New York Studio Events


  • New York Studio Events: Matt Keegan

    April 27, 2011

    D'Amelio Terras, NYC
    6.30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Join ICI on Wednesday, April 27th, at D’Amelio Terras in Chelsea for a sneak peek of Matt Keegan’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. Find out first-hand why so many people are talking about this young conceptualist’s new approach to art making.

    “The seemingly oxymoronic notion of 'connective interruptions' provides a useful way to consider the work of Matt Keegan, whose various incarnations as artist, editor and curator exemplify an idea of expansive practice so prevalent in recent art. His exhibitions, participatory publications and curatorial projects explore ideas of community without idealism, interrogating both literally and metaphorically how social spaces are staged and described, and where absence, incision and removal can more powerfully frame identity than emphatic presence.”
    SHAMIM M. MOMIN, Future Greats, ArtReview. March 2008.

    Matt Keegan is currently preparing for two solo exhibitions in 2011, at D'Amelio Terras in New York, and at Altman Siegel Gallery in San Francisco. You can see Keegan’s work in the exhibition "Image Transfer", presented in partnership with Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, and which just debuted at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington.

    [March 17, 2009, courtesy of the artist and D'Amelio Terras, New York.]

  • New York Studio Events: Janine Antoni

    May 2, 2011

    The Artist’s Brooklyn Studio
    6.30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    On Monday, May 2nd ICI will visit Janine Antoni in her Brooklyn studio. Since the early 1990’s this prolific artist has been making seminal artworks contributing to the development and history of performance and installation art. Hear from Antoni herself about the physical and personal nature of her creative process.

    “She has always plumbed the psychic closet (and the medicine cabinet) for material. She has taken in social views of womanhood and literally spat them back out as symbols of cleansing. And now she offers up herself yet again as beggar metamorphosing into Phoenix to propose the durability and elasticity of the reconstituted self. Like Beuys, whom she obviously reveres, Antoni is a missionary with an occult gleam.”
    ELLEN BERKOVITCH, Reviews: Janine Antoni at SITE Santa Fe, Artforum. December 2002.

    Janine Antoni shows with Luhring Augustine in New York. In 2010, Antoni had a solo-exhibition at the University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA. She received the MacArthur Fellowship and the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Inc. Painting and Sculpture Grant in 1998, and the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award in 1999. Janine has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad at venues including Luhring Augustine Gallery, The Wadsworth Athenaeum, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Reina Sofia, The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum, and The Aldrich Museum.

  • New York Studio Events: Lisa Oppenheim

    May 25, 2011

    The Artist’s Manhattan Studio
    6.30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Gather at Lisa Oppenheim’s New York studio on Wednesday, May 25th, for an in-depth look at this artist’s sublime, research-based works. Merging fact and fiction, Oppenheim often picks up or interjects points that history may have over looked or intentionally skipped over. Investigation and a true commitment to aestheticism enable Oppenheim to create breathtaking imagery based on historical happenings that may have otherwise gone unannounced.

    “Oppenheim’s practice is always finely attuned to the possibilities of meaning that is revealed when the technical history of the medium is read against itself, opening fissures between the formal and the ideological.”

    Lisa Oppenheim lives and works in New York. She graduated from Brown University with a BA in art, and she received a MFA from Bard College and the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. She also participated in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program. Oppenheim is represented by Harris Lieberman in New York, Martin Klosterfelde in Berlin, and Galerie Juliette Jongma in Amsterdam. Current group exhibitions include "Image Transfer”, presented in partnership with Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, and which recently debuted at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington; as well as shows at the New Museum in New York, and the Guggenheim, Bilbao. In 2010, she had solo shows at Gallery Martin Klosterfelde in Berlin and Galerie Juliette Jongma in Amsterdam.

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  • New York Studio Events: 2011 NYSE Dinner with Adam D. Weinberg

    A private collection, details coming soon...
    September 14, 2011

    This year's prized evening will feature an exclusive talk by Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of Art.

    [Photograph © Dawoud Bey - Art © Sol LeWitt/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]

  • New York Studio Events: Julie Mehretu

    Photo © Chester Higgins
    September 27, 2011

    The Artist’s Manhattan Studio
    6.30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    On Tuesday, September 27th, join us at Julie Mehretu’s Manhattan studio for an in-depth look at the artist’s most current body of works. We are thrilled with this opportunity to visit with one of today’s most highly regarded abstract painters, who the MacArthur Foundation described as an artist "who transforms her canvases into visually spectacular excavations of multiple epochs and locales". Mehretu will share her own personal experience in creating her compelling large-scale, gestural paintings, which are laboriously built up through layers of acrylic paint on canvas overlaid with mark-making using pencil, pen, ink and thick streams of paint. In these meticulously worked paintings, the artist creates and communicates narratives using abstracted images of cities, histories, wars and geographies with frenetic mark making. As Mehretu suggests, once complete, these rich canvases act as “story maps of no location” enabling the viewer to interpret them as pictures into the imagined.

    Julie is represented by Marian Goodman Gallery in New York and shows at White Cube in London and Carlier Gebauer in Berlin. Currently Julie’s work can be seen at the British Museum, Picasso to Julie Mehretu: Modern drawings from the British Museum collection until April 25, 2011.

    [Photo © Chester Higgins]

  • New York Studio Events: Michael Joo

    November 30, 2011

    The Artist’s Brooklyn Studio
    6.30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Join us on Wednesday, November 30th, as we meet with artist Michael Joo in his Brooklyn studio for a close look at his ritualized and romanticized artworks and processes. In Michael Joo‘s work you can see the artist’s eye investigating natural and synthetic materials in a way that suggestively confronts his viewers with inherent and lingering questions of mortality and motive.

    “Joo's work is both intensely physical and intellectually invigorating. As a leading contemporary conceptual artist, he uses different artistic forms to express passionately felt ideas about identity, the body, and cultural mores. "For the most part," says Michael Joo, "I am interested in playing with notions of physicality and the slippery nature of the identity of an object (or person, place, thing)."“
    Writes the The Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art in advance of Michael’s 2004 exhibition.

    Michael Joo lives and works in New York where he is represented by Anton Kern Gallery. He received his BA at Wesleyan University in biology, a BFA in sculpture from Washington University (St. Louis) 1989, and a MFA in sculpture from Yale in 1991. In 2010, Joo had a solo exhibition at Galleria Marabini, Bologna, Italy and a two person exhibition with artist Damian Hirst titled, Have You Ever Really Looked at the Sun? at Haunch of Venison, Berlin. His work has been included in important group exhibitions such as the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea and the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

    [Photo © Nadine Dinter]


  • New York Studio Events: Martha Wilson

    March 30, 2011

    The Artist’s Brooklyn Studio
    6.30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    "If I were to make a list of the half-dozen most important people for art in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s — the real downtown, the then-sparsely settled west-side area between Canal Street and Battery Park — the conceptual artist and performer Martha Wilson would be on it."
    HOLLAND COTTER Photo/Text Works, 1971-74. New York Times, April 2008.

    On Wednesday, March 30th, ICI will join artist Martha Wilson in her Brooklyn studio for a look into her determined, multifaceted, forty-year career as both artist and founder of non-profit space, Franklin Furnace. This studio visit will provide insight into Martha’s inherently feminist and socially engaged practices. With Wilson acting as our guide, we will learn about the complex nature of her work as it encompasses her activities as an artist, creating conceptually-based performances, videos, and photo-text compositions since the early 1970s; her position as the founder and director of the non-profit space Franklin Furnace; her collaboration with other women to form the group, DISBAND; and her key role in jump-starting the activist feminist art group, the Guerrilla Girls.

    Martha Wilson lives and works in New York. She received a BA from Wilmington College in 1969 and a MFA from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. In 2008 Martha Wilson had her first solo exhibition in New York, Photo/Text Works, 1971-1974 at the Mitchell Algus Gallery in Chelsea, New York City. In 2009,the Dalhousie Art Gallery presented Martha Wilson: Staging the Self, curated by Peter Dykhuis and co-organized with ICI (Independent Curators International), New York. Currently, this exhibition is on view at Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery in Montreal, Canada from January 6, 2011 - February 19, 2011.

    [Photo credit © Kathy Grove]

  • New York Studio Events: Brendan Fowler

    February 28, 2011

    Untitled Gallery, NYC
    6.30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    On Monday, February 28th, ICI welcomes you to New York’s lower east side to join artist Brendan Fowler for a preview of his premier exhibition at Untitled Gallery (the brand new space of Rental Gallery’s Joel Mesler.) Brendan Fowler’s complicated and carefully considered artworks span mediums. During this visit we will further explore the visual side of Fowler’s work, who is often known best for his rock act/performance art piece, titled BARR. We hope you will join us for this exciting look at the artist’s new object-based works that are currently and increasingly grabbing the attention of the art world.

    “As with his music, Fowler’s visual productions operate in a series of aggressive negations and reassertions—often one image literally crashing through or canceling out another, but only to have the second image further the narrative of the first. Sound confusing? It really isn’t.”
    CHRISTOPHER BOLLEN, Interview Magazine, 2010.

    Brendan Fowler lives and works in Los Angeles. He received a BFA in 2002 from Sarah Lawrence College. Selected exhibitions include: Brendan Fowler at Rental, Rental Gallery, NY; last Disaster/first BARR, Rivington Arms, NY; Brendan Fowler, James Hyde, Jacob Kassay, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, NY; White Noise, James Cohan Gallery; The Generational: Younger than Jesus, New Museum, NY; Matthew Chambers l Brendan Fowler l Rashid Johnson l Jason Kraus, Rental Gallery, NY; History Keeps Me Awake at Night: A Genealogy of Wojnarowicz, PPOW Gallery, NY; Session The Bowl, Deitch Projects, NY.

    [Portrait © Andrea Longacre - White]

    [Brendan Fowler, May, 2010 (Accident/The Wood That Fell On Me In Studio May 20 2010 #'s 6-8) Wall, 2010
    Archival Inkjet, Frames, Plexi, Lumber, Stain © Courtesy of the artist & Untitled New York]

  • New York Studio Events: Jonas Wood

    February 16, 2011

    Anton Kern Gallery, NYC
    6.30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    “Jonas Wood paints scenes of the world around him through the prism of his memory”
    CORRINA PEIPON (Hammer Projects: Jonas Wood, 2010. Organized by Corrina Peipon, Hammer curatorial associate.)

    Join us on Wednesday, Feburary 16th, at Anton Kern Gallery in Chelsea for ICI’s first New York Studio Event of 2011. Artist Jonas Wood will guide us through his exhibition of new paintings and drawings in advance of the highly anticipated opening reception. Gain insights from Wood as he discusses his multi-layered working process beginning with photo-based collages to drawings (studies), and then from drawings to the final painting (or two). Wood will divulge the inter-workings of his creative methods that he keeps tightly woven with both art and his own personal history.

    Jonas Wood is represented in New York by Anton Kern Gallery. He lives and works in Los Angeles. Wood received a BA in psychology in 1999 from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Washington in 2002. Jonas’ work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at The Hammer Museum, LA; MinMin Gallery, Tokyo; Shane Campbell Gallery, IL; Anton Kern Gallery, NY; and Black Dragon Society, LA.

    [Photo credit © Joshua White/]

  • New York Studio Events: Lawrence Weiner

    Lawrence Weiner Studio
    New York City
    December 14, 2010

    Join us on December 14th for a rare opportunity to visit with Lawrence Weiner in his Manhattan studio. ICI is proud to welcome our members into the workspace of one of the central figures of Conceptual Art. Lawrence will share his thoughts and ideas regarding his personal and long pursued inquiries into language and the art-making process.

    Throughout Lawrence’s longstanding and prolific career, he has put forward a radical redefinition of the artist/viewer relationship and the very nature of the artwork; translating his investigations into linguistic structures and visual systems across varied formats and manifestations. Most famously the works take the form of large typographic wall texts, referred to by Lawrence as sculpture, and the words, phrases and statements he employs are often representative of states or processes grounded in materiality. His works exist simultaneously as instructions, propositions and evocations as well as the object itself.

    Lawrence has received numerous grants and awards, and in 2007/08 was honored with a 40-year retrospective of his work, entitled Lawrence Weiner: AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Lawrence is represented in New York by Marian Goodman Gallery, in London by Lisson Gallery, in Paris by Yvon Lambert Gallery, in Los Angeles by Regen Projects, and in Tel Aviv by Dvir Gallery.

    The NYSE program series is for ICI Members at the supporter level and above only.

  • New York Studio Events: Marina Abramović

    Marina Abramović's NYC loft
    New York City
    September 29, 2010

    On September 29th, we invite you to take an intimate look at the creative process of artist Marina Abramović. ICI is delighted to join Marina in her New York City loft for an in depth look at an artist who has pioneered the use of performance as a visual art form. For Marina, the body has always been both her subject and medium. Exploring the physical and mental limits of her being, she has withstood pain, exhaustion, and danger in the quest for emotional and spiritual transformation.

    Marina Abramović is represented here in New York by Sean Kelly Gallery. On October 13, 2010 the artist will open her premiere exhibition with Lisson Gallery in London. This past March, the Museum of Modern Art held The Artist Is Present, a major retrospective and performance recreation of Marina's work, and the largest exhibition of performance art in MoMA's history. We look forward to hearing the artist's reflections on this immense exhibition.

    This event is for ICI Members only.


  • New York Studio Events: Olaf Breuning

    Olaf Breuning Studio
    New York City
    September 21, 2010

    Our first Fall New York Studio Event offers ICI members the exciting opportunity to engage with experimental, cross-media artist Olaf Breuning. Olaf will welcome us into his Tribeca studio for an exclusive look into his playful working methods and his most recent body of work. The artist will share his own personal insight into his extraordinary labyrinth of inspiration stemming from Woody Allen to the World Wide Web.

    In addition to working with Metro Pictures here in New York, Olaf also exhibits at: Nils Staerk in Copenhagen, Air de Paris in Paris, Kodama Gallery in Tokyo and Kyoto, Galerie Meyer Kainer in Vienna, Galerie Nicola von Senger in Zurich, and Michael Benevento in Los Angeles. Last Fall Olaf had his fifth solo show at Metro Pictures titled Small Brain Big Stomach. The exhibition included an array of comically mischievous wall-bound drawings and sculptures. Currently, you can find a solo exhibition of Olaf’s work at the Centre d'Art Contemporain at La Chapelle du Genêteil, France (July 3rd – August 29th).

    *Please note: The visit will take place in the artist’s studio in a 5th floor walk up building; there is unfortunately no elevator available for use.

    This event is for ICI Members only.

  • New York Studio Events: Carrie Mae Weems

    Jack Shainman Gallery
    513 West 20th Street
    New York City
    April 21, 2010

    An ICI members’ favorite in last year’s New York Studio Events survey, Carrie Mae Weems will take us on a private visit of her exhibition at Jack Shainman Gallery, unlocking the secrets behind the imagery in her new work. This is a special preview of the exhibition, exclusively for iCI members, held on the evening before the opening. Weems’ recent feature on art:21, which aired this Fall on PBS, showed her insatiable passion for history. In 40 years of artistic practice, she has mined the history of American photography, exhorting its spirits to come back to life. She has brought to American photography a reflective body of work that has time and again exposed much of the American imagination and collective unconscious.

    This event is for ICI Members at the $500 level and above only.

  • New York Studio Events: Rashid Johnson

    Rashid Johnson's Studio
    March 18, 2010

    On March 18th, join us at Rashid Johnson’s Brooklyn studio for an intimate look at the artist’s newest work, and an opportunity to better understand the ways in which this prolific artist successfully manages to work across media, in sculpture, photography and film. Set up to coincide with his current solo exhibition at the Upper East Side’s Salon 94 (which we strongly encourage you to see beforehand), this will be a timely opportunity to catch up with an artist whose career has shot up in recent years, with solo exhibitions in Europe and across the United States. At Salon 94, Johnson presents a sculptural installation that turns the domestic space of the townhouse’s ground floor into a trophy room to The Sweet Sweet Runner, a character portrayed in an accompanying film. In this manipulation of pop culture relics and artifacts, like in his photographic portraits of split identities behind faint smoke screens, Johnson is on a consistent quest for shifting notions of social and personal history, politics and spirituality.

    This event is for ICI members at the $500 level and above only.

  • New York Studio Events: Jeffrey Vallance

    Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
    521 West 21st Street
    New York City
    January 9, 2010

    Our first event of the Spring series will feature a preview of Relics & Reliquaries, a selection of Jeffrey Vallance’s assemblages at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in Chelsea. Vallance is an iconic American figure. An artist who has investigated the various intersections of art history and suburban Americana, he looks at the world around him at times like a poet, at others in the manner of an anthropologist. Since the mid-1970s, he has explored the religious, the secular and the political, in his diverse practice including painting, sculpture, assemblage of “relics” and performative interventions, always with optimism and humor. His “relics” and “reliquaries”, collected by the artist over the years, are complex objects imbued with memories and histories, which take on surprising new meaning in these assemblages. As Vallance walks us through them, they become open portals into this fascinating artist’s mind.

    This event is for ICI Members only.