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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.

Performance Times:
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 with Anne Wilson

Sat, Oct 18, 12:30-5:30pm with Anne Wilson
Sun, Oct 19, 12:30-5:30pm with Anne Wilson

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 14th. The exhibition admission ticket also includes this performance.

6:30pm Nov 13, 2014

Walkthrough

Sari Dienes

Sari Dienes, //Subway//, c. 1953–1955. Ink on webril, 75 x 33 inches. Courtesy of Sari Dienes Foundation, Pomona, NY. © Sari Dienes  Foundation/ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Sari Dienes, //Subway//, c. 1953–1955. Ink on webril, 75 x 33 inches. Courtesy of Sari Dienes Foundation, Pomona, NY. © Sari Dienes  Foundation/ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Sari Dienes, //Subway//, c. 1953–1955. Ink on webril, 75 x 33 inches. Courtesy of Sari Dienes Foundation, Pomona, NY. © Sari Dienes  Foundation/ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Sari Dienes, Subway, c. 1953–1955. Ink on webril, 75 x 33 inches. Courtesy of Sari Dienes Foundation, Pomona, NY. © Sari Dienes Foundation/ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Curator-led tour of Sari Dienes exhibition with Alexis Lowry Murray and Delia Solomons, followed by a conversation about indexical art with artists Allison Knowles and Gillian Jagger, moderated by Julia Robinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, NYU.

In the early 1950s, Sari Dienes began to take inked impressions of found surfaces, revealing through graphic translation the abstract patterns and yet highly familiar objecthood of her subject, New York City's streets. Tracing the topography of Manhattan's subway grates, pavement, and manhole covers, Dienes's rubbings radically reinterpreted the surrealist practice of frottage for a postwar generation of artists.

Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, women artists have embraced indexical methods of mark-making as embodied records of process and place. This panel will explore the legacy of the index and how women artists have employed the technique to explore urban and natural topographies, to generate archival documentation, to bridge art and anthropology, and to issue critical responses to the concept of self-expression as it has been defined within the art world at large.

6:00pm Nov 21, 2014

Opening Reception

Open Sessions 2

Mona Sharma, //After "A"//, 2014, 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches (19 by 14 cm). Image courtesy of the artist. Mona Sharma, //After "A"//, 2014, 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches (19 by 14 cm). Image courtesy of the artist. Mona Sharma, //After "A"//, 2014, 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches (19 by 14 cm). Image courtesy of the artist.

Mona Sharma, After "A", 2014, 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches (19 by 14 cm). Image courtesy of the artist.

Please join us Friday, November 21 from 6-8pm for the opening reception of Open Sessions 2.

Open Sessions 2 includes artists Joey Fauerso, Tatiana Istomina, Patte Loper, Matt Neff, Mona Sharma, Adam Shecter, Naho Taruishi, and Arturs Virtmanis. On view is a collaborative film on fairy tales and politics; an installation under the stairs; a stack of posters in envelopes, ready to be mailed; a comic book for reconciliation; drawings for patents; Morse code messages; and other new work.

The Drawing Center’s Open Sessions is a new two-year program that engages over fifty artists working in a variety of disciplines, offering extended dialogue, exhibition opportunities, studio visits, public programs, and informal gatherings. The program is organized by Open Sessions Curators Nova Benway and Lisa Sigal together with the participating artists, and with support from Open Sessions Fellows Kamrooz Aram, Nathan Carter, Emilie Clark, and E.V. Day.