October 28, 2021, 4-5pm

Artists at Work: Marie-Michelle Deschamps and Anaïs Castro on Instagram Live

For this Artists at Work discussion, Anaïs Castro, a former Canadian curator in residence at ISCP in 2021 will be in conversation with Montreal-based artist and current resident Marie-Michelle Deschamps. They will discuss Deschamps’s trajectory as an artist, her recent exhibition at Bradley Ertaskiran Gallery, and the upcoming 2022 project of Deschamps’ work curated by Castro for She BAM! in Leipzig. A Q&A with the audience will follow.

​​Tune into Instagram Live here on Thursday, October 28 at 4pm EDT. 

Marie-Michelle Deschamps is an artist living and working in Montreal, Canada. Through sculpture, writing, drawing, sound and installations, her work focuses on language as an inhabitable space – a veritable structure and place where forms reside. Her practice is rooted within conversation, collaboration and translation, underscoring the transformative place of language within the formal dialect of architecture. Recently, Deschamps’ work has been exhibited at The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Franz Kaka, Toronto, Canada; Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada; Parisian Laundry, Montreal; Diagonale, Montreal; the Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel, Switzerland; Chapter, Cardiff, United Kingdom; the Darling Foundry, Montreal; MUDAM, Luxembourg; CCA, Glasgow, United Kingdom; Occidental Temporary, Paris, France; CNAC Le Magasin, Grenoble, France; YYZ Artist’s Outlet, Toronto; and at Collective as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, United Kingdom. She was an artist in residence at Studio Voltaire, London, United Kingdom and Triangle France, Marseille, France and holds a MFA from the Glasgow School of Art, United Kingdom.

Anaïs Castro is a curator and writer based in Toronto and New York. She currently works as Managing Director & Curator at Arsenal Contemporary Art. Over the past years, she has curated exhibitions and projects in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, and China. She is one of the founding members of the curatorial collective The Department of Love, which presented its first project in Shanghai in December 2018 and commissioned four performances by Debora Délmar, Jade Montserrat, Alvin Tran and Steven Warwick as part of the Open Programme of Art Night London 2019. She was part of the inaugural Shanghai Curators Lab in 2018, was a Curator in Residence at the International Studios & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, New York, in 2021; Artpace, San Antonio, in 2019; Art in General, Brooklyn, in 2019; Titanik Turku, in 2017; and a Visiting Critic at BCA, Burlington, Vermont, in 2016. She is an editorial member of Daily Lazy and publishes regularly with various art magazines.

This program is supported, in part, by Sobey Art Awards, National Gallery of Canada; Consulate General of Canada in New York; 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; 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.


October 21, 2021, 3-4pm

Closing Event for Maja Bekan: Hold It Together. (We Have Each Other)

In conjunction with the exhibition, Maja Bekan: Hold it Together. (We Have Each Other), ISCP will host an online conversation between the artist; her collaborators on this project Pon-Pon Yeh, Mandy Morrison, Juliana Cope, Daniela Chaparro and Susan Hapgood; and independent curator and ISCP Senior Advisor Kari Conte. 

They will discuss Bekan’s ongoing artwork, the use of gossip and conflict as a possible route to emancipation, and the potential outcomes of processual and durational artmaking practices, which the artist sees as “a method to decolonize time.” This event rounds up a year and a half of collaboration that occurred online and sometimes in physical proximity between the artist and five New York troublemakers, and their ongoing research into trailblazing women who are hard to love.

Prior to their conversation, the audience will be able to view a short excerpt of one of their live rehearsals.

Please register here to receive a secure link to this Zoom session, and tune in on Thursday, October 21 at 3pm EDT.

On the following day, October 22, sporadic constructed situations or “rehearsals ” as they have been called in Hold it Together. (We Have Each Other), will be happening unannounced around the city of New York, starting from Lower East Side and concluding in Hudson River Park. After numerous online meetings in 2020 and in-person sessions during the six months of the exhibition, these final live rehearsals will be a culmination of an ongoing process between Maja and her five collaborators who have adopted the identities of PARTISAN, SPY, POLITICIAN, (House)WORKER, and ARTIST/KILLJOY. They will engage in unscripted discussion and activity, inviting visitors to join them if they so choose. 

If you see something, post something, #togetherness.

Maja Bekan: Hold It Together. (We Have Each Other) is a solo exhibition by ISCP resident Maja Bekan concluding a year-long collaboration with New York City residents Pon-Pon Yeh, Mandy Morrison, Juliana Cope, Susan Hapgood, Daniela Chapparo, and many others. As Bekan puts it, the exhibition itself “is an (art) work in process, it is a spatial proposal for a future event, a work in a state of waiting.” Thus, the gallery is presented as a combination of performance stage, recording studio, and rehearsal space for visitors to contemplate Bekan’s choreography for human connection in a time of separation. The artist’s collaborators and audience are implicated in her call to prepare “to assemble again and exercise togetherness.”

This event is supported by Dutch Culture USA program of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York; Hartfield Foundation; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Mondriaan Fund; 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; Stroom Den Haag; Teiger Foundation; Willem de Kooning Foundation; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation.

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Participating Residents

October 20, 2021, 6:30–7:30 PM

Celebrate the Studio: A Virtual Event for ISCP's 2021 Benefit Auction

Join the International Studio & Curatorial Program 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.

Purchase your ticket here.


$25: Virtual event ticket
$30: Raffle ticket
$50: Virtual event and raffle tickets
$250: Virtual event ticket + custom cocktail kit + invitation to VIP virtual pre-reception (tickets available only through October 4)

Celebrate the Studio will feature:

– Premiere of Caroline Garcia’s video work Force of a .22 Caliber Bullet

 – Artist talk with Caroline Garcia and socially-engaged art innovator, curator and writer Lydia Matthews, moderated by Alison Kuo

– Auction highlights with Sarah Krueger of Phillips

– Guest appearances by AKI INOMATA, Lauren Kelley, Tali Keren, Remy Jungerman, Lou Sheppard and other ISCP alumni 

– Zoom backgrounds by artist Frank Wang Yefeng. Download your Zoom background here.

– Music by artist, musician and dancer Anton Kats

– Opportunity to win over 10 raffle items

– And more!

Download the Celebrate the Studio FAQ here.

The ISCP 2021 Benefit Auction runs from October 5 – October 20, 2021, powered by Artsy.

  • Bidding opened October 5, 2021, 12 PM EDT
  • Bidding closes October 21, 2021, 5 PM EDT

Click here to browse and bid on artworks.

This year’s auction features over 50 works by ISCP’s international alumni and supporters, with a range of pieces by emerging, mid-career, and world-renowned artists from around the world.

Since 1994, ISCP has welcomed over 1,700 residents from 80 countries to its residency program, offering a platform for the creative development and exchange between artists and curators. In a time where creative practice and critical dialogue are more important than ever, 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 auction will go directly towards funding ISCP’s 2021 residency programs. 

Participating artists include:

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

Raffle Items include: One-year membership to New York City cultural institutions and parks including Brooklyn Museum, Jewish Museum, and Prospect Park Alliance; two-night stay and dinner for two at Hotel Kinsley, Kingston; four-person sake tasting in Greenpoint courtesy of Rule of Thirds; selection of craft beers by Chicago-based brewing company, Moody Tongue; private ISCP exhibition tour with Executive Director Susan Hapgood; ISCP catalogue bundle, ISCP Young Patrons twelve-month membership, among others.

2021 ISCP Benefit Auction 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.

Generous donations to the auction have been made by the artists as well as Art Projects International, New York; ArtWithAkirash Studio, Pflugerville; 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; 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; Ryan Lee Gallery, New York; 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, Anton Kats, 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

Can’t attend? Donate to support ISCP here.

6:30–7:30 PM