Clay Club

    Sat, Aug 18, 2018, 10am–2pm

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    SculptureCenter was founded as Clay Club in 1928 by sculptor Dorothea Denslow. While Clay Club's art courses and exhibitions generally took place in Denslow's Brooklyn studio, or, slightly later, in a carriage house on West 8th Street, the organization's artists and students gathered on Staten Island every summer from 1928 to 1939 to picnic and collectively build temporary monumental sculptures out of natural clay.

    On Saturday, August 18, SculptureCenter will revive its founding summer tradition by inviting six artists to reconsider the idea of group sculpture that motivated the original Clay Club parties. SculptureCenter's Long Island City exhibition space will open to the public with more than two thousand pounds of clay available for participation in artist-led projects or for free use.

    Join us on Saturday, August 18 from 10am to 2pm, for music, food and drinks by local vendors including Hibino LIC, Levante, and The Mill, and drop-in art projects. This program is free, open to the public, and for all ages. No RSVP is required.

    This is SculptureCenter's second annual Clay Club program. Last year's Clay Club artists were Christian Holstad, Joanna Malinowska, Kate Newby, Hayley Silverman and Ser Serpas, Agathe Snow, and Patrice Renee Washington, with music by SHYBOI (KUNQ/DISCWOMAN).

    Dance of the Mudmixers
    Compilation of 16mm archival footage of Clay Club's summer picnic on Staten Island


    SculptureCenter's community and family programming is supported by New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. Clay Club is made possible by Kaufman Astoria Studios, Rockrose, and Silvercup Properties, with in-kind support provided by Stella Artois.