December 8, 2016, 7–9pm

Rethinking Residencies: Publics and Counterpublics

The International Studio & Curatorial Program announces “Rethinking Residencies: Publics and Counterpublics,” a panel discussion that reflects on art residency programs, what communities they serve, and the responsibilities each has to one another in a moment of marked cultural upheaval. This panel discussion with Common Field’s Co-Director Courtney Fink, artist Jonah Groeneboer, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture’s Co-Director Sarah Workneh focuses on the question: how do artist residency programs define, cultivate, and care for their publics?

Often communities within communities, residencies are responsible to an immediate constituency of artists and alumni but serve much broader publics as well. Who comprises these publics? What counterpublics are embedded within them or positioned alongside them? What new urgencies are coming to light for artistic communities and their publics in response to changes in the political climate, funding landscape, and cultural production more generally? How, as those who organize, support, and participate in residency programs, might we respond? The panel will be followed by a brief reception.

Location: Triangle, 20 Jay Street #317, Brooklyn NY 11201

This panel discussion was co-organized by Rethinking Residencies, a working group of eleven New York-based artist residency programs. Initiated in March 2014, its members share knowledge and resources, while cultivating critical thinking and discourse about residencies. Collaborating organizations represent a wide range of models, scales, and approaches and include: Eyebeam, Fire Island Artist Residency, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), The Laundromat Project, Queens Museum, Recess, The Shandaken Project, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, EFA Project Space’s SHIFT Residency, and Triangle.

Participant Biographies

Courtney Fink is an arts organizer and curator based in Los Angeles, CA. She is the co-director and co-founder of Common Field. From 2002–2015 she was the Executive Director of Southern Exposure in San Francisco. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Seed Fund. She has held positions at California College of the Arts and Capp Street Project in San Francisco. For 23 years, she has been dedicated to supporting artists, and by extension, experimental organizations that are focused on artists.

Jonah Groeneboer is a conceptual interdisciplinary artist. His work has shown at MoMA (2016), Art in General (2016), the Queens Museum (2016), CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art (2016), MoMA PS1 (2015), Contemporary Art Museum Houston (2015), Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts in Winnipeg (2015), Andrew Edlin Gallery, NY (2013), Shoshawna Wayne Gallery, CA (2010), and Exile, Berlin (2010). Essays and Reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art, Mute Magazine,, Temporary Art Review, Art Journal, and in Pink Labour on Golden Streets’ “Appearing Differently: Abstraction’s Transgender and Queer Capacities.” He was a founding board member of the Shandaken Project. Residencies include Ox-Bow School of Art, the Fire Island Artist Residency, and Recess.

Sarah Workneh is a Co-Director of Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. Prior to her tenure at Skowhegan, she worked at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency from 2002–2010. Sarah has served as a panelist and advisor in a wide variety of conferences and symposia and has served on the organizing committee for the Black Artists Retreat. In addition to running Skowhegan’s core educational program and non-profit, Sarah works directly with Skowhegan alumni to produce and create off-site programs. She was the first guest editor of Art Papers magazine, and has been a contributing writer to Pastelegram, Kaleidoscope, as well as other publications and projects. Sarah serves on the Board of the Colby College Museum of Art and the advisory committee of the Somerset Cultural Planning Commission in Maine. She has B.A.s in Linguistics and Russian from the University of Maryland and has pursued coursework toward her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at DePaul University.


This program is supported, in part, by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

December 6, 2016, 6:30pm

Lecture by Kristina Buch

In a lecture in conjunction with ISCP’s exhibition The Animal Mirror, Kristina Buch will address her piece “One of the things that baffles me about you is that you remain unmurdered.” (2012–16).

Kristina Buch (born Germany, 1983) studied biology and protestant theology before completing her MA at the Royal College of Art, London and with Rosemarie Trockel at the Academy in Düsseldorf. She has shown her work at the Istanbul Biennial, 2015; Kunsthalle Basel, 2015; Urbane Künste Ruhr, 2015; Index—The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, 2014; the Emily Harvey Foundation, 2013; and Manifesta 9, 2012; among others, and was the youngest participant at Documenta 13. Buch has lectured widely, including at the Max Planck Institute; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; the 60-year jubilee of Documenta; the Berlin University of the Arts; and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She taught at Imperial College London until 2012, was awarded an assistant professorship at Goethe University, Frankfurt in 2013, and became the first holder of the “Next Society” professorship at Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Basel in 2015. She has also received numerous prizes and stipends for her work.

This lecture is free and open to the public. The material of the lecture is being edited for a written publication. All rights remain with the artist.

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Kristina Buch’s lecture and travel is supported by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e. V.


Offsite Project
December 5, 2016–January 15, 2017

Martine Gutierrez: JEANS

The International Studio & Curatorial Program announces the unveiling of MARTINE GUTIERREZ: JEANS, an offsite project by visual artist Martine Gutierrez, who is a current resident and New York Community Trust Van Lier fellow of ISCP. Located at the Southeast corner of 9th Avenue and 37th Street in Manhattan, Gutierrez presents a 10-foot-high by 22-foot-wide advertising billboard with a highly charged image of the artist posing as a model wearing a fictitious brand of denim jeans. This public work will be installed five stories high over Manhattan’s Garment District.

In MARTINE GUTIERREZ: JEANS, Gutierrez takes control of her own exploitation by addressing issues of gender politics and the public gaze. She uses the mechanisms of consumerism, positioning herself as both product and consumer. In doing so, Gutierrez’s work confronts ‘othered’ portrayals of artists of color and LGBTQ individuals in the media.

Acting as subject, artist, and muse, Gutierrez investigates personal and collective identity, composing the self through the guise of makeup, costume and pose. Navigating through fluid conceptions of perceived gender and ethnicity, Gutierrez employs diverse narratives of femininity. Employing pop-cultural tropes, she casts herself in roles that society would never consider her for—the ‘Hollywood actress,’ the ‘pop star,’ the ‘supermodel.’ While her characters appear familiar, often contextualized by seemingly high-budget settings, they are not representations of reality. Rather, they are hyperbolized manifestations of perceived feminine glamour, desire, and sexuality, fabricated from humble materials and temporary sets.

Martine Gutierrez (born 1989) received her BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. Born to a Guatemalan father and white American mother, her cross-cultural background informs her fluid self-navigation as she has always straddled both cultures. Current and recent exhibitions include Martine Gutierrez: True Story, Boston University Art Galleries; Martine Gutierrez: WE & THEM & ME, Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, North Carolina; Disturbing Innocence, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York; and About Face: Self-Portraiture in Contemporary Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover. Her work has been acquired by the Hood Museum of Art for their permanent collection. Gutierrez is also a published musician and has produced several commercial videos. She is represented by RYAN LEE Gallery in New York.

Dedication Event: On Tuesday, December 13, a week after the billboard is erected, Martine Gutierrez will speak about her artwork onsite from 11–11:30am.

The billboard will be on view from December 5, 2016 through January 1, 2017, at 9th Avenue and 37th Street in Manhattan, adjacent to Lincoln Tunnel.

This project is coordinated by Juliana Cope, Director of Development and Programs Manager at ISCP.

MARTINE GUTIERREZ: JEANS is made possible through the generous support of the New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation. Special thanks to Helena Jackson-Enders and RYAN LEE Gallery for their support.

Participating Residents