THE SOCRATES ANNUAL
October 1, 2017 – March 11, 2018
Opening: October 1, 2017 (3:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
Artists: Joe Bochynski, Paul Branca, Tanda Francis, Devra Freelander, Doreen Garner, Gordon Hall, Tali Keren & Alex Strada, Valerie Piraino, Ronny Quevedo, Sreshta Rit Premnath, Amy Ritter, Moeinedin Shashaei, David B. Smith, Laura Swanson, Wang Xu
A failed Presidential amusement park, 18th century Chippendale and Queen Anne design motifs, mobile home landscape and architecture, and New York City’s urban soccer leagues are among the points of departure for the 15 distinct artist projects selected for The Socrates Annual, opening at Socrates Sculpture Park on October 1, and running through March 11, 2018. Participating artists, whose diverse range of medium include mosaic, cast concrete, glass, and painting, were selected by Socrates Director of Exhibitions, Jess Wilcox, and the Park’s 2017 Curatorial Advisors: Eugenie Tsai, the Barbara and John Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Melissa Levin, former Vice President, Cultural Programs, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
The 2017 Socrates Annual participating artists are:
Tali Keren and Alex Strada
Sreshta Rit Premnath
David B. Smith
The Socrates Annual – formerly known as The Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition – is an annual exhibition of new public art that addresses the most urgent issues of today. It is distinct in its mission to foster individual artist projects rather than present an overarching theme. The 2017 participating artists join the ranks of over 250 artists who have received artist fellowships for producing work at Socrates since the Park’s inaugural artist grant in 1995.
Artist fellowships at Socrates Sculpture Park present a singular opportunity to create ambitiously scaled outdoor works by offering studio and fabrication facilities on site; past fellows include Hank Willis Thomas (2006), Wade Guyton (2003), Orly Genger (2004), and Sanford Biggers (2001).
The exhibition will be accompanied by a digital catalogue to be added to a growing digital library of e-publications and videos available at socratessculpturepark.org/digital.
The Socrates Annual is made possible, in part, with funding from the Jerome Foundation, the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Socrates Sculpture Park’s major exhibition and operating support is generously provided by grants and contributions from Bloomberg Philanthropies; Charina Endowment Fund; Cowles Charitable Trust; Mark di Suvero; the Sidney E. Frank Foundation; Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation; Lambent Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation; Lily Auchincloss Foundation; Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation; Ronay and Richard Menschel; Ivana Mestrovic; Plant Specialists; the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation; the Thomas W. Smith Foundation; and contributions from our Board of Directors. Additional support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; as well as contributions from many generous individuals.