Part of Town:
Long Island City
Cosima von Bonin: Who’s Exploiting Who in the Deep Sea? A collaboration between SculptureCenter and Glasgow International, this exhibition of the work of Cosima von Bonin examines the German artist’s fascination with the sea. Commonly evoked in her works, but rarely made explicit, the ocean is an organizing thematic. A mysterious underworld with its beaches populated by sun-seeking vacationers, these two opposing sides of the sea—as sun-filled and leisurely in contrast to the dark, deep, and unknown—operate as a metaphor in much of von Bonin’s work. Manifested through sculptures of creatures like lobsters and sharks, as well as large bikinis and lifeguard stands, the exhibition investigates this thread through von Bonin’s work.
The exhibition is co-curated by SculptureCenter Curator Ruba Katrib and Glasgow International Director Sarah McCrory and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated publication.
SculptureCenter has been an active contributor to New York City’s cultural community since 1928. Originally founded as “The Clay Club” by Dorothea Denslow, SculptureCenter renamed itself in 1944 and in 1948 moved to a carriage house on East 69th Street in Manhattan. Here it established a ground floor gallery space dedicated solely to sculpture with workshops and studio space on the upper floors. Over the course of the next half-century, as the field of sculpture expanded and evolved, SculptureCenter’s exhibition and education programs have as well. In 2001, SculptureCenter purchased a former trolley repair shop in Long Island City, Queens. The building was redesigned by artist and designer Maya Lin, and includes 6,000 square feet of interior exhibition space and a 3,000 square foot outdoor exhibition space. In 2014, the building was expanded and renovated by Andrew Berman Architects.