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#InTheLoop | Open for Art! SculptureCenter Unveils Two New Exhibitions on Sept. 24
SculptureCenter has been “Covid-closed” for the past few months, but NYC’s only contemporary art museum dedicated primarily to sculpture is ready to open on Thursday, Sept. 24.
And the Long Island City gem is going to unveil two new exhibitions!
Tishan Hsu’s “Liquid Circuit” is the New York-based artist’s first museum survey exhibition in the United States, although it’s a second run for the show which displayed at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles earlier this year.
Hsu’s art is greatly influenced by his architecture studies at MIT and the East Village social scene of the 1980s. He uses tiles in tribute to apartment interiors and alkyd, resins, and urethane as hat tips to emerging, modern industries. “Liquid Circuit” consists of roughly 30 key sculptures, wall reliefs, drawings, and media work from 1980 to 2005 as well as architectonic paintings and sculptures from the 1980s. It looks at how art responds to — and processes — the pressing questions of the time when it’s created.
British-born, New York-based Jesse Wine mostly works with ceramics. Favoring a second-hand industrial kiln, he specializes in multiply glazed, remarkably textured pieces of varying colors, shapes, forms, and hues.
“Imperfect List” is also his first U.S. solo museum exhibition. It features a wide variety of works, ranging from larger-than-life, abstracted figures, to segmented, floor-bound pieces displaying fragments of dexterous limbs and living room furniture, to modernist buildings and a fleet of small trucks.
Located at 44-19 Purves St., ScuptureCenter is a converted trolley repair shop. In 2014, the museum finished a major, multi-million-dollar renovation that added a bookshop, coatroom, seating area, and restrooms to 6,500 square feet of unique exhibition spaces on two levels. The venue also boasts a 1,500-square-foot, enclosed courtyard for outdoor displays.
Images courtesy of ScultpureCenter: Hsu (above) and Wine (below)