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6:30pm Sep 10, 2018

Performance

with Dennis Redmoon Darkeem

RSVP for this FREE event via Eventbrite here. Note: Next Monday, September 17 there will be a panel with Dennis Redmoon Darkeem.


Open Sessions artist Dennis Redmoon Darkeem will present a performance that celebrates transformation by blending cultural rituals and contemporary expressions. Inspired by indigenous Native American and Urban adornment culture, this performance will create connections between music and radical drawing and head shaving traditions, to create an energetic space. Performing with drawing, razors, beats, sound effects, and death rituals. Darkeem reflects on the connection between inner spirit and outer beauty.

Open Sessions Active Line public programs are co-organized with Open Sessions 2018–2020 artists and bring together artists and audiences in a responsive conversation addressing drawing as a practice both concrete and metaphorical, a space for assertion, conjecture, and digression.


Dennis Redmoon Darkeem is a multimedia artist based in the South Bronx who creates work based on the familiar objects that he views through his daily travels, discovering elements in existing architecture and among everyday items found within the home. Dennis ultimately sets out to express a meaningful story about events in his life and those found within the communities in which he works. His multimedia works allow for great versatility and a rich viewer experience as the eye uncovers the multiple layers that often characterize mixed media art.

This program is made possible by Material for the Arts, a program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Image: Dennis Redmoon Darkeem, Supplies to create 72 Heads, The Drawing Center, 2018, Photo by Willie Torres Jr..

7pm Sep 13, 2018

Performance

with Leila Bordreuil, Julia Santoli, and Tamio Shiraishi

Leila Bordreuil, Void and Dismissal (created by Leila Bordreuil and Austin Julian), Issue Project Room, 2017, Photo by Cameron Kelly. Leila Bordreuil, Void and Dismissal (created by Leila Bordreuil and Austin Julian), Issue Project Room, 2017, Photo by Cameron Kelly. Leila Bordreuil, Void and Dismissal (created by Leila Bordreuil and Austin Julian), Issue Project Room, 2017, Photo by Cameron Kelly.

Leila Bordreuil, Void and Dismissal (created by Leila Bordreuil and Austin Julian), Issue Project Room, 2017, Photo by Cameron Kelly.

Tickets $10 via Eventbrite here.


Cellist Leila Bordreuil, sound-artist Julia Santoli, and alto-saxophonist Tamio Shiraishi are longtime collaborators in duo and trio forms, pushing the boundaries of compositional structure and the sonic possibilities arising from voice, cello, and saxophone. Driven by a fierce interest in pure tone, inherent timbre, and the relationship between sound and space, the trio will deliver a piece in constant motion and in which musicality is founded upon architecture.

This event is part of a series at the intersection of music and performance, organized by Rosario Güiraldes, Assistant Curator.


Leila Bordreuil is a cellist and composer based in New York. She works in the realm of Noise music, improvisation, New Music, and sound-art. Her cello playing is often improvised, and mainly focuses on texture variations and a collage of phantom overtones and pitched utterances. Her composed works draw from a texture-based musical aesthetic, but also focus on the relationship between sound and space. In her site-specific electro-acoustic compositions, architecture is the foundation of the piece and musicality arises from an organized spacialization of sound.


Julia Santoli is a multimedia artist based in New York. Her work synthesizes image, gesture, and sound while navigating memory and presence—how past experience manifests in the present as ruins, and how these traces transform through mediation to/from the body within the ghost-nature of sound. Her explorations take the form of vocal performance and body-generated audio feedback, sonic installation, video, and prints. She completed her BFA from the School of Visual Arts (Visual and Critical Studies), and has presented performative and visual work throughout New York.


Tamio Shiraishi is a Japanese sax player based in New York. Tamio is an active participant in the avant-garde movement in Japan. He took part in the first generation of Fushitusha, the trio of Keiji Haino on guitar and voice, Chiyo Kamekawa on bass, and Ryosuke Kiyasu on drums. Tamio’s sax improvisation is quite different from jazz or “free” musical performance. His play is not as loud as typical avant-garde playing, rather, it emulates natural “noise” sounds, like those of wind and water.


Image: Leila Bordreuil, Void and Dismissal (created by Leila Bordreuil and Austin Julian), Issue Project Room, 2017, Photo by Cameron Kelly.

6:30pm Sep 17, 2018

Panel Discussion

Dennis Redmoon Darkeem, Native Art Department International, and Jeffrey Gibson. Moderated by Johanna Burton

RSVP for this FREE event via Eventbrite here. Note: Monday, September 10 there will be a performance led by Dennis Redmoon Darkeem.


Following the performance 72 Heads, on September 10, by Open Sessions artist Dennis Redmoon Darkeem, Open Sessions curators Rosario Güiraldes and Lisa Sigal have gathered a panel discussion of contemporary artists, whose work reflects on the place of heritage in contemporary art and culture at large, including Dennis Redmoon Darkeem, Native Art Department International (Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan), and Jeffrey Gibson. Moderated by Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement at the New Museum in New York, the talk will likely touch on drawing, heritage, indigenous art, ceremonies, and radical mark-making.


Open Sessions Active Line public programs are co-organized with Open Sessions 2018–2020 artists and bring together artists and audiences in a responsive conversation addressing drawing as a practice both concrete and metaphorical, a space for assertion, conjecture, and digression.


Johanna Burton is Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement at the New Museum and the series editor for the Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture. An art historian, a critic, and a curator, she has contributed articles and reviews to numerous journals—including Artforum, Art Journal, October, and Texte zur Kunst. Burton has curated and co-curated exhibitions including the most recent Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon at the New Museum, in 2017; Sherrie Levine: Mayhem at the Whitney Museum of American Art, in 2011 (with Elisabeth Sussman); among other projects. She is editor of Cindy Sherman (October Files, MIT Press, 2006) and coeditor (with Natalie Bell) of Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon (New Museum, 2018). Prior to her work at the New Museum, Burton was Director of the Graduate Program at the Center of Curatorial Studies at Bard College (2010-13) and Associate Director and senior faculty member at the Whitney Independent Study Program (2008-10).

Dennis Redmoon Darkeem is a multimedia artist based in the South Bronx who creates work based on the familiar objects that he views through his daily travels, discovering elements in existing architecture and among everyday items found within the home. Dennis ultimately sets out to express a meaningful story about events in his life and those found within the communities in which he works. His multimedia works allow for great versatility and a rich viewer experience as the eye uncovers the multiple layers that often characterize mixed media art.


Native Art Department International is a Brooklyn-based collaborative project by Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan. It focuses on communications platforms and art world systems of support while functioning also as emancipation from identity-based artwork. NADI is comprised by a diverse range of activities, such as curated exhibitions, video screenings, panel talks, collective art making, and online presence. Their work was included in On Whiteness, The Kitchen, New York (2018); Trestle Projects in Brooklyn; Galerie Se Konst in Falun, Sweden (2016); and the University of Toronto Art Centre (2017).


Jeffrey Gibson is a mid-career multidisciplinary artist who lives in New York. A citizen of the Mississippi Band of Cho ctaw Indians, half Cherokee, Gibson incorporates his heritage into his work, which includes abstract sculptures, paintings, and prints. Gibson earned his Master of Arts in painting at the Royal College of Art, London, in 1998 and his Bachelor of Arts in painting from the School of Art Institute of Chicago in 1995. Gibson has work in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; National Gallery of Canada; and more. Gibson is a member of the Faculty at Bard College, a past TED Foundation Fellow, and a Joan Mitchell Grant recipient.


Image: Dennis Redmoon Darkeem, Supplies to create 72 Heads, The Drawing Center, 2018, Photo by Willie Torres Jr..

7pm Sep 20, 2018

Performance

with Aki Onda

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space studies_001_photo by Brian Whar

Tickets $10 via Eventbrite here


New York-based artist and composer Aki Onda will present a multi-media performance exploring the interplay between acoustic, architectural, and emotional relationships within the space. Performing with various types of lightning equipment, mirrors, rubber strings, glass containers, and analogue audio equipment, Onda arranges and rearranges the tools and objects, composing the visual and aural as a total environment.

This event is part of a series at the intersection of music and performance, organized by Rosario Güiraldes, Assistant Curator.


Aki Onda is an artist and composer based in New York. He is particularly known for his “Cassette Memories” — works compiled from a “sound diary” of field-recordings collected by using the cassette Walkman over a span of last three decades. He creates compositions, performances, and visual artworks from those sound memories. Onda often performs in interdisciplinary fields and collaborates with filmmakers, visual artists, and choreographers, including Ken Jacobs, Michael Snow, Raha Raissnia, Takashi Makino, Akio Suzuki, and Takao Kawaguchi. Onda’s work has been presented by numerous institutions internationally such as MoMA, MoMA PS1, The Kitchen, REDCAT, Time-Based Art Festival, documenta 14, Pompidou Center, Louve Museum, Palais de Tokyo, and Bozar.

This program is made possible by Material for the Arts, a program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


Image: Aki Onda, Space studies_001_, photo by Brian Whar.

7pm Sep 27, 2018

Performance

with Ka Baird

Ka Baird, Salão Brazil, Coimbra, Portugal, 2018. Ka Baird, Salão Brazil, Coimbra, Portugal, 2018. Ka Baird, Salão Brazil, Coimbra, Portugal, 2018.

Ka Baird, Salão Brazil, Coimbra, Portugal, 2018.

Tickets $10 via Eventbrite here


Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Ka Baird will present a program that aligns sound with movement to create audible lines of pure energy potential. Utilizing extended vocal technique, rhythm, flute, tone, and gesture, along with corresponding bodily gestures, the performance will be an exercise in presence, hyper-actualization, and ritual.

This event is part of a series at the intersection of music and performance, organized by Rosario Güiraldes, Assistant Curator.


Ka Baird is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist based in New York. She is one of the founding members of the Avant Psych project Spires That In The Sunset Rise. Her solo work currently explores piano improvisation, electroacoustic interventions, extended vocal techniques, physical movement, and her electronic manipulation of the flute. Through her solo work, Ka has released two albums since 2015, and has toured both nationally and internationally with performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), MoMA PS1, Roulette Intermedium, Issue Project Room (all Brooklyn), Café OTO (London), and numerous festival appearances in Europe. She also co-runs the label and concert organizer Perfect Wave with Camilla Padgitt-Coles.

Image: Ka Baird, Salão Brazil, Coimbra, Portugal, 2018.

6pm-8pm Oct 11, 2018

Opening Reception

For Opacity, Jennifer Wynne Reeves, Open Sessions 12

\\Toyin Ojih Odutola, //Paris Apartment//, 2016–17. Charcoal, pastel, and pencil on paper, 59 3/8 x 42 inches. Private collection, New York. \\Toyin Ojih Odutola, //Paris Apartment//, 2016–17. Charcoal, pastel, and pencil on paper, 59 3/8 x 42 inches. Private collection, New York. \\Toyin Ojih Odutola, //Paris Apartment//, 2016–17. Charcoal, pastel, and pencil on paper, 59 3/8 x 42 inches. Private collection, New York.


Toyin Ojih Odutola, Paris Apartment, 2016–17. Charcoal, pastel, and pencil on paper, 59 3/8 x 42 inches. Private collection, New York.

Please join us October 11 for the opening reception of our fall shows: For Opacity: Elijah Burgher, Toyin Ojih Odutola and Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Jennifer Wynne Reeves: All Right for Now, and Open Sessions 12.

Image: From For Opacity,Toyin Ojih Odutola, Paris Apartment, 2016–17. Charcoal, pastel, and pencil on paper, 59 3/8 x 42 inches. Private collection, New York.

6:30pm Oct 18, 2018

Walkthrough

with artist Elijah Burgher and Chief Curator Claire Gilman

\\Elijah Burgher, //Gordon//, 2015. Color pencil on paper, 
24 x 19 inches. Collection of Thomas Lavin.
\\Elijah Burgher, //Gordon//, 2015. Color pencil on paper, 
24 x 19 inches. Collection of Thomas Lavin.
\\Elijah Burgher, //Gordon//, 2015. Color pencil on paper, 
24 x 19 inches. Collection of Thomas Lavin.


Elijah Burgher, Gordon, 2015. Color pencil on paper,
24 x 19 inches. Collection of Thomas Lavin.


Join artist Elijah Burgher and Claire Gilman, Chief Curator of The Drawing Center for a walk-through of the exhibitionFor Opacity. Free admission.

Image: Elijah Burgher, Gordon (detail), 2015. Color pencil on paper, 24 x 19 inches. Collection of Thomas Lavin.

6:30pm Nov 27, 2018

Artist-led Walkthrough

with Inka Essenhigh

\\Jennifer Wynne Reeves, //Bittersweet//, 2005. Gouache on paper, 11 x 14 inches. Courtesy of Jennifer Wynne Reeves Estate. \\Jennifer Wynne Reeves, //Bittersweet//, 2005. Gouache on paper, 11 x 14 inches. Courtesy of Jennifer Wynne Reeves Estate. \\Jennifer Wynne Reeves, //Bittersweet//, 2005. Gouache on paper, 11 x 14 inches. Courtesy of Jennifer Wynne Reeves Estate.


Jennifer Wynne Reeves, Bittersweet, 2005. Gouache on paper, 11 x 14 inches. Courtesy of Jennifer Wynne Reeves Estate.


Tickets $5 via Eventbrite here


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 Matthew Weinstein.

Image: Jennifer Wynne Reeves, Bittersweet (detail) 2005. Gouache on paper, 11 x 14 inches. Courtesy of Jennifer Wynne Reeves Estate.

6:30pm Dec 13, 2018

Walkthrough

with artist Nathaniel Mary Quinn and Chief Curator Claire Gilman

\\Nathaniel Mary Quinn, //Erica with the Pearl Earring//, 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.
\\Nathaniel Mary Quinn, //Erica with the Pearl Earring//, 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.
\\Nathaniel Mary Quinn, //Erica with the Pearl Earring//, 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.


Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Erica with the Pearl Earring, 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.


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.