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Matt Keegan: what was & what is
May 19 – August 18, 2019 at Court Square Park
For over a decade, Matt Keegan has worked to synthesize his interest in language, whether rooted in pedagogy and cognition or the vernacular and social. Relatedly, Keegan often incorporates familial narratives into his work to better understand how recorded histories are made up of individual perspectives. The artist works in sculpture, photography and video — all activated in his Sculpture Center commission. Installed in Long Island City’s Court Square Park, what was & what is distills real estate development’s rhetorical and visual devices in an object that speaks the language of urban development while prompting opportunity for reflection on the fastest-growing neighborhood in New York City.

Searching the Sky for Rain
Sep 16 – Dec 16, 2019
This exhibition brings together works by artists who disregard the ways in which the art industry regulates, classifies, compartmentalizes, and essentializes difference into sanctioned categories. The artists in Searching the Sky for Rain defy the fracking of particularities into niche-marketed, T-shirt formulations of “identities” for institutional meaning and value production. Instead, they rally for not-yet-articulated aesthetics. The question raised by the exhibition is: who has the right to abstraction? This exhibition brings together works by artists who disregard the ways in which the art industry regulates, classifies, compartmentalizes, and essentializes difference into sanctioned categories. The artists in Searching the Sky for Rain defy the fracking of particularities into niche-marketed, T-shirt formulations of “identities” for institutional meaning and value production. Instead, they rally for not-yet-articulated aesthetics. The question raised by the exhibition is: who has the right to abstraction?
The exhibition includes work by: Carmen Argote, Tony Cokes, Mandy El-Sayegh, Charles Gaines, ektor garcia, Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, Tishan Hsu, Rindon Johnson, Becket MWN, Shahryar Nashat, Michael Queenland, Johanna Unzueta, Eric Wesley, Jala Wahid, and Riet Wijnen. The exhibition includes work by: Carmen Argote, Tony Cokes, Mandy El-Sayegh, Charles Gaines, ektor garcia, Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, Tishan Hsu, Rindon Johnson, Becket MWN, Shahryar Nashat, Michael Queenland, Johanna Unzueta, Eric Wesley, Jala Wahid, and Riet Wijnen.

École du soir (The Evening Academy)
Sep 16 – Dec 16, 2019
SculptureCenter presents Christian Nyampeta’s ongoing investigation into the question of “how to live together” in and after turbulent times. The artist’s project consists of a scriptorium (a place for writing), an exhibition, and public programs concerned with “thinking Africa,” then and now.

About SculptureCenter
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.

For nearly 20 years, SculptureCenter has presented works by over 750 emerging and established artists through its annual exhibition program, and today, SculptureCenter is considered one of New York’s most adventurous kunsthalles. Placing importance on investment, inclusiveness, independence, transparency, and rigor, SculptureCenter has developed a strong reputation for championing under-recognized and emerging artists, many of whom have gone on to celebrated and substantial careers such as: Turner Prize winner Charlotte Prodger and nominee Anthea Hamilton, Sanford Biggers, Nairy Baghramian, Tom Burr, Liz Glynn, Rochelle Goldberg, Camille Henrot, Leslie Hewitt, Rashid Johnson, Ugo Rondinone, Katrín Sigurdardóttir, Alexandre Singh, Monika Sosnowska, Gedi Sibony, Mika Tajima, and recent Hugo Boss Prize winners Anicka Yi and Simone Leigh.

As a non-collecting museum, SculptureCenter’s annual exhibition program includes commissioning programs by mid-career artists, projects and commissions by emerging artists, and 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.

For more information, please visit: www.sculpture-center.org.

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[1] Matt Keegan, what was & what is, 2019, documentation of conversation with Ed Keegan, May 23, 2019, Court Square Park, Long Island City, New York. Plexiglas, mirrored glass, aluminum, stainless steel, vinyl, UV print on Dibond. 96 x 109.5 x 192.2 inches (43.8 x 278.1 x 489 cm). Commissioned by SculptureCenter, New York. Courtesy the artist and Altman Siegel, San Francisco. Photo: Heidi Bohnenkamp

[2] Rindon Johnson, So it's pretty big, it's about twice the size of my fist, you can hear the bag is crunching as I turn it over, there's not a single animal, no insect, nothing, it is so old it reflects back blue light, so on a very clear, cool day, it is hard to say where it is that the sun meets the sky., 2018, detail. Rawhide and white cotton rope. Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and AALA Gallery, Los Angeles.

[3] Christian Nyampeta, Words after the World, installation view, Camden Arts Centre, 2017. Photo: Damian Griffiths

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