Joan Mitchell Foundation 2020 Recipients of Painters & Sculptors Grants


Lahore Biennale

January 26 - February 29

The second edition of the Lahore Biennale (LB02), between the sun and the moon, taking place between January 26 and February 29. Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi, the director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, the exhibition will focus on the Global South—“where ongoing social disaffection is being aggravated by climate change”—and will be held at various cultural and heritage sites throughout the city of Lahore, Pakistan, including the Gaddafi Stadium and the Lahore Museum.

Lahore, Pakistan


Otherwise Obscured: Erasure in Body and Text

September 21, 2019- January 26, 2020

Franklin Street Works fall group exhibition is curated by Danilo Machado and explores how tactics of erasure can be used to uphold systems of oppression and colonization, but can also be counterpoints—artists can turn a subtractive act into an additive one, poke holes in the colonizer’s language and logic, and queer temporal spaces and histories. Otherwise Obscured examines relationships between the erasure of text through redaction and illegibility and the erasure of bodies through policy and violence. The exhibition’s title riffs on poet Ángel García’s definition of erasure in the 2019 essay Lessons on Erasure.

Franklin Street Works
41 Franklin Street
Stamford, CT 06901


Trajectory: FiveMyles

October 19 - December 15

Curated by Charlotta Kotik with William Corwin

“The exhibition has been organized to honor and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this unconventional Brooklyn art space that, for the past two decades, succeeded in presenting innovative experimental work all the while being engaged with the local community and its needs. FiveMyles gallery and performance space was established in the heart of Brooklyn’s Crown Heights and named after Myles Tierney, a photo-journalist with the Associated Press. Myles’ interests had always been the decolonization of the African continent, and he documented the resulting wars and struggles. He was killed in Sierra Leone in 1999.

FiveMyles is dedicated to experimentation in visual arts and performance, while keeping in mind that a certain degree of eclecticism allows for coexistence of varied formal expressions that can serve multiple community needs. The present exhibition mirrors the vision of FiveMyles. It champions diversity points of view, forms and experiences, and brings together recent works by artists who were featured in past exhibitions as well as those whose work does conceptually fall into the credo of the place.”
-Charlotta Kotik

558 St. Johns Place
Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY


All water has a perfect memory.

September 15 - December 1

Wave Hill revives its generated@wavehill commissioning program with Bahar Behbahani’s site-specific program, developed with arts and education staff, as well as others on staff, for the Herbert and Hyonja Abrons Woodland. Behbahani takes a poetic approach to using water and garden imagery as metaphors to engage social and environmental issues. She worked with interns in Wave Hill's youth programs this summer to develop the project.

Wave Hill
675 West 252nd Street
Bronx, NY 10471


What's Love Got to Do with It?

August 16 - September 15

What’s Love Got to Do with It? is an exhibition about love—the banality of love, but also its radicality; the labor of love; and working in the name of love while experiencing an increasingly precarious existence. At once a universal discourse, a recurring subject of inquiry, and a persistent theme in art—from Archaic Greek poet Sappho, to twentieth-century Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw and to American cultural critic bell hooks—love is as democratic as drawing is. Organized by Rosario Güiraldes and Lisa Sigal, Open Sessions Curators.

The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street
SoHo, New York, 10013


Figuring The Floral

July 21 - December 1

Figuring The Floral features artists who use flowers to explore representations of identity, including race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation and aging.
Wave Hill
675 West 252nd Street
Bronx, NY 10471


CIVIC WOMEN:community visions

July 27 - August 3

The two year cross-cultural collaborative project kicked off at the ArtMill Barn Gallery July 29, 2018. It is part of a larger co-operation that ArtDialogue is engaging with other art + farmers + civic groups across Europe culminating in the 30 year anniversary of the "Artists' Revolution" in former Czechoslovakia. Curated by Lydia Matthews.

Strakonicka, 16
Horaždovice 34 101
Czech Republic


Short Shadows: Bahar Behbahani and Jon Wang

Friday, March 29, 7:30pm, Studio 1-Goodman

Bringing together the work of New York-based artists and filmmakers Bahar Behbahani and Jon Wang, this event expands the format of the Short Shadows moving image series to include elements of performance, painting, and architecture. The evening will engage themes and processes of displacement and longing, as well as narratives of transformation that run through Wang and Behbahani’s work.

8th Street and College Avenue
Troy, NY 12180


New Works: Group Show

February 9 - March 30

New Works, a group show of new and recent works by Bahar Behbahani, Seokmin Ko, Gwenn Thomas, Soo Im Lee, Filipe Rocha da Silva, and Il Lee. The disparate works by the six artists in New Works are a vital reflection of the rich pluralism of today’s contemporary art world.

Art Projects International
434 Greenwich Street
Tribeca, New York, 10013



Creative Capital Award-2019