Past Events

Gala Honoring Dan Graham
Thursday, December 10, 2009, 6:30 PM

 

In Practice Artist Walkthrough
Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 7:00 PM

Join SculptureCenter Curator Fionn Meade and exhibiting artists Jason Kraus, Meredith Nickie, Marlo Pascual, Xaviera Simmons, Marianne Vitale, and Erik Wysocan for a glass of wine and conversation regarding the In Practice artist projects currently on view.

The works on view are commissioned through SculptureCenter's In Practice project series, which supports the creation and presentation of innovative work by emerging artists and reflects diverse approaches to contemporary sculpture.

Admission to this event is free

 

Camp Kid Friendly
Sunday, November 8, 2009, 5:00 PM

Malcolm Stuart's hoop dance troupe, Color Wheel and friends, perform with Baby IKKI, within Mike Kelley and Michael Smith's video installation.

This performance is presented in conjunction with Performa 09.

Admission to this event is free.

 

Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen: The Present Doesn't Exist In My Mind and the Future is Already Far Behind
Saturday, November 7, 2009, 1:00 PM

At Performance Project @ University Settlement

A performance inspired by the writings of Valentine de Saint Point and Mina Loy that reflects on lust, romanticized sexuality, and the subjugation of women.  
Composers Pete Drungle and Brian Bender.  Motion graphics Brian Close. Costumes Lise Klitten

Admission to this event is free.

Presented by SculptureCenter in conjunction with Performa 09. Supported by the Danish Arts Council.

Image: Ego Song, courtesy of Jesper Jon Soerensen, 2006.

 

Collection Visit with John Friedman
Monday, November 2, 2009, 6:00 PM
Member Event

Join us for wine & cheese and a private collection visit with New Museum Trustee John Friedman. Friedman's collection features an impressive range of artists, well-known for its many early works by notable contemporary artists. Artists featured include Edgar Arceneaux, Ian Burns, Trenton Doyle Hancock,  Chris Johanson, Los Carpinteros, Nathan Mabry, Paul Pfeiffer,  Eva Rothschild, Mindy Shapero, and Huan Zhang. Don't miss the opportunity to meet this enthusiastic collector and gain insight on his unique and adventurous collection!

Image: Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Hands, 2007. Marquetry, shellac.

 

Visit with Tom Burr and walkthrough of his current exhibition Sentence at Bortolami Gallery
Saturday, October 17, 2009, 12:00 PM
Member Event

Artist Tom Burr and Bortolami Gallery Director Simone Battisti will talk with members about Burr's latest work currently on view at Bortolami Gallery. Don't miss this opportunity to meet one of today's most important artists exploring post-minimalism and post-modernism. This is Burr's first US gallery exhibition in six years; Burr had his first solo US museum exhibition, Addict-Love, at SculptureCenter in 2008.

Image: Tom Burr, endlessly repeated gesture, 2009. Wood, metal brackets and bolts, carpeting, mirrored tile.

 

Opening for Fall Exhibitions
Sunday, September 13, 2009, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 

The Free Skool at The University of Trash
May 11 - August 3, 2009, Thursday - Monday, 11-6

The Free Skool at the University of Trash is an informal educational program that invites the public to become transient professors and students by proposing and participating in workshops, classes, meetings and more. Running during all open hours from May 11th- August 3rd, the University of Trash will host workshops ranging from weekly reading groups, book making workshops, to physical education intensives. A schedule of events will be updated regularly on SculptureCenter's website. The full schedule can be found on the Facebook page for University of Trash.

To propose a project or event for the Free Skool, email freeskool@universityoftrash.org.

 

Summer Sessions:
BARR, Silk Flowers, Love Tan

Saturday, August 1, 2009, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Join us outside on the University of Trash courtyard stage for our inaugural summer concert series!

BARR, Silk Flowers, Love Tan

Mark your calendars!

The show is $7, tickets can be purchased through our website, at the SculptureCenter front desk, or at Academy Records Annex in Williamsburg:

Academy Annex
96 N. 6TH ST. (Between Berry & Wythe)
WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN, NY 11211
Sunday through Thursday 12:00 AM to 8:00 PM
FRIDAY and SATURDAY 12:00 AM to 10:00 PM

 

The University of Trash hosts:
Capital Reading Group
Thursdays, May 14 - July 30, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us on Thursday nights 6-8pm in the Conversation Space at the University of Trash to follow David Harvey's video lectures on Marx's Capital Volume 1. David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and has been teaching Capital for over 40 years. We will follow his video lectures and discuss the reading and its relevance to the current crisis in an informal setting, likely to adjourn to a near by bar for further discussion. Attendance is open, however you must have your own copy of Capital Volume 1, Penguin classics edition.

 

The University of Trash presents:
Architectures of Crisis/ Architectures of Resistance

Monday, July 27, 2009, 7:00 PM

RESCHEDULED!

Architectures of Crisis/ Architectures of Resistance highlights the role of built space past and present in organizing radical movements and documenting shifting economic, social, and political climates. Teddy Cruz and CUP's founder Damon Rich will discuss the economic crisis in relation to Rich's current exhibition Red Lines Housing Crisis Learning Center at the Queens Museum, and Cruz's ongoing work with the trans-border urbanisms at the US and Mexico border region.

Please note:
MLAB and The Center for Urban Pedagogy's Nehemiah! A Case Study of Radical Pragmatism have also been rescheduled. Please see list of events for details.

Image: Damon Rich, Block Buster, 2008. Animated neon sign. Photo: Lite Brite Neon.

 

Summer Sessions:
Gary War, Little Claw, Real Estate, Religious Knives

Saturday, July 25, 2009, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Join us outside on the University of Trash courtyard stage for our summer concert series!

Gary War, Little Claw, Real Estate, Religious Knives

Mark your calendars!

The show is $7, tickets can be purchased through our website, at the SculptureCenter front desk, or at Academy Records Annex in Williamsburg:

Academy Annex
96 N. 6TH ST. (Between Berry & Wythe)
WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN, NY 11211
Sunday through Thursday 12:00 AM to 8:00 PM
FRIDAY and SATURDAY 12:00 AM to 10:00 PM

 

The University of Trash Presents:
Nehemiah! A Case Study of Radical Pragmatism

Thursday, July 23, 2009, 6:00 PM

RESCHEDULED!

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)
will present Nehemiah! A Case Study of Radical Pragmatism, a slideshow and discussion about a visionary project made real.

 

The University of Trash presents: MLAB (Mobile Literacy Arts Bus)
CANCELLED!

Saturday, July 18, 2009, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

MLAB will present their traveling RV classroom, gallery, and library. Activities all day long!

 

Summer Sessions:
Lucky Dragons, Zola Jesus,Wet Hair

Friday, July 3, 2009, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Join us outside on the University of Trash courtyard stage for our inaugural summer concert series!

Lucky Dragons, Zola Jesus, Wet Hair

Mark your calendars!

The show is $7, tickets can be purchased through our website, at the SculptureCenter front desk, or at Academy Records Annex in Williamsburg:

Academy Annex
96 N. 6TH ST. (Between Berry & Wythe)
WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN, NY 11211
Sunday through Thursday 12:00 AM to 8:00 PM
FRIDAY and SATURDAY 12:00 AM to 10:00 PM

 

Conversation and Film Screening
with artist Rashid Johnson
Wednesday, July 1, 2009, 7:00 PM
Member Event

Please join artist Rashid Johnson for wine and conversation about his current project Smoke and Mirrors at SculptureCenter, and a private screening of one of his recent short films. Considered one of the leading artists of the "post-black" movement, Johnson engages with racial identity in ways that insist on fluidity and contradiction. Johnson studied at Columbia College, Chicago and the School at the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited internationally. Smoke and Mirrors is Johnson's first solo museum show in New York.

 

Junk-it!: Family Day at SculptureCenter
Saturday, June 6, 2009, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Make your own recycled paper and paper-pulp sculptures with guest artist McKendree Key at SculptureCenter's University of Trash! Sponsored by the NYC Bridge Centennial Commission in celebration of the 100th birthday of the Queensboro Bridge, families and children are invited to join us for this art-filled afternoon and help lighten the load to the landfill! Please contact Alex Lane at alane@sculpture-center.org for more information.

 

The University of Trash presents:
Right to the Airwaves

Saturday, June 6, 2009, 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Right to the Airwaves is a daylong workshop presented in collaboration with free103point9 exploring the radical potential of analog airwaves. The afternoon will begin with a radio transmitter building workshop covering the history of broadcasting, how transmitters work, online transmission tools, and transmission arts as a creative medium. At 5:00 PM Tom Roe (free 103.9) and Andy Gunn (Prometheus Radio) will be joined by transmission artist neuroTransmitter for an informal discussion about their work and issues of free speech, free space, and the right to the airwaves. The evening will close with DJ sets by Tom Roe and Angel Navarez (neuroTransmitter) that will be broadcast live on the University of Trash internet and low power FM stations transmitted to boomboxes within the university.

Note: There will be a $25 materials fee for the transmitter building workshop and reservations are highly recommended as space is limited. Please contact transmitter@universityoftrash.org to secure your spot.

 

The University of Trash hosts:
Not your Typical PE Class with Athena Kokoronis
Thursday, May 21 - Monday, May 25, 2009, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Project with artist and choreographer Athena Kokoronis

This is not your typical physical education class. Competition will be set aside along with ugly gym uniforms, and getting picked last. We will consider our bodies to be live building materials for imagination and reinterpretation. Through a series of collaborative and invigorating exercises, we will meditate our own physical structure within a shared physical landscape. We will consider the space we occupy, and imagine are bodies to be support structures or building blocks that work collectively rather than opposing.

 

Subjective Histories of Sculpture III: Simon Starling
Monday, May 18, 2009, 6:30 PM

Event Rescheduled and relocated to SculptureCenter!


SculptureCenter, in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, presents a series of artist-led lectures: Subjective Histories of Sculpture II. This lecture series furthers SculptureCenter's exploration of how contemporary artists think about sculpture - its conventions, and its legacies.

Admission to this event is free.

Image: Simon Starling, Silver Particle / Bronze (After Henry Moore), 2008. Bronze, plinth, cut gelatin silver print. Image courtesy of the artist and The Modern Institute.

 

The University of Trash hosts:
FINGERS

Sunday, May 17, 2009, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tender and true, nimble and mobile, our hand is wide open up, waiting for your touch on our Life Line. These roving FINGERS are anxious to take you to the back room gay vaudeville of yesteryear, a vision of caves and paradises we have imagined into reality. We bring you performances in the struggle and the splendor of queertransfeminist bodies, a rainbow of hallucinated ahistorical reenactment. Our FINGERS act deftly, slight of hand and slight of weight, shadow games, palmistry and carpal feelings.

 

The University of Trash presents:
Space for Revolution

Saturday, May 16, 2009, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Space for Revolution will include presentations and informal discussions that ask what a space for revolution can look like. Members of the School of Walls and Space (Copenhagen); Baltimore Development Cooperative, Participation Park, and organizers from the City from Below Conference will present their work in an informal setting. The discussion will open to questions of revolutionary space and the role of artists and other actors in organizing against global neoliberalism. This inaugural public program of the University of Trash will end with a performance by Japanther.

 

Opening for Summer Exhibitions
Sunday, May 10, 2009, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for the Opening of The University of Trash, Rashid Johnson's Smoke and Mirrors, and new In Practice Projects.

Special music performances on the University of Trash stages by Wildebeest, Achten, and Michael Stasis!

Image: Rashid Johnson, The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club The Harlem Portraits, 2009. Lambda print. 60" x 47". Image courtesy of the artist and Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery.

 

Lucky Draw 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 6:00 PM

SculptureCenter's annual spring benefit.

 

Closing Party: Object at Work/Tubular
and Winter Exhibitions
Sunday, March 22, 2009, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Come enjoy the last night of the current exhibitions with wine and music on 78 provided by a horn gramophone and view artist and staff member Nickolas Roudané's Object at Work. On view are a number of paintings and objects by Roudané created throughout the duration of the exhibition, The Space of the Work and The Place of the Object and In Practice within Karin Schneider's Tubular, 2009.

 

Subjective Histories of Sculpture III: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
Monday, March 16, 2009, 6:30 PM

SculptureCenter Lectures at the New School
at the Theresa Lang Center at The New School
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

$5 General Admission, SculptureCenter Members and Students Free

SculptureCenter, in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, presents a series of artist-led lectures: Subjective Histories of Sculpture II. This lecture series furthers SculptureCenter's exploration of how contemporary artists think about sculpture - its conventions, and its legacies.

For tickets call 212-229-5488 or email boxoffice@newschool.edu

Image: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Riyo, 1999. 35mm film, colour/sound, 10 min. Image courtesy of the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels.

 

It's All Yours Now
Sunday, March 15, 2009, 4:00 PM

Carey Ascenzo, Marthe Ramm Fortun, Linda Weiss, Rachel Mason,
Nader Sadek, Kalup Linzy


Ranging from a love letter to a song, all six pieces and performances use dialogue and travesty as forms of exploration of power, identity politics, and transmission.

Image: Rachel Mason

 

Richard Meier Collection Visit
Friday, March 13, 2009, 12:00 PM
Member Event

Join us for an exclusive tour of Richard Meier's architectural model studio in Long Island City. The collection on view includes 300 models housed in 3,600-square-foot warehouse, ranging from Meier's residential houses of the 1960's to early versions of his 1997 design for J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

 

The Armory Show for SculptureCenter Members
Thursday, March 5 - Saturday, March 7, 12pm-7pm
Member Event

SculptureCenter Members receive FREE admission to The Armory Show - International Fair of New Art, The Armory Show Modern, and Volta5.

There will be an exclusive tour of the Armory show prior to the public opening on Thursday, March 5th at 11:30am. The tour will include both the Contemporary and new Modern sections of the fair, with a focus on sculpture. If you are a SculptureCenter member and would like to RSVP, contact Alex Lane at alane@sculpture-center.org.

 

SculptureCenter at the Armory Show
Thursday, March 5 - Saturday, March 7, 12pm-7pm

Visit SculptureCenter at the Armory Show! Pier 94, Booth 1611.


Image: Ugo Rondinone, still.life. (apple), 2008.

 

Subjective Histories of Sculpture III: Paul Sietsema
Monday, February 23, 2009, 6:30 PM

SculptureCenter Lectures at the New School
at the Theresa Lang Center at The New School
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

$5 General Admission, SculptureCenter Members and Students Free

SculptureCenter, in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, presents a series of artist-led lectures: Subjective Histories of Sculpture II. This lecture series furthers SculptureCenter's exploration of how contemporary artists think about sculpture - its conventions, and its legacies.

For tickets call 212-229-5488 or email boxoffice@newschool.edu

Image: Paul Sietsema, Figure 3, 2008. 16mm black and white and color film. 16 minutes. Image courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

 

Medium No. 1 (Manhattan): Midtown
Saturday, February 21, 2009, 3:00 PM
Member Event

Tyler Coburn takes us through the streets of Midtown! Performance, technology, and urban poetics join together in Coburn's In Practice project Medium No. 1 (Manhattan) (2009). Beginning on the first day of the year, Coburn will transmit improvisatory monologues and conversations recorded on walks across Manhattan to a thermal roll fax machine in SculptureCenter's basement. Join us for this interactive afternoon, followed with an evening reading of a selection of Tyler's transmissions. Bring a guest and enjoy a glass of wine after hours at SculptureCenter.

Image: Tyler Coburn, A revolver aimed just at you...Red, iron, plastic, acrylic, some sort of translucent film on the top, gross, no relationship to anything, 2008. Halftone prints, tape.

 

Introductions: Artist Walkthrough
Saturday, February 21, 2009, 5:00 PM

Come and introduce yourself! Join us for a walkthrough of In Practice with the artists and curators, followed by warm drinks.

Image: Peter Simensky

 

Lower East Side Gallery Walk
Saturday, January 31, 2009, 12:00 PM
Member Event

Join SculptureCenter Executive Director Mary Ceruti for a gallery walk through the Lower East Side. Latifa Echakhch at James Fuentes Gallery, Rebecca H. Quaytman at Miguel Abreu Gallery, and Michael Mahalchick at Canada Gallery. The gallerists and artists will be on site to discuss their work with the group.

Image: R.H. Quaytman, Chapter 12, Iamb, 2008. Silk-screen on wood. 32.36" x 52.36"

 

Melanie Gilligan: Prison for Objects
January 11-12 and 15-19, 2009, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

As part of the exhibition The Space of the Work and the Place of the Object, Melanie Gilligan's Prison for Objects is an installation and performance that dramatizes our experience of commodities in the past and present. Actors perform the roles of artist and art writer, their characters playing out various contradictions and clichés of art production and reception. Performances last approximately 20 minutes and will take place throughout the day during normal gallery hours. Until January 19.

Image: Still from Melanie Gilligan's Prison for Objects, Transmission Gallery, Spring 2008. Photo by Alan Dimmick, featuring actor Jill Riddiford.

 

Opening for Winter Exhibitions
Sunday, January 11, 2009, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM



Image: Still from Michael Rakowitz's RETURN (offshoots for SculptureCenter), 2009.

 

Members' Preview of Winter 2009 Shows
Sunday, January 11, 2009, 3:30 PM
Member Event

Celebrate the opening of our winter exhibitions with a private viewing of The Space of the Work and the Place of the Object and In Practice. Meet the artists and curators, hear first hand about the works on view and stay and enjoy the opening, 4-6pm.