Call for Submissions: For Which it Stands
A contemporary art exhibition at the Old Stone House & Washington Park
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 15, 2018
Katherine Gressel, curator
Old Stone House Great Room, front garden, and gardens in J.J. Byrne Playground
(for public art)
Exhibition dates: August 23-October 7, 2018 (subject to slight change)
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The Old Stone House & Washington Park (OSH) seeks artist proposals for For Which it Stands, a group exhibition considering the who, what, where and when of flag design and display. Inspired partly by ongoing debates over the use of the Confederate flag in the United States (and the appropriate treatment of American and other national flags), the exhibition will ask, are there certain people, places, or events that are especially deserving (or undeserving) of flags? What role do flags play in acts of protest, pride, community unification, and healing? What types of flags should we design or resurrect for our contemporary communities, especially in Brooklyn/NYC?
From Jasper Johns to Barbara Kruger to Dread Scott, the past century is ripe with examples of artists engaging with the American Flag both formally and conceptually. We are open to including 1-2 artists who continue this tradition by utilizing the American flag (or other national flags) in innovative and timely ways. The bulk of the show, however, will focus on artists who call attention to more obscure flags or design their own. Interested artists will have the opportunity to visit OSH to learn about the little-known flags associated with the American Revolution and colonial Brooklyn, as well as local community organizations, to inspire site-specific work. We are especially interested in commissioning original flags to hang in the house and throughout the surrounding Washington Park, and artwork created with the participation of local community groups–please contact OSH in advance if you’d like us to help try to match you with a community partner organization.
Projects in all media are welcome (though see “exhibit specifications” section below for specific requirements). We are also open to temporary indoor or outdoor event proposals that engage with this theme, from both artists and community organizations. Artists are especially encouraged to propose community workshops that complement artwork on view in the gallery (as opposed to stand-alone events). Note due to our busy event calendar, the only dates open for public programs are Sunday afternoons September 23 and 30, and Friday, October 5 for a closing event, as well as opening night on Thursday, August 23.
Please email the following to Katherine Gressel, curator at firstname.lastname@example.org, by 11:59 PST on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, with the email subject line with “OSH Flag Submission”
- Brief description (approx. 1 paragraph or 500 words) of proposed project–please address how it engages the exhibition theme!
- Up to 10 images/videos of the proposed project and/or related work, or send links to images/videos online. Sketches of proposed new work are ok. Please attach a work sample script explaining the content of the work samples, or link to captions online. NOTE: if you are proposing a public program/performance, please share info on any related programs/events you have previously produced.
- Funding request (if any): OSH is dedicated to offering at minimum a $150 honorarium for all participating artists. Additional funds may be available, especially to cover materials/transport costs for new and site-specific work.
- Attach or link to artist resume or bio
***Please title the email subject line with “OSH Flag Submission”***
** Artists/organizations are encouraged to contact the curator in advance to discuss ideas or to arrange a studio visit, and to visit the OSH exhibition space (see below) **
The Old Stone House (OSH) is a reconstructed Dutch colonial farmhouse/historic museum located in Park Slope’s Washington Park/J.J. Byrne Playground. The playground and house restoration were first developed by Robert Moses in the 1930s, but the land surrounding the house made history long before then as the site of the 1776 Revolutionary War Battle of Brooklyn, and as a 19th Century Brooklyn Dodgers practice field.
Artists are highly encouraged to view the OSH floor plan, and visit https://theoldstonehouse.org/exhibitions/ and http://brooklynutopias.wordpress.com to see past exhibition images. You are welcome to contact Kim Maier, OSH Executive Director, directly at email@example.com and Katherine Gressel, curator at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment to visit the house or discuss specific installation needs.
- Works will primarily be on display in OSH’s 2nd Floor Great Room gallery, though there may be potential for site-specific work in the park outside, gardens, stairwell, or lobby.
- The Great Room is a multi-purpose space that will also be used for a variety of public and private events during the show’s run—therefore, work must be securely hung on walls–either from masonry screws or a picture rail–or otherwise fastened to a permanent surface in the room. There is little space for 3-dimensional work indoors, though small three- dimensional installations are sometimes possible, i.e. on window sills, small shelves, the stairway landing, small pedestals, or other furniture. The concrete walls do not accommodate small nails or pins.
- We have two small and one large monitors available for video work, and a wi-fi enabled ipad for web-based displays. With some exceptions, artists are responsible for obtaining their own AV equipment. Note: we can only show a minimal amount of video work in each exhibition, given the multi-purpose nature of our space. Projection-based video is normally not feasible in our gallery, but please contact the curator if you’d like to inquire about possible exceptions to this.
- Outdoor work will be exhibited within 100 feet of the Old Stone House, and must be in keeping with Parks Department specifications for public art. Such projects should be discussed in advance with OSH Executive Director Kim Maier. Please note outdoor projects are vulnerable to both harsh weather conditions, and theft or vandalism as the park cannot provide 24-hour security.
- Note: OSH is unable to insure the artwork