October 5–October 21, 2021

2021 ISCP Benefit Auction

Bidding opens Tuesday, October 5, 12pm EDT
Bidding closes Thursday, October 21, 5pm EDT

The International Studio & Curatorial Program 2021 Benefit Auction powered by Artsy features over 50 works by ISCP’s international alumni and supporters, with a range of pieces by emerging, mid-career, and world-renowned artists.

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Registration is now open!

Participating Artists
Kiichiro Adachi,* AKIRASH,* John Aslanidis,* Omar Ba,* Gretchen Bender, Berkshires Art Trip, Richard Bosman, Williamson Brasfield, C215, Colette, James Collins, John Coplans, Furen Dai,* Annabel Daou,* Jane Dickson, Conrad Egyir,* Louise Fishman, Gauri Gill, Anton Ginzburg, Shilpa Gupta, Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens,* Akira Ikezoe, Elliott Jamal Robbins, Tommy Kha,* Essye Klempner, John Kørner,* Joseph Kosuth, Marie Laurencin, Yi-Kuan Lin,* Amanda Means, Joiri Minaya,* John L. Moore, Elizabeth Murray, Joseph Nechvatal, John Newman, Habby Osk,* Ester Partegàs,* Laura Põld,* Pope.L, Ashfika Rahman, Marius Ritiu,* Andrew Ross, Lisa Sanditz, Loup Sarion,* Jo Shane, Cindy Sherman, Yuri Shimojo, Tōkō Shinoda, Rebecca Smith, Donald Sultan, Swoon, Gwenn Thomas, Esther Tielemans,* Marie Tomanova, and Natalia Załuska.*

*ISCP Alumni

Bidding will also be open for a Berkshires Art Trip: a private tour of the Williams College Museum of Art by Christina Yang, Deputy Director for Engagement and Curator of Education, and an overnight stay at the hotel and riverside retreat, TOURISTS, in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Since 1994, ISCP has welcomed over 1,500 residents from 85 countries to its residency program, offering a platform for the creative development and exchange between artists and curators. Help support ISCP’s mission to build and sustain a vibrant community of contemporary art practitioners and diverse audiences.

Thanks to the generosity of our artists and donors, all proceeds from the 2021 ISCP Benefit Auction will fund future residencies.

Join ISCP on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, from 6:30-7:30 PM EDT on Zoom for a virtual event for the 2021 Benefit Auction with guest of honor Caroline Garcia.

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The 2021 ISCP Benefit Committee
Camilo Alvarez, Jayne Baum, Clare Bell, Diana Campbell Betancourt, Sabrina Blaichman, Emma Bowen, Kadar Brock, Susan Brundage, Patricia L. Brundage (Co-Chair) and Billy Copley, Sarah Burney, Yng-Ru Chen and Devin Gordon, Alberta Chu, Juliana Cope, Caitlin Crews, Karyn Ginsberg-Greenwald, Cristina Gómez, Shilpa Gupta, Victoria Hawkins, Barbara Heizer, Kristin Heming, Hitomi Iwasaki, Karen Karp, Jeffrey Lee, Amanda and Peter Low, John L. Moore, Molly Pfohl Rand, Susan Reynolds, Sophie O. Riese (Co-Chair) and Ian Muñoz, Iris Rosenberg, Lena Saltos, Aaron Schwarz, Julia Speed, Naomi Firestone-Teeter and Adam Teeter, Mimi Thompson, Katherine Wilson, Christina Yang, and Arthur Zegelbone.

ISCP Board of Directors
Courtney Willis Blair, Patricia L. Brundage, Yng-Ru Chen, Dennis Elliott, Karyn Issa Ginsberg-Greenwald, William Harrison, Karen Karp, Samar Maziad, Manu Mohan, Sophie O. Riese, Lena Saltos, Marjorie Welish, and Arthur Zegelbone.

Generous donations to the auction have been made by the artists as well as Art Projects International, New York; Berthold Pott, Cologne; Diana Campbell Betancourt; Courtney Willis Blair; Patricia Brundage; C24 Gallery, New York; Yng-Ru Chen; Juliana Cope; E X I L E, Vienna; Dennis Elliott; Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York; Galerie Templon, Paris – Brussels; Kristin Heming; JHB Galleries, New York; Kai Matsumiya, New York; KARMA, New York; Karen Karp; Jeffrey Lee; Mary Ryan Gallery, New York; Metro Pictures, New York; Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York; John L. Moore; Pace Prints, New York; Susan and Clayton Peimer; Praise Shadows Art Gallery, Boston; Janelle Reiring; Sean Kelly Gallery, New York; Simone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit; Lois Stavsky; David Terry; Esther Tielemans; Allison Tolman; TOURISTS; Larry Warsh; Marjorie Welish; Christina Yang; and Arthur Zegelbone.

ISCP is extremely grateful to Sabrina Blaichman, Carl Boutard, Brooklyn Museum, Elaine Byrne, Yu-Ling Chou, Jeremy Cohn, Caroline Garcia, Julia Gatten, Karyn Ginsberg-Greenwald, Cristina Gómez, Ronya Gordon, Victoria Hawkins, AKI INOMATA, ISCP Young Patrons, Jewish Museum, Kathryn T. Johnson, Remy Jungerman, Lauren Kelley, Tali Keren, Amanda Abi Khalil, Hotel Kinsley, Sarah Krueger of Phillips, Lucy Lydon, Jacqueline Masseo, Lydia Matthews, Andrew Milstein, Moody Tongue Brewing Company, Yann Pocreau, Prospect Park Alliance, Maria D. Rapicavoli, Rule of Thirds, Lou Sheppard, Sara Wallgren, and Isabel Sosa Whitelaw.

Special thanks to our event sponsors Phillips and Leon & Son Wine and Spirits.

Caroline Garcia’s residency at ISCP in 2020 was generously supported by The Dr. K. David G. Edwards & Margery Edwards Charitable Giving Fund, Create NSW, and the Embassy of Australia in Washington, DC.

Donate to support ISCP here.

September 28, 2021, 1-2pm

Artists at Work: Stefania Strouza and Daphne Dragona

For this Artists at Work, current artist in residence Stefania Strouza and independent curator Daphne Dragona will discuss Strouza’s sculptural interpretation of the myth of Medea, an artistic research project building associations between the mythological, the geological and the astronomical. Referring to Strouza’s recent work and an upcoming solo exhibition, they will talk about moments of collision and catastrophe, existential angst, as well as planetary regeneration.

A Q&A with the audience will follow.

​​Tune into the Instagram Live here on Tuesday, September 28th at 1pm EDT.

Stefania Strouza is a visual artist currently living and working in Athens. Her sculptural practice explores how historical narratives of diverse origins connect to produce cross-cultural syncretisms and identities. Strouza materializes her ideas by drawing associations between the symbolic world of objects and notions of temporality, geography, and the body. Her work has been featured at the 3rd Industrial Art Biennial, Croatia; Pinta Miami; Benaki Museum, Athens; 6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece; A.Antonopoulou Art, Greece; Wiener Art Foundation, Wien; Neue Galerie Innsbruck; Athens & Epidaurus Festival; BOZAR, Bruxelles; and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, among others. Strouza is a PhD candidate at the department of Architecture at the University of Thessaly.

Daphne Dragona is a curator and writer based in Berlin. Through her work, she engages with artistic practices and methodologies that challenge contemporary forms of power. Among her topics of interest have been: the controversies of connectivity, the promises of the commons, the challenges of artistic subversion, the instrumentalization of play, the problematics of care and empathy, and most recently the potential of kin-making technologies in the time of climate crisis. Articles of hers have been published in various books, journals, magazines, and exhibition catalogs by the likes of Springer, Sternberg Press, and Leonardo Electronic Almanac. Her exhibitions have been hosted at the real or virtual premises of Onassis Stegi, Laboral, Aksioma, NeMe, EMST (National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens), Akademie Schloss Solitude, Alta Tecnologia Andina, and Le Lieu Unique. Dragona was part of the core curatorial team of the transmediale festival from 2015 until 2019. She holds a PhD from the Faculty of Communication & Media Studies of the University of Athens.

This program is supported, in part, by The J.F. Costopoulos Foundation, 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 with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust; Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF); The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Teiger Foundation; Willem de Kooning Foundation; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation. 


Participating Residents

September 17, 2021–February 25, 2022

On Delegitimization and Solidarity: Sisiku AyukTabe, the Martin Luther King Jr. of Ambazonia, the Nera 10, and the Myth of Violent Africa

Curator-led exhibition tours by Amy Rosenblum-Martín will take place on the following dates:  

  • Friday, February 18, 11am–12pm
  • Friday, February 25, 11am–12pm

RSVP here. Spaces are limited and proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for entry.

In his first United States solo show, Adjani Okpu-Egbe presents mixed media compositions, aiming to raise awareness about Ambazonia, also known as Southern Cameroons or English Speaking Cameroons, where the artist was born and lived until 2004. Okpu-Egbe’s 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. The artist observes, “United States taxpayers also unwittingly fund terrifying colonial violence―even the killing of children—in my homeland and have a right to know and have a say about this devastating War that started in 2016.” 

His compositions are replete with symbolism inspired by the natural world, including pregnant fish, vines bearing lemons, and semi-abstract beasts, which refer to specific people and histories of oppression as well as celebrations of freedom. Often painting on nontraditional supports, like doors, and incorporating everyday objects including books, mouse traps, and bubble wrap, the artist layers materials to convey irreducible complexity. Prior to becoming an artist, Okpu-Egbe studied archaeology and the history of political thought, which informed his practice.

ISCP’s opening reception and public discussion on September 17 will be co-hosted by the Ambazonia Prisoners of Conscience Support Network and the International Peace Research Association, and will feature a panel discussion with the artist, academics, and activists who will unpack the international political situation in Ambazonia in the context of the work on view. Other speakers will include political prisoners (connecting virtually) and leaders of the Black liberation movement in the United States. The panel will be moderated by Matt Meyer, co-author of Guns and Gandhi in Africa: Pan-African Insights on Nonviolence, Armed Struggle and Liberation, and Senior Research Scholar at University of Massachusetts/Amherst Resistance Studies Initiative. 

Okpu-Egbe (born 1979, Kumba, Cameroon) lives and works in London and has exhibited work at Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany, and SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin, among other institutions. He has presented his work in Surpassing the Eternally Mysterious Afro-Surreal, 2019, Sulger-Buel Gallery, London (solo show); Regarding Africa: Contemporary Art and Afro-Futurism, 2016, Tel Aviv Museum of Art; and his installation The Journey of the Underdog, 2014, was highlighted in the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, London. In 2020, he was the recipient of the inaugural Ritzau Art Prize and participated in a three-month residency at ISCP, followed by a four-month residency in 2021.

This exhibition is curated by Amy Rosenblum-Martín. Rosenblum-Martín is a curator who most recently served as guest assistant curator for Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood’s MoMA PS1 exhibition Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Formerly a staff curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami and The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, she has also worked for the Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, all New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; National Portrait Gallery, London; and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, among others. Her exhibition Ana Mendieta: Thinking About Children’s Thinking, 2017, at Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, Harlem, was an Artforum Critic’s Pick. 

This exhibition is supported by Colleen Ritzau Leth; Evelyn Toll Family Foundation; Hartfield Foundation; Johnson Picture Framing & Galleries; 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 City Council District 33; New York State Council on the Arts and the New York State Legislature; Tauck Ritzau Innovative Philanthropy; Teiger Foundation; and William Talbott Hillman 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 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.
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Opening Reception: Sep 17, 2021, 6-8pm
Open Hours: Gallery Hours: By appointment on Tuesday–Thursday, 12–5pm
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Participating Residents