The Socrates Annual 2019
October 5, 2019 – March 8, 2020
Opening: October 5, 2019 (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
Artists: Jesus Benavente, Tecumseh Ceaser (Native Tec), Martina Onyemaechi Crouch-Anyarogbu (MOCA), Rachelle Dang, Chris Domenick, Hadi Fallahpisheh, Jes Fan, Hadrien Gérenton & Loup Sarion, Paul Kopkau, Alva Mooses, Marius Ritiu, Martin Roth, Gabriela Salazar, Lucia Thomé, Workers Art Coalition (WAC)
Each fall, Socrates presents an exhibition of new commissions made by artists awarded ‘The Socrates Annual’ fellowship. Produced on-site in our outdoor studio over the course of the summer, these artworks engage the Park’s unique history, landscape, and surrounding community.
For the 2019 exhibition, projects range from a soundscape conflating the sounds of animals and man-made objects to a monument to the invasive Ailanthus plant. Approaches vary among collaborative investigations of authorship and visibility, the re-contextualization of domestic motifs, and the examination of biological material, among many others.
Ranging from fantastical to anecdotal to pedagogical, this year’s artists use a variety of narrative strategies. Several artist projects examine storytelling’s many material manifestations, from an homage to a Native American myth in which North America exists on a turtle’s back to a suggestion that a giant has fallen asleep under the Park’s blanket of grass, its exposed nose becoming refuge for a wandering monitor lizard.
‘I Still Remember You Mijo’–>
By Jesus Benavente
‘Honoring the People of Sewanhaky’–>
By Tecumseh Ceaser (Native Tec)
By Martina Onyemaechi Crouch-Anyarogbu (MOCA)
‘Seedbox: Trees of New York’–>
By Rachelle Dang
By Chris Domenick
‘The Blind Man’–>
By Hadi Fallahpisheh
‘what I no see, no can do’–>
By Jes Fan
‘THE BIG SLEEP’–>
By Hadrien Gérenton & Loup Sarion
‘Yard Shadow: Nokia & Samsung’–>
By Paul Kopkau
‘Se entra bailando/You enter dancing’–>
By Alva Mooses
‘Rock’n Roll (Sisyphus Part II)’–>
By Marius Ritiu
By Martin Roth
‘Access Grove, Soft Stand’–>
By Gabriela Salazar
‘Monument to Your Stinky Tree’–>
By Lucia Thomé
By Workers Art Coalition (WAC)
We are grateful for the participation and insight of our Curatorial Advisors, Jennie Lamensdorf, Director, Art-in-Buildings; and Rosario Güiraldes, Assistant Curator, The Drawing Center, and thank them for reviewing this year’s proposals.
‘The Socrates Annual’ fellowship and exhibition are made possible with generous support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, Cowles Charitable Trust, The Devra Freelander Fund, Jerome Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, with additional support provided, in part, by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.