THE SOCRATES ANNUAL
October 1, 2017 – March 11, 2018
Opening: October 1, 2017 (1:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
Each year Socrates presents an exhibition of artworks made by artists awarded the Park’s Emerging Artist Fellowship. Conceived for the landscape and produced on-site in our outdoor studio over the course of the summer, the artworks respond to the Park’s unique spatial and social environment.
Fifteen artist fellows are selected annually from an open call process with no specific thematic parameters – the only criteria is exceptional work. The points of departure for each artist project featured in the 2017 exhibition vary, including a failed Presidential amusement park, 18th century Chippendale and Queen Anne style furniture motifs, mobile home landscape and architecture, and New York City’s urban soccer leagues, among others. Yet, as artists are always reflective of and responsive to their surrounding historical, economic, political, and social climate, certain nodes of interest emerge from this show. Among these are structures and hierarchies of power, alternative perspectives within the act of looking, and uncovering of hidden histories.
The 2017 artist fellows join the ranks of over 250 artists who have received grants for producing work at Socrates since the Park’s inaugural grant in 1995 and the formalization of the Emerging Artist Fellowship in 2000.
We are grateful for the participation and insight of our 2017 Curatorial Advisors, Eugenie Tsai, the Barbara and John Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Melissa Levin, Vice President, Cultural Programs, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and thank them for thoughtfully reviewing this year’s proposals.