April 12, 2023, 6–7pm

Vibe Overgaard, Mary. N Taylor, and Rakhee Kewada discuss ‘Spindle City’

In conjunction with the exhibition Spindle City, on view at ISCP through July 21, 2023, artist Vibe Overgaard, anthropologist and urban theorist Mary N. Taylor, and geographer Rakhee Kewada will discuss the history of capitalist industrialization, the legacy of its visual and architectural forms, and its role in shaping urban space, social practices, and popular movements. 

Their conversation will explore the value of artistic practice as a means for considering the contradictions of capitalism, and trace the critical path that is illuminated in the artist’s video work, Spindle City, which was produced for the exhibition.

Vibe Overgaard is a Danish visual artist working with installation, sculpture, performance, video, archive material and critical writing. Her research-based practice focuses on economies seen from a historical perspective. Often researching industry and production relations of a specific location, her work links local circumstances to greater global-political questions and critiques. She has exhibited work at Kunsthal NORD, Denmark; Goethe-Institut, Palestine; and Floating Projects, Hong Kong, among others. She was an ISCP artist-in-residence in 2022 and 2023 supported by the Danish Arts Foundation.

Mary N. Taylor is the Assistant Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Working at the intersection of anthropology, urbanism, and dialogical art, her praxis investigates sites, techniques, and politics of civic cultivation and the production of political personhood, the ethics and aesthetics of nationalism/cultural differentiation, and the history of communist experiments. She is the co-editor of Co-revolutionary Praxis: Accompaniment as a Strategy for Working Together and author of Movement of the People: Folk Dance, Populism, and Citizenship in Hungary, a historical ethnography. Most recently, she co-authored The Commonist Horizon: Futures Beyond Capitalist Urbanization. Her work has also appeared in numerous journals. Taylor has taught at Hunter College, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and the Parsons School of Design. She is a founding member of the LeftEast collective.

Rakhee Kewada is a Zimbabwean geographer whose research interests include agrarian studies, development of the global south, and decolonization. Kewada is a PhD candidate in Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geography) at the Graduate Center, CUNY where her dissertation research on cotton and textile production in postcolonial Tanzania examines changing geographies of underdevelopment in the 21st century. Kewada has taught Urban Studies at Hunter College and Queens College. 

This program is supported, in part, by Consulate General of Denmark in New York; Danish Arts Foundation; Hartfield Foundation; Milton and Sally Avery Arts 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 with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation.


Participating Residents

March 28, 2023, 6–7:30pm

Artists at Work: Maess Anand and Hulda Rós Gudnadóttir

For this Artists at Work, current ISCP residents Maess Anand and Hulda Rós Gudnadóttir will give presentations on their respective artistic practices and engage the audience in conversation. Anand will present her drawings, which examine organisms attacked by cancer. She transforms scientific material from cancer-related databases, histopathology images, Kaplan-Meier curves, and 2D and 3D modeling, into expressive images. In her hands, data and emotional insights into the experience of living with cancer become a chimerical force for new understanding. 

Gudnadóttir will give an exclusive sneak-peek into her current artistic project, working title S-I-L-I-C-A, wherein she traces the process of manufacturing semiconductors used in solar cells. Her project uncovers global supply chains used in the creation of so-called “green energy” in a manner that is at once rigorous, playful, and provocative.

Maess Anand is a Polish drawing artist based in Warsaw and Hamburg. After graduating from Warsaw Elsner School of Music, she graduated with an MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and was recipient of a scholarship at the Escola Superior de Artes e Design in Porto, Portugal. The artist has exhibited at The Drawing Center, New York; CCA U-jazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Warsaw; Austrian Cultural Forum, New York; Equity Gallery, New York; IK Projects, Lima, Peru; and at Biennale de la Biche on a deserted island near Guadeloupe; among others. Anand’s fellowships include Leipzig International Art Programme; Virginia Center for Creative Arts; Residency Unlimited, New York; and Yaddo, Saratoga Springs. 

Hulda Rós Gudnadóttir’s projects involve long-term processes based on immersive research, interdisciplinary collaborations and social engagement. She follows the interconnectedness of current philosophical ideas, social systems and human perception of the environment through installations, paintings, sculptures, objects, photographs, film, and performances. Gudnadóttir’s multidisciplinary practice connects the artist’s personal perspective to global histories. Hulda Rós Gudnadóttir has exhibited work at Berlinische Galerie, Germany; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Germany; and Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland, among others.

This program is supported, in part, by Polish Cultural Institute New York; Adam Mickiewicz Institute; Krupa Gallery; The Icelandic Visual Artists Copyright Association; Gallery Gudmundsdottir; Icelandic Art Fund; Hartfield Foundation; Milton and Sally Avery Arts 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 with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation.


Participating Residents

March 27, 2023, 6–9pm

ISCP 2023 Jane Farver Memorial Fund Dinner


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Tickets are now available for the 2023 ISCP Jane Farver Memorial Fund Dinner.

The International Studio & Curatorial Program and artist John L. Moore invite you to a dinner in honor of Jane Farver, the late visionary curator and ISCP Trustee in memoriam. Jane’s accomplishments and contributions to the field of contemporary art still resonate today and remain crucial to the landscape of international curatorial practices.

In 2016, the Jane Farver Memorial Fund was initiated to honor her extraordinary legacy, her unwavering commitment to the exchange of ideas, artistic excellence and groundbreaking exhibitions across borders. 

Join us on Monday, March 27, 6–9pm to celebrate Jane’s legacy and raise funds for future curatorial residencies in her memory.

The Fund offers a fully-supported residency for a curator from the Global South every year at ISCP. These career-enhancing residencies provide a platform for some of the most innovative curators of our time, whose practices are not yet well known in the United States. ISCP provides the support, professional development and networks to further their careers and introduce their work to New York audiences. 

  • Location: Plado Tasting Bar at 192 East 2nd Street, Manhattan
  • Date and Time: Monday, March 27, 6–9pm
  • Dinner: a seated dinner with accompanying beverages will be served family style

100% of the ticket proceeds from this event will be dedicated to the Jane Farver Memorial Fund.

About Jane Farver: 

Jane Farver was a globally celebrated curator who served as a dedicated trustee of ISCP. Her extraordinary role as a curatorial trailblazer changed the lives of artists and shared their work with audiences around the world. As co-chief art critic at The New York Times and Pulitzer Prize winner Holland Cotter noted, Farver was a “vista-opener” who gave a huge boost to many artists and colleagues during her career, with her generosity of spirit and strong vision. As chief curator at the Queens Museum from 1992-99, Farver organized the influential exhibitions Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin 1950s-1980s (co-curated with Luis Camnitzer and Rachel Weiss); Across the Pacific: Contemporary Korean and Korean American Art (co-curated with Minne Yungmin Hong, Elaine H. Kim, and Lee Youngchul), and Out of India: Contemporary Art of the South Asian Diaspora, one of the few surveys of its kind in the United States up to that time. Farver headed the MIT List Visual Arts Center from 1999 to 2011, where she organized solo exhibitions and projects by artists including Mel Chin, Michael Joo, Paul Pfeiffer, Runa Islam, and Tavares Strachan. During Farver’s tenure, the List organized the 9th Cairo Biennial, where she was co-commissioner for the American representative, Paul Pfeiffer; and the 49th Venice Biennale, with Fred Wilson at the U.S. Pavilion. She oversaw a percent-for-art program, and initiated artist and curatorial residencies. Farver was also editor for the catalog of new work by artist Joan Jonas for the U.S. Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. Other career highlights include Director at Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, New York; Director at Tomoko Liguori Gallery, New York; Assistant Director and Curator at the Alternative Museum, New York; and Director of Spaces, in Cleveland.

Recipients of the Jane Farver Curatorial Residency at ISCP are: Anamaría Garzón Mantilla (Ecuador); Petrina Dacres (Jamaica); Jianru Wu (China); Bárbara Perea Legorreta (Mexico); Amanda Abi Khalil (Lebanon); and Howie Chen (United States). 

ISCP thanks current and past donors to the Jane Farver Memorial Fund for their generosity and support: Brooke Davis Anderson, Rina Banerjee, Jennifer Banse, Anne Delaney, Richard Farver, Cai Guo-Qiang, Colleen Farver Heim, Alison Hatch, Hitomi Iwasaki, Alfredo Jaar, Michael Joo, Kimsooja, Lambent Foundation, Jennifer Wen Ma, Amanda Means, John L. Moore, Antoni Muntadas, Donald Perry, Mary Perry, Carolee Thea, Tavares Strachan, and Christina Yang.

Special thanks to John L. Moore for his steadfast support, which has kept the fund growing and thriving since 2016. 

ISCP is grateful to the Board Fundraising Committee: Patricia L. Brundage (committee co-chair), Yng-Ru Chen, Karen Karp, Sophie O. Riese (committee co-chair), Lena Saltos, Arthur Zegelbone.

Can’t attend? Please consider sponsoring a ticket for an artist or making a donation through GiveLively here. Pledges of $1,000 and above towards the Jane Farver Memorial Fund will be acknowledged both on ISCP’s website and announced at the event.

Please note:

  • This event will take place in the East Village, Manhattan. 
  • Capacity is limited
  • $255 of the ticket purchase is tax deductible
  • Vegan and gluten free options will be available