November 1, 2023, 6–7pm

Messa in Luce Exhibition Talk with Alchemyverse and Jess Wilcox

In conjunction with the exhibition Alchemyverse: Messa in Luce on view at ISCP through November 17, artistic duo Bicheng Liang and Yixuan Shao will discuss their project-related research and field work with exhibition curator Jess Wilcox. The time-sensitive subjects of environmental catastrophe and planetary apocalypse drives their practice, which combines science, native knowledge, and ancient craft through field work and experimentation. 

Alchemyverse was founded in 2020 by artists Bicheng Liang and Yixuan Shao in New York while they were enrolled in  the MFA program at Columbia University. Liang received his BFA from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, China. Shao received her BA from University of California, San Diego. Recent exhibitions include International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York; Praise Shadows Gallery, Massachusetts; Asia Art Archive in America, New York; The Bishop Museum, Hawai’i; and Lenfest Center for the Arts, Columbia University, New York; among others. Currently, they are in residence at ISCP.   

Jess Wilcox is an independent curator focusing on ecocritical, socially engaged and public art. From 2016 to 2022, she was Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park. From 2011 to 2015, she worked at the Brooklyn Museum’s Center for Feminist Art. She has a BA from Barnard College and Master’s degree from Bard’s Center for Curatorial Studies.

This program is supported by Alice and Lawrence Weiner; Danna and Ed Ruscha; Hartfield Foundation; Horace W. Goldsmith 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 the Office of the Governor 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 to request a parking space and/or freight elevator usage.


Participating Residents

October 24, 2023, 6–8pm

Curators at Work: Curating Beyond Institutional Walls

For this Curators at Work ISCP curators-in-residence Ida Schyum and Håkon Lillegraven will be joined by Alison Burstein, Curator, The Kitchen, New York; Prerana Reddy, Arts & Community Fellow, Recess Art, New York; and Ian Wallace, Curatorial Assistant, New Museum, New York. They will discuss the potential of curating and programming beyond institutional walls and dedicated exhibition spaces, exchanging perspectives on how curating beyond institutional boundaries engages new audiences and encourages a more varied art environment. They will address how these practices lead to important ethical considerations about where, for whom, and how art institutions should operate today.

Operating as a curator at the nomadic Museum of Contemporary Art in Denmark, Ida Schyum will present the museum’s considerations behind moving out of its traditional building in order to engage new audience groups and care for art practices situated beyond the white cube. Håkon Lillegraven will speak about his experience as a curator of interdisciplinary public programs as both an independent curator and for institutions, public space, and nomadic and digital platforms. Alison Burstein and Ian Wallace will talk about the challenges and promises of working outside their institutional facilities, while Prerana Reddy will discuss alternative forms of public engagement in nontraditional viewing conditions.

Ida Schyum is a Danish curator specialized in curating exhibitions that reflect on and challenge our current moment while engaging new audiences. Schyum is currently a curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde, a nomadic museum with no fixed institutional building which displays exhibitions and their collection of hybrid and ephemeral art forms beyond the classical exhibition space. Schyum has curated exhibitions as curator at the Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art as well as independently at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, ARoS, and the Alt_Cph20 Biennial – all in Denmark. She has also curated outreach programs for the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and the Nivaagaard Painting Collection, both in Denmark. 

Håkon Lillegraven is a curator, art mediator, and writer based in Oslo. He is currently Curator and Head of Mediation and Communication at Fotogalleriet, the first institution dedicated to photography as a critical artistic practice in the Nordic region. His curatorial interests are in the intersections of queer, temporal, performance-based, and moving image-based work, collaboration, community-building, and the curatorial strategies and ethics surrounding these. He is also a founding member of two nomadic curatorial initiatives focused on queer, feminist and communal practices, Ergi and Geiten. Formerly, he has held positions as co-curator of the exhibition and public programme PARADE for the Vigeland Museum,Oslo, and Curatorial Assistant of the first Oslo Biennial. In 2021 he was a participant in the course Curatorial practice+public space, organized by KORO – Public Art Norway, and has previously been the recipient of professional development support from Art Fund UK and Whitechapel Gallery, British Council, and Institute of Contemporary Arts,London.

Alison Burstein is a Curator at The Kitchen in New York, where she organizes exhibitions, artist residencies, archival research initiatives, and digital programming and publications. She previously served as Program Director at the nonprofit art space Recess and as a member of the education departments at MoMA, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum, all in New York. She has organized programs and exhibitions for institutions including Tenthaus, Oslo; The Luminary, St. Louis; Knockdown Center, New York; Mana Contemporary, New Jersey; Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles; and NURTUREart, New York. Her writing has appeared in artist monographs and in publications including Tate Etc.

Ian Wallace is an art historian, curator, and writer based in New York. He received his PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2021. His writing has appeared in BOMB, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, whitehot magazine, and artforum, among others. He has contributed to exhibitions at the Fondazione Prada, Venice; MoMA, New York; the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles; and the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, among other institutions. He was Assistant to the Curator of the 59th Venice Biennale and is currently Curatorial Assistant at the New Museum.

Prerana Reddy is Artist & Community Fellow at Recess, an abolitionist arts organization in Brooklyn NY, overseeing Session, their artists project space, and their Critical Writing Program. She did consulting work with Amy Kaufman Cultural Planning, and was a Think Tank Member at both Creative Time and the Creatives Rebuild New York initiative. Previously, she was Director of Programs at A Blade of Grass, New York; and Director of Public Events at the Queens Museum of Art, New York. Reddy co-curated Fatal Love: South Asian American Art Now, and commissioned two editions of Corona Plaza: Center of Everywhere, Queens Museum’s socially-interactive public art projects. She is currently on the board of Alwan for the Arts, an Arab and Middle Eastern cultural organization based in lower Manhattan. 

This program is supported, in part, by Danish Arts Foundation; OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway; The Consulate General of Denmark in New York & The Danish Ministry for Culture; Royal Norwegian Consulate General; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Denmark; 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.


Participating Residents

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:

– Takashi Murakami Camo-Skull skateboard deck ($225)
– Jean-Michel Basquiat Artist Plate ($150)
– Three bottles of wine and a tote bag from the wine club Leon Circle by Leon & Son ($94)
– Set of four Louis Vuitton lighters by Sarah Coleman ($680)
– Two ARTNOIR Amos tote bags ($80)
– Special edition artist’s book The Girl Made of Butter by Janine Antoni ($2,000)
– Guilt and Fear limited edition by Ragnar Kjartansson ($500)
– Embroidered hats by Face Front Designs ($85)
– Volumes 1-4 of Warner Bros. 100th 25-Film Collection in Blu-ray ($360)
– Gift certificate for Paula Cooper’s 192 Books ($200)
– The Jazz Gallery Dual Membership ($250)
– One-year Guggenheim Dual Membership ($140)
– One-year Katonah Museum of Art Family membership and tour ($245)

Click here to browse and bid on Silent Auction artworks. Register on Artsy today and bid to support ISCP!

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 Celebrate the Studio Live Auction of Experiences:

  • Discover “Tybee” Time in an Historic Cottage, a three-night stay at an oceanside cottage on Tybee Island, Georgia, for up to eight people, and a personalized visit to Laney Contemporary, the leading gallery for contemporary fine art in the region.
  • Artist-led dinner and cooking class by Manuel Molina Martagon, a private dinner in your home for up to 10 people where participants are invited to ingredient prep, cook and spend time together as they prepare Chiles en Nogada, a Mexican seasonal delicacy and the most celebrated dish of Puebla, the artists’ hometown.
  • Two-night stay at Greenwood Lake, a beautiful lakefront home in Orange County, New York, that accommodates up to eight people, with wraparound porch and access to hiking, biking, water sports, skiing, apple picking, vineyards, and more.

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; Emily Alli; 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; Archie Raphulu; Julia Speed; Mike Takac; 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.

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