October 17, 2022, 6:30-8:30pm

Celebrate the Studio: A Closing Event for ISCP's 2022 Benefit Auction

Join the International Studio & Curatorial Program on Monday, October 17, 2022, from 6:30-8:30pm at James Cohan, New York for the closing of the 2022 Benefit Auction with honoree Moko Fukuyama.

ISCP is a laboratory for the world’s most promising artists and curators, a place for innovation and experimentation. Thanks to the generosity of artists, all proceeds will directly further ISCP’s mission of advancing the careers of visionary art practitioners from around the globe and serving New York City publics year-round.

Attend Celebrate the Studio to help nurture visionary artists and curators through career-enhancing residencies. Join us to celebrate 27 years of ISCP’s work and dedication to offer the invaluable resources of time, space, and community for arts makers to thrive.

Purchase your ticket here.

Raffle ticket: $30
Sponsor An Artist: $40
Individual ticket: $50 — SOLD OUT
Friend ticket: $100
Raffle ticket bundle (5 tickets): $100
VIP ticket: $250
Supporter ticket: $500

Celebrate the Studio will feature:

  • Presentation by honoree Moko Fukuyama
  • Artworks from the ISCP 2022 Benefit Auction, powered by Artsy running from October 3-18
  • Live auction of artworks by Joan Jonas, Martine Gutierrez, Melissa Joseph, and Alex Katz, conducted by Sarah Krueger of Phillips
  • Raffle led by 2022 Benefit co-chairs Patricia L. Brundage and Sophie O. Riese
  • Beer by Grimm Artisanal Ales
  • Wine by maivino
  • And more!

Appetizers will be served throughout the event.

2022 Celebrate the Studio Raffle Prizes: Keith Haring skateboard decks ($550); Sarah Sze Artware Editions plate ($195); Pedro Reyes Artist Edition of Tequila Casa Dragones Joven ($1,350); Two-night stay in Greenwood Lake ($1,050); One year subscription to CreativeStudy ($100); ISCP Young Patrons Membership ($250); NARS favor bag with 10+ cosmetics ($315); One year membership at the Brooklyn Museum Young Leadership Council ($750); and more!

Online artwork bidding on Artsy will begin October 3 at 12pm EDT!

2022 Benefit Auction Artwork:

Ferguson Amo,* Anna Arnauld, Joseph Buckley,* Ellen Carey, Mary Cassatt, Jesse Chun,* John Coplans, Craig Drennen, Max Estenger, Baris Gokturk,* Martine Gutierrez,* Arturo Herrera,* Duy Hoàng,* Joan Jonas, Melissa Joseph, Alex Katz, Lauren Kelley,* John L. Moore, Cary Leibowitz, Judith Linhares, Igor Makarevich, Amanda Means, Melissa Meyer, Manuel Molina Martagon, Devin N. Morris,* Alison Nguyen,* Ruth Orkin, Virginia Overton, Judith Blum Reddy, Susan Rothenberg, Pauline Shaw,* Ward Shelley, Gabriel Sierra, Francesco Simeti,* Sturtevant, Richard Tsao, Martha Wilson, Betty Yu,* and Sarah Zapata.*

*ISCP Alumni

A new limited edition by Michael Rakowitz will also be on view.

2022 Benefit Committee: Danny Báez, Emma Bowen, Patricia L. Brundage (Co-Chair) and Billy Copley, Susan Brundage, Sarah Burney, David C. Terry, Yng-Ru Chen and Devin Gordon, Iliya Fridman, Alexandra Friedman, Karyn Issa Ginsberg-Greenwald, Cristina Gómez, Victoria Hawkins, Barbara Heizer, Sarah Jones, Karen Karp, Jeffrey Lee, Renè Melchor, Kai Matsumiya, John L. Moore, Cara M. Sheffler, Sophie O. Riese (Co-Chair) and Ian Muñoz, Lèna Saltos, Aaron Schwarz, Julia Speed, Naomi Firestone-Teeter and Adam Teeter, Mimi Thompson, Christina Yang, Meg and Richard Zakin.

ISCP Board of Directors: Danny Báez, Courtney Willis Blair, Patricia L. Brundage, Yng-Ru Chen, Dennis Elliott, Monica Espinel, William Harrison, Sarah Jones, Karen Karp, Samar Maziad, Manu Mohan, Sophie O. Riese, Lèna Saltos, Marjorie Welish, and Arthur Zegelbone. 

ISCP thanks to the following donors and supporters:

Audree Anid; Art Projects International, New York; Danny Báez; Andrew Barron; Jayne H. Baum; Brooklyn Museum; Patricia L. Brundage; Julia Clark; James Cohan; Celine Collazo; Caroline Couch;  CreativeStudy; Mary Engel; Francesca Minini, Milano; Gagosian; Grimm Artisanal Ales; Cristina Gómez; Victoria Hawkins; ISCP Young Patrons; JHB Gallery, New York; Kathryn T. Johnson; Sarah Jones; Steven Kaminski; Aditi Kapoor; Karen Karp; Quillan Rosen Kaser; Sarah Krueger of Phillips; Susan Laney; Laney Contemporary, Savannah; Jeff Lee; Paula Longendyke; Luce Productions; Lucy Lydon; Luhring Augustine, New York; Maivino; Marlborough, New York; Rene Melchor; John L. Moore; Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto; NARS Cosmetics; New Discretions, New York; Pierogi Gallery, New York; P·P·O·W Gallery, New York; REGULARNORMAL; Sophie O. Riese; Ruth Orkin Photo Archive, New York; RYAN LEE Gallery, New York; Lena Saltos; Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York; Julia Speed; Tequila Casa Dragones; The Art Newspaper; Gwenn Thomas; UOVO; Magalie Valverde; Mai Vu; Douglas Walla; Marjorie Welish; and Arthur Zegelbone.

ISCP is extremely grateful to our event partners and sponsors James Cohan, Phillips, UOVO, The Art Newspaper, maivino, and Grimm Artisanal Ales.

Moko Fukyama’s residency at ISCP in 2020 was generously supported by Alice and Lawrence Weiner, 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 the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, Hartfield Foundation, Danna and Ed Ruscha, and the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

Can’t attend? Donate to support ISCP here.

For questions or more information, contact Houda Lazrak at hlazrak@iscp-nyc.org.


September 29, 2022, 6:30–7:30pm

Artists at Work: Manuel Aja Espil with Alejandro de la Guerra hosted by Culture Pass

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For this Artists at Work, Manuel Aja Espil, ISCP’s current resident from Argentina, will be in conversation with Alejandro de la Guerra, an artist and organizer from Nicaragua, at the Bushwick Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. At the center of their dialog will be discussion of Espil’s work in the context of Latin American art aesthetics. Both artists use imagery from art history and popular culture to tell stories about societal inequalities and political struggles. Playing with collective memory and coded imagery, they express a mix of humor and excitement with tragedy and dissent. 

This is a bilingual program, and will take place in both English and Spanish.

Manuel Aja Espil was born in 1987 in Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied filmmaking at Facultad Universidad del Cine and then painting, through courses, artists’ workshops, and on his own. He was at the 2016 edition of the Artist’s Program of Torcuato Di Tella University and was a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2019. Manuel has exhibited in museums including the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (Terapia, 2020) and the Proa Foundation (Arte en Juego, 2022), Buenos Aires. His first solo exhibition was Wanda vs Azymetikah in 2012 at a small gallery venue in Buenos Aires. His most recent solo exhibitions were Anton Regularis (2017), Joseph Andreas (2018) and Los Viajes (2020), in Buenos Aires. Has taught at the Torcuato Di Tella University and his studio. Currently, he is an independent artist based in Buenos Aires.

Alejandro de la Guerra, born in Managua, Nicaragua (1986), is a multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from the Nicaraguan School of Fine Arts and was part of the first generation of the art school EspIRA-LA ESPORA. He is also a co-founding member of Malagana-Mácula, and has participated in three Central American biennials, residencies at the Anni & Josef Albers Foundation; the Artist Protection Fund; URRA in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Câmera Sete Casa da Fotografia de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; and RAPACES in Central America. His work has been exhibited internationally, including presentations at Museum of Zapopan and Chopo Museum, México City; Infinito Gallery, Buenos Aires Argentina; Vermelho Gallery, Brazil; T20 in Spain, Fuso in Portugal, Regina Rex, P.A.D. and the PINTA fair in New York, the Contemporary Art Gallery of UCONN in Storrs CT, Continental drift Arab, Romania, Real Academia de España in Roma, Italy, Sies+ Hoke Contemporary art gallery in Germany, Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo in Costa Rica, Codice gallery and Museu Ortiz Guardian in Nicaragua.

This program is supported, in part, by the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation; Hartfield Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York City Council District 33; New York City Council District 34; New York State Council on the Arts and the New York State Legislature; The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation.

Para este Artistas en Trabajo, Manuel Aja Espil, residente de ISCP de Argentina, conversará con Alejandro de la Guerra, artista y organizador de Nicaragua. En el centro de su diálogo estará la pregunta: ¿existe una estética del arte latinoamericano? Ambos utilizan imágenes de la historia del arte y la cultura popular para contar historias sobre las desigualdades sociales y las luchas políticas. Jugando con la memoria colectiva y las imágenes codificadas, expresan una mezcla de humor y emoción con tragedia y disidencia.

Manuel Aja Espil nació en 1987 en la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina; hijo de dos arquitectos. Comenzó a dibujar desde una edad temprana y en la escuela secundaria desarrolló un profundo interés por la historia del arte y la pintura. Estudió brevemente Dirección de Cine en la Facultad Universidad del Cine y luego comenzó a aprender pintura por su cuenta y a través de cursos y talleres de artistas. Estuvo en la edición 2016 del Programa de Artistas de la Universidad Torcuato Di Tella y fue residente en la residencia de arte Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture en 2019. Expone su obra desde 2011 y ha expuesto su trabajo en museos como el Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (Terapia, 2020) y Fundación Proa (Arte en Juego, 2022), en Buenos Aires. Su primera exposición individual fue Wanda vs Azymetikah en 2012 en una pequeña galería de Buenos Aires. Sus exposiciones individuales más recientes fueron Anton Regularis (2017), Joseph Andreas (2018) y Los Viajes (2020), en Buenos Aires. Ha dictado cursos sobre materiales para artistas en la Universidad Torcuato Di Tella y en su taller. Actualmente, artista independiente radicado en Buenos Aires.

Alejandro de la Guerra nació en Managua, Nicaragua, (1986) es un artista multidisciplinario, performer, profesor y poeta, con base en Brooklyn, Nueva York. Se graduó en la Escuela de Bellas Artes de Nicaragua y formó parte de la primera generación de la escuela de arte EspIRA-LA ESPORA. También es miembro cofundador de Malagana-Mácula, una galería autónoma temporal de arte nicaragüense y centroamericano. Alejandro ha participado en tres bienales centroamericanas, también ha participado en importantes residencias como Anni & Josef Albers Foundation, Artist Protection Fund co-patrocinado por SFA & El Instituto de la Universidad de Connecticut, así como URRA Buenos Aires, Argentina, Câmera Sete Casa da Fotografia de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte Brasil, y RAPACES de Centroamérica. Algunas de sus obras han sido expuestas en el Museo de Zapopan y, el Museo del Chopo, México DF, Galería Infinito, Buenos Aires Argentina, Galería Vermelho Brasil, T20 España, Fuso Portugal, Regina Rex, P.A.D. & PINTA fair, Nueva York, Contemporary Art Gallery of UCONN Storrs CT, Continental drift Arab, Rumanía,, Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo de Costa Rica, Códice galería y Museu Ortiz Guardián de Nicaragua, Real Academia de España en Roma, Italia, Sies+ Hoke Contemporary art gallery Alemania.  

Este programa está apoyado, en parte, por Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation; Hartfield Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York City Council District 33; New York City Council District 34; New York State Council on the Arts and the New York State Legislature; The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; y William Talbott Hillman Foundation.

Imagen: Manuel Aja Espil, Azymetrikah y El Nuevo Orden Mundial, 2022, óleo sobre lino, 75.2 × 65.3  (191 cm x 166 cm)


Participating Residents

Through February 17

Water Works

Water Works is a group exhibition curated by Danielle Wu that brings together seven artists who turn to the washroom as an aesthetic resource: Hana Al-Saadi, Laurie Kang, Ajay Kurian, Fatima Moallim, Mia Raadik, Pauline Shaw, and HaeAhn Woo Kwon. Whether inside the sauna, the hammam, the beauty salon, or the shower, the act of washing oneself has served as grounds to destabilize bodily integrity.

As a phrase that references both civic irrigation systems and a crying fit, Water Works draws a line between one’s own flesh and the broader, social body. The “cultivation of oneself,” as Michel Foucault observed, despite its occurrence in private, is also a deeply social practice that reflects revolving attitudes towards cleanliness, pleasure, health, and morality through-out a range of cultures.

Mia Raadik’s installation Self-care (2022), comprised of pastel shaving creams bearing similar consistency to cake frosting, lays bare the alluring fantasies that drive the so-called feminist “self care” industry. Also conflating flesh with food is Laurie Kang’s Bodied, burgeon (2020); using porous materials such as mesh bags and lotus roots inside a steamer filled with a myste-rious viscous solvent, the artist asks what possibilities—naughty or otherwise—are allowed to materialize under the comforting cloak of vapor?

The exhibition also looks at washing as more literally embedded within artistic processes, such as Pauline Shaw’s felted work formed from denatured wool that has been soaked in water and reconstituted anew into cell-like arrangements.

Meanwhile, Ajay Kurian and Hana Al-Saadi directly borrow elements from the bath to consider how racial and gendered Otherness supplies the sensual appeal or repulsion in one of the most intimate daily rituals. Kurian’s Bather (2018) hides a glowing grin behind the veil of a dark shower curtain; its ominous aura emanating from its lack of belonging to any bodily form. Al-Saadi’s new work Sneaky and Pure (2022) is comprised of silicone casts of handheld bidet sprayers that are ubiqui-tous to her native Qatar and neighboring regions but are foreign entities in the United States, echoing her personal experience as a visitor traveling abroad.

A handout with an introduction by curator Danielle Wu and a guest essay by UCLA professor Summer Kim Lee will be available in conjunction with Water Works. Further public events and details will be forthcoming on ISCP’s website and news-flashes.

Danielle Wu is a writer and curator based in Brooklyn, New York. Her reviews have been published in Art in America, Artforum, and The Offing. Previous curatorial projects include Ghost in the Ghost at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, New York, with scholar Anne Anlin Cheng. She is currently working on a group exhibition to be presented at Pearl River Mart, New York, in 2023.

About the artists:

Hana Al-Saadi is a Qatar-based artist whose work explores aspects of culture, society, and social media to generate discus-sions about what remains anonymous and privacy, and what is public. She works with archives, sound, and household items to create and assemble installations. She has exhibited work at Cosmoscow, Moscow; The WaterFire Arts Center, Providence; and Fire Station – Qatar Museums, among others. Al-Saadi was an artist-in-residence at ISCP in 2022.

Laurie Kang is a Canada and US-based artist who uses sculpture, photography and site-responsive installation to explore the body as an ongoing process. She has exhibited work at COOPER COLE, Toronto; Gallery TPW, Toronto; and Galeria Raster, Warsaw, among others.

Ajay Kurian is a United States-based multimedia artist whose work deals with mythologies of American life. Kurian’s practice engages with race, nature and the intersection of the personal and the social. Unbound by any material fidelity, his practice uses all human senses to generate an understanding of sculpture unbound to any single material, universal or ideal body. He has exhibited work at MoMA PS1, New York; Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai; SpazioA, Pistoia, Italy; and Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris & Berlin, among others.

Fatima Moallim is a Sweden-based self-taught artist who works with performance, drawing and installation. In Moallim’s installations, drawings expand into the room, blending boundaries between the figurative and the abstract, the self and the other, memory and oblivion. She has exhibited work at Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Göteborg; and KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, among others. She is currently an artist-in-residence at ISCP.

Mia Raadik is an Estonia-based conceptual feminist artist whose work challenges social norms and highlights their underlying causes. She addresses socially stigmatized topics like dysfunctional menstrual cycles, reproduction, abortion, menopause, sexual and mental abuse, trauma recovery, and mental health. She has exhibited work at The Naked Island Project Space, Tallinn; Tallinn Art Hall; Kogo Gallery, Tartu, all Estonia, among others. Raadik was an artist-in-residence at ISCP in 2021.

Pauline Shaw is a United States -based artist whose work questions how personal history and cultural knowledge is acquired, preserved and rendered. Her practice draws upon personal experience and perception processed through material transformations–felted wool, blown glass, ceramics. She has exhibited work at Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore; The Shed, New York; and Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, among others. Shaw was an artist-in-residence at ISCP in 2020.

HaeAhn Woo Kwon is a Canada-based artist whose installations and assemblages bring together disparate materials and means of production, including hand-built, manufactured, found, and organic objects and images. Her work often reflects on the availability of excess goods and the necessity of inventiveness in our current moment. She has exhibited work at Franz Kaka, Toronto; Jack Barrett Galler y, New York; and Clint Roenisch, Toronto, among others.

This exhibition is supported, in part, by Hartfield Foundation; 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 and the New York State Legislature; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation.

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