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SculptureCenter Leading the conversation on contemporary art since 1928, SculptureCenter presents exhibitions, commissions new work, and generates scholarship.
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SculptureCenter leads the conversation on contemporary art by supporting artistic innovation and independent thought highlighting sculpture’s specific potential to change the way we engage with the world. Positioning artists’ work in larger cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts, SculptureCenter discerns and interprets emerging ideas. Founded by artists in 1928, SculptureCenter provides an international forum that connects artists and audiences by presenting exhibitions, commissioning new work, and generating scholarship.

05/15/2020
Framing Sculpture: Janine Antoni

Moving Sculpture introduces links to Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop's archives and other diverse online resources that give an insight into the ideas, processes, politics and history of sculpture. In the first month this will include interviews with artists we have worked with, footage of legendary 20th century sculptors and documentation of making techniques, relevant to contemporary practice.

This regular series is an exploration of free to watch documentaries, artists’ films and other moving image resources relating to sculpture and sculptor’s lives.

Episode 5 includes a 2009 interview with Janine Antoni from SculptureCenter’s Framing Sculpture series.

Framing Sculpture asks key contemporary artists what sculpture is to them, and which concepts, historical precedents, and themes drive their work. The series...

"When this fascinating fifteen-person show opened, pre-pandemic, the derelict car with grayed-out windows parked on the ...
05/13/2020
In Practice: Total Disbelief

"When this fascinating fifteen-person show opened, pre-pandemic, the derelict car with grayed-out windows parked on the street in front of the SculptureCenter might have been mistaken for a prop from a sci-fi film shoot. When the city was ordered to stay home and spin its wheels, the ghostly untitled piece by Devin Kenny and Andrea Solstad seemed eerily prescient."

Read more:

https://www.newyorker.com/goings-on-about-town/art/total-disbelief

About the exhibition:

http://www.sculpture-center.org/exhibitions/12584/in-practice-total-disbelief

In Practice: Total Disbelief considers artistic engagements with dimensions of doubt as they contribute to the formation of social life. Across media, the works in the exhibition engage formal tools that uphold belief and produce what we consider to be true – narrative and cinematic tropes, photog...

05/06/2020

SculptureCenter is pleased to announce its participation in Frieze Viewing Room, a new digital platform designed to connect collectors with more than 200 exhibitors from around the world.

Our viewing room features works by Sam Anderson, Uri Aran, Walead Beshty, Martin Soto Climent, Rafael Domenech, Rochelle Goldberg, Dan Graham, Anthea Hamilton, Elizabeth Jaeger, Sanya Kantarovsky, Mika Tajima, and Ursula von Rydingsvard, among others.

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Acquiring unique artworks or limited editions from SculptureCenter helps to provide artists space to incubate ideas, experiment with materials, and present works that might have otherwise never been realized. All proceeds underwrite SculptureCenter’s exhibitions and programs.

For more information or to acquire a work, please contact Jillian Scott at [email protected].

Shown: Elizabeth Jaeger's 'Blackened Plumeria,' 2016. Photos: Kyle Knodell

Via Galerie Magazine, "When the COVID-19 pandemic hit a few months ago, the world changed in ways we could not have imag...
05/05/2020
12 Artworks That Reflect This Time, According to Art World Luminaries

Via Galerie Magazine, "When the COVID-19 pandemic hit a few months ago, the world changed in ways we could not have imagined. And while everyone has their own ways of processing it, art can be a powerful solace—as it has been for centuries in times of crisis. As international institutions the world over have been shuttered for months, Galerie reached out to a handful of the leading museum directors, curators, gallerists, and auction house specialists to share an artwork that they feel is particularly relevant during this time. The themes range from quiet reflections of the interior space and the passage of time to the environment and representations of knowledge, and they all ultimately share an optimistic message of hope and shared humanity. Find the insightful selections below."

Galerie Magazine

For over 92 years, SculptureCenter has remained an anchor of New York City's cultural community. We have showcased emerg...
05/05/2020

For over 92 years, SculptureCenter has remained an anchor of New York City's cultural community. We have showcased emerging talent, fostered experimental ideas, and championed artists such as Kelly Akashi, Sam Anderson, Sanford Biggers, Leslie Hewitt, Rashid Johnson, Charlotte Prodger, Carissa Rodriguez, Aki Sasamoto, Xaviera Simmons, Mika Tajima, Anicka Yi, and many more.

While SculptureCenter's doors remain temporarily closed due to COVID-19, our team remains committed to finding ever-evolving ways to support artists at the forefront of contemporary art. We are strategizing on how to make upcoming exhibitions safely accessible to the public while fostering important dialogues with artists on what our new realities mean to the creative process. But the intense challenges against artistic organizations in this current climate remain.

Now more than ever before, we look to the generosity of our patrons and friends to make what we do possible. It is only with your contributions that we can support our devoted staff, prepare our building for a safe reopening, and continue our work with some of the most innovative artists today.

On this #GivingTuesdayNow, we ask that you consider a gift to SculptureCenter. Your generosity ensures that our home on Purves Street remains an anchor in New York and that, when we can reopen our doors, our organization continues to thrive for the countless artists and audiences we serve.

Support SculptureCenter today for #GivingTuesdayNow:
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SculptureCenter is pleased to be among the VIA Grantee Relief Fund Recipients and is thankful for the philanthropic lead...
05/04/2020
VIA Art Fund

SculptureCenter is pleased to be among the VIA Grantee Relief Fund Recipients and is thankful for the philanthropic leadership provided by VIA Art Fund.

VIA Art is a non-profit organization where art patrons join forces as partners in a new model of philanthropy to support (V)isionary (I)nitiatives in (A)rt.

After a number of exhibitions in the 1980s at venues including Pat Hearn Gallery and Leo Castelli, Tishan Hsu's work lar...
05/01/2020
Matthew Ronay and Lane Relyea on the art of Tishan Hsu

After a number of exhibitions in the 1980s at venues including Pat Hearn Gallery and Leo Castelli, Tishan Hsu's work largely disappeared from public view.

Now, the New York-based artist is having his first museum survey exhibition in the United States. SculptureCenter's 'Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit' debuted at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, this past winter and was slated to open at SculptureCenter in May before being postponed in the wake of Covid-19 (new dates to be announced soon).

To mark this occasion, Artforum invited artist Matthew Ronay and art historian Lane Relyea to reflect on Hsu’s dark, prescient, and singularly weird oeuvre.

TISHAN HSU’s paintings and sculptures evoke nightmarish visions of the body’s forced integration with its technological surrounds. After a spate of exhibitions in the 1980s at venues including Pat Hearn Gallery and Leo Castelli, the artist’s work largely disappeared from public view. Now, New ...

On April 9, artist Rafael Domenech was joined by José Esparza Chong Cuy, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Storefr...
04/28/2020
Rafael Domenech in conversation with José Esparza Chong Cuy

On April 9, artist Rafael Domenech was joined by José Esparza Chong Cuy, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Storefront for Art and Architecture on Zoom to discuss Domenech’s commission for SculptureCenter. Originally scheduled to take place within the exhibition 'Model to exhaust this place (SculptureCenter Pavilion),' the conversation was rescheduled after the museum temporarily closed due to COVID-19.

The conversation is available to listen to online now:

On April 9, 2020, artist Rafael Domenech was joined by José Esparza Chong Cuy, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Storefront for Art and Architecture on Zoom to discuss Domenech’s commission for SculptureCenter. Originally scheduled to take place within the exhibition Model to exhaust this p...

Issue 2 of 'During the exhibition the gallery is closed' is available now. This dispatch jumps off from the idea of disb...
04/21/2020
During the exhibition the gallery is closed, no. 2 When You Believe

Issue 2 of 'During the exhibition the gallery is closed' is available now. This dispatch jumps off from the idea of disbelief, an organizing thematic for this year’s In Practice open call exhibition. In addition to the launch of a PDF of our new exhibition publication, we include a selection of materials that broadly circle this idea.

Editorial Art without people There are thousands of artworks currently on view in museums that no one goes to. Paintings and photographs on walls, sculptures on plinths and floors, installations immersive and not, videos, films, sounds, etc. These works are joined by millions of others left in clima...

While physical interactions are limited, discourse remains a crucial aspect of artists' practices and institutional enga...
04/20/2020
New York museums, non-profits, and foundations respond to COVID-19 - Announcements - e-flux

While physical interactions are limited, discourse remains a crucial aspect of artists' practices and institutional engagement. Read more about what New York museums, non-profits, and foundations are doing in response to COVID-19.

New York museums, non-profits, and foundations respond to COVID-19 // Online programs including reading series, exhibitions, and Zoom events

To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an ...
04/08/2020
Artist Relief

To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.

To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.  Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financ...

Over the next few weeks while we are sequestered in our homes and SculptureCenter’s exhibitions remain closed, we will t...
04/06/2020
During the exhibition the gallery is closed, no.1 Exhausted in Place

Over the next few weeks while we are sequestered in our homes and SculptureCenter’s exhibitions remain closed, we will try to bring instances of artists’ making and unmaking of art, and the emptying out and filling up of our lives lived on and offline. The title of this series is borrowed from a string of exhibitions mounted by Robert Barry in Amsterdam, Turin, and Los Angeles in 1969-70. The first issue is structured around Rafael Domenech’s exhibition 'Model to exhaust this place (SculptureCenter Pavilion)' and is available now through our website.

Editorial Bare Time For the first time in contemporary history, everyone – or almost everyone – on the planet is faced with the conditions of being an artist. That is, waking up in the morning and having to invent our lives and make them livable. Or, to put it in other words, we are faced with t...

Rafael Domenech’s publication, produced in conjunction with his recent exhibition, looks at how semantic and physical ar...
04/06/2020
Rafael Domenech: Model to exhaust this place (SculptureCenter Pavilion) – Publications – SculptureCenter

Rafael Domenech’s publication, produced in conjunction with his recent exhibition, looks at how semantic and physical architectures create contemporary art’s institutional context. Its primary essay, ‘Work of art in the age of codes and regulations,’ is an attempt to capture some of the main concerns and suggestions of the artist’s work. Visit our website to download and read now.

For his new commission at SculptureCenter, Rafael Domenech creates a large-scale modular installation in the ground floor gallery. Responding to the conditions of the exhibition space as a former trolley repair shop, Domenech uses the building’s existing structure, in particular the tracks of an i...

03/31/2020
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"Sculptor Jesse Wine’s former workplace sat mere feet from Brooklyn’s famed sandwich shop Defonte’s. The British artist watched and listened, not always willingly, as trucks stopped in front of the metal roll door of his studio in Red Hook, sometimes for hours, idling as their drivers grabbed a sandwich across the street and waited for whatever needed to be loaded and unloaded. It was August of 2018 when Wine started recording videos of the idling trucks. What now comprises 200GB of footage became the jumping off point, as well as the soundtrack, for his show “Imperfect List,” slated to open at SculptureCenter come spring...With 'Imperfect List,' Wine explores the varying impacts urban life has on humans, both in mind and body."

Read more at Cultured Magazine:
https://www.culturedmag.com/jesse-wine-new-york/

SculptureCenter director Christian Rattemeyer highly recommends a visit to the museum’s vast virtual library, where a tr...
03/30/2020
A New Era of Online Engagement Emerges as Museums Close

SculptureCenter director Christian Rattemeyer highly recommends a visit to the museum’s vast virtual library, where a trove of texts, recordings, and other deep cuts are available, free of charge. “You can listen, for instance, to the inimitable New York chronicler Gary Indiana discussing his latest book, or hear Keller Easterling’s provocative ideas about space, power, and agency,” Rattemeyer says.

Since closing on Friday, March 13, our curatorial team has been working closely with the Hammer Museum to plan the trans...
03/24/2020
SculptureCenter

Since closing on Friday, March 13, our curatorial team has been working closely with the Hammer Museum to plan the transportion of ‘Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit’ to New York, while Jesse Wine works in his Red Hook studio to finalize work for his upcoming first U.S solo museum exhibition ‘Imperfect List.’ Our staff is strategizing creative ways to make these upcoming exhibitions safely accessible to the public.

We are monitoring the situation closely and will communicate exhibition developments as they become available. As our community of artists face the realities of residency programs, universities, and studio spaces closing, a reminder that the SculptureCenter staff is available to assist artists with grant applications and navigating funding resources.

We look forward to the day that we can all meet again on Purves Street. In the meantime, visit visit our website for relief resources and a number of our exhibition publications, available to download and read at home for free.

Leading the conversation on contemporary sculpture since 1928.

While Hammer Museum and SculptureCenter are both temporarily closed, we encourage you to view the installation photograp...
03/17/2020
Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit

While Hammer Museum and SculptureCenter are both temporarily closed, we encourage you to view the installation photography from Hammer's presentation of 'Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit,' available through our website under "Tour Details."

Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit is organized by SculptureCenter, New York, and is curated by Sohrab Mohebbi, curator, with Kyle Dancewicz, Director of Exhibitions and Programs. The Hammer’s presentation is organized by Aram Moshayedi, Robert Soros Curator, with Nicholas Barlow, curatorial assistant.

We look forward to bringing you the exhibition this spring.

Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit is the New York based artist’s first museum survey exhibition in the United States. The exhibition traces Hsu’s key ideas and demonstrates how they clearly resonate in the works of younger artists coming of age today. In the mid-1980s Hsu began a series of works that c...

Creative Capital has compiled and is updating a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as art...
03/16/2020
List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak | Creative Capital

Creative Capital has compiled and is updating a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals.

SculptureCenter is available to assist artists with grant applications and navigating these resources. For assistance, please email [email protected].

Creative Capital staff is working remotely due to COVID-19, so please direct all communications through email. Online workshops will continue as planned.

Our annual open call is now accepting applications!The In Practice open call program supports emerging artists in creati...
03/16/2020
In Practice – SculptureCenter

Our annual open call is now accepting applications!

The In Practice open call program supports emerging artists in creating new work for exhibition at SculptureCenter. Since 2003, In Practice has supported more than 200 emerging artists with the essential resources of space, funding, time, curatorial support, and administrative guidance to help turn their ideas into reality.

Application Deadline: Monday, June 15, 2020. All applications must be submitted using our online submission system.

Learn more and apply:
http://www.sculpture-center.org/in_practice

The 2021 In Practice Call for Artist Proposals is now open. The application deadline is June 15, 2020 at 11:59PM (your local time). Proposal Materials Submission Guidelines Frequently Asked Questions Floorplans and Gallery Images Apply The In Practice open call program supports emerging artists in c...

03/12/2020

In keeping with the recommendations of the CDC and WHO, SculptureCenter is temporarily closed effective immediately. For inquiries, please email staff or [email protected] and someone will respond as soon as possible.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced its annual roof garden commission as well as the next site-specific works for t...
02/26/2020
Met Commissions Sculptures for Roof Garden and Facade Niches

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced its annual roof garden commission as well as the next site-specific works for the Fifth Avenue facade’s niches, which were filled for the first time last year.

Héctor Zamora’s work will be on the roof and SculptureCenter Board President Carol Bove’s will be visible on Fifth Avenue.

The artist Héctor Zamora’s work will be on the roof; Carol Bove’s will be visible on Fifth Avenue.

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