Since 2010, the exhibition program has been dedicated to commissioning and presenting significant work by dynamic international artists underrepresented in New York City. The three to four exhibitions each year, include: a thematic exhibition; a solo exhibition by a current ISCP artist-in-residence; a solo exhibition by an ISCP alum; and an institutional residency exhibition. Most exhibitions are accompanied by a fully illustrated publication with a new essay, available for free to the public in hard copy and online. Talks, panels and offsite projects are often presented in conjunction with exhibitions. The 2021 exhibition program, reduced due to COVID-19 circumstances, included two solo exhibitions: Alban Muja, Alban Muja: Family Album curated by ISCP Senior Advisor Kari Conte; and Adjani Okpu-Egbe, On Delegitimization and Solidarity: Sisiku AyukTabe, the Martin Luther King Jr. of Ambazonia, the Nera 10, and the Myth of Violent Africa curated by Amy Rosenblum-Martín. The 2022 exhibition program included: Lizania Cruz: Every Immigrant Is a Writer/Todo Inmigrante Es un Escritor and Water Works, curated by Danielle Wu. The 2023 exhibition program included: Vibe Overgaard: Spindle City, curated by Media Farzin; and WAVE PHENOMENA: contemporary strategies of sonic agency, curated by ISCP’s 2023-24 institution-in-residence, Atomic Culture.
Past ISCP exhibitions have included the first solo exhibitions in the United States by artists Leung Chi Wo, Nanna Debois Buhl, Petra Feriancova, Foundland, Chiara Fumai, Sonia Leimer, Maider Lopez, Maria Rapicavoli, and Stefanos Tsivopoulos. Group exhibitions have included Factory Makers, The Power to Host, Secondary Witness, and The Field is to the Sky, Only Backwards.
In 2015, the project space on the ground floor was refitted for exhibition purposes, and is employed for a variety of presentations. From Fall 2015 to Spring 2016, Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies collaborated with ISCP to stage seven separate solo exhibitions. In 2021, the project space program of exhibitions includes two solo show of works by contemporary Dutch/Serbian artist Maja Bekan titled Maja Bekan: Hold It Together. (We Have Each Other), coordinated by ISCP’s Arts Residency Manager Alison Kuo; and 00:0_, a video installation by ISCP Ground Floor program resident Carlos Franco. In 2022, the project space program of exhibitions included the solo shows Sharon Norwood’s Drawing Room; Steven Anthony Johnson II: Getting Blood from Stone; Maliyamungu Gift Muhande: Kobikisa; and Kyoung eun Kang: Every Morning, Every Evening. In 2023, the project space program of exhibitions included the solo shows Clae Lu: Playroom; Alchemyverse: Messa in Luce; and Ahmad Fuad Osman: Archipelagic Alchemy.
ISCP Talks presents panel discussions, lectures, conversations, and performances throughout the year on a wide range of topics related to contemporary art. This series includes talks by leading artists and curators, discussions hosted in partnership with other arts organizations, and semi-monthly public Artists at Work presentations by ISCP residents and other art professionals.
ISCP began to commission and produce offsite projects in 2011 by current residents and alumni. Through connecting residents to resources in the immediate neighborhood and Greater New York, this program supports resident and alumni practices, strengthens the vitality of East Williamsburg and integrates residents’ work into the life of the city. Not limited to a singular form of social or public practice, ISCP is interested in responding to resident needs, with a focus on temporary site-specific work in the public realm. ISCP seeks out meaningful partnerships with other organizations including the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, New York City Department of Transportation Urban Art Program, Moore Street Market and Southside United HDFC El Museo de Los Sures, and provides funding for selected commissions.