Open Studios
November 13–November 14, 2015

Fall Open Studios 2015

The International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) Fall Open Studios is a two-day exhibition of international contemporary art. The thirty-five artists and curators from fifteen countries currently in residence present work in their studios. The studio is a generative space – part production site, office, laboratory and situation – and it can be argued that it is more significant today for the creative process than ever before. ISCP invites the public to studio visits to experience art in its place of origin and to share conversations with artists and curators from all over the world.

The group exhibition, Aqueous Earth, will be open and on view in the second floor gallery space. Artists: Allora & Calzadilla, Lara Almarcegui, Brandon Ballengée, Dylan Gauthier, Brooke Singer and Pinar Yoldas. Curator: Kari Conte.

In addition, a new micro-exhibition venue in the first-floor project space, organized by a group of seven curators from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS), launches during Open Studios weekend. The first of seven exhibitions features work by Mario Navarro.

Artists and curators participating in Open Studios:

Tony Albert (Australia), Henni Alftan (Finland), Iliana Antonova (Canada), Julie Béna (France), Carl Boutard (Sweden), Elaine Byrne (Ireland), Naomi Campbell (United States), Lourdes Correa-Carlo (United States), Donald Hải Phú Daedalus (United States), Sara Eliassen (Norway), Nicole Franchy (United States and Peru), Dylan Gauthier (United States),  Hulda Guzmán (Dominican Republic), Mark Hilton (United States), Jytte Høy (Denmark), Saskia Janssen ( The Netherlands), Sophie Jung (Luxembourg), Jean-Paul Kelly (Canada), Aleksander Komarov (Germany), Lilian Kreutzberger ( The Netherlands), Mårten Lange (Sweden), So Yoon Lym (United States), Pepe Mar (United States), Ingo Mittelstaedt (Germany), Roger Mortimer (New Zealand), Bastian Muhr (Germany), Astrid Myntekær (Denmark), Anne Neukamp (Germany), Natalie Hope O’Donnell (Norway), Liutauras Psibilskis (United States), Aviva Rahmani (United States), Maruša Sagadin (Austria), Annesofie Sandal (Denmark), Jacolby Satterwhite (United States), Maximiliano Siñani (United States and Bolivia)

ISCP thanks the following contributors for their generous support and sponsorship of the Fall Open Studios:

Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Finland; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, United States; Arts Council of Ireland, Ireland; Australia Council for the Arts, Australia; Austrian Cultural Forum, New York; Bundeskanzleramt Österreich/Kunstsektion (BKA), Austria; Brooklyn Brewery, United States; The Canada Council for the Arts, Canada; ColArt Americas, Inc., United States; Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Canada; Consulate General of Denmark, New York; Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, New York; Consulate General of Finland, New York; Consulate General of the Netherlands, New York; Consulate General of Sweden, New York; Danish Agency for Culture, Denmark; Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark; Davidoff Art Initiative, Switzerland; Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg; Salomon Foundation, France; The Governing Mayor of Berlin Senate Chancellery, Germany; The Greenwich Collection, United States; Hasselblad Foundation, Sweden; International Artists Studio Program in Sweden (IASPIS), Sweden; James Wallace Arts Trust, New Zealand; Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, Germany; Lawrence and Alice Weiner, United States; Mondriaan Fonds, The Netherlands; National Endowment for the Arts, United States; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Antonio Reynoso, Council Member, 34th District, United States; New York State Council on the Arts; Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur, Germany; Office for Contemporary Art (OCA), Norway; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc., United States; The Real Estate Group CITIC Capital Holdings Ltd., United States; Royal Norwegian Consulate General, New York; Sherry and Joel Mallin Family Foundation, United States; Toby Devan Lewis Foundation, United States; Winsor & Newton, United States; Yoko Ono, United States.

Solber Pupusas Food Truck will be at ISCP Open Studios on Friday, November 13 from 6-9pm. Have dinner at ISCP!

Opening Reception: Nov 13, 2015, 6-9pm
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November 3, 2015

"Munchmuseet on the Move" in collaboration with Independent Curators International

Natalie Hope O’Donnell will present some of the thinking behind the commissioning of artists for the first year of Munchmuseet on the Move (2016-2019). This four-year program of contemporary art projects takes place before the relocation of the Munch Museum from its existing premises at Tøyen, built in the 1960s, to the waterfront development of Bjørvika. The Munch Museum is moving a mile down the road, through the diverse neighbourhood of so-called Old Oslo. One of the aims of the programme is to establish new relationships with the locality – without essentializing the potential of “audience development” – through the everyday notion of neighbourliness and long-term dialogue. Adopting what might be described as a queer curatorial approach, Hope O’Donnell has commissioned artists who engage with marginalized voices, alternative histories, semi-concealed spaces and different ways of navigating the city for the 2016 edition of Munchmuseet on the Move.

Natalie Hope O’Donnell is currently a curator in residence at ISCP and a curator at the Munch Museum in Oslo, and project leader of the museum’s offsite contemporary art programme, Munchmuseet on the Move. Her educational background includes a BA in Modern History and Politics from the University of Oxford (2002) and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London (2008). Her PhD at the Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies (OCCAS) is entitled Space as Curatorial Practice (2015). Past curatorial projects include the major retrospective of Norwegian artist Hariton Pushwagner at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes (2012) and the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam (2013); an exhibition of Norwegian film and video art of the 1990s at Atopia, Oslo (2013); and the First Supper Symposium with Pussy Riot, Judith Butler and Rosi Braidotti in Oslo (2014). Hope O’Donnell chairs the Norwegian Association of Curators and runs its lecture series together with Milena Hoegsberg and Leif Magne Tangen. She is interested in curating as a spatial practice, feminist and queer performance art, and the exhibition as an historical and cultural construct.

Offsite Independent Curators International Curatorial Hub event, with the support of OCA: Office for Contemporary Art Norway.

This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to with NATALIE in the subject line.

Participating Residents

October 21, 2015–January 22, 2016

Aqueous Earth

Participating artists: Allora & Calzadilla, Lara Almarcegui, Brandon Ballengée, Dylan Gauthier, Brooke Singer and Pinar Yoldas.

Curated by Kari Conte.

Aqueous Earth presents artwork that reconsiders humanity’s relationship to bodies of water in the Anthropocene era. ISCP’s close proximity to Newtown Creek—a channelized estuary that was once the busiest waterway in New York City—shapes the exhibition’s conceptual framework. Heavy industrial usage has transformed Newtown Creek into an ecological catastrophe; it was designated as a Superfund site in 2010. Mirroring the issues pertaining to the creek’s degradation, Aqueous Earth presents the work of artists who apply multidisciplinary and speculative research to their work. Through a confluence of research, action and optimism, the six artists in Aqueous Earth look beyond the bleak present,rethinking the way humanity entwines with nature.

Artworks in the exhibition include Brooke Singer’s Toxic Sites US Project (2015-ongoing), an online data visualization and media-sharing platform about the worst toxic sites in the United States, including hundreds of rivers, creeks and lakes that are Superfund sites. Lara Almarcegui’s Guide to the Wastelands of Flushing River (2010), focuses on the “empty gaps”—urban ruins and detritus—found along most of the expanse of the four-mile Flushing River in Queens, New York. The artist’s guidebook and slideshow traces the history and redevelopment of this long-neglected terrain. An Ecosystem of Excess (2014), an installation by artist and researcher Pinar Yoldas imagines how amphibious species can biologically adapt their organs to metabolize plastic in the Pacific Trash Vortex, a floating mass of plastic waste in the Pacific Ocean. In the project, Yoldas asks: “If life started today in the oceans of plastic, what kind of life forms would emerge out of this contemporary primordial ooze?” In What Wilderness: 9 Conversations on Ecology, Abstraction, and the Anthropocene, Dylan Gauthier, taking on the role of an urban wilderness explorer, built a 16-foot plywood boat at ISCP and carried invited guests and the public down Newtown Creek to investigate its industrial past and post-natural present. These early morning conversations have been transcribed and excerpts are included in a new video work. In Ghosts of the Gulf (2014), a photographic series by Brandon Ballengée, the artist looks at the BP Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill that happened in 2010, an epic environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico that has severely impacted its marine life. In Amphibious (Login-Logout) (2005), Allora & Calzadilla depict turtles floating down The Pearl River Delta on a log, watching their habitat become increasingly industrialized and less hospitable to non-human life.

This exhibition and related public programs are supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, The Greenwich Collection, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Antonio Reynoso, Council Member, 34th District, and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

Opening Reception: Oct 20, 2015, 6-8pm
Open Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 12-6pm and by appointment

Participating Residents