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.




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.




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.