Founded by artists in 1928, SculptureCenter is a not-for-profit arts institution in Long Island City, NY dedicated to experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture. SculptureCenter commissions new works and presents exhibitions by emerging and established, national and international artists. Our programs identify new talent, explore the conceptual, aesthetic and material concerns of contemporary sculpture, and encourage independent vision.
Over the past decade, SculptureCenter has presented works by more than 750 emerging and established artists, many of whom have shown at SC early in their careers or held their first major solo presentation in New York, including: Anthea Hamilton’s first solo museum show in the United States, Lichen! Libido! Chastity! (2015), which was nominated for the 2016 Turner Prize, Cosima von Bonin's Who's Exploiting Who in the Deep Sea? (2016), and the first United States presentation of the Cercle d'Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise (2017).
Other notable artists who have exhibited at SculptureCenter include: Nairy Baghramian, Bill Bollinger, Sanford Biggers, Tom Burr, Liz Glynn, Jeppe Hein, Camille Henrot, Leslie Hewitt, Rashid Johnson, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Sanya Kantarovksy, Agnieszka Kurant, Jumana Manna, Rita McBride, Magali Reus, Ugo Rondinone, Aki Sasamoto, Gabriel Sierra, Michael E. Smith, Katrín Sigurdardóttir, Michael Smith and Mike Kelley, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Nancy Rubins, and Anicka Yi. SculptureCenter presents an exciting series of special projects by emerging artists through In Practice, an open call program, and offers a dynamic series of public programs and events that feature artist talks, performances, film screenings, and concerts, as well as a publications.
SculptureCenter’s major exhibition and operating support is generously provided by grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the Kraus Family Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the A. Woodner Fund; Jeanne Donovan Fisher; and contributions from our Board of Trustees and Director’s Circle.
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