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Weekends Jul 12, 2014 - Aug 24, 2014

The Scriptorium

A Participatory Installation

Weekends
July 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
August 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24

35 Wooster Street, The Bookstore

Every weekend between July 12 and August 24, The Drawing Center will open the Scriptorium, an intimate space for the perusal of various out-of-print Drawing Center publications, including 3 x Abstraction (2005), Ocean Flowers (2004), and Alternative Art, New York, 1965-1985 (2002). Created in the spirit of the medieval scriptorium—the room in monasteries devoted to the transcription of manuscripts—this new initiative invites viewers to research, react, and draw inspiration from the institution’s rich publication history. Visitors are also encouraged to create their own "transcriptions" of Drawing Center texts, which will be scanned for archival purposes and displayed in the Scriptorium itself.

6-8pm Sep 18, 2014

Opening Reception

Thread Lines and Xanti Schawinsky

William J. O'Brien, //Untitled//, 2013. Felt on felt, six parts each: 23 7/8 x 19 3/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. William J. O'Brien, //Untitled//, 2013. Felt on felt, six parts each: 23 7/8 x 19 3/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. William J. O'Brien, //Untitled//, 2013. Felt on felt, six parts each: 23 7/8 x 19 3/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York.

William J. O'Brien, Untitled, 2013. Felt on felt, six parts each: 23 7/8 x 19 3/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York.

Please join us Thursday, September 18th for the opening reception of Thread Lines and Xanti Schawinsky: Head Drawings and Faces of War.

In the Main Gallery and Lab, Thread Lines will highlight the expressive and conceptual possibilities of line, with an emphasis on its making. This group exhibition will disabuse the idea that drawing is simply putting pen to paper, framing it instead as an open-ended act in which lines can be woven, stitched, knit, even embodied. Featuring sixteen contemporary artists who use textile in a variety of formats (embroidery, weaving, collage, and performance).

In the Drawing Room we will host an exhibition of first generation Bauhaus artist Alexander ‘Xanti’ Schawinsky’s prolific oeuvre which encompasses a range of social and political investigations. Xanti Schawinsky: Head Drawings and Faces of War will focus on Schawinsky’s work on paper from the 1940s. These works, including several “War Heads” and “Theme and Variation on a Face: Walter Gropius,” break from the Utopian optimism of the early Bauhaus and its later iterations in the United States.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Image: (Detail) William J. O'Brien, Untitled, 2013, Felt on felt, One of Six parts each: 23 7/8" x 19 3/4"

6:30pm Sep 25, 2014

Walkthrough

Thread Lines

Lenore Tawney, //Union of Water and Fire//, 1974. Linen, 38 x 36 inches. Collection of Lenore G. Tawney Foundation. Lenore Tawney, //Union of Water and Fire//, 1974. Linen, 38 x 36 inches. Collection of Lenore G. Tawney Foundation. Lenore Tawney, //Union of Water and Fire//, 1974. Linen, 38 x 36 inches. Collection of Lenore G. Tawney Foundation.

Lenore Tawney, Union of Water and Fire, 1974. Linen, 38 x 36 inches. Collection of Lenore G. Tawney Foundation.

An evening walkthrough of Thread Lines with Curator, Joanna Kleinberg Romanow and participating artists Robert Otto Epstein, Beryl Korot, Sam Moyer, Jessica Rankin, Elaine Reicheck, and Drew Shiflett.

Image: Lenore Tawney, Union of Water and Fire, 1974, Linen, 38 x 36 inches

Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays

Anne Wilson Performance

To Cross (Walking New York)

Performance Times: Thursdays 2:30-7:30pm; Saturdays 12:30-5:30pm; Sundays 12:30-5:30pm, unless otherwise noted.

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.

The performance will occur in conjunction with the exhibition Thread Lines, on view in the Main Gallery from September 19th-December 24th.

Wednesday-Sunday Sep 18, 2014 - Oct 02, 2014

Kimsooja Film Screening

Thread Routes- Chapter 1

On view September 18 – October 2, Wednesday-Sunday

Korean artist Kimsooja will premiere the first in a series of six 16mm films that document the performative elements of varied forms of indigenous textile construction. Thread Routes - Chapter I, 2010 explores the Peruvian weaving culture set amid the highlands of Machu Picchu.