Event
April 7, 2022, 6:30–8pm

ISCP 2022 Spring Fundraiser: Meleko Mokgosi and Antwaun Sargent in Conversation

Tickets are now available for purchase for ISCP’s 2022 Spring Fundraiser: Meleko Mokgosi and Antwaun Sargent in Conversation.

Meleko Mokgosi, artist and Yale University Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing will discuss his art practice, career trajectory as an artist from Botswana and the value of artists’ residencies, with Antwaun Sargent, writer, curator and director at Gagosian Gallery.

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100% of the proceeds from this event will be dedicated to the Dennis Elliott Founder’s Fund, in support of residencies for artists from Africa at ISCP. This Fund, named after ISCP’s founder and Trustee, Dennis Elliott, sponsors residencies for artists and curators from culturally underfunded parts of the world.

In addition, ISCP is pleased to announce that all ticket purchases and donations to the Dennis Elliott Founder’s Fund, up to $20,000, will be matched thanks to the generosity of Adjani Okpu-Egbe.

Hors d’oeuvres and wine by Ali to You will be served throughout the evening.

About the speakers:

Meleko Mokgosi is an artist and Associate Professor at the Yale School of Art. His large-scale, figurative, and often text-based works engage history painting and cinematic tropes to uncover notions of colonialism, democracy, and liberation across African history. His recent body of work, Democratic Intuition (2013 – 2020), poses questions about ideas of the democratic in relation to the daily-lived experiences of the subjects that occupy southern Africa. Touching on the often-contradictory notions inherent in the concept and practice of democracy—the individual in the face of the collective, intuitive versus inscribed behaviors—Mokgosi probes the idiosyncratic ways in which democracy is reciprocated and unfolds across time. Mokgosi has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, including recent solo exhibitions at Pérez Art Museum Miami, Williams College Museum of Art, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, and Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester. His work is included in museum collections throughout the United States.

Antwaun Sargent is a writer, curator and Director at Gagosian Gallery. He is the author of The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion (Aperture 2019, the editor of Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists (DAP 2020), and the May/June 2020 issue of Art in America magazine. His writing has appeared in The New York Times and New Yorker, and in museum and gallery publications for artists Mickalene Thomas, Arthur Jafa, Meleko Mokgosi, Nick Cave, Yinka Shonibare and Ed Clark, among many others. Recently, he was curator of Social Works, The New Black Vanguard and Young, Gifted and Black.

ISCP is grateful to the Board Fundraising Committee: Patricia L. Brundage (committee co-chair), Yng-Ru Chen, Karyn Issa Ginsberg-Greenwald, Karen Karp, Sophie O. Riese (committee co-chair), Lena Saltos, Arthur Zegelbone; and speakers Meleko Mokgosi and Antwaun Sargent for their support of the Dennis Elliott Founder’s Fund.

Can’t attend? Please consider sponsoring a ticket for an artist or making a donation through GiveLively here. Pledges of $1,000 and above towards the Dennis Elliott Founder’s Fund will be acknowledged both on ISCP’s website and announced at the event.

Please note:

  • This event will take place in the Upper East Side, Manhattan. Exact address will be provided upon registration.
  • Capacity is limited
  • $175 of the ticket purchase is tax deductible
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required upon entry
  • Further COVID-related protocols will be shared closer to the event
6:30–8pm
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ISCP Talk
March 29, 2022, 6–7:30pm

Lizania Cruz and Zachary Fabri in Conversation with Alison Kuo

For this in-person artist talk, ISCP 2022 Vision Fund residents Zachary Fabri and Lizania Cruz will give presentations about their recent work and engage each other in a conversation. They will be joined by Arts Residency Manager Alison Kuo. A Q&A with the audience will follow.

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

Zachary Fabri is an interdisciplinary artist that complicates boundaries around studio research, performance, and socially engaged practice by immersing himself in environments such as Target stores, the Trump Hotel, and the streets of Brooklyn. Employing conceptual strategies and context specificity, he utilizes drawing, photography, video, performance, and sound to create discourse around issues of equality, representation, justice, and the dismantling of systemic oppression. Fabri has exhibited work at Sharjah Biennial 2019, United Arab Emirates; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, among others.

Lizania Cruz uses audience participation to investigate notions of being and belonging within the public sphere. Using objects such as books, zines, installations, happenings, video, and photography, she invites a diverse range of communities to co-create collaborative artworks. Through research, oral history, and active participants, the projects she develops aim to highlight pluralistic narratives about migration and race. Cruz has exhibited work at Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts, Omaha; El Museo del Barrio, New York; and CUE Art Foundation, New York City, among others.

By visiting ISCP, you agree to abide by the following health and safety policies. Please make sure to plan ahead for your visit.
  • Visitors to ISCP are required to show proof of vaccination for COIVD-19 and to wear face coverings at all times.
  • All visitors are required to maintain social distancing, keeping six feet from anyone not in their party.
  • 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.
  • An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other infectious conditions exists in any public space where people are present. Those visiting the International Studio & Curatorial Program voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, other infectious conditions, and other hazards that may be present in a public space.

This program is supported, in part, by Hartfield Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; 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; Toby Devan Lewis; William Talbott Hillman Foundation; and Woodbury Foundation.

6–7:30pm
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Participating Residents

Exhibition
Through May 27

Sharon Norwood's Drawing Room

Sharon Norwood’s Drawing Room is the first solo exhibition in New York by artist Sharon Norwood, curated by Dr. Petrina Dacres, ISCP’s 2022 Jane Farver Memorial Fund resident.

Norwood works with several media including painting, printmaking and ceramic. Drawing inspiration from the shape of Black hair, her work’s starting point is often a curly line. In her abstract prints and paintings, she intertwines organic lines to act as gestural markings; in her ceramic sculptures and installations, the curly line surfaces in interwoven geometric shapes. Norwood’s formal gestures symbolically reference the Black body and its relationship to politics of labor, beauty and race. 

In this exhibition, Norwood uses her own hair as material for the first time. A wall installation features two cast statuettes of African American boys, connected by a silver chain necklace. Norwood’s hair is encased in a resin ring on a gold necklace that hangs from the arm of one of the figures. The figures’ molds were found by the artist in Savannah, Georgia, leading Norwood to conclude that there was once an industry of Black craftsmakers who sold their decorative objects to a largely African American community. The minimal and intimate work in the exhibition offers recognition of an unacknowledged history of Black artisans in the United States, and connects Norwood’s own experience as an artist and maker of objects to that tradition.

Sharon Norwood is originally from Jamaica and migrated to Canada as a child. She creates works that exploit the decorative intentions and joy of mark-making and gesturing, disrupt the White gaze and other passive notions of viewing “the other,” and question standing narratives and systems that shape how identities are understood. In recent years, she has explored the intersection of the Black body and decorative arts by translating her drawings onto porcelain objects. Norwood has participated in a number of residencies and fellowships including at McColl Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Hambidge Center, Georgia. She has exhibited work at The Museum of Washington and Lee University, Lexington; Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami; and Tempus Projects, Tampa, among others.

Dr. Petrina Dacres is an independent curator and founding member of Tide Rising Art Projects, an organization created to support and promote contemporary Caribbean art and film, where she serves as its resident Curator and Education Director. Her work and research focus on Caribbean art; African diaspora art; public sculpture and memorials; and memory studies. Dr. Dacres has organized exhibitions at Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, New York; The National Museum, Jamaica, Kingston; and National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, among others. She is Head of the Art History Department at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, and the 2022 Jane Farver Curatorial Resident at ISCP.

Sharon Norwood’s Drawing Room is supported in part by Jane Farver Memorial Fund; Hartfield Foundation; 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 State Council on the Arts and the New York State Legislature; 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 strongly recommended but not 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.
  • An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other infectious conditions exists in any public space where people are present. Those visiting the International Studio & Curatorial Program voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, other infectious conditions, and other hazards that may be present in a public space.
Opening Reception: Mar 24, 2022, 6-8pm
Open Hours: By appointment Monday–Friday, 10:30am–5:30pm.
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Participating Residents