ISCP Talk
May 9, 2017, 6:30–8pm

Kelani Abass on his work and CCA Lagos at ISCP

Kelani Abass will speak on the impact of digital technology and photography on painting, the role of archives in making African history, and the significance of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos on his practice. He will also engage the audience in a participatory performance using a manual hand numbering machine.

Abass lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. His work explores the possibilities inherent in painting, photography and printing using archival materials to highlight personal stories against the background of social and political events.

This program is supported, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Dennis Elliott Founder’s Fund, Greenwich Collection Ltd., New York City Council District 34, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

6:30–8pm

ISCP Talk
May 2, 2017, 6:30–8pm

Salon: AKI INOMATA and Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi

AKI INOMATA will speak about her past projects with living things and her current work on the growth lines of shellfish. She creates her artworks through collaborations with living creatures including dogs, parakeets and bagworms. Through them, she explores topics related to identity and questions the status quo.

Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi will present his ongoing curatorial project that problematizes the idea of truth involving three different artists and art collectives. Discussing their use of conventional formats of mediation such as the archive, the science of forensics, the format of academic conferences, interviews and talks, Mopidevi will also explore notions of truth and objectivity in the context of “post-truth.”

This program is supported, in part, by New York City Council District 34, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
6:30–8pm

Current and Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

Open Studios
April 21–April 22, 2017

Spring Open Studios 2017

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) Spring Open Studios is a two-day exhibition of international contemporary art. The 38 artists, artist collectives and curators from 22 countries currently in residence will present work in their studios. Twice a year, ISCP invites the public to Open Studios to view artwork and share conversations with artists and curators from all over the world. Concentrated in one 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.

ISCP has invited the Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos (CCA)an independent non-profit making visual art organization founded in December 2007 and based in Nigeria, as the 2017 institution-in-residence. Works by three artists from Nigeria—Kelani Abass, Taiye Idahor and Abraham Oghobase—will be featured in the exhibition Orí méta odún méta ibìkan, originally presented at CCA Lagos in 2016 and reconstructed at ISCP during Open Studios. Selections from the institution’s archives will also be included in the exhibition.

Gazelle Lost in Watts, curated by Pat Elifritz, MA candidate at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, will be on view in the Project Space throughout Open Studios. With contributions by past ISCP residents Julie Béna and Megan Francis Sullivan, current ISCP Ground Floor resident Raul Valverde, and poet Harmony Holiday, this exhibition addresses archival research. Gazelle Lost in Watts is organized around a poem of the same name by Harmony Holiday, and considers how every unique point of departure shapes the way history is understood.

Temporary tattoos designed by residents Pekka & Teija Isorättyä will be provided free by Tattly throughout the event, and a limited edition by Cary Leibowitz will be available for purchase.

Gorilla Cheese NYC will be at ISCP Open Studios on Friday, April 21, from 6-9pm.

Open Studios participating artists and curators: Damir Avdagic (Norway), Honey Biba Beckerlee (Denmark), Nina Bovasso (United States), Elaine Byrne (United States/Ireland), Naomi Campbell (United States/Japan), Danilo Correale (Italy), Lourdes Correa-Carlo (United States), Alexis Dahan (United States/France), Anne de Vries (The Netherlands), Mazaccio & Drowilal (France), Constant Dullaart (The Netherlands), Derek Dunlop (Canada), Christian Falsnaes (Denmark), Antonio Fiorentino (Italy), Stephanie Gudra (Germany), Mark Hilton (United States), Tetsugo Hyakutake (Japan), Aki Inomata (Japan), Pekka & Teija Isorättyä (Finland), Jess Johnson (Australia/New Zealand), Ayesha Kamal Khan (United States/Pakistan), Ling-lin Ku (Taiwan/United States), Elli Kuruş (Germany), Sonia Leimer (Austria/Italy), Jia-Jen Lin (Taiwan/United States), Tess Maunder (Australia), Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi (India), Yvonne Mullock (Canada/United Kingdom), Jonas Nobel (Sweden), Liam O’Brien (Australia), Liutauras Psibilskis (United States), Bita Razavi (Finland/Estonia/Iran), Lisa Seebach (Germany), Gian Maria Tosatti (Italy), Raul Valverde (United States/Spain), and Betty Yu (United States).

ISCP thanks the following residency sponsors: Alberta Foundation for the Arts; Alfred Kordelin Foundation; Arts Queensland; Asian Cultural Council; Australia Council for the Arts; BKA – Bundeskanzleramt Österreich Kunst und Kultur / Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria; Brisbane City Council; Creative New Zealand; DAAD – Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst German Academic Exchange Service, North America; Danish Arts Foundation; Dedalus Foundation; Dr. David & Margery Edwards Charitable Giving Trust; Leila Elling; Farnesina Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; IASPIS – The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists; Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation; The Italian Academy at Columbia University; Italian Cultural Institute of New York; Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony; Kunststiftung NRW; Manitoba Arts Council; Michael Buxton Collection; Ministry of Culture, Taiwan; Mondriaan Fund; New York City Council District 34; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; The New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur and Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung; No Standard Pictures; Office for Contemporary Art Norway; Yoko Ono; Saastamoinen Foundation; Toby Devan Lewis Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland; University of the Arts Helsinki; and Alice and Lawrence Weiner.

This program is supported, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; 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; Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York; Dennis Elliott Founder’s Fund; Google; Greenwich Collection Ltd.; Lagunitas Brewing Company; Materials for the Arts; The Milton and Sally Avery Arts 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; Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York; and Tattly.

ISCP thanks the founding members of Director’s Circle for their generous support: Anne Altchek, Janet Brief Ezersky, Adrienne Henick, Ellen Rachlin, Lori Reinsberg, Arlene Richman and Laurie Sprayregen.

Opening Reception: Apr 21, 2017, 6–9pm
Open Hours: Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 1–8pm
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