Socrates Sculpture Park is pleased to announce the opening of L.I.C, NYC, an exhibition of artists working in Long Island City, Queens. Presented as part of the Park’s 20th anniversary year, the exhibition highlights and celebrates the area’s remarkable creative community, featuring works from a broad spectrum of generations and mediums.
L.I.C., NYC includes the participation of Flux Factory, a Long Island City-based collaborative with artists: Jean Barberis, Mikey Barringer, Jason David Brown, Paul Burn, Daupo, Andrea Dezsa, Kerry Downey, Ellie Ga, Christy Gast, Stefany Anne Golberg, Chris Hackett, Aya Kakeda, Miwa Koizumi, Ruby Kwon, Fabienne Lasserre, Marie Lorenz, Eleanor Lovinsky, Brian Matthews, Morgan Meis, Ian Montgomery, Nick Normal, Adrian Owen, Douglas Paulson, Annie Reichert, Duke Reilly, Anthony Rhoads, Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria, Ksenya Samarskaya, Marco Scoffier, and David Felix Sutcliffe.
L.I.C., NYC also includes a video component, L.I.C., NYC VIDEO, a three-part series curated by Andra Salerno. Socrates will host three different screenings during the course of the exhibition on Sunday, May 6, at 5pm; Wednesday, May 30, at 7pm; and Sunday August 5, at 7pm.
Jason Hackenwerth uses balloons to create sculptures that are both intricate and monumental in scale. Because of the ephemeral nature of his works, Hackenwerth will design three pieces for L.I.C., NYC that will be viewable in the Park for a limited period after their construction. The first piece will debut on Sunday, May 6, 2007 in conjunction with the L.I.C., NYC exhibition opening; the second piece will premiere on Thursday, June 21 in conjunction with Socrates’ annual Summer Solstice Celebration; and the third piece will be presented on Sunday, July 22.
Additionally, The Noguchi Museum will present a panel discussionon May 13, 2007 in conjunction with L.I.C., NYC, titled Long Island City: Sculptural (re)Generations. Presented as part of the Museum’s monthly series, Second Sundays: Dialogues on Art, Architecture, and Design, Long Island City: Sculptural (re)Generations will gather contemporary Long Island City sculptors to discuss their experiences creating in this unique artists’ community and how artists were the catalyst for the development of LIC as a cultural destination. Second Sundays are held at The Noguchi Museum on the second Sunday of each month at 3:00pm and are free with The Noguchi Museum admission. For more information visit http://www.noguchi.org/public_programs.html.
This exhibition is made possible by the dedication and support of our volunteers and friends and by the generosity of: Altria Group, Inc.; Lily Auchincloss Foundation; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Vivien & David R. Collens; The Cowles Charitable Trust; Monroe Denton; Mark di Suvero; Foundation For Contemporary Arts, Inc.; Maxine & Stuart Frankel Foundation; Hugh J. Freund; The HWG Fund, Inc.; Agnes Gund & Daniel Shapiro; Independence Community Foundation; The Peter T. Joseph Foundation; Terrence & Elizabeth Karpowicz; Gabrielle & Herbert Kayden; The Abby & Mitch Leigh Foundation; Michael A. Manfredi & Marion Weiss; Jennifer McSweeney; Ronay & Richard Menschel; Ivana Mestrovic; JPMorgan Chase; Margaret T. Morris Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts;; Gerry & David Pincus; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.; Brooke Kamin & Richard Rapaport; Gabrielle and Donald M. Rattner: Paragon Paint and Building Company; The Ross Foundation; Von Rydingsvard & Greengard Foundation; Rev. Alfred R. Shands III; Mr. & Mrs. Thomas W. Smith; Masako Somogye; Starry Night Fund of Tides Foundation; Strypemonde Foundation; The Van Lier Fund in The New York Community Trust. Special thanks to the City of New York, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, City Councilmember Eric Gioia, and the Department of Parks & Recreation, Commissioner Adrian Benepe. Socrates Sculpture Park is grateful for the generous contributions made by The Compleat Sculptor, Inc., Materials for the Arts, Plant Specialists and Spacetime C.C. This exhibition is funded, in part, by the Visual Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Socrates Sculpture Park, a member of the Long Island City Cultural Alliance (LICCA), is proud to participate in “Summer in LongIsCity” opening weekend on May 5th and 6th, 2007, highlighting the diverse and dynamic programming presented by LICCA member organizations: Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Museum of the Moving Image, The Noguchi Museum, P.S.1 Conte