As we mentioned this past summer, SculptureCenter is poised to celebrate their newly expanded facility, and are doing so with a terrific event on Sunday, October 5. This is essentially a “grand re-opening” and also a community day.
First, there will be a ribbon cutting—to open the newly expanded building—with NYC Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl and New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer. You’ll also get to hear a performance by the Long Island City Music Academy Court Square Youth Choir, and there will also be an official co-naming of Purves Street as Sculpture Street. This will all likely start on the early side of the afternoon.
A variety of family-friendly activities are planned from noon to 3 p.m. Here is what you can expect for the day:
- Exhibition tours
- Official opening of the inaugural exhibition, Puddle, pothole, portal
- Nail art by Vanity Projects
- Photo booth by LAZY MOM (artists Josie Keefe and Phyllis Ma)
- Comic book-making contest judged by artists Paul DeMuro and Meghan Turbitt
- Art-making activities with Alex Schmidt, AKA Body Positive
- Face painting
- Food from local vendors, beverages from Rockaway Brewery Co.
Then from 3 to 5 p.m., Lemonade will perform a DJ set in SculptureCenter’s courtyard. On top of all this, museum admission fees will be waived all afternoon!
Mary Ceruti, SculptureCenter’s Executive Director and Chief Curator, says, “We are delighted to introduce our newly expanded and improved building to our community in Long Island City and beyond. The event will give our visitors the chance to see how SculptureCenter will utilize our spaces as a platform to explore current and compelling themes in contemporary art originating in New York City and across the globe.”
We are looking forward to checking out the new expansion, 2,000 square feet of new space on top of what is already there. It makes room for new exhibit space, of course, but also a new lobby, seating area, coatroom, restrooms, and retail space.
If you’re curious about the inaugural exhibit, Puddle, pothole, portal, read on:
Puddle, pothole, portal, curated by Ruba Katrib, Curator, SculptureCenter, and artist Camille Henrot, will fill the entire building to inaugurate the expansion and renovation. The exhibition will feature works, many of them newly created, by Olga Balema, Joachim Bandau, Camille Blatrix, Teresa Burga, Antoine Catala, Abigail DeVille, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Judith Hopf, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Allison Katz, Mark Leckey, Maria Loboda, Win McCarthy, Danny McDonald, Marlie Mul, Mick Peter, Chadwick Rantanen, Lucie Stahl, Saul Steinberg, Keiichi Tanaami, Lina Viste Grønli and Jordan Wolfson.
Incorporating a sense of wonder and humor, concepts surrounding animation and cartooning are expanded into an exhibition that enacts a similar sort of hysteria around flatness and depth in relation to technologies, real and illusory spaces—physical, virtual, internal and external. Several of the exhibiting artists will engage the new spaces as Camille Blatrix’s singing mailbox waits for an important letter to arrive, and once it does, you have to find the key to read it; Allison Katz opens a new dimension through a site-specific painting incorporating the architecture of the exhibition space; and Marlie Mul, superimposes images of band-aids onto the surrounding environment.
SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St, Long Island City, NY 11101, (718) 361-1750, sculpture-center.org