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6-8PM Apr 13, 2017

Opening Reception

Exploratory Works + Marginalia: Open Sessions 10

//Chiasmodon niger Stomach Contents//, Else Bostelmann
Bermuda 1931. Watercolor on paper. 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Else Bostelmann © Wildlife Conservation Society.
//Chiasmodon niger Stomach Contents//, Else Bostelmann
Bermuda 1931. Watercolor on paper. 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Else Bostelmann © Wildlife Conservation Society.
//Chiasmodon niger Stomach Contents//, Else Bostelmann
Bermuda 1931. Watercolor on paper. 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Else Bostelmann © Wildlife Conservation Society.

Chiasmodon niger Stomach Contents, Else Bostelmann
Bermuda 1931. Watercolor on paper. 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Else Bostelmann © Wildlife Conservation Society.


Please join us Thursday, April 13 for the opening receptions of Exploratory Works: Drawings from the Department of Tropical Research Field Expeditions and Marginalia: Open Sessions 10


The event is FREE and open to the public.


In our Main Gallery and Drawing Room Exploratory Works: Drawings from the Department of Tropical Research Field Expeditions brings to light for the first time an archive of images that illustrate the formation of our modern definition of nature. William Beebe (1877–1962) was one of America's greatest popularizers of ecological thinking and biological science. Beebe literally took the lab into the jungle, rather than the jungle to the lab. The Department of Tropical Research was pioneering in that, under Beebe’s direction, women were hired as lead scientists and field artists. Artist Isabel Cooper, joining in 1919, publicly relished her opportunity to travel through the jungles of Guyana juggling a “vivid serpent or tapestried lizard in one hand, and the best grade of Japanese paintbrush in the other.” The structure of The Drawing Center’s exhibition will mirror the two salient stages of the Department of Tropical Research's investigations: jungle field station work and floating laboratories for marine biology —revealing that artists and scientists worked closely and productively in the near past and that scientists once understood art as a valuable tool for promoting ecological thinking to a broad public. Curated by Mark Dion, Katherine McLeod, and Madeleine Thompson


In our Lab gallery Marginalia: Open Sessions 10 declares our present geo-political and ideological constructs to be permeable and malleable. The artists in this exhibition view borders and barriers as material through which to build new avenues of both trespass and solidarity. Marginalia features Daniel Bejar, Ana Peñalba, Sue Jeong Ka, Carolyn Lambert, Srinivas Mangipudi, Irini Miga, and Rodrigo Valenzuela.

Image: Chiasmodon niger Stomach Contents, Else Bostelmann Bermuda 1931. Watercolor on paper, 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Else Bostelmann © Wildlife Conservation Society.

6:30PM Apr 26, 2017

The Artist's Eye

Alexis Rockman

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. 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. 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.

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.

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.

6:30PM May 04, 2017

Walkthrough

Exploratory Works

//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. //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. //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.

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.

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.

6:30PM May 24, 2017

Walkthough

James Prosek

Exhibition walkthrough of Exploratory Works: Drawings from the Department of Tropical Research Field Expeditions with artist James Prosek.

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.

6:30PM May 31, 2017

Walkthrough

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.