TEAM WORKS: A Collective Benefit for Six NYC Arts Nonprofits

T eam Works is a collective benefit for six New York City-based nonprofits - Creative Time, Performance Space New York, Printed Matter, Socrates Sculpture Park, Storefront for Art and Architecture, and Swiss Institute - that produce, promote, exhibit, and support the work of living artists. As peers with distinct missions and areas of interest, these organizations have come together in this unprecedented time, to create a new model for a collective benefit sale.

An essential part of New York’s cultural landscape, these six art organizations provide a vital point of access between artists and the public. They support artists at early stages in their careers, bring overlooked work into view, and encourage risk-taking departures from what is already known. From innovative exhibitions to radical performance; from community art projects to public sculpture; artist books to the creation of entirely new forms, they have helped myriad artists at pivotal moments in their careers.

A number of today's leading artists have contributed significant artworks to assist these New York organizations in continuing to thrive. Proceeds from each sale will go directly to funding these six nonprofits to further their essential missions.

Creative Time

Over the past four decades, Creative Time has commissioned and presented ambitious public art projects with thousands of artists throughout New York City, across the country, around the world—and now even in outer space. Our work is guided by three core values: art matters, artists’ voices are important in shaping society, and public spaces are places for creative and free expression. We are acclaimed for the innovative and meaningful projects we have commissioned, from Tribute in Light, the twin beacons of light that illuminated lower Manhattan six months after 9/11, to bus ads promoting HIV awareness, to Paul Chan’s production of Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, and much more. In partnership with a variety of well known cultural institutions and community groups, we have commissioned art in unique landmark sites from the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Governors Island, and the High Line, to neglected urban treasures like the Lower East Side’s historic Essex Street Market, Coney Island, and New Orleans’s Lower 9th Ward. We are committed to presenting important art for our times and engaging broad audiences that transcend geographic, racial, and socioeconomic barriers.

Performance Space: New York

At Performance Space New York—an open performance and exhibition space—diverse media such as visual art, moving image, dance, theater, publications, and music enter into a vigorous dialogue. Founded by artists in the heart of the East Village as PS122, Performance Space has a long history as a pioneering force. Through our earliest Open Movement events, Avant-Garde- Arama, Coil Festivals, our new Themed Series Presentations, and thousands of commissioned artists and projects, Performance Space has made a significant contribution to the contemporary arts - 2020 marks our 40th Anniversary.

Printed Matter

Printed Matter's mission is to foster the distribution, understanding and appreciation of artists' books and related publications. In addition to the main bookstore in Chelsea and the satellite store Printed Matter/St Marks in the East Village, Printed Matter's website, one of the world's largest bibliographic databases of artists' books. Printed Matter also produces a full schedule of public programming around artist book and publishing themes, through exhibitions, a publishing program, and events including the NY and LA Art Book Fairs.

Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park is a community engaged New York City waterfront park dedicated to supporting artists in the production and presentation of public art. Known for fostering ambitious and visionary artworks, Socrates has presented more than 1,000 artists and their works on its five waterfront acres, providing them the financial support and fabrication facilities to create large-scale sculptures and projects in the public realm. The Park is a producer and presenter of contemporary public art exhibitions, host to multi-disciplinary performances, events, community activities and an arts educator. Socrates’ believes creative expression is essential to the survival, humanity and enrichment of our society and urban environment. The Park is open 365 days a year from 9am — sundown and admission to our exhibitions, programs and park access and activities are always free and all are welcome! Socrates Sculpture Park programs, operates and maintains the land under an agreement with New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Land Acknowledgment: Socrates Sculpture Park is on the ancestral land of the Canarsie, Lenape, and Matinecock people.

Storefront for Art and Architecture

Storefront for Art and Architecture advances innovative and critical ideas at the intersection of art and architecture. Storefront’s programming focuses on issues of the built environment and public life, providing platforms for dialogue, collaboration, and experimentation by a diverse group of artists, architects, students, scholars, practitioners, and members of the public. Through activations at its iconic Kenmare Street gallery space and elsewhere, Storefront encourages projects and conversations that cross disciplinary, geographic, and ideological boundaries. Founded as an independent artist-run space in 1982, Storefront has since presented the work of over one thousand architects and artists.

Swiss Institute

Swiss Institute is an independent non-profit contemporary art institution dedicated to promoting forward-thinking and experimental art making through innovative exhibitions, education, and programs. Committed to the highest standards of curatorial and educational excellence, Swiss Institute serves as a platform for emerging artists, catalyzes new contexts for celebrated work, and fosters appreciation for under-recognized positions. Open to the public free-of-charge, Swiss Institute seeks to explore how a national perspective can foster international conversations in the fields of visual and performing arts, design and architecture.

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