April 3, 2018, 6:30–8pm

Brooklyn Commons: Suzanne McClelland and Sonia Louise Davis

On April 3, Suzanne McClelland and Sonia Louise Davis will speak about the intersection of sound, language and abstraction.

Brooklyn Commons, an ongoing discussion series at ISCP, presents intellectual and artistic pairings between the established Brooklyn-based artist community and ISCP artists in residence. This series, initiated in 2012, puts artists in conversation who have not shared a dialogue in the past and focuses on cultural practitioners living and working in Brooklyn, both long- and short-term.

Suzanne McClelland (born 1959, Jacksonville, Florida) has exhibited her work extensively in the United States and abroad. Her work has been the subject of solo presentations at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia; and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Connecticut. Her paintings are held in numerous public collections, among them are the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York; and the Walker Art Center, Minnesota. McClelland has twice participated in the Whitney Biennial, in 1993 and 2014, and was included in the New Museum of Contemporary Art’s exhibition NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star. Currently, she teaches at the Department of Visual Arts at Columbia University. She has been a faculty member in the Masters of Fine Arts program at the School of Visual Arts since 1997 and has been a member of the Board of Governors at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture since 1999.

Sonia Louise Davis (born 1988, New York City) engages improvisation across installation, performance and writing. She has performed at the Whitney Museum of American Art and published in Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory. Recent exhibitions include Visitor Welcome Center, Los Angeles; and Sadie Halie Projects, Minneapolis. Davis attended Wesleyan University and the Whitney Independent Study Program.

Brooklyn Commons is organized by Kari Conte, ISCP Director of Programs and Exhibitions.

This year’s series also includes a talk between Ulrike Müller and Taloi Havini, and a forthcoming talk between Haim Steinbach and Remy Jungerman on May 8.

Major support for Brooklyn Commons is provided by VIA Art Fund.

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

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Participating Residents

March 6–June 8, 2018

Jennifer Tee: Ether Plane~Material Plane

Opening Reception and Performance: Tuesday, March 6, 6–8pm

Ether Plane~Material Plane is an exhibition by Jennifer Tee, a 2012 ISCP alumna. The artist’s first solo exhibition on this continent, Ether Plane~Material Plane responds to current political upheaval and ensuing resistance, utilizing materials laden with cultural meaning and symbolism.

Tee’s exhibition incorporates sculpture, performance, installation and choreography into an immersive and interdependent environment. The centerpiece of Ether Plane~Material Plane is two newly commissioned display structures, designed to present the artist’s series of photographs that unite abstraction with the uncanny, alongside her ceramic ‘resist’ sculptures in the shape of spheres and swirls. Hand-knitted floor pieces that are crystalline in form with overlaid ceramics will intersect the space, while acting as sites for performative events.

A stack of books is the kernel of the exhibition’s second installation. A Revolt chair designed by Friso Kramer will hold numerous books of fiction, memoir and poetry—published since 1850— that consider personal and social change from the position of resistance. Gathered by the artist in collaboration with poet Jane Lewty, a live reading in six languages of texts collaged from the collection of books will activate the opening reception.

A 30-page publication will accompany the exhibition, in an edition of 500, with a text by Karen Archey, Curator of Contemporary Art, Time-based Media, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and an introduction by Kari Conte.

Jennifer Tee (born 1973) lives and works in Amsterdam. Tee was awarded the 2015 Cobra Art Prize. Recent solo exhibitions include Let it Come Down, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, and Camden Arts Centre, London; Tulip Palepai, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; The Soul in Limbo, 6th Cobra Art Prize, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen; Occult Geometry, Signal, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Heart Ferment, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam; Practical Magic, Project Art Centre Gallery, Dublin; Local Myths, Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Nameless Swirls, an Unfolding in Presence, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. Select group exhibitions include Retour sur Mulholland Drive, La Panacée, Montpelier; Manifesta 11, Zurich; The Peacock, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz; Six Possibilities for a Sculpture, La Loge, Brussels; Beyond Imagination, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; and Secret Societies, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt. Upcoming solo presentations include the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo and MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest. Tee was a finalist for the Dutch Pavilion at 57th Venice Biennale.

Jennifer Tee: Ether Plane~Material Plane is curated by Kari Conte, Director of Programs and Exhibitions.

This program is supported, in part, by Mondriaan Fund; 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: Mar 06, 2018, 6–8pm
Open Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–6pm
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Participating Residents

March 6–April 28, 2018

Leaps and Bounds

Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 6–8pm

The International Studio & Curatorial Program announces Leaps and Bounds, an exhibition in ISCP’s Project Space, organized in collaboration with the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

Leaps and Bounds emerges from an interest in how the structure of the ISCP residency program might be exhibited. With a fluctuating group of artists and curators throughout the year—between those in residence, those preparing to depart, and others in the process of arrival—how might these artists’ research, source materials, and preparatory sketches be accessed and tended to? How might the format of the residency itself, with its spatial and temporal limitations, bring this transitory mode of production into relief? And how might this project point to the connections that occur between residents? By looking between the spaces reserved for artistic production, Leaps and Bounds seeks to materialize the changing state of artworks and research in progress.

Artists in the exhibition include ISCP alumni and current residents Catalina Bauer, Elaine Byrne, Sonia Louise Davis, Anne de Vries, Luisa Kasilicky, Maria Lalou, Antonia Low, and Elisabeth Molin. Exhibition design by Antonia Low.

Held in the first floor Project Space, the exhibition presents byproducts from the artists’ studios in a display apparatus commissioned from recent resident Antonia Low. These items take the form of material fragments, sketches, abandoned projects, or remnants of research: the collateral things either left behind or brought to ISCP upon arrival, foregrounding each artist’s stay or marking its trace. Alongside this, a sourcebook volume contains interviews with the participating artists, compiled with the source materials and visual ephemera better suited to this two-dimensional format.

Leaps and Bounds is organized by Laura Brown, Levi Easterbrooks, Andrew Hibbard, Selby Nimrod, Thomas Patier, Santiago Silva, Jeppe Ugelvig, and Ruiyu Xu. This is part of a practicum for curatorial studies, a collaboration between ISCP and CCS Bard that is now in its third year.

This program is supported, in part, by the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; Greenwich Collection Ltd.; 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.

Opening Reception: Mar 06, 2018, 6–8pm
Open Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–6pm
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