls, and a sculptural installation on the floor, alluding to the global food crisis in which corn is paramount. As in the allegory of Plato’s Cave, she suggests how blind we are to reality, in this case, to the effects of the global food economy and genetic engineering on the world’s food supplies. Campbell’s visually compelling narrative combines art and science, highlighting her concerns about agricultural and humanitarian subjects.

Naomi Campbell (born Montreal) is a graduate of Champlain College, Quebec, Canada; Art Student’s League of New York; and studied at School of Visual Arts, New York, New York. Campbell has exhibited work at institutions throughout the world including: The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster Township, New Jersey; MUSE Center for Photography and the Moving Image, New York, New York; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Japan; Museum of Fine Arts, Split, Croatia; Asian Contemporary Art Fair, New York, New York; and Denise Bibro Fine Arts, New York, New York. Her work is in permanent collections including: MTA Arts for Transit, New York; The New York Public Library; Geochang County, South Korea; City of Irving, Texas. Naomi Campbell has contributed to American Artist, Artscape, and Linea Art Journal. She has been an instructor at the Art Students League of New York since 2007, where she teaches contemporary watercolor. Naomi Campbell lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

This exhibition is coordinated by Alexandra Friedman, Program Coordinator, ISCP.

This program is supported, in part, by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
Opening Reception: Aug 04, 2016, 6–8pm
Wednesday–Friday, 12–6pm
Open Hours: Wednesday–Friday, 12–6pm
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Participating Residents