Contemporary Istanbul hosts reception in New York
NEW YORKTo celebrate its 10th year, the Contemporary Istanbul (CI) will host an event at the New Museum in New York on May 18. The New Museum is a staple in New York’s contemporary art scene, located in a groundbreaking building in New York’s Nolita district on the Bowery.
The reception, which will be held as part of the New Museum Triennial, will bring together many collectors, art professionals and Turkish artists.
Turkish contemporary artist Aslı Çavuşoğlu, one of the 51 artists exhibiting at this year’s Triennial, will discuss her work as well as her practices, including “Long Ago Person Found” (2015), which is on display at the exhibition.
Prominent collectors, curators and gallerists, as well as important players of the art world, will be welcomed by CI Chairman Ali Güreli. Güreli, in his reception speech, will focus on contemporary Istanbul’s status as a global brand in the arts and speak further about the relationship between art and cities, including the where’s and how’s of future possible art cities.
A signature initiative of the New Museum, the Triennial is the only recurring international exhibition in New York City devoted to early-career artists from around the world.
The Triennial’s predictive rather than retrospective model embodies the institution’s 37-year commitment to exploring the future of culture through the art of today. The third iteration of the Triennial is titled “Surround Audience” and is co-curated by New Museum Curator Lauren Cornell and artist Ryan Trecartin.
Founded in 1977, the New Museum aims to discover new and fresh art, an approach shared by CI.
The reception will be organized with the support of Leyla Alaton, a member of the International Leadership Council Members, along with support from the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Turkish collector Ahmet Kocabıyık is among the supporters of the New Museum Triennial.
CI’s special milestone
The 10th edition of CI will take place between Nov.12 and 15 this year. In anticipation of this very special milestone, CI has gathered professionals and opinion leaders to create its selection committee.
The committee includes collector Nathalie Mamane Cohen, curator and collector Freda Rozenbaum-Uziyel, gallery owner Kerimcan Güleryüz, and CI’s artistic director and pre-eminent international curator, art critic and art historian, Marc-Olivier Wahler. The committee recently met in Brussels to evaluate a total of 189 art galleries from 32 cities.