Pauline Kim Harris
In response to Abdelkader Benchamma's Representation of Dark Matter, violinist Pauline Kim Harris will give a pop-up performance of J. S. Bach's monumental Chaconne, breathing music into the "astronomical vortex" of the large-scale drawing in The Drawing Center's stairwell as a closing ceremony for the year-long installation. The happening will be recorded by Holly Sass and filmed by Matilda Sakamoto.
Audience is asked to attend wearing black and white attire, and will be invited to gather in the Stairwell for the back-to-back, ten-minute performances.
Violinist Pauline Kim Harris is renowned for her groundbreaking classical and avant-garde performances. A Grammy-nominated artist, Pauline has recently released a solo recording of John Zorn’s Passagen for Solo Violin on Tzadik Records as well as a full-length album of music by Eric Lyon, entitled The Book of Strange Positions, with her violin duo String Noise on Northern Spy Records. She is a member of the S.E.M Ensemble, Ostravská Banda, Ensemble LPR, Wordless Music Orchestra, and the Music Director of the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company.
Image: Photograph by Chris Bradley.
Please join us Thursday, October 6 for the opening receptions of Cecily Brown: Rehearsal, Olga Chernysheva: Vague Accent, Open Sessions 8: Planes and Corridors, and Gary Simmons: Ghost Reels.
The event is FREE and open to the public.
This October in our Main Gallery, The Drawing Center presents Cecily Brown: Rehearsal, the artist’s first solo museum show in New York and the first exhibition dedicated to her drawings. Arranged thematically, the more than eighty small drawings, large-scale works, and sketchbooks on view will foreground Brown’s iterative reworking of motifs from her wide-reaching arsenal of source material.
In our Drawing Room gallery, Olga Chernysheva: Vague Accent is a series of drawings the Moscow-based artist made during a month-long visit to New York in November 2015. This new work is a departure for the Chernysheva: although she has depicted the urban landscape throughout her career, her focus has been her home country.
Concurrently in the Lab Open Sessions 8: Planes and Corridors is a group exhibition which considers drawing as a shifting outline around narratives of alienation, proximity and distance. The exhibition includes artists Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, Eric Ramos Guerrero, Nsenga Knight, Lei Lei, James Mercer, Edwin Torres and Ezra Wube.
In addition, for our next stairwell wall drawing Gary Simmons will create a text-based work consisting of names of African-American actors and actresses from the early days of silent film. The artist describes the installation, whose scroll-like format recalls movie “credit-crawls” frozen in mid-motion, as invoking “the memories of actors that have been blurred in the history of Hollywood film…".
Cecily Brown, Untitled (Paradise), 2014. Watercolor, ink, and ballpoint pen on paper, 14 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
Join Cecily Brown and Senior Curator Claire Gilman in a walkthrough of the exhibition. Attendees will receive a limited-edition coloring book featuring works from the show.
Cecily Brown, Untitled (Ladyland), 2012. Watercolor, gouache, and ink, 18 1/8 x 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson.
The Artist's Eye
As part of The Drawing Center’s new series The Artist’s Eye, New York-based artist Terry Winters will lead a walk-through of Cecily Brown: Rehearsal. Well-known for drawings, paintings, and prints that reference systems and spatial fields, Winters’s work often develops in series, using repetition to comment on the formal intricacies of visual representation.
The Artist’s Eye program celebrates the institution’s upcoming (2017) 40th anniversary by inviting an artist who has previously shown at The Drawing Center to share his or her perspective on a current exhibition. These artist-led tours provide in-depth consideration of one artist’s work by another, highlighting drawing’s expansive reach and reinforcing the centrality of the artist’s viewpoint to The Drawing Center’s mission.
Cecily Brown, Untitled (After Bosch and Boldini), 2015. Watercolor and pastel on paper, 79 x 51 1/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson.