Image courtesy apexart.

(image courtesy apexart)

Following a one-month submission period and one-month voting period, apexart announces the winning exhibition proposals from the apexart NYC Open Call. These three exhibitions will go into production for the organization’s 2019–20 exhibition season.

apexart Open Call exhibitions are selected through a crowdsourced voting process, in which hundreds of anonymous proposals are rated online by an international jury of more than 400 people. Professional connections and personality do not matter, as jurors only review the written proposal idea, communicated in 500 words or less. Exhibition proposals selected this way ensure that the ideas are uniquely compelling, and reflect the consensus of hundreds of people who want to see them transformed from a proposal into an exhibition.

This Open Call, three proposals were selected from 463 submissions and rated by 400 jurors who cast nearly 13,000 votes. Submissions and jurors came from more than 71 countries.

The Winners of the NYC Open Call Proposals for 2019–2020 are:

  • Elizabeth Breiner, Curator and critic, and cofounder / editor of nineteensixtyeight (London, UK)
    A Silence that Silences
    Rogues’ galleries — 19th-century photographic exhibitions showcasing the earliest incarnations of modern-day mug shots — offer a point of departure for this exhibition examining the entwined history of photographic portraiture and criminality. Selected works will interrogate the common tools and formats of artistic, bureaucratic, and juridical portraiture, and expose those aesthetic codes that homogenize otherness and enforce a pervasive principle of “guilty until proven innocent.”
  • Sam Gordon, Artist and cofounder of Gordon Robichaux curatorial agency (New York City, USA)
    Souls Grown Diaspora
    Souls Grown Diaspora is an exhibition that explores a generation of leading contemporary visionary African American artists from the wider United States, and situates their work into an art-historical lineage shaped by the Great Migration. The exhibition traces how the migration, the movement of six million African Americans from the rural South, between 1916 and 1970, to urban centers such as New York, Chicago, and Detroit, produced a new wave of self-taught artists whose work addresses a range of revelatory social and political subjects.
  • Marianna Tsionki, Research curator at the CFCCA & University of Salford (Manchester, UK)
    Meteorological Mobilities
    Meteorological Mobilities urges a radical rethinking on the way we act collectively upon climate change as planetary citizens. Far from promoting planetary catastrophism, exotic miseries, and passive resistance, the works on view aim to raise awareness of climate injustice and challenge the dominant political power of the countries and corporations which are primary contributors to climate change.

Read the original proposals, and find out more about how to submit to apexart’s International Open Call that will be held in February 2019. To become a juror for the next Open Call, visit