The Artist's Eye
As part of The Drawing Center’s new series The Artist’s Eye, We present an exhibition walkthrough of Exploratory Works: Drawings from the Department of Tropical Research Field Expeditions with artist Alexis Rockman.
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.
Wednesday, April 26, 6:30pm
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Image: Isabel Cooper, Basilicus basiliscus. Guyana, c. 1919-24, Watercolor and pencil on paper, 11 x 14 inches. Copyright Wildlife Conservation Society, reproduced by permission of the WCS Archives.
Marginalia: Open Sessions 10
In conjunction with Marginalia: Open Sessions 10, please join us for a program featuring Morgan Bassichis; E. Tammy Kim; and Sheryl Oppenheim and Janelle Poe.
Morgan Bassichis will lead a short, moving workshop that will equip audience members with multiple skills that are, frankly, very important. E. Tammy Kim will discuss the language and politics of "borders," in connection with the art on display. Janelle Poe will read selections from “Black & White Studies” and, alongside artist Sheryl Oppenheim, discuss permeating artistic, sociopolitical, ideological and physical boundaries in their work and beyond.
Morgan Bassichis lives in New York and performs live comedic stories that explore history, mysticism, and just like, being alive. Morgan's work has been featured at MoMA PS1 as part of the 2015 Greater New York exhibition, as well as at Artists Space, Dixon Place, the New Museum, PARTICIPANT INC, Poetry Project, and the Whitney Museum.
E. Tammy Kim is a writer and The New Yorker editorial staffer.
Co-workers and collaborators Janelle Poe & Sheryl Oppenheim joined forces to create a zine to raise funds for Black Lives Matter, released on Small Editions Winter 2016. Janelle Poe is a multidisciplinary artist, DJ and CCNY MFA Candidate. Sheryl Oppenheim is a painter and marbler with art books in collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center.
Image: Daniel Bejar, Still from Re-districting (NY Senate District 20), 2017. Site-specific GPS drawing, archival pigment print, single-channel HD video, rocks from NY State Senate District 20, and postcard60 x 85 inches; single-channel HD video.
Downtown Culture Walk
FREE admission to The Drawing Center all day
Downtown Culture Walk is a self-guided walking tour presented by the SoHo Arts Network (SAN), highlighting the non-profit art spaces in the SoHo and downtown neighborhoods. SAN celebrates the rich history of our unique creative community and collectively shares our distinct cultural contributions with neighborhood residents and visitors. On Saturday, April 29, members of SAN will open their doors for Downtown Culture Walk, inviting participants to discover the non-profit art spaces in the neighborhood. Walkthroughs, talks, open hours, and other programming will be offered that day for free or reduced admission. Click on the block to the right for the map and program created by NY Art Maps.
3:30pm at The Drawing Center
The Drawing Center is hosting open hours of Exploratory Works: Drawings from the Department of Tropical Research Field Expeditions , free of charge. This exhibition brings to light, for the first time, an archive of images that illustrate the formation of our modern definition of nature by William Beebe (1877–1962), one of America's greatest popularizers of ecological thinking and biological science. At 3:30pm, there will be an exhibition walkthrough with Brett Littman, The Drawing Center’s Executive Director.
Walkthrough of Exploratory Works: Drawings from the Department of Tropical Research Field Expeditions with exhibition curators Mark Dion, Katherine McLeod and Madeleine Thompson
Image: Bathysphaera intacta Circling the Bathysphere, Else Bostelmann, Bermuda 1934. Watercolor on paper, 18 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches. Courtesy of Wildlife Conservation Society. Photo by Martin Parsekian.
James Prosek & Dr. Merry Camhi
Exhibition walkthrough of Exploratory Works: Drawings from the Department of Tropical Research Field Expeditions with artist James Prosek and Dr. Merry Camhi, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Seascape.
Wednesday, May 24, 6:30pm
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Image: Helen Damrosch Tee-Van, Cantherhines amphioxys. Watercolor on paper, 11 1/4 x 14 1/4 inches. Copyright Wildlife Conservation Society, reproduced by permission of the WCS Archives.
with Katherine McLeod
Funded in part by some of the United States’ wealthiest industrialists/philanthropists, William Beebe and his team operated field stations in colonized Guyana (British Guiana), Venezuela, Trinidad, Haiti, and the the West Indies. Through their prolific use of drawings, paintings, animations, and popular writing William Beebe and the DTR had a broad influence over how their large U.S. audiences understood ecology (as a profession and as a set of environmental relationships), and how they conceptualized the Amazon and Caribbean as cultural communities in the first half of the 20th century.
Historian and anthropologist Katherine McLeod's walkthrough of the Exploratory Works exhibit aims to give political and economic context to the drawings, films, and writing made by the Department of Tropical Research. Using the DTR drawings on display as focal points, we will discuss the systems of labor, natural resource extraction and distribution, politics and economies operating in and around Department of Tropical Research stations that played a role in how these scientists and artists chose to represent, in writing and illustrations, the regions they studied.
Wednesday, May 31, 6:30pm
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Image: Research assistant and historian Ruth Rose and artist Isabel Cooper outside tents at Kartabo, British Guiana, 1922. Silver gelatin print, courtesy of the Wildlife Conservation Society Archives.