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 Park’s 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.
*click on an artist’s name to learn more about their project
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 Emerging Artist Fellowship and The Socrates Annual are made possible with generous support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, Cowles Charitable Trust, 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.