Our Mission

    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.

    Core Values


    We deploy significant institutional resources - from research and technical expertise to funding and sustained curatorial dialogue - to support artists before, during, and after their exhibitions.


    We recognize that diversity enriches cultural dialogue and is essential to innovation. We regularly work across borders and generations and seek to reflect and embrace multiple viewpoints in programming, hiring, visitor relations, and facility planning.


    We operate independently of market interests and, to the extent possible, fund production and exhibition costs through fundraising. The artists we showcase are represented by a diverse group of galleries and often by no gallery at all.


    We are transparent in our interactions with artists, audiences, donors, and other constituents. We share information internally and externally regarding our programs, financials, and other metrics while fostering a culture of openness.


    In programming and in governance, we are rigorous in our pursuit of new ideas. Our exhibitions, public programming, and scholarship are thoughtful, well researched, and precise in their scope. Our governance and operations are disciplined and efficient.

    Our Programs

    SculptureCenter's programs explore and reflect the current concerns of and around contemporary sculpture. Taking the history and legacy of sculpture as our foundation, we consider the ways that artists are thinking about three-dimensional work. In supporting new ideas and artistic research, SculptureCenter identifies the most compelling practices and experiments that relate to the history of sculpture.

    SculptureCenter introduces emerging artists, commissions major work of the highest quality in New York, and provides direct support to the artists for the creation of new work, including production funds, curatorial support, and honoraria.

    As a non-collecting museum, SculptureCenter's annual exhibition program includes 1-2 commissioning programs by mid-career artists, and 3-6 solo and group exhibitions in addition to an exciting series of special projects by emerging artists through In Practice, an open call program, and Public Process, a public art and education initiative for high school students. SculptureCenter continuously offers a dynamic series of free public programs and events that feature artist talks, performances, film screenings, and concerts, as well as publications.

    In fiscal year 2017, SculptureCenter presented 7 critically-acclaimed exhibitions and a public art installation featuring 36 artists including: the first solo exhibitions in New York City by Aki Sasamoto and Cosima von Bonin; the first United States solo museum exhibition of newly commissioned works by Sam Anderson; the first solo museum exhibitions in the United States by Teresa Burga and Charlotte Prodger; and the first exhibition in the United States dedicated to the Cercle d'Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise​. SculptureCenter also presented In Practice: Material Deviance as part of SculptureCenter's signature annual open call program that featured sculpture, installation, video, multimedia, and performance works by 13 emerging artists and artist teams. In summer 2017, SculptureCenter debuted Words Like Love: Alphaville, First Scenes above Jackson Avenue, a public art installation by Alejandro Cesarco commissioned through SculptureCenter's Public Process program.

    Additionally, SculptureCenter published 7 exhibition catalogues, including Sam Anderson, co-produced with Mousse Publishing, and offered 10 free public programs including: our SC Conversations series of artist talks and lectures and 11 performances in conjunction with exhibitions. SculptureCenter also launched Clay Club, a revival of our founding summer tradition that attracted 550 visitors, and continued the third year of Public Process, a public art and education initiative which provides high school students with the opportunity to play a central role in commissioning and presenting a public artwork in Long Island City, Queens.