THE SOCRATES ANNUAL
October 1, 2017 – March 11, 2018
Opening: October 1, 2017 (3:00 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.
Socrates Sculpture Park is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Emerging Artist Fellowship, whose work will be presented this fall in The Socrates Annual exhibition. From now through September, 15 EAF artists are working on-site at Socrates’ open-air studios, negotiating the opportunities and challenges of producing art in the public realm, and culminating in The Socrates Annual exhibition that will open to the public on October 1, 2017. The fellowship program and annual exhibition is a cornerstone of Socrates Sculpture Park’s dynamic visual arts programming, and offers a singular opportunity for rising artists to experiment with ambitious, large-scale public art.
The 2017 artists are:
Tali Keren and Alex Strada
Sreshta Rit Premnath
David B. Smith
These individuals join the ranks of over 250 artists who have received fellowship 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.
The culminating exhibition – The Socrates Annual (formerly known as The Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition) – is distinct in its mission to foster individual artist projects rather than present an overarching theme, and the current selected artists will join the ranks of EAF alums such as Hank Willis Thomas (EAF06), Wade Guyton (EAF03), and Sanford Biggers (EAF01).
The points of departure vary for the 15 artist projects selected for the 2017 Socrates Annual. Among the projects featured will be Tanda Francis’s Take Me With You, which conjures the image of a head bowed to drink water, as if from the East River, and acts as a meditation on basic human needs and the resources often taken for granted. Doreen Garner investigates the dark history of medical violence against black bodies through a series of glass show globes magnifying bodily silicone fragments. Gordon Hall enlarges and transforms the ball-and-claw foot form, traditional in 18th century furniture, into seating for the public. Pairing a panoramic image of a field of crumbling busts of past American presidents with an audio component, Tali Keren and Alex Strada’s collaboration calls into question common political and national narratives.
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 and the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.
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; the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation; the Lambent Foundation Fund of the Tides 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.