December 7, 2021, 4-5pm

Resilience of the Spirit: Joiri Minaya, Lauren Kelley and Devin N. Morris in Conversation Moderated by Dana Robinson

For this event, three New York-based artists will discuss how their art connects to healing and spirituality. Joiri Minaya, Lauren Kelley and Devin N. Morris, who were a part of ISCP’s 2020 Vision Fund residency, will be joined by artist and organizer Dana Robinson as moderator. This program will be presented on Zoom and will include closed captioning and live American Sign Language. A Q&A with the audience will follow.

Register for a secure zoom link here, and tune in on Tuesday, December 7 at 4pm EST.

Lauren Kelley is a storyteller employing a wry wit when surveying notions of emotional excess. Her approach to animation combines clay-mation with a collection of tan, plastic toys to stylistically evoke the children’s television programs of the artist’s youth. Her jittery, low-tech ideas take place amongst Technicolor dioramas; a plush backdrop in contrast to the flaccid storylines of a discontented cast of innocent characters.

Joiri Minaya’s work is a reassertion of Self, an exercise of unlearning, decolonizing and exorcizing imposed histories, cultures and ideas. She reconciles the experiences of growing up in the Dominican Republic and navigating the United States and the Global North, using gaps, disconnections and misinterpretations as ground for creativity.

Devin N. Morris collapses memory and space to envision delicate new realms of existence. Informed by his upbringing in Baltimore and his personal experiences as a queer man of color, his work often portrays semi-fictive characters who exchange acts of kindness and care within surreal domestic settings. Extending his practice of collage into physical assemblage and sculpture, Morris creates site-specific environments that refract the domestic interior and subvert traditional values and social boundaries.

Dana Robinson is a Brooklyn based multimedia artist whose work often addresses Black visual culture as it connects to leisure, love and social mobility. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Robinson has been using her skills as a painter and designer to raise money for groups like the Black Brooklyn Queer Fund and Black Trans Rent Relief. She earned her BFA in Design from Florida State University and her MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Conversations of Dana Robinson’s eclectic collection have been covered by publications such as Vice, Ain’t-Bad, NY Mag’s Vulture, and It’s Nice That. She has three upcoming solo shows in 2022 at AIR Gallery, Haul Gallery in Brooklyn, and Fuller Rosen Gallery in Portland. She is currently a fellow at AIR Gallery and will be in residence at Wassaic Project in 2022.

After reviewing its own 25-year history, while also taking stock of the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities in part as a result of local and global histories of systemic racism, ISCP initiated the Vision Fund in Spring 2020 to increase the participation of exceptional artists of color in its residency program. The fund amplifies ISCP’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, strengthening and deepening our work of supporting BIPOC artists.

This program is supported, in part, by National Endowment for the Arts, 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. 


November 30, 2021, 4–5pm

Artists at Work: Skaus and Dylan Gauthier on Instagram Live

For this Artists at Work program, the Norwegian artists’ collective Skaus, current residents at ISCP, will have a conversation with Dylan Gauthier, ISCP alumnus and Director of the EFA Project Space. They will discuss DIY boat building and artistic actions past, present and future on New York waterways. A Q&A with the audience will follow.

In 2022 for their ISCP residency, Skaus plans to build a vessel that will place art in a maritime landscape. This unattached and drifting art platform will offer direct contact with various urban spaces and landscapes. They will invite a number of artists and actors to work on board throughout the project period. This will be an experiment with architecture and the surrounding environment, and investigate what possibilities the absence of a solid foundation can offer for experiencing art.

The vessel’s mobile nature is inspired by an old building custom from Rogaland, a Norwegian county. To find work in the 19th century, people from remote fjord regions dismantled their houses and sailed the materials to Stavanger where the house was reassembled. The structure on top of the floating vessel will be based on Norwegian-American settler architecture. 

Tune into the Instagram Live here on Tuesday, November 30 at 4pm EST.

Skaus is a nomadic art project, a hosting and occupying platform instigated by Håvard Sagen, Mari Kolbeinson, and Markus Bråten. Its existence relies on continual change. Accumulative by nature, Skaus instigates encounters between sites, artists, institutions, social infrastructures, and audiences.Skaus has exhibited work at Rogaland Kunstsenter and TOU, Stavanger.

Working in a range of media including sound, performance, video, sculpture, architecture, and photography, Dylan Gauthier’s research-based and collaborative projects explore  intersections between ecology, architecture, landscape, and environmental justice. Gauthier’s individual and collective projects have been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, the Parrish Art Museum, CCVA at Harvard University, the 2016 Biennial de Paris (Beirut), the Center for Architecture, International Studio & Curatorial Program, the Chimney, the Neuberger Museum at SUNY Purchase, Columbus College of Art and Design, the Walker Art Center, EFA Project Space, and other venues in the US and abroad. He is Director of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, a 501c3 non-profit gallery devoted to experimental practices in the visual arts located in Times Square, NYC.

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; Nordic Culture Fund; NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust; Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA); Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF); The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Teiger Foundation; Willem de Kooning Foundation; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation. 


Participating Residents

Open Studios
November 13, 2021

2021 Fall Open Studios

Open Hours: Saturday, November 13, 12–7pm

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) Fall Open Studios is an exhibition of international contemporary art presented by the 34 artists and curators from 26 countries currently in residence. Guest speaker and ISCP alumna Tania Candiani will make remarks during Open Studios.

Registration is required here.

Twice a year only, ISCP offers the public access to private artists’ and curators’ studios to view artwork and share one-on-one conversations. For its first in-person Open Studios event since 2019, 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.

On Delegitimization and Solidarity: Sisiku AyukTabe, the Martin Luther King Jr. of Ambazonia, the Nera 10, and the Myth of Violent Africa, the first United States solo exhibition by ISCP artist-in-residence Adjani Okpu-Egbe, curated by Amy Rosenblum-Martín, will be on view in the 2nd floor gallery. The artist presents mixed media compositions, aiming to raise awareness about Ambazonia, also known as Southern Cameroons or English Speaking Cameroons, where Okpu-Egbe was born and lived until 2004. His antiracist and decolonial visuals, along with written, spoken, and musical contextualization, shed light on the ongoing war waged in Ambazonia by the French neocolonial regime in Cameroon.

In addition, 00:0_, a solo exhibition of works by Carlos Franco, an ISCP Ground Floor Program artist-in-residence, will be presented during Open Studios in the project space. The exhibition centers around an interactive installation that highlights the hyperactive consumption of images through digital devices that interface with our daily lives. For Franco, the pieces that constitute 00:0_ are micro essays attuned to contemporary attention spans; they reflect our lopsided cultural landscape.

From 2–4pm, ISCP alumnus Tuomas A. Laitinen will perform an ambient live sound work in ISCP’s second floor lounge on the occasion of his first solo exhibition in New York at St. John’s University’s Yeh Art Gallery.

Open Studios participating artists and curators: Hana Al-Saadi (Qatar), Chris Andrews (Canada), Svetlana Bailey (United States/Australia/Germany/Russia), James Beckett (South Africa/The Netherlands), Maja Bekan (The Netherlands/Serbia), Marie-Michelle Deschamps (Canada), Chun Hua Catherine Dong (Canada), Carlos Franco (Puerto Rico), Moko Fukuyama (United States/Japan), Baris Gokturk (Turkey/United States), Wieteke Heldens (United States/The Netherlands), Erica Yu-Wen Huang (Taiwan), Anthony Iacono (United States), Silas Inoue (Denmark), Valentýna Janů (Czech Republic), Sam Keogh (Ireland), Kim Kielhofner (Canada), Conny Karlsson Lundgren (Sweden), Chase Middleton (Australia), Marie Nerland (Norway), Daniel Neumann (United States/Germany), Lotte Nielsen (Denmark), Tamás Páll (Hungary), Bundith Phunsombatlert (Thailand/United States), Mia Raadik (Estonia), Lisa Rastl-Dorner (Austria), Alona Rodeh (Germany/Israel), Micha Serraf (Zimbabwe), Skaus (Norway), Julie Stavad (Denmark), Maja Štefančíková (Slovakia/Czech Republic/United States), Anna Witt (Austria), Kenji Yamada (Japan/United Kingdom), and Rafał Żarski (Poland).

ISCP thanks the following residency sponsors: Alice and Lawrence Weiner; Arts Council of Ireland; Austrian Cultural Forum New York: ACFNY; Bunkacho – Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan; Centre for Contemporary Art FUTURA; Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec; Danish Arts Foundation; Danna and Ed Ruscha; Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center; Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport of Austria; Fire Station – Qatar Museums; Hartfield Foundation; IASPIS – The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists; International Visegrad Fund; Joseph Robert Foundation; KdFS Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Ministry of Culture, Taiwan; 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 and the New York State Legislature; OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway; SAHA Association; Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin; Sobey Art Awards, National Gallery of Canada; Tauck Ritzau Innovative Philanthropy; Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Dublin; The Dr. K. David G. Edwards & Margery Edwards Charitable Giving Fund; and Toby Devan Lewis.

This program is supported, in part, by Austrian Cultural Forum New York: ACFNY; Colleen Ritzau Leth; Consulate General of Canada in New York; Consulate General of Estonia in New York; Consulate General of Finland in New York; Consulate General of Sweden in New York; Council for Canadian American Relations; Evelyn Toll Family Foundation; Golden Artist Colors, Inc.; Google; Hartfield Foundation; Hungarian Cultural Center, New York; Johnson Picture Framing & Galleries; Materials for the Arts; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; New York City Council Member for the 33rd District Stephen Levin; New York City Council Member for the 34th District Antonio Reynoso; 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; Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York; Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF); Tauck Ritzau Innovative Philanthropy; Teiger Foundation; Willem de Kooning Foundation; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation.

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

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