October 16, 2023, 6:30–8:30pm

Celebrate the Studio Benefit and Auction

Join the International Studio & Curatorial Program on Monday, October 16, 2023, from 6:30–8:30pm at James Cohan, New York, for the 2023 Benefit and Auction with honoree Hellen Ascoli.

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, 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 29 years of ISCP’s work and dedication to offer the invaluable resources of time, space, and community for arts makers to thrive.

Raffle ticket: $35
Sponsor An Artist: $40
Raffle Ticket Bundle (5 tickets): $100
Friend ticket: $100
VIP ticket: $250
Supporter ticket: $500
Patron ticket: $1,000
Champion ticket: $5,000

Celebrate the Studio will feature:

  • Remarks by honoree Hellen Ascoli
  • 45+ artworks from the 2023 Silent Auction, powered by  Artsy running from October 3-17
  • Live auction of experiences conducted by Sarah Krueger of Phillips
  • Raffle led by 2023 Benefit co-chairs Patricia L. Brundage and Sophie O. Riese
  • Cocktails, organic wine, and craft beer will be served throughout the evening thanks to our sponsors Mezcal Unión, maivino, and Grimm Artisanal Ales
  • And more!

Light fare by Campbell & Co. will be served throughout the evening.

2023 Celebrate the Studio Raffle Prizes: Special edition artist’s book The Girl Made of Butter by Janine Antoni ($2,000); Limited edition by Ragnar Kjartansson, Guilt and Fear ($500); Takashi Murakami Camo-Skull skateboard deck ($225); Jean-Michel Basquiat Artist Plate ($150); Embroidered hats by Face Front Designs ($100); Gift certificate to 192 Books ($200); The Jazz Gallery Dual Membership ($250); One-year Guggenheim Dual Membership ($140); and more!

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

2023 Benefit Auction Artwork by: David Adamo, Hellen Ascoli, Juan José Barboza-Gubo, Aideen Barry, Richard Bosman, Pelle Cass, Lizania Cruz, Leah Dixon, Florencia Escudero, Richard Estes, Moko Fukuyama, Ignacio Gonzalez-Lang, Ghost of a Dream, Meena Hasan, Tim Hawkinson, Wieteke Heldens, Oliver Jeffers, Surasi Kusolwong, Crystalle Lacouture, Judith Linhares, Eva Lundsager, Amanda Means, Sabrina Mendoza Malavée, Helina Metaferia, Joiri Minaya, Delilah Montoya, Laurel Nakadate, Morgan O’Hara, Sheila Pepe, Daniel Ramos, Ad Reinhardt, Duke Riley, Tony Robbin, Micha Serraf, Michelle Segre, Jeremy Shockley, Ian Swanson, Gwenn Thomas, Lulu Varona, Dan Walsh, Entang Wiharso,Yu-Wen Wu, Jean Wolff, Helena Wurzel, and Noa Yekutieli.

2023 Benefit Committee: Emily Alli, Danny Báez, Jayne Baum, Clare Bell, Sabrina Blaichman, Emma Bowen, Patricia L. Brundage (Co-Chair) and Billy Copley, Susan Brundage, Yng-Ru Chen, Eden Deering, Sarah Duzyk, Rafael Flores, Alexandra Friedman, Cristina Gómez, Martine Gutierrez, Barbara Heizer, Sarah Jones, Karen Karp, Thomas W. Lollar, Jeffrey Lee, Maureen Mahony, Rene Melchor, John L. Moore, Archie Raphulu, Sophie O. Riese (Co-Chair) and Ian Muñoz, Lèna Saltos, Aaron Schwarz, Mono Schwarz-Kogelnik, Tim Simonds, Margaret Spanfeller, Julia Speed, Mimi Thompson, Jean Tsao, Lauren Wolchik, Christina Yang, Meg and Richard Zakin.

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

ISCP thanks the following donors and supporters: 192 Books; Brooke Affleck; Audrée Anid; ARTNOIR; ASHES/ASHES, New York; Patricia L. Brundage; Nerissa Campbell; Yng-Ru Chen; James Cohan; Sarah Coleman; Celine Collazo; Paula Cooper; Sarah Duzyk; Face Front Designs; Gwyneth Edmunds; Dennis Elliott; Rafael Flores; Alexandra Friedman; Gagosian; Cristina Gómez; Govino; Grimm Artisanal Ales; Guggenheim Museum; Susan Hapgood; Barbara Heizer; Sarah Jones; Steven Kaminski; Karen Karp; Katonah Museum of Art; Aiyana Knauer; Lisa Knowlton; Kristen Lorello, New York; Sarah Krueger of Phillips; Alison Kuo; Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York; Jee Lim; Thomas W. Lollar; Luhring Augustine, New York; Lucy Lydon, Luce Productions; maivino; Marlborough, New York; Rene Melchor; Mezcal Unión; Praise Shadows Art Gallery; REGULARNORMAL; Janelle Reiring; Sophie O. Riese; Julia Speed; The Art Newspaper; The Jazz Gallery; Jean Tsao; Mai Vu; Douglas Walla; Marjorie Welish; Mary Young; and Arthur Zegelbone.

All artwork purchases are 100% tax free and all donations are 100% tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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

Hellen Ascoli’s residency at ISCP in 2023 was generously supported by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

Can’t attend? Donate to support ISCP here.

For questions or additional information, please contact Houda Lazrak, Director of Development and Communications, at hlazrak@iscp-nyc.org.


September 26, 2023, 6–7pm

Artists at Work: Merav Kamel & Halil Balabin

For this Artists at Work, ISCP artist-duo-in-residence Merav Kamel and Halil Balabin will discuss their artistic practice and the new directions they have explored during their residency at ISCP. ISCP Director of Programs Alison Kuo will engage them in conversation, followed by a guided Q&A with the audience.

Merav Kamel & Halil Balabin are a Tel Aviv-based collaborative duo working together since 2012. They combine absurdity and humor with history, sexuality, and fantasy in two and three-dimensional works that on first encounter, often give a gentle, even cute impression. Yet upon closer viewing, narratives emerge that are more vulgar and darkly funny. Inside jokes and ironic anecdotes are used to critique everything from Israeli society to issues of gender inequality. Kamel & Balabin create sculptural dolls and large-scale drawing installations with materials such as fabric, wood, metal, and ceramic. They have exhibited work at Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Summlung Philara, Düsseldorf; and ZONAMACO Art Fair, Mexico City, among others.

This program is supported, in part, by Artis; Hartfield Foundation; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso; 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; James Rosenquist Foundation; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation.

Accessibility information: Please note that the entrance to ISCP has seven steps and a ramp, which is ADA compliant. There are seven artist studios and one exhibition space which can be accessed on the first floor of ISCP. There is an accessible bathroom on the first floor at the end of the hallway, up one step, where the artist studios are located. To access the second floor there is a

A staircase with a grab bar installed on the right side with 22 steps. The second floor has 22 artist and curator studios, one exhibition space, and a lounge where remarks by our guest speaker will take place. To access the third floor there is a staircase with a grab bar installed on the right side with 24 steps. The third floor has five artist and curator studios. ISCP  can access a freight elevator to bring visitors between the first and second floors on request.

ISCP can offer two reserved parking spaces on request for people with disabilities. Please email akuo@iscp-nyc.org to request a parking space and/or freight elevator usage.


Participating Residents

September 8–September 10, 2023

ISCP at The Armory Show 2023: Solo Booth by Sarah Zapata

The International Studio & Curatorial Program presents a booth of textile artworks by Peruvian-American artist Sarah Zapata at The Armory Show’s 2023 edition.

A leading artist of her generation working with this medium, Zapata was an artist-in-residence at ISCP from July to September 2021, sponsored by the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation.

Showing for the first time in New York, the artist presents her quintessential pieces in an immersive installation. Vibrant furry sculptures stand in the center of the booth, while panels suggestive of gargoyles hang across vividly striped walls. Zapata states, “We as queer people are never to settle for the pleasures of here and now; rather, we are constantly working toward a new reality. That’s why I’m so attracted to working in installations: They employ the use of fantasy. I want to create these otherworldly experiences for the viewer to access ideas of potential and futurity.”

In her practice, Zapata explores pre-Hispanic textile techniques and multigenerational Peruvian feminine crafts through her intricate, labor-intensive fiber work. These manual processes are used to explore themes such as gender, colonialism, and performativity. She is also drawn to color’s emotional impact and its ability to convey meaning across time and regions.

Zapata has had solo exhibitions at John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Wisconsin; Museo MATE, Lima; Performance Space New York, New York; and El Museo del Barrio, New York; and group shows at the New Museum, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, and Kasmin Gallery, all in New York, among others. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, among others.

Buy your tickets for The Armory Show here.

The Armory Show hours:
-Friday, September 8,  2023 | 11am–7pm
-Saturday, September 9, 2023 | 11am–7pm
-Sunday, September 10, 2023 | 11am–6pm

For prices of individual artworks and of the full installation, contact Houda Lazrak at hlazrak@iscp-nyc.org or 646-671-0391.

This is ISCP’s third participation in The Armory Show. Thanks to the generosity of the artist, a portion of the proceeds will directly further ISCP’s mission of advancing the careers of innovative art practitioners from around the globe and serving New York City publics year-round.

Participating Residents