Past Events

Gala Honoring Lynda Benglis and Peter Stevens
Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 6:30 PM

Metropolitan Pavilion
123 West 18th Street

Join us at our Gala on Wednesday December 8th to honor artist Lynda Benglis and Peter Stevens, Director of the Estate of David Smith. The Gala is a festive event featuring cocktails, dinner, entertainment and, this year, will be held at the Metropolitan Pavillion. Tickets start at $750 and all proceeds will benefit SculptureCenter's exhibition program.


Ursula von Rydingsvard Studio Visit
Saturday, November 13, 2010, 11:00 AM
Member Event

An intimate visit and conversation with Ursula von Rydingsvard in her expansive Brooklyn studio. Von Rydingsvard is best known for creating large-scale, often monumental sculpture from cedar beams, which she painstakingly cuts, assembles, glues, clamps, and laminates, finally rubbing powdered graphite into the work's textured, faceted surfaces. This visit precedes her major traveling exhibition Ursula von Rydingsvard: Sculpture, 1991 - 2000 opening at SculptureCenter on January 23, 2011. Space is limited and we anticipate this event to fill quickly so please reserve your spot early.


SculptureCenter welcomes the NY Art Book Fair,
presented by Printed Matter, Inc.ý

Saturday, November 6, 2010, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Please join us Saturday, November 6, 2010, 7-9 p.m. for a party in celebration of the NY Art Book Fair, featuring a performance by artist Lara Schnitger

Admission to this event is FREE


JJ PEET at On Stellar Rays
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Member Event

SculptureCenter's New Art Network will visit of JJ PEET's exhibition Shadow at the Lower East Side gallery On Stellar Rays. Candice Madey from On Stellar Rays and PEET will both be present for a conversation surrounding the exhibition. PEET's second solo show at the gallery includes recent paintings, ceramics, by-weekly video screenings, and a modular and mobile painting studio from which he has been working since June.


Guts of Darkness
Saturday, October 9, 2010, 5:00 PM

Recorded sound, live music and spoken word are mixed in a performance within the installation Your Hero is a Ghost in SculptureCenter's courtyard. Candidate is Lovett/Codagnone, and Michele Pauli and will be joined by DJ AJ Slim and Emma Decorsey.


Opening for Fall Exhibitions
Sunday, September 12, 2010, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for the Opening of Lara Schnitger: Two Masters and Her Vile Perfume, Your Hero is a Ghost by Lovett/Codagnone with Tom Zook, Elizabeth Neel: Stick Season and new In Practice Projects.


Member Preview of Fall Exhibitions
Sunday, September 12, 2010, 3:30 PM
Member Event

Please join us for a special Member Preview of SculptureCenter's Fall Exhibitions. Executive Director Mary Ceruti will speak about the two Artist-In-Residence projects Lara Schnitger: Two Masters and Her Vile Perfume and Lovett/Codagnone with Tom Zook: Your Hero Is a Ghost. Curator Fionn Meade will also be on hand to talk about Elizabeth Neel: Stick Season and a new round of In Practice projects. Several of the artists will be present to talk about their work as well.


SculptureCenter at Astoria Water Walk
Sunday, August 8, 2010, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Come visit SculptureCenter and artist Colin Snapp at the Astoria Water Walk for and afternoon of High Fructose Painting.

Using a rotating roll of canvas participants will apply popsicle tubes and bars directly on the canvas to create their own abstractions. The final product will be a 30 ft collaborative painting that will change form over time and ultimately mold. This collaboration illuminates the relationship between food and art in the most obvious yet sometimes under-looked way.


Knight's Move Catalog Launch
Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 7:00 PM

SculptureCenter's New Art Network, a membership group for young collectors, arts professionals, artists, and art enthusiasts, hosts a special event celebrating the launch of the Knight's Move exhibition catalog. A survey of new sculpture in New York, Knight's Move is accompanied by an exhibition catalog featuring profiles of the nineteen participating artists, a curator's essay, and design by Chad Kloepfer.

In addition to picking up a copy of the catalog, hear exhibiting artist Alexandre Singh lead a performative nineteen minute tour that touches on all nineteen artists. Exhibiting artists Nikolas Gambaroff and Matt Sheridan Smith's Nowhere for Nothing (New York Stoop), 2007-10, will host a special event outside the exhibition space as well.

Live music by Alex Simon Group and cocktails!


Studio Visit with Mika Tajima
Thursday, July 8, 2010, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Member Event

Please join SculptureCenter for an intimate conversation and drinks with artist Mika Tajima at her Bushwick studio in Brooklyn. Tajima will be speaking about her artistic practice and sculptural installation The Extras, currently on view in the exhibition Knight's Move. Space will be very limited so RSVP early to guarantee your spot.


Knight's Move Performance Program:
Joanna Malinowska, Anna Ostoya, Alexandre Singh, and New Humans

Saturday, June 26, 2010, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

An afternoon and evening of programs begins with a participatory gathering hosted by Joanna Malinowska exploring the reversals and excess of gift exchange, and continues with a visual consideration of violence and desire by Anna Ostoya, and a performative lecture by Alexandre Singh on tangential thinking. A live set by Mika Tajima and New Humans concludes the evening.

Image: Joanna Malinowska, String Quintet for 2 Cellos, 2 Violas and a Corpse (performance still). Courtesy of the artist.


Artists in Conversation: David Brooks and Erin Shirreff
Sunday, June 20, 2010, 2:00 PM
Member Event

A special conversation and drinks with David Brooks and Erin Shirreff. Brooks and Shirreff, who are both currently showing work at SculptureCenter's Knight's Move and PS1's Greater New York, will be speaking about their work on site at both locations, drawing parallels between the pieces that they have presented at each of these exhibitions. The talk will start at MoMA PS1, and then move up the street to SculptureCenter.

Place: MoMA PS1 (meet on the front steps),
2225 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY

Please RSVP to 718.361.1750 or email

Image: David Brooks, Partially Buried Boardwalk (with observation tower), 2010. David Brooks, Terra Incognitae - Rainforest Canopy (Cronos version), 2010. Erin Shirreff, UN 2010, 2010.


Incohative Listening + Centerless Portrayal
Yuji Agematsu, Circuit Des Yeux, Tom Kovachevich, Mother Earth, and Tom Thayer

Thursday, June 3, 2010, 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM

An immersive evening of music and live performance features Tom Thayer's eccentric combination of sound, puppetry, and animation; Yuji Agematsu's durational exploration of New York City via slide projection and field recordings; and solo performances by Circuit Des Yeux (Haley Fohr), Tom Kovachevich, and Mother Earth (Kyle Clyde and Dylan Hay) throughout the building and courtyard.

Organized by Keith Connolly and Jay Sanders

Image: Tom Thayer, Witchy Toy Ride, 2008, mixed media, 15x14x11".


Laphroaig - Lagavulin - Margarita
Charles Bernstein and Josef Strau

Sunday, May 16, 2010, 3:00 PM

Poet, theorist, and literary scholar Charles Bernstein joins artist and writer Josef Strau for an afternoon reading that delves into the restless framing and re-framing of art, language, and life in New York, Berlin, and various elsewheres. Charles Bernstein is the author of more than forty books, including All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems (2010), published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux. Artist and writer Josef Strau has experimented with the roles of curator, musician and gallerist, co-founding the legendary Friesenwall 120 in Cologne, Germany, and operating Galerie Meerrettich (2002-2007) in Berlin until relocating to New York.

Organized and introduced by Jay Sanders.

Images: Josef Strau, Untitled, 2008. Courtesy of Greene Naftali, New York. Charles Bernstein by Cecila Grönberg.


Opening for Summer Exhibition
Sunday, May 2, 2010, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for the opening of Knight's Move. With a special music performance by the No Neck Blues Band.

Image: Uri Aran, All This Is Yours (Detail), Mixed Media, 2010.


No Neck Blues Band
Sunday, May 2, 2010, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Stalwarts of the experimental music scene, the seven-member music collective No Neck Blues Band, also known as NNCK, punctuates the opening reception with inimitable grooves and ritual improvisation.

Image courtesy of David Nuss


Expanded, Exploded, Collapsed?
Monday, April 19, 2010, 6:30 PM

ScuptureCenter at the New School
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor
Admission: $8
Free for all students as well as SculptureCenter members and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with ID

With panelists Johanna Burton, Josiah McElheny, and William Pope.L
Moderated by Fionn Meade

Thirty years on from Rosalind Krauss' seminal text Sculpture in the Expanded Field, a panel of artists and critics reconsiders the concept of the "expanded field" in light of contemporary art production. The discussion reflects upon how performative, discursive, and design models developed since the essay's publication may have shifted the formal, political, and semiological parameters of sculpture today.

Presented by SculptureCenter in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.

Image: William Pope.L, Eating the Wall Street Journal, 2000. Performance, newspaper, toilet, milk, ketchup.


Lucky Draw 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 6:00 PM

Lucky Draw is a spirited art raffle that guarantees every ticket holder a work of art. Approximately 150 artists donate works for the benefit of SculptureCenter and we only sell as many tickets as we have artwork. The order in which the artworks are selected is determined by a lively and suspenseful random drawing. This is a great event that draws both novice and experienced collectors. Give it a try!


João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva
Monday, March 8, 2010, 7:30 PM

Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue

Described as "poetic philosophical fiction", João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva's 16mm films explore and interpret the uncanny through acts of magnetism, transference, and material transformation. Influenced by alchemy, science fiction, ethnography, and speculative philosophy, their silent films question the boundaries of the perceivable world through short, enigmatic scenarios. Having represented Portugal at last year's Venice Biennial, Gusmão and Paiva (collaborators since 2001) will present a selection of their highly suggestive meditations on the paranormal, including recently completed 35mm works.

Part of the SculptureCenter exhibition Leopards in the Temple, the filmmakers will be on hand.


SculptureCenter Armory Show Tour
Saturday, March 6, 2010, 11:00 AM
Member Event

This tour is now full, no further reservations can be accepted

Join SculptureCenter for an exclusive members-only tour of the Armory Show at Piers 92 and 94, on Saturday, March 6 at 11:00 AM. Led by ARTime co-founder and contemporary art historian Dorothea Basile, the tour will focus on sculpture, taking us from the Modern section at Pier 92 to this year's latest works on view at Pier 94's Contemporary section. If you are a SculptureCenter member and would like to RSVP, contact Erin Pierson at


Morse Collection Visit
Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Member Event

Join us for a very special visit to the private collection of Barbara and Howard Morse. Barbara and Howard are passionate and informed collectors and patrons who were early supporters of Cady Noland, John Miller, Andrea Fraser and others. They rehang the collection in the Manhattan apartment regularly and this installation revolves around themes of seriality, appropriation, and representation and features work by Tom Burr, Ann Collier, Michael Krebber, Klara Liden, Josephine Pryde, and Seth Price among others.

Image: Tom Burr, propped perfume, 2008. Plywood, paint, steel hinges, steel thumbtacks, vintage magazine ads, steel cable, feather boa.  


Silver and Salt
Monday, January 18, 2010, 7:30 PM

Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue

Exploring the dissonance between object and image, Silver and Salt is a program of artists' films that avoid cinematic narrative. While narrative has become increasingly sophisticated and atomized within contemporary culture, this program presents alternative ways of relating to objects as images. From Nashashibi/Skaer's exploration of the Metropolitan Museum at night, Flash in the Metropolitan (2006), to the visual and linguistic interplay of John Smith's Associations (1975), this program highlights ruptures in the relationship between the filmed object and the image that it becomes. Marie Menken explores sculpture in four dimensions in Visual Variations on Noguchi (1945), Lois Rowe's Argument from Design (2006) constructs an absurdist monologue around a glass house, and Margaret Salmon's PS (2002) excavates the tensions of pastoral images and a sun-bleached suburbia.

Films selected by artist Lucy Skaer and curator Isla Leaver-Yap. A conversation with Skaer and Leaver-Yap follows the screening.


Opening for Winter Shows
Sunday, January 10, 2010, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM