Thread Lines and Xanti Schawinsky
Please join us Thursday, September 18th for the opening reception of Thread Lines and Xanti Schawinsky: Head Drawings and Faces of War.
In the Main Gallery and Lab, Thread Lines will highlight the expressive and conceptual possibilities of line, with an emphasis on its making. This group exhibition will disabuse the idea that drawing is simply putting pen to paper, framing it instead as an open-ended act in which lines can be woven, stitched, knit, even embodied. Featuring sixteen contemporary artists who use textile in a variety of formats (embroidery, weaving, collage, and performance).
In the Drawing Room we will host an exhibition of first generation Bauhaus artist Alexander ‘Xanti’ Schawinsky’s prolific oeuvre which encompasses a range of social and political investigations. Xanti Schawinsky: Head Drawings and Faces of War will focus on Schawinsky’s work on paper from the 1940s. These works, including several “War Heads” and “Theme and Variation on a Face: Walter Gropius,” break from the Utopian optimism of the early Bauhaus and its later iterations in the United States.
This event is FREE and open to the public.
Image: (Detail) William J. O'Brien, Untitled, 2013, Felt on felt, One of Six parts each: 23 7/8" x 19 3/4"
An evening walkthrough of Thread Lines with Curator, Joanna Kleinberg Romanow and participating artists Robert Otto Epstein, Sam Moyer, Jessica Rankin, Elaine Reichek, and Drew Shiflett.
Image: Lenore Tawney, Union of Water and Fire, 1974, Linen, 38 x 36 inches
Anne Wilson Performance
To Cross (Walking New York)
After discovering that The Drawing Center’s SoHo building was originally built in 1866 for the Positive Motion Loom Company, Chicago-based artist Anne Wilson conceived of her latest site-specific performance that will use the main gallery’s four central columns as a weaving loom. Recalling the physical structure and operations of the loom itself, the piece’s four participants will “walk” around the twelve foot columns, carrying a spool of thread to form a standard weaving cross (a method used to keep warp threads in order). The durational performance, which will take place over the course of two months, will result in the fabrication of a five by thirty-four foot sculpture: a colorful cross composed of innumerable strands of thread.
Sat, Sept 20, 12:30-5:30pm
Sun, Sept 21, 12:30-5:30pm
Sat, Sept 27, 12:30-5:30pm
Sun, Sept 28, 12:30-5:30pm
Sat, Oct 4, 12:30-5:30pm
Sun, Oct 5, 12:30-5:30pm
Sat, Oct 11, 12:30-5:30pm
Sun, Oct 12, 12:30-5:30pm
Thurs, Oct 16, 2:30-7:30pm
Sat, Oct 18, 12:30-5:30pm
Sun, Oct 19, 12:30-5:30pm
Thurs, Oct 23, 2:30-7:30pm
Sun, Oct 26, 12:30-5:30pm
Sat, Nov 1, 12:30-5:30pm
Sun, Nov 2, 12:30-5:30pm
The performance will occur in conjunction with the exhibition Thread Lines, on view in the Main Gallery from September 19th-December 24th. The exhibition admission ticket also includes this performance.
Kimsooja Film Screening
Thread Routes- Chapter 1
On view September 18 – October 2, Wednesday-Sunday
Korean artist Kimsooja will premiere the first in a series of six 16mm films that document the performative elements of varied forms of indigenous textile construction. Thread Routes - Chapter I, 2010 explores the Peruvian weaving culture set amid the highlands of Machu Picchu.
Xanti Schawinsky: Head Drawings and Faces of War
Join Brett Littman, the Executive Director of the Drawing Center and curator of Xanti Schawinsky: Head Drawings and Faces of War, for a walkthrough of the exhibition.