The Paper Sculpture Manual

  • Ester Partegàs, Things You Don't Like, 2003.

  • Ester Partegàs, Things You Don't Like, 2003.

  • Pablo Vargas-Lugo, Infinite Compassion, 2003.

  • Pablo Vargas-Lugo, Infinite Compassion, 2003.

  • Seong Chun, Craft-Proof, 2003.

  • Seong Chun, Craft-Proof, 2003.

  • Eve Sussman, Goggles for Kaleidoscope Eyes, 2003.

  • Rachel Harrison, Straws and Spitballs, 2003.

  • Minverva Cuevas, Homemade MVC Student ID Card (detail), 2003.

  • Minverva Cuevas, Homemade MVC Student ID Card (detail), 2003.

Curated by Mary Ceruti, Matt Freedman, Sina Najafi

Lively and unconventional, The Paper Sculpture Show explored the nature of the art object and the identity of the artist as a traveling exhibition from 2003-07. Twenty-nine international artists and artist collaboratives each contributed a design for a three-dimensional sculpture that could be assembled out of paper by museum visitors.

As many around the world are experiencing social distancing and orders to stay home, ICI is sharing the designs from The Paper Sculpture Show as a downloadable, printable, and shareable manual to take you away from your screens and recreate art experiences in domestic spaces.

Interactive, nonconformist and witty, The Paper Sculpture Manual still raises many questions about authorship, original versus copy, art and craft, product and process, two dimensional and three dimensional objects, ... Now the question is: what are YOU going to make? #thepapersculpturemanual

Artists: Janine Antoni, The Art Guys, David Brody, Luca Buvoli, Francis Cape and Liza Phillips, Seong Chun, Minerva Cuevas, E.V. Day, Nicole Eisenman, Spencer Finch, Charles Goldman, Rachel Harrison, Stephen Hendee, Patrick Killoran, Glenn Ligon, Cildo Meireles, Helen Mirra, Aric Obrosey, Ester Partegàs, Paul Ramírez Jonas, David Shrigley, Eve Sussman, Fred Tomaselli, Pablo Vargas-Lugo, Olav Westphalen, and Allan Wexler

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The Paper Sculpture Manual is based on The Paper Sculpture Show, a traveling exhibition curated by Mary Ceruti, Matt Freedman, and Sina Najafi in 2003 and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), Cabinet, and SculptureCenter. The Paper Sculpture Manual is made available to art spaces internationally free of charge, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and made possible by ICI’s Board of Trustees and contributors to ICI’s Access Fund.

(Left) Paul Ramírez Jonas, Breath, 2003. (Center) Fred Tomaselli, Guide for Spring Molt and Courtship Display, 2003. (Right) Stephen Hendee, Binding Sites, 2003.


Mary Ceruti

Mary Ceruti is the Executive Director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. Before joining the Walker in January 2019, Ceruti served for 19 years as the Executive Director and Chief Curator of SculptureCenter in Long Island City, NY. During her SculptureCenter tenure, she spearheaded two major building projects, including a $5 million capital campaign in 2014. Mary has organized dozens of solo and group exhibitions of contemporary art, and curated special projects and commissions by more than 50 emerging and established artists, including Nairy Baghramian, Sanford Biggers, Monica Bonvicini, Alejandro Cesarco, Liz Glynn, Leslie Hewitt, Mike Kelley and Michael Smith, Katrín Sigurdardóttir, Xaviera Simmons, and Mika Tajima, among many others. Prior to SculptureCenter, Mary worked as an independent writer and curator with various arts institutions and agencies, including the San Francisco Arts Commission and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. From 1992-1998, Mary served as the Director of Programs at Capp Street Project, an acclaimed international residency program where she commissioned large-scale, site-specific installation projects in San Francisco by artists such as Janine Antoni, Mona Hatoum, Gary Hill, Cildo Meireles, and Fred Wilson. She began her career as a Curatorial Assistant at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Mary holds a dual BA in Philosophy from Haverford College and in Art History from Bryn Mawr College. She received her MA from the Inter-Arts Center at San Francisco State University after pursuing an in-depth study of community-based public art projects. Mary helped establish the Long Island City Cultural Alliance, was formerly on the Board of Directors of the Long Island City Partnership, and has served on numerous cultural advisory boards, including the Sunnyside Yard Steering Committee and the Park Avenue Sculpture Committee.

Matt Freedman

Matt Freedman (1957-2020) was an artist, performer, writer, curator and teacher based in Ridgewood, Queens. He organized or co-curated shows at SculptureCenter, FiveMyles Gallery, Long Island University and PS1-MoMA, among other places. He and Tim Spelios performed the ongoing Endless Broken Time percussion, drawing and talking performance series at Studio 10 and other venues since 2014 His graphic memoir Relatively Indolent but Relentless was published for Seven Stories Press in 2014.  He taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at Sierra Nevada University.

Sina Najafi

Sina Najafi is editor-in-chief of Cabinet magazine and executive editor of Cabinet Books. Najafi has curated or co-curated a number of exhibitions and projects, including “School of Death” (Pompidou Center, 2016; Family Business, 2013), “A Collector’s Album of Traitors, Traders, Translators and Experientialists” (Sharjah Biennial, 2011), “The Bubble” (Canadian Centre for Architecture, 2010), “Jaime Davidoich: The Live Show!” (Cabinet, 2010), “The Museum of Projective Personality Testing” (Manifesta 7, Trento, 2008), “Sivan vs. Finkielkraut,” (Documenta, 2007), “Philosophical Toys” (Apex Art, 2005), and “Odd Lots: Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark’s Fake Estates” (White Columns and Queens Museum of Art, 2005). Together with Jeffrey Kastner, he commissioned and edited the twenty-four essays in the catalogue for the 2013 Venice Biennale exhibition “The Encyclopedic Palace.” He is currently working on an exhibition on string as an artistic medium and, together with Joann Warsza, on an exhibition on Warren Niesluchowski and ontological homelessness.


touring schedule

The Paper Sculpture Show
This exhibition toured to 20 venues from 2003 – 2007.

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