Open Studios
April 22–April 23, 2022

2022 Spring Open Studios

Opening Reception: Friday, April 22, 6–9pm
Open Hours: Saturday, April 23, 1-7pm

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) Spring Open Studios is an exhibition of international contemporary art presented by the 38 artists and curators from 28 countries currently in residence. Guest speaker Chi Ossé, Chair, Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries, and International Intergroup Relations, and Council Member for New York City’s 36th District, will make remarks during the opening reception.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required here.

Twice a year, ISCP offers the public access to private artists’ and curators’ studios to view artwork and share one-on-one conversations. This year, ISCP invites 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 supports the creative advancement of residents, with a robust program of individual workspaces and professional benefits.

Sharon Norwood’s Drawing Room, the first New York solo exhibition by Sharon Norwood, curated by ISCP resident Dr. Petrina Dacres, will be on view in the first floor project space. Drawing inspiration from the shape of Black hair, Noorwood’s work’s starting point is often a curly line. In her abstract prints and paintings, she intertwines organic lines to act as gestural markings; in her ceramic sculptures and installations, the curly line surfaces in interwoven geometric shapes. Norwood’s formal gestures symbolically reference the Black body and its relationship to politics of labor, beauty and race.

In addition, Lizania Cruz: Every Immigrant Is a Writer/Todo Inmigrante Es un Escritor, a solo exhibition of works by Lizania Cruz, an ISCP International artist-in-residence, will be on view in the 2nd floor gallery. The exhibition delves into individual and collective experiences of Black immigrants and first-generation Black Americans, culminating the artist’s five-year project, We the News. It encompasses the many creative and participatory formats that Cruz’s iterative project has taken since 2017, ranging from community story circles, a newsstand display of zines available for visitors to activate, to workshops convened for immigrants to trace their routes to get to the United States.

Open Studios participating artists and curators: Hana Al-Saadi (Qatar), Alchemyverse – Bicheng Liang and Yixuan Shao (China/United States), James Beckett (South Africa/The Netherlands/United States), AnaMary Bilbao (Portugal/Spain), Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov (Russia), María Gabler (Chile), Ignacio González-Lang (Puerto Rico/United States), Pavlo Grazhdanskij (Ukraine), Anthony Iacono (United States), Agostino Iacurci (Italy), Saya Irie (Japan), Sydney G. James (United States), Steven Anthony Johnson II (United States), Kyoung eun Kang (South Korea/United States), Tali Keren (United States), Kubra Khademi (Afghanistan/France), Taryn Kneteman (Canada), Alice Nien-Pu Ko (Taiwan), Ying-Chiun Lee (Taiwan), Lolo y Lauti (Argentina), Tyler Los-Jones (Canada), Ana Manso (Portugal), Joiri Minaya (United States/Dominican Republic), Fatima Moallim (Sweden), Maliyamungu Muhande (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Vibe Overgaard (Denmark), Civan Özkanoğlu (Turkey/United States), Anssi Pulkkinen (Finland), Sümer Sayın (Turkey), Nina Schuiki (Austria/Germany), Skaus (Norway), Oriane Stender (United States), Joani Tremblay (Canada), and Kenji Yamada (Japan).

ISCP thanks the following residency sponsors: AES+F; Alberta Foundation for the Arts; Alice and Lawrence Weiner; BARRO Arte Contemporáneo; Beca Arte, CCU – Corporación Cultural La Araucana; Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond; Bunkacho – Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan; Canada Council for the Arts; Danish Arts Foundation; Danna and Ed Ruscha; Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport of Austria; Fire Station – Qatar Museums; Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian; Hartfield Foundation; Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; IASPIS – The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists; Italian Cultural Institute of New York; Jerome Foundation; La Fondation pour l’Art Contemporain Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon; Luso-American Development Foundation – FLAD; Ministry of Culture, Taiwan; New York City Council Member for the 33rd District; New York City Council Member for the 34th District; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway; Pola Art Foundation; Pollock-Krasner Foundation; SAHA Association; Stavanger County Municipality; The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Columbia University; The Kettering Family Foundation; The New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; Toby Devan Lewis; Uniarts Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts in partnership with Saastamoinen Foundation; and Arts Promotion Center Finland.

This program is supported, in part, by Consulate General of Finland in New York; Consulate General of Sweden in New York; Evelyn Toll Family Foundation; Golden Artist Colors, Inc.; Google; Grimm Artisanal Ales; Hartfield Foundation; Jane Farver Memorial Fund; Materials for the Arts; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; New York City Council Member for the 33rd District; New York City Council Member for the 34th District; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York; Toby Devan Lewis; Vision Fund; Wilhelm Family Foundation; William Talbott Hillman Foundation; and Woodbury Foundation.

In addition to the many individuals who support ISCP, the members of Director’s Circle are also thanked for their largesse: Anne Altchek, William Harrison, Samar Maziad, and Laurie Sprayregen. 

This event is free and open to the public ($10 suggested donation).

Opening Reception: Apr 22, 2022, 6–9pm
Open Hours: 1–7pm
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ISCP Talk
April 14, 2022, 6–7pm

Artists at Work: Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov and Francesca “Frankie” Altamura

For this in-person Artists at Work, current ISCP artist in residence Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov will speak with curator Francesca Altamura. The pair will discuss the current political climate, the artist’s recent immigration to New York, and his artistic practice at-large.

Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov (b. Moscow, Russia) is an artist currently based in New York, NY. He works with sculpture, installation, and video to explore themes related to identity politics and queer ecologies. Using scientific and museological collection strategies, the artist attempts to deconstruct relationships with nature, gender, and the body. He has exhibited at Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz; the 4th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Ekaterinburg; and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow; among many others.

Francesca Altamura (b. New York, NY) is a curator and organizer born and based in New York, NY. In 2021, she co-curated one of the Main Projects for the VII Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, selected through an open call for curators under the age of 35. She previously worked as a Curatorial Assistant for the New Museum of Contemporary Art, where she collaborated with artists including Diedrick Brackens, Sydney Shen, Ahaad Alamoudi, Randa Maroufi, among others.

This program is supported, in part, by Hartfield Foundation; 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 and the New York State Legislature; Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF); The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Teiger Foundation; Willem de Kooning Foundation; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation. 

6–7pm

Participating Residents

Exhibition
Through August 26

Lizania Cruz: Every Immigrant Is a Writer/Todo Inmigrante Es un Escritor

Every immigrant is a writer. This friend of mine, Patricia Engel, has a line in a novel of hers about all immigrants being artists, because a great part of the immigrant experience is an act of creation, or a re-creation of self. I think being an immigrant can definitely feed into being a writer. Being a writer is kind of being an immigrant in words.

-Edwidge Danticat, Haitian-American novelist and short story writer

Desplácese hacia abajo para el texto en español.

Lizania Cruz: Every Immigrant Is a Writer delves into individual and collective experiences of Black immigrants and first-generation Black Americans, culminating the artist’s five-year project, We the News. It encompasses the many creative and participatory formats that Cruz’s iterative project has taken since 2017, ranging from community story circles, a newsstand display of zines available for visitors to activate, to workshops convened for immigrants to trace their routes to get to the United States. Recurrent subjects arise about race versus cultural identity; about the sacrifices that immigrants make when they uproot themselves and their families; and the perils of seeking asylum in a new country. Visitors to the gallery will be able to peruse documentation and archival materials from previous iterations of We the News in Pittsburgh, Miami, and numerous communities throughout New York City, and view a short video of a happening of the artist activating the newsstand in Miami in 2018. They will also be invited to participate directly in the exhibition by following guided writing and drawing prompts.

Artists who work in communities are often faced with the question of how to end a project. After the funds are spent and the events have concluded, what remains can defy easy categorization. Photo and video documentation, critical texts, and ephemera from interactions are parts of the lasting presence of a social work of art, but what kind of archive can document the lived experiences of the participants? Can the tender moments, the trust forged and joy celebrated be archived for future generations to access too? As a part of this exhibition, Cruz will invite former collaborators to speak with her in recorded interviews about their story circle experiences, archiving, and the importance of publishing from an immigrant perspective that will be added to the final archive of the We the News zines. Conversation partners will include Samah Sisay, lawyer, Bertha Justice Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights and participant in the first We the News story circle; Yvette Ramírez, archivist and former Program Associate of The Laundromat Project; Emmy Catedral, poet and Pilipinx American Library co-founder; and Adriana Monsalve of Homie House Press.

Additional events will be announced shortly.

Lizania Cruz (she/her) is a Dominican participatory artist and designer interested in how migration affects ways of being and belonging. Through research, oral history, and audience participation, she creates projects that highlight a pluralistic narrative on migration.  Cruz has been an artist-in-residence and fellow at the Laundromat Project Create Change (2017-2019), Robert Blackburn Workshop Studio Immersion Project (SIP) (2019), Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, Visual Arts (2021-2022), and Planet Texas 2050 Artist Resident — University of Texas (2022), among others. Her work has been exhibited at the Arlington Arts Center, Arlington; BronxArtSpace, New York City; Project for Empty Space, Newark; ArtCenter South Florida, Miami Beach; Jenkins Johnson Project Space, Brooklyn; The August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh; and Sharjah’s First Design Biennale, Sharjah, among others. Recently she was part of ESTAMOS BIEN: LA TRIENAL 20/21 at El Museo del Barrio, the first national survey of Latinx artists by the institution.

Lizania Cruz: Every Immigrant Is a Writer is supported in part by Vision Fund; Hartfield Foundation; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; 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 and the New York State Legislature; Toby Devan Lewis; William Talbott Hillman Foundation; and Woodbury Foundation.

By visiting ISCP, you agree to abide by the following health and safety policies. Please make sure to plan ahead for your visit.
  • Four visitors are allowed in the galleries at a time, and appointments are required. Please write to info@iscp-nyc.org to schedule an appointment.
  • All visitors are required to maintain social distancing, keeping six feet from anyone not in their party.
  • Masks or face coverings are strongly recommended but not mandatory.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for visitors.
  • If you have fever, chills, cough, muscle pains, headache, loss of taste or smell, or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 prior to your visit, please contact us to reschedule.
  • An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other infectious conditions exists in any public space where people are present. Those visiting the International Studio & Curatorial Program voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, other infectious conditions, and other hazards that may be present in a public space.

Lizania Cruz: Todo Inmigrante es un Escritor es una exposición individual del trabajo de Lizania Cruz que profundiza en las experiencias individuales y colectivas de inmigrantes negros y Negros- Americanos de primera generación, culminando el proyecto de cinco años de la artista, We the News.

La exposición incluye los distintos formatos creativos y participativos que ha tomado el proyecto iterativo de Cruz desde 2017, que van desde círculos de historias comunitarias, una exhibición en un quiosco de revistas disponibles para que los visitantes las activen, hasta talleres convocados para que los inmigrantes trazan sus rutas para llegar a los Estados Unidos.  En estos espacios han surgido temas recurrentes sobre raza versus identidad cultural; sobre los sacrificios que hacen los inmigrantes cuando se desarraigan ellos mismos y sus familias; y los retos de buscar refugio en un nuevo país.

Lizania Cruz (ella) es una artista y diseñadora participativa Dominicana interesada en cómo la migración afecta las formas de ser y pertenecer. A través de la investigación, la historia oral y la participación del público, crea proyectos que resaltan una narrativa pluralista sobre la migración. Recientemente, formó parte de ESTAMOS BIEN: LA TRIENAL 20/21 en El Museo del Barrio, la primera encuesta nacional de artistas Latinos realizada por la institución. Lizania Cruz ha exhibido trabajos en el Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts, Omaha; El Museo del Barrio y CUE Art Foundation, ambos de la ciudad de Nueva York, entre otros.

Imagen: Lizania Cruz, Happening, We the News, 2018, intervención pública, dimensiones variables. Foto de Neha Gautam

Opening Reception: Apr 08, 2022, 6–8pm
Open Hours: By appointment Monday–Friday, 10:30am–5:30pm.
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Participating Residents