A contemporary art exhibition at the Old Stone House & Washington Park
March 14 – June 14, 2019
Open Call for Artist Submissions
SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: November 30, 2018, 11:59pm PST
Curator: Katie Fuller
Old Stone House Great Room, front garden, and gardens in Washington Park
(for public art)
Race and Revolution: Reimagining Monuments is putting out an open call to emerging artists of all media whose work relates to and engages in conversation with the themes related to who, how, and what we memorialize in New York City. We would like to view completed works that address this topic and/or proposals for work related to the topic.
Reimagining creates space for us to consider the people and events that shaped New York City’s history, whether positively or negatively. We should reflect on why we have grand sculptures depicting men who were known oppressors but have no reminders of profound events like the New York Draft Riots. New York City has a complicated history, and it is arguably the greatest city in the world. Let us use Reimagining Monuments as an opportunity to access all of the city’s complexities and to honor how its often challenging past has shaped it into the diverse, energetic, thriving, creative mega-destination that it is today.
Race and Revolution is an ongoing curated art project that challenges the legacy of systemic racism in the United States by placing excerpts from historical documents with contemporary artworks that center around a theme. For Race and Revolution: Reimaging Monuments artists will be asked to envision and create new monuments, not necessarily to replace the existing monuments but to add depth and truth to New York’s compelling history, or to propose monuments for sites they feel lack any representation. Historical documents and/or photos will be placed next to the artwork. Each primary source will reveal the sentiment of its time, shedding light on how memorializing has limited a truer understanding of US history.
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).
TO SUBMIT: Please email the following to Katie Fuller, curator, at email@example.com, by 11:59 PST on Friday, November 16, 2018, with the email subject line “OSH Monuments Submission:”
- Brief description (approx. 1 paragraph or 500 words) of the 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 Monuments 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 that 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and curator, Katie at email@example.com 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 prepared to 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 monitor 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.
- When considering the work keep in mind that OSH works with many school groups; therefore, proposals should reflect the audience. For example, we do not encourage graphic nudity, violence, or profanity, though exceptions to this can be discussed. If creating a 3D piece, it is best to work with materials that can withstand being handled.
- Note: OSH is unable to insure the artwork
Artists are encouraged to submit a monument they would like to reimagine, or they may choose from the following sites:
Slave Market – Wall St between Pearl and Water
Colored Orphan Asylum – Fifth Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Street
The Wall at Wall St – built by enslaved men and boys to protect the Dutch from the Lenape
South Street Seaport – disembarkation point from ships for enslaved Africans
American Museum of Natural History – Theodore Roosevelt equestrian statue
National Museum of the American Indian – The Four Continents sculptures by Daniel Chester French
Black Panther Party Offices – See map of locations here.
Young Lords Offices – The offices in East Harlem – Or the First Spanish Methodist Church (See December 1969 for info on the church occupation.)
Christopher Columbus – Columbus Circle