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    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

    Investment

    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.

    Inclusiveness

    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.

    Independence

    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.

    Transparency

    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.

    Rigor

    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 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 commissioned works by mid-career artists, our annual In Practice open call program featuring new commissions by 10-15 emerging artists, and 3-6 solo and group exhibitions. To facilitate deep public engagement and encourage dialogue between visitors of all ages, artists, and their work, SculptureCenter hosts free events and programs that complement our exhibitions, including lectures, panel discussions with leaders in the field of contemporary art and other related fields, readings, workshops, video screenings, performances, and an intensive educational programs for teens.

    In fiscal year 2019, SculptureCenter presented 6 critically acclaimed exhibitions and a public art installation, showcasing 27 artists. Exhibitions included: Before Projection, a concise historical survey of video-based sculpture from the 1970s to the early 1990s; In Practice: Other Objects, featuring new commissions by 11 emerging artists and artist teams as part of our annual open call program; Banu Cennetoğlu, the highly-regarded Turkish artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States; Jean-Luc Moulène: More or Less Bone, a monumental commission by the important French artist and his first solo institutional exhibition in North America since 2011; Closed for installation, Fiona Connor, SculptureCenter, #4, an exhibition of newly commissioned works by the New Zealand-born, Los Angeles-based artist; ektor garcia: cadena perpetua, the emerging artist’s first institutional solo exhibition; and Matt Keegan: what was & what is, a major new public artwork by the New York-based artist commissioned by participants in SculptureCenter’s annual Public Process education program.

    SculptureCenter's diverse programming expands upon our mission and enriches the discourse between our artists and audiences. SculptureCenter continued its publications program with 3 exhibition catalogs, as well as 13 free public programs. These programs included collaborations initiated by SculptureCenter with other vital organizations in our field, including Anthology Film Archives and Protocinema. Our annual Public Process public art and education initiative invited 12 high school students to participate in a summer intensive course on public art and urban design, culminating in the opportunity to play a central role in commissioning and presenting a public artwork.