Originally named The Clay Club, the SculptureCenter has long been at the center of New York's contemporary art scene. Founded in 1928 as a loose network of Brooklyn artists, the center has evolved into an international organization with the mission "to connect artists and audiences" through sculpture. Presenting primarily comissioned work, the SculptureCenter is one of the most artist-centric spaces in the city, offering not just exhibition space, but full institutional support to emerging and established sculptors.
What You Will See
The center does not maintain its own collection. Instead, it funds several commissions throughout the year to encourage contemporary experimentation in the field of sculpture. Exhibits change regularly, each utilizing the center's unique gallery space in a creative, new way. Exhibits feature solo retrospectives as well as thematic group collections. This is one of the most creative gallery spaces in New York.
Why You Should Go
While sculpture is ubiquitous in contemporary art and can be found represented in galleries across the city, The SculptureCenter has been celebrating the expression of the medium since its founding in 1928. Decades of experience connecting emerging and established artists with the public ensures that exhibitions at the SculptureCenter are engaging, creative, accessible, and represent the latest trends in contemporary art.
The Sculpture Center reopens with a retrospective of the British sculptor Jesse Wine. Dozens of small and large works are installed (and sometimes hidden) throughout the museum's raw, labyrinthine lower level. From large-scale human legs to tiny tractor-trailers, wander through the tunnels to discover the variety of work by this specialist in clay.
Tishan Hsu's training as an architect has significant influence over his contemporary sculpture and installations. The Sculpture Center reopens by hosting Hsu's first museum survey in the United States and celebrates the on-going influence of this unique and creative artist. Explore not only the many sculptures but also drawings, reliefs, and paintings from the 1980s and 90s.