of David Wojnarowicz last public reading
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In 1992, shortly before his premature death due to the AIDS epidemic, David Wojnarowicz read in public for the last time at a benefit for Needle Exchange held at the Drawing Center. The texts he read were excerpts from his own writing, such as Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration (1991) and Memories That Smell Like Gasoline (1992). Organized in conjunction with a … is a … is alter(ed): Open Sessions 12, and taking the form of a poetry performance, the program will begin by playing the original audio recording of Wojnarowicz, followed by readings by Shiv Kotecha, Filip Marinovich, and Anna Vitale.
a … is alter(ed): Open Sessions 12, features artists Joeun Aatchim, Kenseth Armstead, Ludovica Carbotta, Billy and Steven Dufala, LaMont Hamilton and Ester Partegás.
Open Sessions is a two-year artist program of interdisciplinary events and exhibitions focused on drawing, organized by Rosario Güiraldes and Lisa Sigal.
Shiv Kotecha writes poetry, fiction, and criticism. He is the author of The Switch (Wonder, 2018) and EXTRIGUE (Make Now, 2015). Creative and critical writing can be found in Frieze, Art in America, and The Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere. He is currently a PhD candidate in NYU English, finishing a dissertation titled Decomposition as Explanation: The Forms of Duration from Poe to Post-Conceptualism.
Filip Marinovich is the author of Wolfman Librarian (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), And If You Don't Go Crazy I'll Meet You Here Tomorrow (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011), and Zero Readership (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008). His new book The Suitcase Tree is forthcoming from The Operating System. He teaches the poetry seminar Queering Poets By Sun Sign at The Page Poetry Parlor in Chelsea Manhattan.
Anna Vitale is the author of Detroit Detroit (Roof Books, 2017), Different Worlds (Troll Thread, 2017), and several chapbooks. Recent writing has appeared in Alienocene, Full Stop Quarterly, and Jacket2. She hosts the Tenderness Junction on WFMU in Jersey City and teaches at the School of Visual Arts and the Bard Microcollege at the Brooklyn Public Library. In fall 2018, the pamphlet Our Rimbaud Mask, about David Wojnarowicz's Rimbaud series, was published by Ugly Duckling Presse.
Image caption: David Wojnarowicz reading at a benefit for Needle Exchange, The Drawing Center, 1992.
with Lisa Beck, Brainard Carey, Derek Fordjour, Archie Rand, and Melissa Ragona
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Soul-fire: Artists Reflect on Jennifer Wynne Reeves,
Join artists Lisa Beck, Brainard Carey, Derek Fordjour, and Archie Rand for a panel discussion about Reeves’s life and work and the relevance of her fearless, idiosyncratic aesthetic to the contemporary moment. The panel will be moderated by Melissa Ragona, Associate Professor of Visual Culture and Critical Theory, School of Art, Carnegie Mellon University.
Lisa Beck is an artist who lives and works in New York. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Select solo exhibitions include New Works, May 68, New York (2018); Rising and Falling, Elizabeth Dee, New York (2017); The House of Eternity, Galerie Samy Abraham, Paris (2016); and The Middle of Everywhere, Circuit, Lausanne, Switzerland (2015).
Brainard Carey is an educator, author, and artist who lives and works in New York and New Haven, where he has a radio show on Yale University radio WYBCX, The Lives of the Artists, Curators, Architects and more. He is co-founder of the art collaborative Praxis, which was invited to be in the Whitney Biennial in 2002 and to be in a solo show there in 2007, as well as other venues around the world.
Derek Fordjour was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He was recently a resident of the 2017 Sharpe Walentas Studio Program in New York City and awarded the 2018 Deutsche Bank NYFA Fellowship Award. He is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia, earned a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Harvard University and an MFA in painting at Hunter College.
Melissa Ragona is an Associate Professor of Critical Theory and Art History in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University as well as an independent curator and critic. Her book, Readymade Sound: Andy Warhol’s Recording Aesthetics, is forthcoming from University of California Press.
Archie Rand is an artist who lives and works in New York. Rand’s work as a painter and muralist is displayed around the world, including in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
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with Inka Essenhigh
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As part of the series The Artist’s Eye, in which an artist who has previously shown at The Drawing Center shares her or his perspective on a current exhibition, New York-based artist Inka Essenhigh will lead a walkthrough ofJennifer Wynne Reeves: All Right for Now. (Essenhigh’s stairwell installation Manhattanhenge is on view at The Drawing Center through summer 2019.) Essenhigh will be joined in the walkthrough by artist and critic Matthew Weinstein who also contributed to the catalogue.
Image: Jennifer Wynne Reeves, Bittersweet (detail) 2005. Gouache on paper, 11 x 14 inches. Courtesy of Jennifer Wynne Reeves Estate.
with artist Nathaniel Mary Quinn and Chief Curator Claire Gilman
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Join artist Nathaniel Mary Quinn and Claire Gilman, Chief Curator of The Drawing Center for a walk-through of the exhibitionFor Opacity. Free admission.
Image: Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Erica with the Pearl Earring (detail), 2015. Black charcoal, gouache, soft pastel, oil pastel, oil paint, paint stick, and silver oil pastel on Coventry vellum paper, 25 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches. Collection of Rhona Hoffman.