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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 i

nternational forum that connects artists and audiences by presenting exhibitions, commissioning new work, and generating scholarship.

Today is the final opportunity to view ‘Henrike Naumann: Re-Education’ and ‘Tirzah’. Don’t miss your chance to see them,...
02/27/2023

Today is the final opportunity to view ‘Henrike Naumann: Re-Education’ and ‘Tirzah’. Don’t miss your chance to see them, join us today between 12-6PM!

SculptureCenter will be closed for installation in between exhibitions and will re-open May 11, 2023.

Image:
Henrike Naumann: Re-Education, installation view, SculptureCenter, New York, 2022. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Charles Benton

It is the last day to view ‘Henrike Naumann: Re-Education’ and ‘Tirzah’! Don’t miss your chance to see the shows, join u...
02/27/2023

It is the last day to view ‘Henrike Naumann: Re-Education’ and ‘Tirzah’! Don’t miss your chance to see the shows, join us today between 12-6PM to get a final look.

SculptureCenter will be closed for installation

🚨 Last two days to view ‘Henrike Naumann: Re-Education’ and ‘Tirzah’!🚨 Don’t miss your chance to view the exhibits befor...
02/26/2023

🚨 Last two days to view ‘Henrike Naumann: Re-Education’ and ‘Tirzah’!🚨

Don’t miss your chance to view the exhibits before they close after February 27th. SculptureCenter is open Thursday - Monday from 12-6PM.


Image: Tirzah, Hive Mind, 2021. Directed by Leah Walker and Rebecca Salvadori. Installation view in Tirzah, SculptureCenter, New York, 2022. Exhibition design by Shahryar Nashat. Courtesy the artists. Photo: Charles Benton

“Suddenly there were triangular cabinets, furniture in crazy shapes,” she says. “As a child, I loved it because it was l...
02/23/2023

“Suddenly there were triangular cabinets, furniture in crazy shapes,” she says. “As a child, I loved it because it was like something out of a cartoon. I didn’t understand the politics, but I saw there was this aesthetic shift.” - Henrike Naumann as interviewed by for a new piece in on the artists questioning nostalgia for East Germany’s past.

Read more about how Naumann destabilizes this nostalgia through aesthetic excavation in ‘Re-Education’ at the link in our bio.

This is the last weekend to view ‘Henrike Naumann: Re-Education’, which closes after February 27th. Plan your visit today!


Image:
Henrike Naumann, Welcome to Bedrock, 2022, detail, Henrike Naumann: Re-Education, SculptureCenter, New York, 2022. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Charles Benton

It is the final week to see Tirzah and Henrike Naumann: Re-Education at SculptureCenter, which close after February 27. ...
02/20/2023

It is the final week to see Tirzah and Henrike Naumann: Re-Education at SculptureCenter, which close after February 27. Don’t miss your chance to view the exhibitions and plan your visit today!

SculptureCenter is open Thurs-Mon, 12-6PM.


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Tirzah, Malfunction, 2014. Directed by Mica Levi and Tirzah. Installation view in Tirzah, SculptureCenter, New York, 2022. Exhibition design by Shahryar Nashat. Courtesy the artists. Photo: Charles Benton

Join SculptureCenter this Thursday, February 16th for a book launch with Roger Nelson, Chanon Kenji Praepipatmongkol, Je...
02/13/2023

Join SculptureCenter this Thursday, February 16th for a book launch with Roger Nelson, Chanon Kenji Praepipatmongkol, Jeannine Tang (), and Ruba Katrib () celebrating I Am An Artist (He Said), a collection of writings by Thai artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook now appearing in translation for the first time.

This book launch marks the return of Rasdjarmrearnsook’s work to SculptureCenter, following the artist’s first retrospective in the United States in 2015, curated by former SculptureCenter curator Ruba Katrib.

I Am An Artist (He Said)
By Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook
Translated by Kong Rithdee
Edited and with an essay by Roger Nelson and Chanon Kenji Praepipatmongkol
Published by National Gallery Singapore ()

RSVP at the link in our bio.

Images:
Installation view, ‘Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook’, SculptureCenter, 2015. Photo: Jason Mandella ()

“My artistic practice is about interpreting politics while looking at designed objects. I like to speak about politics t...
02/10/2023

“My artistic practice is about interpreting politics while looking at designed objects. I like to speak about politics the same way we speak about taste, as something subjective and divisive; and I love finding extreme design objects that provoke an emotional reaction. I want people to get into discussion while sitting on weird furniture sourced from their hometown.” -Henrike Naumann in a new interview with Tobias Rosen and Luise Mörke for .

Read more about Henrike’s practice and process for creating ‘Henrike Naumann: Re-Education’ at the link in our bio.

‘Henrike Naumann: Re-Education’ is on view at SculptureCenter, open Thurs-Mon, 12-6PM.


Image: Henrike Naumann, Horseshoe Theory, 2022, detail, Henrike Naumann: Re-Education, SculptureCenter, New York, 2022. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Charles Benton

In ‘Henrike Naumann: Re-Education’ the artist’s installations of furniture and design objects are composed as scenes tha...
02/02/2023

In ‘Henrike Naumann: Re-Education’ the artist’s installations of furniture and design objects are composed as scenes that ask pressing and enduring questions: What is the relationship between design and ideology? How should one read the politics of design?

‘Henrike Naumann: Re-Education’ is now on view at SculptureCenter, open Thurs-Mon, 12-6PM.


Henrike Naumann, Rustic Traditions, 2022, detail, Henrike Naumann: Re-Education, SculptureCenter, New York, 2022. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Charles Benton

Join SculptureCenter for a book launch with Roger Nelson, Chanon Kenji Praepipatmongkol, Jeannine Tang (), and Ruba Katr...
01/30/2023

Join SculptureCenter for a book launch with Roger Nelson, Chanon Kenji Praepipatmongkol, Jeannine Tang (), and Ruba Katrib () celebrating I Am An Artist (He Said), a collection of writings by Thai artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook now appearing in translation for the first time.

RSVP at the link in our bio.

“To be an artist is…just like s**t in a clogged toilet, stubborn s**t that can’t decide whether it wants to be flushed or to stick around,” writes acclaimed artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook. Composed as an irreverent dialogue between masculine and feminine narrators, this book of essays is an uncategorisable fusion of art criticism, feminist theory, art pedagogy, gossip, and autofiction. It is also an invaluable insider account of Southeast Asia’s contemporary artists being catapulted into international circuits since the 1990s. Rasdjarmrearnsook’s provocative prose is lyrically translated from Thai for the first time by Kong Rithdee (), one of Thailand’s most influential cultural critics.

This book launch marks the return of Rasdjarmrearnsook’s work to SculptureCenter, following the artist’s first retrospective in the United States in 2015, curated by former SculptureCenter curator Ruba Katrib.

I Am An Artist (He Said)
By Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook
Translated by Kong Rithdee
Edited and with an essay by Roger Nelson and Chanon Kenji Praepipatmongkol
Published by National Gallery Singapore ()


Image: Koonchang, Ngab, and Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, 2015. Courtesy the artist.

It is with great excitement that we invite you to the SculptureCenter Gala on April 4, 2023. Hosted by Board Chair Carol...
01/26/2023

It is with great excitement that we invite you to the SculptureCenter Gala on April 4, 2023. Hosted by Board Chair Carol Bove, this homecoming celebration will return to our iconic space in Long Island City honoring artist Tishan Hsu. Please join us for this unmissable night!

For more information on securing your table or tickets, please visit the link in bio.


Images:
Image courtesy of T Magazine. Photo: Flora Hanitijo ()

‘Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit,’ installation view. Photo: Kyle Knodell

“Naumann’s work opens thresholds between private and public scenes of assimilation, placing viewers into tableaux where ...
01/12/2023

“Naumann’s work opens thresholds between private and public scenes of assimilation, placing viewers into tableaux where political culture is articulated as a myth of the past, present, and future: a thing that furnishes all of our lives. “ - on ‘Henrike Naumann: Re-Education’ for

To read the full review head to the link in our bio!

‘Henrike Naumann: Re-Education’ is on view at SculptureCenter, open Thurs-Mon, 12-6PM.


Image: Henrike Naumann: Re-Education, installation view, SculptureCenter, New York, 2022. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Charles Benton

This new year support our program in 2023 by purchasing a limited edition sweatshirt by Nora Turato ()! Order yours toda...
01/09/2023

This new year support our program in 2023 by purchasing a limited edition sweatshirt by Nora Turato ()! Order yours today at the link in our bio.

Start your year off with SculptureCenter! We are open for our regular hours today from 12-6PM. Make your visit today to ...
01/05/2023

Start your year off with SculptureCenter! We are open for our regular hours today from 12-6PM. Make your visit today to see ‘Henrike Naumann: Re-Education’ and ‘Tirzah’.


Tirzah, Sink In, 2021, Directed by Leah Walker. Installation view in Tirzah, SculptureCenter, New York, 2022. Exhibition design by Shahryar Nashat. Courtesy the artists. Photo: Charles Benton

As 2022 comes to a close, SculptureCenter celebrates the artists, curators, visitors, writers, collaborators, staff, and...
12/27/2022

As 2022 comes to a close, SculptureCenter celebrates the artists, curators, visitors, writers, collaborators, staff, and supporters who make our program happen. Help us support artistic innovation and continue to steward the legacy of contemporary sculpture in 2023 by making a contribution to our Annual Fund. Visit the link in our bio to make a gift to SculptureCenter today. Happy holidays and happy new year!


Images:
Liz Larner, Liz Larner: Don’t put it back like it was, Photo: Cathy Carver
Lydia Ourahmane, Lydia Ourahmane: Tassili, Photo: Charles Benton
Alan Martín Segal, In Practice: Literally means collapse, Photo: Charles Benton
Enrique Garcia, In Practice: Literally means collapse, Photo: Charles Benton
Henrike Naumann, Henrike Naumann: Re-Education, Photo: Charles Benton
Tirzah, Tirzah, Photo: Charles Benton

Today is the last day for order shipments from SculptureCenter’s shop! Orders placed online after Dec 23 will be shipped...
12/23/2022

Today is the last day for order shipments from SculptureCenter’s shop! Orders placed online after Dec 23 will be shipped after our holiday break.

SculptureCenter will be closed for the holidays from Dec 24 - Jan 4. We will reopen and resume regular hours on Jan 5. ❄️

NEW LIMITED EDITION SWEATSHIRT BY NORA TURATO ()SUPPORT SCULPTURECENTER’S EXHIBITIONS AND PROGRAMS NOW AVAILABLE – PURCH...
12/19/2022

NEW LIMITED EDITION SWEATSHIRT BY NORA TURATO ()

SUPPORT SCULPTURECENTER’S EXHIBITIONS AND PROGRAMS

NOW AVAILABLE – PURCHASE AT LINK IN BIO

Nora Turato
“govern me harder / i govern you good,” 2022
Silkscreen on sweatshirt
Edition of 120

Nora Turato’s work spans performance, painting, installation, bookmaking, and graphic design, typically braiding language from the clogged drains of the internet into poignant rants, pitches, and provocations. Fresh from “pool 5,” her performance series at the Museum of Modern Art, and her solo exhibition at 52 Walker, New York (both 2022), Turato closes the year with a limited edition sweatshirt designed especially for SculptureCenter that reads, on two sides: “govern me harder” and “i govern you good.” It’s the perfect uniform for an age contending with the dynamics of domination and consent, and the troublesome ways that they surface in our political and personal lives. Evocative of nostalgic highway signage, product design, and marketing aesthetics, Turato’s “govern me harder / i govern you good” extends her work’s electric interventions into the language of power in everyday life.
Nora Turato (born 1991 in Zagreb) lives and works in Amsterdam. Recent solo exhibitions include “pool 5,” MoMA, New York (2022); Kunsthaus Zurich (2022); “govern me harder,” 52 Walker, New York (2022); “poor babies so scared of themselves and others,” Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich (2022); and “ri-mEm-buhr THuh mUHn-ee,” Secession, Vienna (2021), among others.

‘Tirzah’ takes over SculptureCenter’s lower level spaces to create an immersive video and audio environment showcasing t...
12/15/2022

‘Tirzah’ takes over SculptureCenter’s lower level spaces to create an immersive video and audio environment showcasing the British musician’s music video output. Artist Shahryar Nashat’s () exhibition design transforms the space with lighting sequences that change in relation to the imagery on screen.

Make your visit to SculptureCenter today, open Thurs-Mon, 12-6PM.


Image: Installation view, Tirzah, SculptureCenter, New York, 2022. Exhibition design by Shahryar Nashat. Courtesy the artists. Photo: Charles Benton

SculptureCenter warmly welcomes Zina Reed to our team. Reed joins SculptureCenter as our new Director of Development. In...
12/09/2022

SculptureCenter warmly welcomes Zina Reed to our team. Reed joins SculptureCenter as our new Director of Development. In this role she will work to strengthen and grow SculptureCenter’s capacity to protect artistic risk-taking and deliver our program to publics in the US and around the world. Prior to joining SculptureCenter, Reed served as Senior Development Officer, Individual Giving & Major Gifts at the Brooklyn Museum, and also brings extensive experience from roles at Creative Time and the Museum of Modern Art. Reed received her BA in art history from Temple University with a concentration in contemporary art.


Image: Matteo Prandoni & BFA

“For the past decade, I have approached domestic space through a documentary format, working with furniture and design a...
12/05/2022

“For the past decade, I have approached domestic space through a documentary format, working with furniture and design aesthetics to address the social and cultural transformation that accompanied the transition from socialism to capitalism in East Germany...
I want viewers to critically consider the things they’ve grown up with and interrogate aesthetics that might seem funny, weird, or unserious, but that can also be deeply dangerous.” - to for .

Read more of the interview at the link in our bio.

‘Henrike Naumann: Re-Education’ is on view at SculptureCenter, open Thurs-Mon from 12-6PM EST.


Image: Henrike Naumann, Welcome to Bedrock, 2022, detail, Henrike Naumann: Re-Education, SculptureCenter, New York, 2022. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Charles Benton

‘Tirzah’ is an exhibition of the British musician’s music video output installed in an immersive video and audio environ...
12/01/2022

‘Tirzah’ is an exhibition of the British musician’s music video output installed in an immersive video and audio environment, now on view at SculptureCenter.

These videos, shot by friends and collaborators to accompany Tirzah’s understated but affecting melodies and warm electronic production, sometimes center the artist and others as performers, but just as often open a window onto the community around her music.

Plan your visit to see ‘Tirzah’ today, SculptureCenter is open Thurs-Mon, 12-6PM.


Image:

Tirzah, Devotion, 2018, Directed by Akinola Davies. Installation view in Tirzah, SculptureCenter, New York, 2022. Exhibition design by Shahryar Nashat. Courtesy the artists. Photo: Charles Benton

SculptureCenter is open for our regular hours today from 12-6PM. Make your visit today to see ‘Henrike Naumann: Re-Educa...
11/27/2022

SculptureCenter is open for our regular hours today from 12-6PM. Make your visit today to see ‘Henrike Naumann: Re-Education’ and ‘Tirzah’.


Image: ‘Henrike Naumann: Re-Education’, installation view, SculptureCenter, New York, 2022. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Charles Benton

Tirzah – Opening October 29 at SculptureCenter SculptureCenter is pleased to announce “Tirzah,” an exhibition of the Bri...
10/19/2022

Tirzah – Opening October 29 at SculptureCenter

SculptureCenter is pleased to announce “Tirzah,” an exhibition of the British musician’s music video output installed in an immersive video and audio environment across SculptureCenter’s lower-level spaces. These videos, shot by friends and collaborators to accompany Tirzah’s understated but affecting melodies and warm electronic production, sometimes center the artist and others as performers, but just as often open a window onto the community around her music. In one example, “Hive Mind,” a ten-minute video marks backstage parties and moments of transition between the tour for Tirzah’s album “Devotion” (2018) and the release of “Colourgrade” in 2021.
The exhibition is designed by artist Shahryar Nashat () and includes videos directed by Grant Armour (), Akinola Davies (), Mica Levi, Fleur Melbourn (), Hannah Perry, Rebecca Salvadori (), Leah Walker (), and Tirzah (). Writer Bruce Hainley has contributed a new text to accompany the exhibition, available on-site in a takeaway brochure designed by Fleur Melbourn.


Image:
Tirzah, Hive Mind, 2021, video still. Directed by Leah Walker and Rebecca Salvadori. Courtesy the artists

🚨 Diane Severin Nguyen’s film, IF REVOLUTION IS A SICKNESS (2021), will be presented within the 60th New York Film Festi...
10/07/2022

🚨 Diane Severin Nguyen’s film, IF REVOLUTION IS A SICKNESS (2021), will be presented within the 60th New York Film Festival (NYFF)’s Currents section today and Monday, October 10. Learn more about the film at the NYFF’s page .

Set in Warsaw, Poland, IF REVOLUTION IS A SICKNESS loosely follows the character of an orphaned Vietnamese child who grows up to be absorbed into a K-pop inspired dance group. Meshing revolutionary writings with choreographed sequences, the film is a euphoric and paradoxical conflation of socialist and capitalist iconographies and post-Cold War diasporas.⁠

Curated by and co-presented by SculptureCenter and the , ‘Diane Severin Nguyen: IF REVOLUTION IS A SICKNESS’ will be in view starting October 27th.


Images: Diane Severin Nguyen, IF REVOLUTION IS A SICKNESS (video stills), 2021. 4K video with sound. 18:53 minutes. Courtesy the artist and Bureau, New York.

Join us here at SculptureCenter on Wednesday, September 28 for an artist talk by Henrike Naumann on her new exhibit ‘Re-...
09/23/2022

Join us here at SculptureCenter on Wednesday, September 28 for an artist talk by Henrike Naumann on her new exhibit ‘Re-Education’ and her recent work. The program take place in person from 6:30-8:30 PM and will be introduced and moderated by exhibition curator, Kyle Dancewicz, Deputy Director of SculptureCenter.

RSVP at the link in our bio!

🚨Final Week to Submit Proposals to the In Practice 2023 Open Call 🚨 Applications are open until August 31, 2022. Visit t...
08/29/2022

🚨Final Week to Submit Proposals to the In Practice 2023 Open Call 🚨

Applications are open until August 31, 2022. Visit the link in our bio to apply and to learn more about this year’s open call.

In Practice 2023 marks the twentieth anniversary of SculptureCenter’s signature open call program for artists, and the first year of a new format for generating a yearlong series of solo presentations.

Artists who have not yet had an institutional exhibition in New York City are invited to submit proposals for solo presentations in a designated gallery space at SculptureCenter. Artists are also invited to propose off-site projects, publishing initiatives, performances, and nontraditional formats which will be considered based on feasibility.


Images:
WangShui, Gardens of Perfect Exposure, 2018, detail, In Practice: Another Echo, SculptureCenter, New York, 2018. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Kyle Knodell

Kim Brandt, The Volume, 2017, performance view, In Practice: Material Deviance, SculptureCenter, New York, 2017. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Kyle Knodell

Jordan Strafer, PEP (Process Entanglement Procedure), 2019, and Ficus Interfaith, The 59th Street Bridge Song, 2020, installation view, In Practice: Total Disbelief, SculptureCenter, New York, 2020. Courtesy the artists. Photo: Kyle Knodell

SculptureCenter is hiring! We are currently accepting applications to join our team as the Director of Development. To l...
08/08/2022

SculptureCenter is hiring! We are currently accepting applications to join our team as the Director of Development. To learn more about the position, check out the link in our bio.

Henrike Naumann: Re-Education – Opening September 22 at SculptureCenterSculptureCenter is pleased to announce “Henrike N...
08/02/2022

Henrike Naumann: Re-Education – Opening September 22 at SculptureCenter

SculptureCenter is pleased to announce “Henrike Naumann: Re-Education,” the first exhibition in the United States by Berlin-based artist Henrike Naumann, on view September 22, 2022 – February 27, 2023.

Naumann’s installations of furniture and design objects are composed as scenes that ask pressing and enduring questions: What is the relationship between design and ideology? How should one read the politics of design?

At SculptureCenter, Naumann has developed a museum-scaled display of dozens of furnishings and domestic items staged in a critical parody of the dubious “horseshoe theory.” The “horseshoe theory” was developed in Germany in the 1930s and revived in the 1990s both to establish the parameters of the political center and to treat far left and far right extremisms as equivalent threats to its order – as if they were the two ends of a horseshoe bending away from the middle. Naumann’s exhibition rejects such superficial categorizations of centers and extremes through an idiosyncratic survey of rural sensibilities in American interior design.

Naumann’s exhibition references two phenomena: first, the deployment of anti-fascist “re-education” programs developed by Allied Forces to reestablish a footing for democracy in West Germany after World War II; and second, the later, implicit, self-“re-education” after 1989 of those living in former socialist states, such as Naumann’s native East Germany. For Naumann’s post-1989 generation, “re-education” happened through an imported, American pop culture and increased consumer agency – in essence, the GDR entering Western history through retail and media. Reframing dormant Cold War-era geopolitical conditions, Naumann’s project opens a new consciousness of how we live among the ruins of twentieth century ideologies — now especially visible to a generation born just as the Cold War drew to a close.

Today is the last day to view 'Lydia Ourahmane: Tassili' and 'In Practice: Literally means collapse!'Don't miss your cha...
08/01/2022

Today is the last day to view 'Lydia Ourahmane: Tassili' and 'In Practice: Literally means collapse!'

Don't miss your chance to se works like Allen Hung-Lun Chen's ‘Offering IV (an eave for SculptureCenter)’. The artist's contribution to 'In Practice: Literally means collapse' is a hand-carved architectural detail from a Taiwanese temple, a meditation on the rituals of maintaining structures and tradition. The swallowtail-shaped roof ornament, referring to eaves found on temples in Taiwan and throughout East Asia, is made of black walnut, a wood indigenous to the United States, where Chen is currently based. The eave sits on an aluminum-cast replica of a folding table, a support commonly used in East Asia to make offerings, such as fruits and flowers, to spirits throughout the day. Through this offering of the eave, Chen gives some permanence to a traditionally transient quotidian practice. Situated on
the ground floor, the installation is intended to provide a protective force within the confines of SculptureCenter.

SculptureCenter will be open today from 12-6PM EST.

Image: Allen Hung-Lun Chen, Offering IV (an eave for SculptureCenter), 2022. Black walnut, cast aluminum, leather, ratchet-straps. 60 × 72 × 36 inches (152 × 184 × 91 cm). Courtesy the artist. Photo: Charles Benton

In his contribution to ‘In Practice: Literally means collapse’ Ignacio Gatica uses a collection of political souvenir wr...
07/27/2022

In his contribution to ‘In Practice: Literally means collapse’ Ignacio Gatica uses a collection of political souvenir wristwatches to narrate the legacy of US intervention and neoliberalism in Latin America. In 2019, the United States sent Argentina a batch of CIA files in what was at the time the largest government-to-government transfer of declassified documentation. Excerpts from the archives, elaborated by Gatica’s research and writing, were printed on concrete plinths with a mechanical handwriting machine. Resting on top, at wrist level, are watches Gatica acquired from various states and organizations throughout the Americas. The total accumulation of towered watches and texts represent a network of overlapping political and social histories and suggest the monolithic, mechanistic nature of the US’s global interventions.

It is the final week to see ‘In Practice: Literally means collapse’. Visit SculptureCenter, open Thurs-Mon 12-6PM EST.


Image:
Ignacio Gatica, Terce, 2022 (detail). Cement, collected watches, metallic holders, CNC printed text. Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Galeria Patricia Ready, Santiago, Chile. Photo: Charles Benton

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