Video still of Kenneth Tam's All of M. Courtesy of the artist.

SculptureCenter in Long Island City is facing some very busy months.

The contemporary art museum, which is located in a cavernous converted trolley repair shop, will hold a reception to celebrate the opening of two exhibitions on Sunday, Jan. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m.

One is Banu Cennetoğlu’s first solo show in the United States. This cross-disciplinary Turkish artist uses photography, installation and printed matter (i.e. images and texts) to contemplate the individual human as related to the world’s complex geopolitical forces. She likes to demonstrate that the personal is political — and the political is personal.

The exhibition includes a moving image work — for which Cennetoğlu decided not to choose a title — that presents the totality of her visual archive from June 10, 2006 to March 21, 2018.

The other one is the multi-faceted “In Practice: Other Objects,” which presents new work by 11 artists and artist teams that explore the relation between objecthood and personhood. Part of the ongoing “In Practice” series, which began in 2013, the pieces in this show were chosen from an open call. The assignment was to capture the moment when a body becomes a thing — or a thing stands in for a body.

For example, Takming Chuang’s clay sculptures look at how value is assigned to bodies and objects as they age. Meanwhile, a video installation by Sara Stern charts connections between the industrial and the organic. Kiyan Williams engages earth as a material and metaphor linked to Blackness, diaspora, and transgressive identity via geophagy (consuming dirt) by slaves in the Americas.

Both expositions will be on display until March 25.

Located at 44-19 Purves St., SculptureCenter was originally founded as The Clay Club in Brooklyn in 1928. Over the following decades, it changed its name, moved twice, and tweaked its mission while maintaining a focus on promoting sculpture and emerging artists. In 2001, the nonprofit purchased its present site, which was then renovated as per direction from Maya Lin, the landscape artist who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. After a multi-million-dollar renovation in 2014, the venue now has 6,500 square feet of exhibition space on two levels and a 1,500-square-foot courtyard for outdoor exhibitions.

Courtesy of Banu Cennetoğlu.


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