Open Studios
April 27–April 28, 2018

Spring Open Studios 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, April 27, 6–9pm
With guest speaker artist Tania Bruguera at 7pm
Open Hours: Saturday, April 28, 1–7pm

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) Spring Open Studios is a two-day exhibition of international contemporary art presented by the 36 artists and curators from 22 countries currently in residence. Tania Bruguera, whose politically and socially driven body of work has changed the landscape of performance art, will make remarks at 7pm on April 27.

Twice a year only, ISCP offers the public access to private artists’ and curators’ studios to view artwork and share one-on-one conversations. Today, spaces for open cultural discourse are more important than ever—we invite the public to engage in dialogue around contemporary art with arts professionals from across the globe. Concentrated in a 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 individual workspaces and professional benefits.

Jennifer Tee: Ether Plane∼Material Plane, curated by Kari Conte, will be on view during Open Studios. A 2012 ISCP alumna, this exhibition is Tee’s first solo exhibition on this continent. Ether PlaneMaterial Plane responds to current political upheaval and ensuing resistance, incorporating sculpture, performance, installation and choreography into an immersive and interdependent environment. Live readings will take place in the exhibition space throughout Open Studios.

In addition, Leaps and Bounds, an exhibition in ISCP’s Project Space, organized in collaboration with the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College will be presented during Open Studios. Leaps and Bounds emerges from an interest in how the structure of the ISCP residency program might be exhibited, and 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, Luisa Kasalicky, Maria Lalou, Antonia Low, Elisabeth Molin, and Anne de Vries. Exhibition design by Antonia Low.

ISCP’s Offsite Project Pablo Helguera: La Austral, S.A. de C.V. will be taking place at El Museo de Los Sures, located at 120 South 1 Street, Brooklyn, on Saturday, April 28, 12–5pm. La Austral, S.A. de C.V. is a socially engaged project that transforms El Museo de Los Sures into a “storytelling dispensary,” a place where visitors can hear a range of live stories performed by a facilitator. This Offsite Project is curated by Juliana Cope.

Open Studios participating artists and curators: Knut Åsdam (Norway), Catalina Bauer (Chile), Lauren Berkowitz (Australia), Bettina Brunner (Austria), Anders Bülow (Denmark), Elaine Byrne (United States/Ireland), Tammi Campbell (Canada), Ludovica Carbotta (Italy), Sofie Krogh Christensen (Denmark), Danilo Correale (United States/Italy), Simone Couto (United States/Brazil), Alexis Dahan (United States/France), Furen Dai (United States/China), Sonia Louise Davis (United States), Lise Duclaux (France/Belgium), Andreas Duscha (Austria), Sara Enrico (Italy), Carolina Falkholt (Sweden), Doreen Garner (United States), Jude Griebel (United States/Canada), Ufuk Gueray (Canada), Mohanakrishnan Haridasan (India), Taloi Havini (Australia), Samuel Henne (Germany), Yen-Ting Hsu (Taiwan), Remy Jungerman (The Netherlands/Suriname), Luisa Kasalicky (Austria), Olli Keränen (Finland), Maria Lalou (Greece/The Netherlands), Joshua Liebowitz (United States), Falk Messerschmidt (Germany), Sondra Meszaros (Canada), Martha Skou (United States/Denmark), Iiu Susiraja (Finland), Raul Valverde (United States/Spain), and Pei-Hsuan Wang (Taiwan).

Limited editions made exclusively for ISCP, Self-esteem 5 cents, 2016, by Cary Leibowitz, and ‘Comparing—compiling—classifying—contradicting,’ 2017, by Joseph Kosuth, are available for purchase. Custom ISCP tote bags and a range of ISCP catalogs are also on sale.

ISCP thanks the following residency sponsors: Alberta Foundation for the Arts; Alfred Kordelin Foundation; American Australian Association; Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst; Australia Council for the Arts; Beca Arte, CCU – Corporación Cultural La Araucana; Create NSW; BKA – Bundeskanzleramt Österreich Kunst und Kultur / Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria; Canada Council for the Arts; Dame Joan Sutherland Fund; Danish Arts Foundation; The Dr. K. David G. Edwards & Margery Edwards Charitable Giving Fund; Farnesina Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; The Fulbright Foundation in Greece; IASPIS – The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists; Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation; Italian Cultural Institute of New York; The Italian Academy at Columbia University; The J.F. Costopoulos Foundation; The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation; KdFS Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen; La Fondation pour l’Art Contemporain Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon; Manitoba Arts Council; Ministry of Culture, Taiwan; Mondriaan Fund; NAVA – The National Association for the Visual Arts; 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; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur and Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung; OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway; Yoko Ono; Danna and Ed Ruscha; 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 Arrogant Swine; Austrian Cultural Forum New York; Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; Consulate General of Brazil in 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 Federal Republic of Germany in New York; Dutch Culture USA program of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York; El Museo de Los Sures; Greenwich Collection, Ltd.; Google; Lagunitas Brewing Company; Materials for the Arts; The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; 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; and Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York.

ISCP thanks the members of Director’s Circle for their generous support: Anne Altchek, Janet Brief Ezersky, Karyn Issa Greenwald Ginsberg, Lori Reinsberg, Tracey Riese, Laurie Sprayregen, and Teri Volpert.

Opening Reception: Apr 27, 2018, 6–9pm
Open Hours: 1–7pm
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April 17, 2018, 6:30–8pm

Artists at Work: Catalina Bauer and Elisabeth Molin

Catalina Bauer will speak about her residency at ISCP. She will show images of some of her recently completed works, along with documentation of a few short video-performances and animations.

Elisabeth Molin will present a performative lecture bringing together traces of materials, notes and photography collected during her residency. These materials address entropy, how architecture affects the body, and the often-surreal intersections between biological and manmade rhythms in the city. The lecture will include sound samples by artist Bernd Oppl.

This program is supported, in part, by Beca Art, CCU – Corporación Cultural La Araucana, Hasselblad Foundation, 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.


Participating Residents

Offsite Project
April 13–May 13, 2018

Pablo Helguera: La Austral, S.A. de C.V.

La Austral, S.A. de C.V. is a socially engaged offsite project by Pablo Helguera that transforms El Museo de Los Sures into a “storytelling dispensary,” a place where visitors can hear a range of live stories performed by a facilitator.

Inspired in part by the current plight of individuals affected by the proposed elimination of the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), known as “Dreamers,” Helguera trained a group of immigrants to the United States, including community organizers, activists, writers and poets, to perform as facilitators in this project.

La Austral, S.A. de C.V. was developed out of Helguera’s interest in creating a cultural and social place for the public. “Austral” refers to the Spanish for “south,” as well as the prominent Spanish book publisher, Austral. “Sociedad anónima de capital variable,” or S. A. de C.V., which translates to “anonymous society of variable capital,” is typically used to describe independent businesses in Mexico. In this new context, the terms “anonymous society” and “variable capital” seek to transcend the original legal and economic meaning of the words. Storytelling is a form Helguera has used in numerous works, including The Seven Bridges of Konigsberg, 2008, Forever and Today, New York; Nuevo Romancero Nuevomejicano, 2014, SITE Santa Fe, and The Parable Conference, 2014, BAM, New York.

La Austral, S.A. de C.V. includes a storytelling workshop at The 8th Floor on March 15, 6–8pm led by Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, made possible by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.

Pablo Helguera (born Mexico City, 1971) is a New York-based artist working with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, socially engaged art and performance. Helguera has exhibited or performed at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; 8th and 11th Havana Biennials, Performa 05, New York; Shedhalle, Zurich; Manifesta 11, Zurich; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; SITE Santa Fe Biennial; Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, among others. He showed his work, Parallel Lives, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2003, and his musical composition, Endingness, was performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Helguera was Pedagogical Curator of the 8th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Museo Jumex in Mexico City is currently conducting a mid-career retrospective of his work, titled Dramatis Personae. Helguera is represented by Kent Fine Art, New York and Enrique Guerrero Gallery, Mexico City.

Special thanks to performers Joel Berrios, Juan Manuel Esquivel, Carolina Fung Feng, Gabriela Galván, Kenia R. Guillen, Heliis Martinson, Aldair Gonzalez Sanchez, and Project Manager Nora Boyd.

Theme-specific events will take place from 6–8pm on the following dates:

April 24: Birthday Stories at La Austral, S.A. de C.V.
May 3: Journeys at La Austral, S.A. de C.V.

May 10: On Farewells at La Austral, S.A. de C.V.

This offsite project is curated by Juliana Cope, Director of Development and Programs Manager.

This project is the tenth collaboration between Los Sures and ISCP. It is made possible, in part, by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, New York City Council District 34, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

  • Hours: Fridays–Sundays, 12–5pm
  • Location: El Museo de Los Sures, 120 South 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249