Jacquelyn Strycker (b. 1981). Crazy Quilt, 2021. Sewn risograph on cotton stuffed with polyfill. 41 × 38 1⁄2 inches. Courtesy the artist. © Jacquelyn Strycker.
The Inaugural Exhibition for its Emerging Artist Program
Curated by Carmen Hermo with Robin Siddall
Print Center New York | 535 W 24th St, New York
On View June 1–August 25, 2023
Opening Reception: June 1 | 6–8PM
Print Center New York is pleased to present New Voices: On Transformation, the inaugural exhibition of a new, open call program providing eight emerging artists with a focused group exhibition and related opportunities. This exhibition will provide a critical exploration of work by Aaron Coleman (b.1985, lives in IN), Julia Curran (b.1988, lives in CA), Juana Estrada Hernández (b.1995, lives in KS), Lois Harada (b.1988, lives in RI), Nina Jordan (b.1964, lives in NY), Farah Mohammad (b.1993, lives in NY), Jacquelyn Strycker (b.1981, lives in NY), and Eriko Tsogo (b.1990, lives in NY), accompanied by a publication and artist-led public programming. The exhibition was curated by Carmen Hermo, the Associate Curator for the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, with assistance from Robin Siddall, Exhibitions and Programs Coordinator at Print Center New York.
For the pilot year of New Voices, curator Hermo encouraged open call applicants to consider their work in terms of transformation. This could reference a perspective or expectation, a social or political reality, a traditional process or medium, or knowledge of the self, encouraging an open-ended reading. Artists were invited to explore questions such as: Are we living through end times, or a new dawn? Do our technologies imagine new ways of being, or rehash old problems in new packaging? Can an artistic approach—a material or process, visual language or scale—alter meaning? Or is it the other way around?
“While devising the open call theme, ‘transformation’ felt pertinent not just in regards to the intense social and political upheavals that intercede in today’s status quo; it also fittingly reflected Print Center New York’s approach to New Voices. Exploring the applications was a thrill and a joy, and out of a large pool of incredible printmakers and artists engaging the medium, I was inspired by the fantastic, forward-thinking use of print exemplified by the final cohort. Much of their work situates the medium, the moment, or the role of the viewer at a threshold: a site of potential or active transformation. The eight artists in On Transformation activate and expand printmaking in their explorations of life and death, truth and history, and belonging within the home, our surroundings, or ourselves.” –Carmen Hermo
The application for the 2024 cycle of New Voices will be open July 1–August 31, 2023, and selected finalists will be notified by November 2023. Cohort members will be selected by January 2024. Full program details, including application process and expectations of selected artists will be announced soon on Print Center New York’s website.
About Carmen Hermo
Carmen Hermo, Associate Curator for the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, leads the pilot year of New Voices. Hermo curated Baseera Khan: I Am An Archive (2021–22); Kameelah Janan Rasheed: Are We Reading Closely? (2020); and Roots of The Dinner Party: History in the Making (2017); and was part of the curatorial collective behind the critically- acclaimed Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall (2019). She organized the Brooklyn presentations of Andy Warhol: Revelation (2021–22); and Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985 (2018). Previously, Hermo was Assistant Curator for Collections at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and has worked with the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Other curatorial projects have been presented at A.I.R. Gallery and Hirshhorn Museum, and her writing has appeared in ArtNews, BOMB Magazine, Women’s Art Journal, and more. She received her B.A. in art history and English from the University of Richmond and her M.A. in art history from Hunter College.
About New Voices
New Voices is an annual summer program providing six to eight emerging artists with a focused group exhibition at Print Center New York’s new ground-floor space at 535 West 24th Street in Chelsea. This exhibition will provide a compelling critical exploration of the artists’ work, and will be accompanied by a publication and artist-led public programming expanding on the season’s themes. Artists will be brought to New York for a three-day convening that includes an opening reception and other in-person learning and networking opportunities. For six months following the exhibition’s opening, artists will meet virtually as a group and receive individualized resources for professional and artistic development. Artists will receive an honorarium of $2500 for their participation in the program and financial support for associated exhibition costs. For full program details, including information about the curatorial process, program timeline, and expectations of selected artists, please visit https://www.printcenternewyork.org/new-voices.
Print Center New York
Print Center New York is the leading non-profit exhibition space in New York dedicated to exploring the dynamic and accessible medium of print within broader artistic and cultural discourses. Print Center New York engages audiences in a welcoming environment, both onsite and online, through interdisciplinary exhibitions, innovative scholarship, educational programming, and digital resources. A 501(c)(3) institution, Print Center New York depends on foundation, government, individual support, and members’ contributions to fund its programs. Having opened a new, ground floor space at 535 West 24th Street in October 2022, designed by architect Markus Dochantschi of studioMDA, Print Center New York significantly expanded public access and programming capacity.
About New Voices Supporters
Print Center New York is grateful to all of our supporters for making this inaugural presentation of New Voices possible. This project is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additionally, this project is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.
Print Center New York is also grateful to The Wolf Kahn Foundation and The Emily Mason | Alice Trumbull Mason Foundation for establishing The Emily Mason – Wolf Kahn Artist Development Fund. This Fund fosters connections and advancement within the printmaking community by supporting artists’ professional development opportunities with cohorts, critics, gallerists, printers, and publishers.