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6:30PM Feb 23, 2017

Conversation

Jackson Mac Low

Photograph of Jackson Mac Low with his work installed in the exhibition //Sound//, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Inc., (now MoMA PS1), New York, September 30–November 18, 1979. Courtesy of Anne Tardos. Photograph of Jackson Mac Low with his work installed in the exhibition //Sound//, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Inc., (now MoMA PS1), New York, September 30–November 18, 1979. Courtesy of Anne Tardos. Photograph of Jackson Mac Low with his work installed in the exhibition //Sound//, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Inc., (now MoMA PS1), New York, September 30–November 18, 1979. Courtesy of Anne Tardos.

Photograph of Jackson Mac Low with his work installed in the exhibition Sound, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Inc., (now MoMA PS1), New York, September 30–November 18, 1979. Courtesy of Anne Tardos.

Join artist Tyler Coburn and art historian Katie Anania, postdoctoral fellow at the Morgan Library and Museum, for a conversation about the theory and practice of chance- and machine-generated texts. Through a combination of reading aloud and intimate discussion, Coburn and Anania will explore what it means to be a reader in the digital age.


Image: Photograph of Jackson Mac Low with his work installed in the exhibition Sound, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Inc., (now MoMA PS1), New York, September 30–November 18, 1979. Courtesy of Anne Tardos.

6:30-8PM Jan 31, 2017

Book Launch: Olaf Breuning's Drawings

Olaf Breuning, //Life Is a Rollercoaster//, 2007. Graphite on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches Olaf Breuning, //Life Is a Rollercoaster//, 2007. Graphite on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches Olaf Breuning, //Life Is a Rollercoaster//, 2007. Graphite on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches

Olaf Breuning, Life Is a Rollercoaster, 2007. Graphite on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches

Olaf Breuning and The Drawing Center's Executive Director Brett Littman will discuss the artist's new book. He will be signing copies following the conversation

Published by Verlag für moderne Kunst, the catalogue surveys the last 20 years of Breuning's idiosyncratic drawings

Image: Olaf Breuning, Life Is a Rollercoaster, 2007. Graphite on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches

6-8PM Jan 19, 2017

Opening Reception

Mateo López, Jackson Mac Low, and Amy Sillman

Mateo Lopez, still from //Time as Activity//, 2016. 3-channel video projection, 54 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York; Casas Riegner, Colombia; Luisa Strina, Brazil; and Travesía Cuatro, Mexico and Spain. Mateo Lopez, still from //Time as Activity//, 2016. 3-channel video projection, 54 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York; Casas Riegner, Colombia; Luisa Strina, Brazil; and Travesía Cuatro, Mexico and Spain. Mateo Lopez, still from //Time as Activity//, 2016. 3-channel video projection, 54 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York; Casas Riegner, Colombia; Luisa Strina, Brazil; and Travesía Cuatro, Mexico and Spain.

Mateo Lopez, still from Time as Activity, 2016. 3-channel video projection, 54 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York; Casas Riegner, Colombia; Luisa Strina, Brazil; and Travesía Cuatro, Mexico and Spain.


Please join us Thursday, January 19 for the opening receptions of Mateo López: Undo List, Jackson Mac Low: Lines-Letters-Words, and Amy Sillman: After Metamorphoses.


The event is FREE and open to the public.


In our Main Gallery, The Drawing Center presents Mateo López: Undo List, a multidisciplinary installation that will be the Colombian artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States and that will feature works on paper, sculpture, performance, and projected film. Trained as an architect in his native Bogotá, López has long used drawing as a conceptual tool to cross disciplines and aesthetic categories. Drawing is more than an artistic medium for López; it is a way of conceiving and indeed inhabiting the world. Simple drawn constructions that can be manipulated in various ways; trompe l’oeil paper renderings of two and three dimensional objects (for example, near-exact replicas of lined sheets of paper); drawings made out of the leftovers produced by cutting into other works—these are just some of the devices López uses to reveal that, as he says himself, just as everything manufactured was at one point a drawing, so too, “an image is not flat; it is an atmosphere, it contains time and space.”


In our Drawing Room gallery, Jackson Mac Low: Lines-Letters-Words, the first solo museum exhibition of visual works by Jackson Mac Low (1922–2004), will show the multidisciplinary artist’s practice from the 1940s to the 2000s. Mac Low, who is known for composing poetry through chance procedures and automatism, first experimented with these creative processes in his drawings. The earliest drawings in the exhibition, created in the late 1940s and early 1950s, resemble pre-linguistic marks made with gestural ink brushstrokes. Later works created during the 1960s through the 1990s include series of drawings—Drawing-Asymmetries, Vocabularies, and Gathas—that emphasize the visual and aural qualities of written languages, acting as both graphic representations and performance scores. The exhibition closes with a series of thirteen drawings made in 1995; echoing the unsettled system of marks in Mac Low’s early works, these drawings were composed by repeatedly handwriting terms that describe natural scenery, creating a ghostly impression with layered graphite marks. Through Jackson Mac Low: Lines–Letters–Words, The Drawing Center identifies the foundational character of drawing, a medium that significantly informed Mac Low and influenced his multidisciplinary practice for more than sixty years.


Concurrently in the Lab Amy Sillman: After Metamorphoses will present an animated video entitled After Metamorphoses, a work based on Ovid’s epic narrative poem that she began during a 2015 fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. To create the video, Sillman overlaid abstract drawings (which she worked on in a bathtub in Berlin) with iPad sketches that precisely follow the sequence of changes that occur in Ovid’s fifteen-book narrative. Set to a score by the Berlin-based musician Wibke Tiarks, the film features a variegated background that flashes beneath a series of figures as they transform one into another with a temporal rhythm. In After Metamorphoses, Sillman exercises the possibility of endless change, a theme first developed in her animated works and that continues to inform her paintings and drawings. Her adaptation of Ovid is one of a number of works that Sillman has made in collaboration with poets, including Lisa Robertson and Charles Bernstein, among others. In tandem with the exhibition, Sillman will create a limited edition zine, the eleventh in her series of zines entitled O.G.


Mateo Lopez, still from Time as Activity, 2016. 2-channel video projection, 54 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York.

6:30PM Dec 15, 2016

Artist Talk

Open Sessions 9

Regina Agu, //Fiction Diptych (Drape No. 2)//, 2016.  Graphite on paper 12 x 9 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Regina Agu, //Fiction Diptych (Drape No. 2)//, 2016.  Graphite on paper 12 x 9 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Regina Agu, //Fiction Diptych (Drape No. 2)//, 2016.  Graphite on paper 12 x 9 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Regina Agu, Fiction Diptych (Drape No. 2), 2016. Graphite on paper 12 x 9 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

In conjunction with Open Sessions 9: Cartography of Ghosts, please join us for a program featuring artists Kabir Carter, Torkwase Dyson, and Chat Travieso.

Kabir Carter will use a moving microphone to sonically explore the galleries, expanding the audience's perception of The Drawing Center's architecture.

Torkwase Dyson will discuss her current work in progress The Wynter-Wells Drawing School for Environmental Justice which combines art and design with theorizations of space, architecture, and infrastructure.

Chat Travieso will give an artist talk and lead an activity centered on his latest project, "101 Ways to Subvert a Wall," a handbook for poetic action that considers a variety of tactics to undermine the function of a wall as a barrier.

Image: Regina Agu, Untitled (What Remains), 2015. Digital photo print. 8 x 10 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

7:00PM Dec 08, 2016

Reading and Discussion

Olga Chernysheva

Olga Chernysheva, //Untitled [Roads…]//, 2016. Charcoal and collage on paper, 23 ¾ x 33 inches (60.5 x 84 cm). © Olga Chernysheva, Courtesy Gallery DIEHL, Berlin, Foxy Production, New York, and Pace London. Olga Chernysheva, //Untitled [Roads…]//, 2016. Charcoal and collage on paper, 23 ¾ x 33 inches (60.5 x 84 cm). © Olga Chernysheva, Courtesy Gallery DIEHL, Berlin, Foxy Production, New York, and Pace London. Olga Chernysheva, //Untitled [Roads…]//, 2016. Charcoal and collage on paper, 23 ¾ x 33 inches (60.5 x 84 cm). © Olga Chernysheva, Courtesy Gallery DIEHL, Berlin, Foxy Production, New York, and Pace London.

Olga Chernysheva, Untitled [Roads…], 2016. Charcoal and collage on paper, 23 ¾ x 33 inches (60.5 x 84 cm). © Olga Chernysheva, Courtesy Gallery DIEHL, Berlin, Foxy Production, New York, and Pace London.

Renowned poets and translators Pierre Joris and Mónica de la Torre discuss the exhibition and their contributions to its catalogue.


Olga Chernysheva, Untitled [Roads…], 2016. Charcoal and collage on paper, 23 3/4 x 33 inches (60.5 x 84 cm). © Olga Chernysheva, Courtesy Gallery DIEHL, Berlin, Foxy Production, New York, and Pace London.

6:30-7:30PM Dec 01, 2016

The Artist's Eye

Terry Winters

Cecily Brown, //Untitled (After Bosch and Boldini)//, 2015. Watercolor and pastel on paper, 79 x 51 1/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson.  Cecily Brown, //Untitled (After Bosch and Boldini)//, 2015. Watercolor and pastel on paper, 79 x 51 1/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson.  Cecily Brown, //Untitled (After Bosch and Boldini)//, 2015. Watercolor and pastel on paper, 79 x 51 1/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson.

Cecily Brown, Untitled (After Bosch and Boldini), 2015. Watercolor and pastel on paper, 79 x 51 1/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson.


As part of The Drawing Center’s new series The Artist’s Eye, New York-based artist Terry Winters will lead a walk-through of Cecily Brown: Rehearsal. Well-known for drawings, paintings, and prints that reference systems and spatial fields, Winters’s work often develops in series, using repetition to comment on the formal intricacies of visual representation.

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.

Cecily Brown, Untitled (After Bosch and Boldini), 2015. Watercolor and pastel on paper, 79 x 51 1/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson.

6:30-8PM Nov 17, 2016

Opening

Open Sessions 9: Cartography of Ghosts

Regina Agu, //Fiction Diptych (Drape No. 2)//, 2016.  Graphite on paper 12 x 9 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Regina Agu, //Fiction Diptych (Drape No. 2)//, 2016.  Graphite on paper 12 x 9 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Regina Agu, //Fiction Diptych (Drape No. 2)//, 2016.  Graphite on paper 12 x 9 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Regina Agu, Fiction Diptych (Drape No. 2), 2016. Graphite on paper 12 x 9 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Please join us Thursday, November 17 for the opening reception of Open Sessions: Cartography of Ghosts

The event is FREE and open to the public.

Open Sessions: Cartography of Ghosts, on view November 18–December 18, 2016, explores architecture’s role in shaping human behavior, creating entrenched habits and modes of thought, and even standardized forms of intimacy. While the architectural spaces we occupy often obstruct our ability to intervene in or even fully comprehend the society we have built, they also bear traces of resistance, improvisation, and misuse that allow us to imagine other ways of being.

Featuring the work of Regina Agu, Mustafa Faruki, jc lenochan, Florentine and Alexandre Lamarche-Ovize, Sreshta Rit Premnath, and Gabriela Salazar, Open Sessions: Cartography of Ghosts explores drawing as a tool to make visible the personal and human traces that haunt the public and material. Through objects, drawings, collages, installations, and architecture, the works conjure apparitional traces of a present and future body. Curated by Lisa Sigal and Nova Benway.

Image: Regina Agu, Fiction Diptych (Drape No. 2), 2016. Graphite on paper, 12 x 9 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

6:30-8:00PM Nov 03, 2016

Artist Talk

Open Sessions 8

\\James Mercer, //People Looking at People Looking at Condoms//, ink on paper, 18 x 30 inches, 2016, Courtesy of the artist. \\James Mercer, //People Looking at People Looking at Condoms//, ink on paper, 18 x 30 inches, 2016, Courtesy of the artist. \\James Mercer, //People Looking at People Looking at Condoms//, ink on paper, 18 x 30 inches, 2016, Courtesy of the artist.


James Mercer, People Looking at People Looking at Condoms, ink on paper, 18 x 30 inches, 2016, Courtesy of the artist.

In conjunction with Open Sessions 8: Planes and Corridors, please join us for short artist talks with Byron Kim, Dread Scott, AMBOS and Keith Ford from Green City Force, on contested landscapes, migration, revolutionary enactments and geographies that are game changers.

Open Sessions 8: Planes and Corridors is a group exhibition which considers drawing as a shifting outline around narratives of alienation, proximity and distance. Featuring artists ruby onyinyechi amanze, Eric Ramos Guerrero, Nsenga Knight, Lei Lei, James Mercer, Edwin Torres, and Ezra Wube, the exhibition explores real and imagined landscapes, whose fluid borders and disorienting geographies reference issues around migration and a complicated topography of the everyday. Including work that features poetry, drawing, and miniaturized land, Planes and Corridors responds to drawing as an open equation where the strange and ordinary meet.

Presenters:

AMBOS (Art Made Between Opposite Sides) serves as an idea lab for international creative collaboration in the Baja/Alta California transborder region. Through artist interventions and commuter collaborations that address bi-national transition and identity, AMBOS seeks to create a greater sense of interconnectedness in the border region. This landscape expands and contracts with the movement of people and objects, sparking critical engagement with issues of migration, informal economies and the construction of collective identities.

Artist Byron Kim will present a work in process for his Real DMZ project. The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) splits the Korean peninsula in half, creating a buffer zone between North Korea and South Korea. It’s the most militarized border on earth. The artist will speculate on an intervention, with architects David Leven and Stella Betts (LEVENBETTS), to create a frame for seeing the sky and the birdlife of the region.

Green City Force is an AmeriCorps program that engages young adults from low income communities in national service related to the environment. Keith Ford will present the vision of this inspiring model for citywide Clean Energy Corps in New York City, speaking about personal experience in the program and how it engages young people to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, inspires passion for sustainability and service, stimulates the demand for green services, and creates ladders to careers in the green economy for young people living in poverty.

Artist Dread Scott will speak about the largely unknown history of a 19th-century New Orleans slave uprising—one of the largest of its kind in the United States. In 2017, Scott will organize a small army of reenactors in historical costumes to walk the 25-mile path of these rebels, who were headed to New Orleans. The walk will take a path through not only gated communities but also strip malls, trailer parks and a “petrochemical corridor” that has given rise to so much illness as to be dubbed “Cancer Alley” by the media.


James Mercer, People Looking at People Looking at Condoms, ink on paper, 18 x 30 inches, 2016, Courtesy of the artist.

6:30-7:30PM Oct 27, 2016

Walkthrough

Cecily Brown

Cecily Brown, //Untitled (Ladyland)//, 2012. Watercolor, gouache, and ink, 18 1/8 x 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson. Cecily Brown, //Untitled (Ladyland)//, 2012. Watercolor, gouache, and ink, 18 1/8 x 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson. Cecily Brown, //Untitled (Ladyland)//, 2012. Watercolor, gouache, and ink, 18 1/8 x 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson.

Cecily Brown, Untitled (Ladyland), 2012. Watercolor, gouache, and ink, 18 1/8 x 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson.

Join Cecily Brown and Senior Curator Claire Gilman in a walkthrough of the exhibition. Attendees will receive a limited-edition coloring book featuring works from the show.


Cecily Brown, Untitled (Ladyland), 2012. Watercolor, gouache, and ink, 18 1/8 x 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson.

6-8PM Oct 06, 2016

October Exhibitions

Opening Receptions

Cecily Brown, //Untitled (Paradise)//, 2014. Watercolor, ink, and ballpoint pen on paper, 14 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson.  Cecily Brown, //Untitled (Paradise)//, 2014. Watercolor, ink, and ballpoint pen on paper, 14 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson.  Cecily Brown, //Untitled (Paradise)//, 2014. Watercolor, ink, and ballpoint pen on paper, 14 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson.

Cecily Brown, Untitled (Paradise), 2014. Watercolor, ink, and ballpoint pen on paper, 14 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson.


Please join us Thursday, October 6 for the opening receptions of Cecily Brown: Rehearsal, Olga Chernysheva: Vague Accent, Open Sessions 8: Planes and Corridors, and Gary Simmons: Ghost Reels.


The event is FREE and open to the public.


This October in our Main Gallery, The Drawing Center presents Cecily Brown: Rehearsal, the artist’s first solo museum show in New York and the first exhibition dedicated to her drawings. Arranged thematically, the more than eighty small drawings, large-scale works, and sketchbooks on view will foreground Brown’s iterative reworking of motifs from her wide-reaching arsenal of source material.


In our Drawing Room gallery, Olga Chernysheva: Vague Accent is a series of drawings the Moscow-based artist made during a month-long visit to New York in November 2015. This new work is a departure for the Chernysheva: although she has depicted the urban landscape throughout her career, her focus has been her home country.


Concurrently in the Lab Open Sessions 8: Planes and Corridors is a group exhibition which considers drawing as a shifting outline around narratives of alienation, proximity and distance. The exhibition includes artists ruby onyinyechi amanze, Eric Ramos Guerrero, Nsenga Knight, Lei Lei, James Mercer, Edwin Torres, and Ezra Wube.


In addition, for our next stairwell wall drawing Gary Simmons will create a text-based work consisting of names of African American actors and actresses from the early days of silent film. The artist describes the installation, whose scroll-like format recalls movie “credit-crawls” frozen in mid-motion, as invoking “the memories of actors that have been blurred in the history of Hollywood film…".


Cecily Brown, Untitled (Paradise), 2014. Watercolor, ink, and ballpoint pen on paper, 14 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

7:30pm Sep 28, 2016

Drawing Sound III

Composing the City


Drawing Sound III: Composing the City
with Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky)
Tickets $10 > SOLD OUT online. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door the day of the event. Doors open at 7pm.

Program begins at 7:30pm with Paul Miller performing Ordos 100 REMIX followed by:

>Daniel Libeskind discussing his recent project One Day in Life, a Frankfurt-based concert series
>David Lang in conversation with Diller Scofidio + Renfro
>Participant discussion
>Sougwen Chung presenting her drawing project Imaginary Blueprints

For The Drawing Center’s upcoming event Drawing Sound III: Composing the City, Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky) will present a night of discussion and performance that will relate recent architecture and music projects to the broader aims of both disciplines: the search for patterns in everyday life.

Though architecture and music differ in their approach—architects define social processes through physical structure, while composers create an abstract but no less transformative experience—the two practices share a history, both using idealized mathematical models as an aesthetic basis, and each informs and drives the other, combining to produce all-encompassing media environments.

As part of Drawing Sound III: Composing the City, composers Paul Miller and David Lang will discuss these themes with architects and designers Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Daniel Libeskind. Following the conversation, Miller will present a performance of Ordos 100 REMIX, an interpretation of Ai Weiwei’s collaboration with architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron.

Imaginary Blueprints, 2016, a series of drawings by artist Sougwen Chung, will also be featured. Chung’s project, which ‘remixes’ and reworks existing architectural plans addresses, the closeness between hand-drawn and digitally-produced marks.

Photo: Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky). Photograph by Thomas Fang.

7:30pm and 8:00pm Sep 01, 2016

Pauline Kim Harris

Performance

In response to Abdelkader Benchamma's Representation of Dark Matter, violinist Pauline Kim Harris will give a pop-up performance of J. S. Bach's monumental Chaconne, breathing music into the "astronomical vortex" of the large-scale drawing in The Drawing Center's stairwell as a closing ceremony for the year-long installation. The happening will be recorded by Holly Sass and filmed by Matilda Sakamoto.

Audience is asked to attend wearing black and white attire, and will be invited to gather in the Stairwell for the back-to-back, ten-minute performances.

Violinist Pauline Kim Harris is renowned for her groundbreaking classical and avant-garde performances. A Grammy-nominated artist, Pauline has recently released a solo recording of John Zorn’s Passagen for Solo Violin on Tzadik Records as well as a full-length album of music by Eric Lyon, entitled The Book of Strange Positions, with her violin duo String Noise on Northern Spy Records. She is a member of the S.E.M Ensemble, Ostravská Banda, Ensemble LPR, Wordless Music Orchestra, and the Music Director of the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company.

Image: Photograph by Chris Bradley.

6:30PM Aug 25, 2016

Lea Bertucci and Antenes

Performance

In tandem with our ongoing Gabriel de la Mora exhibition, The Drawing Center is presenting the second of two performances organized by Thessia Machado, an artist whose cross-media performance practice addresses the links between sound and drawing.


Lea Bertucci is a musician who alters traditional instruments to act as vehicles for surround sound. In addition to composing music, Bertucci creates graphical scores that re-imagine the manner in which sound is spatialized.


Antenes (aka Lori Napoleon) is an experimental musician whose practice utilizes obsolete phone equipment that she transforms into modular synthesizers and sequencers.


Photograph courtesy of Lea Bertucci.

7:30 PM Aug 19, 2016

Bill Laswell

Performance


Friday, August 19 at 7:30pm
Tickets $20 available at the door
Doors open at 7:00pm

Bill Laswell will perform live for a one-night only event with Hideo Yamaki and Dave Douglas.

Bill Laswell is a legendary iconoclast bassist / producer who has worked with Hideo Yamaki since the 1980s in many diverse and unprecedented configurations. Together, they have established a dialogue between bass and drums that explodes with fluid, spontaneous blasts of feeling, an ever expanding, dynamic matrix.

Hideo Yamaki is Japan's most renowned, respected, and in demand drummer. He is a veteran of countless recording and live projects with Japans most celebrated pop and rock artists. He has also collaborated with Japanese icons such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Toshinori Kondo, DJ Krush, Akira Sakata, and many others.

Dave Douglas (special guest) is one of the leading trumpeters of his generation. His transcendent style and sweeping vision earned him the DownBeat Critics Poll title Trumpet Player of the Year, a title he has won thirteen times in the past fifteen years. Over the course of his career, he has worked with the group Masada led by John Zorn, Horace Silver, Anthony Braxton, Joe Lovano, and many others.

6:30PM Aug 04, 2016

Thessia Machado and Ranjit Bhatnagar

Performance


In tandem with our ongoing Gabriel de la Mora exhibition, Open Sessions artist Thessia Machado is performing with sound sculptor Ranjit Bhatnagar. Machado and Bhatnagar will explore the musical possibilities of humble, overlooked materials and sounds, performing with a sound-powered drawing machine, a turntable with laser-cut texture record, repurposed toys, and an assortment of noisemakers.

Thessia Machado’s practice explores the innate relationships between sound and visual perception. Machado is currently a resident of Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center.

Ranjit Bhatnagar is a sound sculptor who creates an instrument every day as part of an ongoing series. Each of Bhatnagar's instruments is made from found objects that have been transformed into noise-making sculptures.

Image: Thessia Machado and Ranjit Bhatnagar, Instruments created for performance at The Drawing Center, 2016.

7pm Jul 21, 2016

Screening

Open Sessions 7

Cauleen Smith, //Crow Requiem//, video, 11 minutes 9 seconds, 2015 Cauleen Smith, //Crow Requiem//, video, 11 minutes 9 seconds, 2015 Cauleen Smith, //Crow Requiem//, video, 11 minutes 9 seconds, 2015

Cauleen Smith, Crow Requiem, video, 11 minutes 9 seconds, 2015

Video screening in conjunction with Open Sessions 7: Hibernating Plan, will feature a presentation of video works exploring hibernation, states of latency, fugitivity and dormancy. With artists Danilo Correale, Micah Hesse, Dylan Mira, Omar Mismar, Alison O’Daniel, Julie Orser, Sreshta Rit Premnath, Cauleen Smith, Daniel Wickerham & Malcolm Lomax, Tuguldur Yondonjamts.

Image: Cauleen Smith, Crow Requiem, video, 11 minutes 9 seconds, 2015

2PM Jul 16, 2016

Walkthrough

Gabriel de la Mora: Sound Inscriptions on Fabric

Gabriel de la Mora, //B-135//, 2015. Vintage radio speaker fabric, 7 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Gabriel de la Mora, //B-135//, 2015. Vintage radio speaker fabric, 7 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Gabriel de la Mora, //B-135//, 2015. Vintage radio speaker fabric, 7 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Gabriel de la Mora, B-135, 2015. Vintage radio speaker fabric, 7 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Join Gabriel de la Mora and The Drawing Center’s Executive Director Brett Littman for a walkthrough of the exhibition.


Image:Gabriel de la Mora, B-135, 2015. Vintage radio speaker fabric, 7 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches each. Courtesy of Timothy Taylor, London; Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City; and Sicardi Gallery, Houston.

6-8PM Jul 14, 2016

Opening Reception

Gabriel de la Mora: Sound Inscriptions on Fabric and Open Sessions 7

Gabriel de la Mora, //B-189//, 2015. Vintage radio speaker fabric. 17 3/8  x 12 5/8 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
Gabriel de la Mora, //B-189//, 2015. Vintage radio speaker fabric. 17 3/8  x 12 5/8 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
Gabriel de la Mora, //B-189//, 2015. Vintage radio speaker fabric. 17 3/8  x 12 5/8 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Gabriel de la Mora, B-189, 2015. Vintage radio speaker fabric. 17 3/8 x 12 5/8 inches. Courtesy of the artist.


Please join us Thursday, July 14 for the opening reception of Gabriel de la Mora: Sound Inscriptions on Fabric and Open Sessions 7.


The event is FREE and open to the public.


In the Main Gallery, The Drawing Center will present Gabriel de la Mora: Sound Inscriptions on Fabric, an installation of fifty-five pairs of found speaker screens. Each screen is imprinted with an inscription created by the dust and air that circulated through the speaker during its life, recording the cadence of countless voices, advertisements, news broadcasts, soap operas, football games, and music, as well as noise, interference, and silence.


In The Lab, Open Sessions 7: Hibernating Plan will consider drawing in relationship to the sense of suspended time inherent in planning. Featuring artists Sheree Hovsepian, Rafael Kelman, Arnold Kemp, Thessia Machado, Sun Moqing, Sara Chang Yan, and Tuguldur Yondonjamts, the exhibition will explore the notion of the “sketch” in relation to the instinct to hibernate, intuit, and mull over. Including works that feature light, sound, drawing, sculpture, and moving image, Hibernating Plan suggests that drawing exists alongside other forms of knowledge that cannot be exclusively acquired by observation, reason, or experience.


Image: Gabriel de la Mora, B-189, 2015. Vintage radio speaker fabric. 17 3/8 x 12 5/8 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

6PM Jun 29, 2016

Conversation

Prix Canson

ruby onyinyechi amanze,// in your arms//, 2015. Ink, graphite, photo transfer, enamel, 20 x 30 inches
ruby onyinyechi amanze,// in your arms//, 2015. Ink, graphite, photo transfer, enamel, 20 x 30 inches
ruby onyinyechi amanze,// in your arms//, 2015. Ink, graphite, photo transfer, enamel, 20 x 30 inches

ruby onyinyechi amanze, in your arms, 2015. Ink, graphite, photo transfer, enamel, 20 x 30 inches

Conversation between Prix Canson 2016 Juror, Amanda Hunt, Assistant Curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem and 2016 Prix Canson Finalist ruby onyinyechi amanze.


The large scaled drawings of ruby onyinyechi amanze (b. 1982, Nigeria) are part of an ongoing, non-linear narrative called aliens, hybrids and ghosts that explores space and play while revealing cultural hybridity. "This isn’t social science, it’s magic-realism and the power of drawing to invent worlds for ourselves. I’m a storyteller, not an advocate," she says. ruby onyinyechi amanze is currently an artist-in-residence at the Queens Museum.


Image: ruby onyinyechi amanze, in your arms, 2015. Ink, graphite, photo transfer, and enamel on paper. 20 x 30 inches.

6PM Jun 22, 2016

Conversation

Prix Canson

Lucy Skaer, //Untitled//, 2010. Aluminium leaf and watercolour on paper. 139 x 111 inches / 353 x 280 cm. Lucy Skaer, //Untitled//, 2010. Aluminium leaf and watercolour on paper. 139 x 111 inches / 353 x 280 cm. Lucy Skaer, //Untitled//, 2010. Aluminium leaf and watercolour on paper. 139 x 111 inches / 353 x 280 cm.

Lucy Skaer, Untitled, 2010. Aluminium leaf and watercolour on paper. 139 x 111 inches / 353 x 280 cm.

Conversation between Prix Canson 2016 Juror, Brett Littman, Curator and Executive Director at The Drawing Center and 2016 Prix Canson Finalist Lucy Skaer.


Lucy Skaer (b. 1975, UK) has mined the conceptual possibilities of sculpture, print, drawing and film throughout her practice in order to examine shifts between dimensions, explore the gap between object and image, and represent the gradations between these mediums. In 2009, Skaer was shortlisted for the Turner Prize, and, in 2007, she represented Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale.


Image: Lucy Skaer, Untitled, 2010. Aluminum leaf and watercolor on paper, 139 x 111 inches.

6-8PM May 12, 2016

Albers Color Workshop


FREE | first come, first served | 20 people max.


Albers Color Workshop: Perception Through Iteration


In a workshop led by Fritz Horstman, Artist Residency and Education Coordinator at The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation, we will explore the influence of Josef Albers’ color theory on artists included in Drawing Dialogues: Selections from the Sol LeWitt Collection. The German-born artist Josef Albers is remembered for his work as an educator at the Bauhaus, Black Mountain College, and Yale University and for his book Interaction of Color, a foundational text on color and perception.


Photo credit: Jeannette Redensek 2016

7:30pm Apr 28, 2016

Walkthrough Jackie Ferrara

Jackie Ferrara, //Arches and Scams//, 2016, colored pencil on paper. Bottom - Jackie Ferrara, //Vampire Towers//, 2016, colored pencil on paper. 
Jackie Ferrara, //Arches and Scams//, 2016, colored pencil on paper. Bottom - Jackie Ferrara, //Vampire Towers//, 2016, colored pencil on paper. 
Jackie Ferrara, //Arches and Scams//, 2016, colored pencil on paper. Bottom - Jackie Ferrara, //Vampire Towers//, 2016, colored pencil on paper.

Jackie Ferrara, Arches and Scams, 2016, colored pencil on paper. Bottom - Jackie Ferrara, Vampire Towers, 2016, colored pencil on paper.

PLEASE NOTE, DUE UNEXPECTED CIRCUMSTANCES WE WILL RESCHEDULE THIS WALKTHROUGH.
Details to come.

Walkthrough Jackie Ferrara: Lines with the artist.

6:30PM Apr 28, 2016

Walkthrough LeWitt Collection

Photograph of Sol LeWitt’s Studio, 117 Hester Street, New York, 1968 Black and white photograph
3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. LeWitt Collection, Chester, CT.
Photograph of Sol LeWitt’s Studio, 117 Hester Street, New York, 1968 Black and white photograph
3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. LeWitt Collection, Chester, CT.
Photograph of Sol LeWitt’s Studio, 117 Hester Street, New York, 1968 Black and white photograph
3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. LeWitt Collection, Chester, CT.

Photograph of Sol LeWitt’s Studio, 117 Hester Street, New York, 1968 Black and white photograph
3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. LeWitt Collection, Chester, CT.

Join the curators of the exhibition, Claire Gilman, Senior Curator at The Drawing Center, and Béatrice Gross, guest curator and LeWitt scholar, for a walkthrough of Drawing Dialogues: The Sol LeWitt Collection.


Image: Photograph of Sol LeWitt’s Loft, 117 Hester Street, New York, 1968. Black-and-white photograph, 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. LeWitt Collection, Chester, CT.

2:30 and 4:30PM Apr 16, 2016

Inevitable Music

Drawing Dialogues: The Sol LeWitt Collection

Sébastien Roux, //Inevitable Music//, Variations on Sol LeWitt's Wall Drawing #260 LP, 2014. Sébastien Roux, //Inevitable Music//, Variations on Sol LeWitt's Wall Drawing #260 LP, 2014. Sébastien Roux, //Inevitable Music//, Variations on Sol LeWitt's Wall Drawing #260 LP, 2014.

Sébastien Roux, Inevitable Music, Variations on Sol LeWitt's Wall Drawing #260 LP, 2014.

In conjunction with Drawing Dialogues: The Sol LeWitt Collection, The Drawing Center presents a soundscape by the French composer Sébastien Roux. Roux’s piece, created by translating Sol LeWitt’s instructions for wall drawings into a layered electronic score, will highlight the link between drawing and musical notation that is visible in a number of works collected by LeWitt.


Image: Sébastien Roux, Inevitable Music, Variations on Sol LeWitt's Wall Drawing #260 LP, 2014.

6-8PM Apr 14, 2016

Opening Reception

Drawing Dialogues: Selections from the Sol LeWitt Collection and Jackie Ferrara: Lines

Photograph of Sol LeWitt’s Studio, 117 Hester Street, New York, 1968 Black and white photograph
3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. LeWitt Collection, Chester, CT.
Photograph of Sol LeWitt’s Studio, 117 Hester Street, New York, 1968 Black and white photograph
3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. LeWitt Collection, Chester, CT.
Photograph of Sol LeWitt’s Studio, 117 Hester Street, New York, 1968 Black and white photograph
3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. LeWitt Collection, Chester, CT.

Photograph of Sol LeWitt’s Studio, 117 Hester Street, New York, 1968 Black and white photograph
3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. LeWitt Collection, Chester, CT.


Please join us Thursday, April 14 for the opening reception of Drawing Dialogues: Selections from the Sol LeWitt Collection and Jackie Ferrara: Lines .


The event is FREE and open to the public.


The Drawing Center will present Drawing Dialogues: Selections from the Sol LeWitt Collection, an exhibition featuring over one hundred works by more than sixty artists from the renowned artist’s extraordinary collection. It is the first large-scale exhibition of the collection to be held in New York in over thirty years.


In The Lab Corridor, Jackie Ferrara: Lines will consist of eight wall drawings, each anchored by imagined architecture or architectural elements along with lists of film titles rendered in Morse code. The Morse code acts as a foundation or band, interrupting the drawn architecture or adding another layer over the entire surface.


Image: Photograph of Sol LeWitt’s Loft, 117 Hester Street, New York, 1968. Black-and-white photograph, 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. LeWitt Collection, Chester, CT.

2PM Mar 19, 2016

Walkthrough

Please Make This Look Nice

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Studio wall. Photo by AHL&CO

Designer Carin Goldberg and curator Peter Ahlberg discuss drawing and
the graphic design process following a walkthrough of the exhibition.


Image: Studio wall. Photo by AHL&CO

6PM Mar 16, 2016

Closing Reception

Please Make This Look Nice

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Studio wall. Photo by AHL&CO

For Please Make This Look Nice: The Graphic Design Process as an Act of Drawing a simulated studio has been installed in The Drawing Center’s Lab gallery. Throughout the course of the show, a select group of professionals from throughout New York’s vibrant graphic design community has been invited to work on unique and original design assignments and in a variety of formats and media including typography, logos, books, posters, motion, editorial, and more. All work is printed, displayed, and projected for the exhibition audience to view, discuss, and engage with directly.

Tonight we celebrate the project. It will continue through this Sunday, March 20.


Image: Studio wall. Photo by AHL&CO

6:30 Mar 10, 2016

Performance

Louise Despont: Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture

Aaron Taylor Kuffner, //The Gamelatron Roh Ageng//, 2013. Bronze Gongs, Powder coated steel, and robotic mallets. Dimension variable. Aaron Taylor Kuffner, //The Gamelatron Roh Ageng//, 2013. Bronze Gongs, Powder coated steel, and robotic mallets. Dimension variable. Aaron Taylor Kuffner, //The Gamelatron Roh Ageng//, 2013. Bronze Gongs, Powder coated steel, and robotic mallets. Dimension variable.

Aaron Taylor Kuffner, The Gamelatron Roh Ageng, 2013. Bronze Gongs, Powder coated steel, and robotic mallets. Dimension variable.

Join conceptual artist, Aaron Taylor Kuffner, for a one-night live performance with his gamelatron (sonic kinetic sculpture with Indonesian gamelan instruments), which is featured in Louise Despont: Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture installation.

6PM Mar 09, 2016

Talk

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Tickets are available at the door evening of the talk: $5, $3 Students, seniors
First come, first served.


In an intimate and informal talk, Paula Scher will discuss her design process—touching on how different projects require different approaches, the role painting has had on her design practice, and the ultimate importance of the finished product.

Paula Scher is an award-winning graphic designer, artist, educator, and partner at Pentagram. With a career spanning five decades, her body of work is remarkable for its variety and breadth. Some of her best known works include graphic identities for The Public Theater, Citibank, Windows 8, Microsoft Office 2010, The Metropolitan Opera, and Tiffany & Co.

An exhibition of her paintings, Paula Scher: U.S.A. is currently on view through March 26 at Bryce Wolkowitz gallery.

12-4pm Mar 05, 2016 - Mar 06, 2016

SoHo Memory Project

Public sessions with the SoHo Memory Project will take place inThe Drawing Center's foyer giving visitors an opportunity to learn about the history of SoHo as a New York City neighborhood. SoHo historian Yukie Ohta will present the SoHo Memory Project Portable Historical Society, a mobile museum featuring the sights, sounds, and smells of SoHo in the 1970s through such unconventional media as Viewmaster viewers, 3-D printed miniatures, and a smell station.

Saturday, March 5, 12-4pm
Sunday, March 6, 12-4pm

In partnership with the SoHo Arts Network, the program will travel to sites throughout SoHo through July 2016. Further information and the full calendar of public sessions is available here.

This program is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.

Photo: Yukie Ohta with the mobile museum in SoHo. Read her blog here.

6PM Mar 03, 2016

Collage-Making

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Studio wall. Photo by AHL&CO

Graphic designer, collagist, and Abrams Books Creative Director John Gall hosts
a hands-on collage-making event.


Image: Studio wall. Photo by AHL&CO

4PM Feb 26, 2016

Talk

Please Make This Look Nice

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Studio wall. Photo by AHL&CO

Lubalin Study Center curator and design educator Alexander Tochilovsky talks about typography, historical design processes, and the materials selected for the micro-exhibit.


Image: Studio wall. Photo by AHL&CO

4-6PM Feb 20, 2016

Screening + Q&A

Please Make This Look Nice

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Studio wall. Photo by AHL&CO

Elliott Earls will screen selected scenes from three of his narrative works: The Saranay Motel, Catfish, and Studio Practice. He will discuss the complexities and challenges of managing a hybrid design/art/education practice and answer questions following the screening.

Elliott Earls is Artist-in-Residence and head of the Graduate Graphic Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Mr. Earls has led the graduate program at Cranbrook since 2001. Earls’s work as a designer, performer, and artist is represented in major collections, including the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, The Wolfsonian Museum, and The Miami Art Museum. As a performance artist Earls was awarded an Emerging Artist Grant from the Wooster Group and has preformed globally, including featured shows during the Exit Festival at Masion des arts de Créteil, and at Music Hall, Detroit. Earls’s work has been exhibited widely, including a major recent installation at the Triennale Museum in Milan.

Image: Studio wall. Photo by AHL&CO

7:30 PM Jan 29, 2016 - Feb 13, 2016

Basement Performances

Curated by John Zorn

Fridays and Saturdays in late January and early February, The Drawing Center will present Basement Performances curated by renowned composer and performer John Zorn. The six cutting edge multi-media performances in our Lab will bring together improvised music with expanded cinema and feature some of Downtown New York’s most adventurous musicians and visual artists including: Okkyung Lee and Andrew Lampert; Raha Raissnia and Panagiotis Mavridis; Bill Laswell; Kenny Wollesen and Julia Elsas; Ela Troyano and Uzi Parnes; and Ikue Mori.

The Basement Performances are produced by Brett Littman, Executive Director.

Friday, January 29 at 7:30pm
$10 tickets - limited availability at door
Okkyung Lee (composer, cellist) and Andrew Lampert (artist, film archivist)
Performing a site-specific piece with multiple projections and live music

Saturday, January 30 at 7:30pm
Raha Raissnia (artist) and Panagiotis Mavridis (artist, musical instrument maker)
Performing with multiple looped 35 and 16 mm film projections and installation with live music

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Friday, February 5 at 7:30pm
$20 tickets - limited availability at door
Bill Laswell (record producer, bassist)
Performing to Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi

Saturday, February 6 at 7:30pm
$10 - limited availability at door
Kenny Wollesen (percussionist) and Julia Elsas (artist)
Kenny Wollesen and Julia Elsas will create an intimate sonic and visual performance with handmade instruments and an object-based installation.

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Friday, February 12 at 7:30pm
$10 at BrownPaperTickets.com
Ela Troyano (filmmaker, actress) and Uzi Parnes (photographer, performer)
Parnes and Troyano will work environmentally, presenting two works – The Silence of Marcel Duchamp with John Zorn’s BeuysBlock as a soundtrack and a live film version of Bubble People, featuring legendary filmmaker Jack Smith along with Parnes and Polly Bradfield. Bradfield, one of downtown’s earliest improvisers, can be seen and heard on violin and record player. Bubble People Troyano’s first film was shot at Parnes' loft Performances Staged and includes his environments and artworks.

Saturday, February 13 at 7:30pm
$10 - limited availability at door
Ikue Mori (improviser, composer)
Performing a new live visual and sound piece based on the Nathaniel Hawthorne tale “Pomegranate Seeds”

Image: Raha Raissnia, Longing, 2014. 16 mm film, color, 20-minute loop, optical sound. Dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York.

2PM Feb 13, 2016

Walkthrough

Jennifer Bartlett: Hospital

Jennifer Bartlett, //Hospital, 2012//, Pastel on paper, 30 x 30 inches. Courtesy of Locks Gallery, Philadelphia. Photo by Joseph Hu.
Jennifer Bartlett, //Hospital, 2012//, Pastel on paper, 30 x 30 inches. Courtesy of Locks Gallery, Philadelphia. Photo by Joseph Hu.
Jennifer Bartlett, //Hospital, 2012//, Pastel on paper, 30 x 30 inches. Courtesy of Locks Gallery, Philadelphia. Photo by Joseph Hu.

Jennifer Bartlett, Hospital, 2012, Pastel on paper, 30 x 30 inches. Courtesy of Locks Gallery, Philadelphia. Photo by Joseph Hu.

Join curator Brett Littman and Raphael Rubinstein, a New York-based poet and art critic and essayist for Barlett’s recent painting exhibition entitled Hospital at Locks Gallery in Philadelphia, for a walkthrough of Jennifer Bartlett: Hospital .

Image: Jennifer Bartlett, Hospital, 2012, Pastel on paper, 30 x 30 inches. Courtesy of Michael Forman and Jennifer Rice. Photo by Joseph Hu.

6:30PM Jan 28, 2015

Walkthrough

Louise Despont: Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture

Louise Despont, //Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture// (Subtle and Circulatory, Male), 2015. Colored pencil and graphite on antique ledger book pages. 71 1/2 x 68 1/2, 12 ledger book pages. Courtesy of the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery. Louise Despont, //Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture// (Subtle and Circulatory, Male), 2015. Colored pencil and graphite on antique ledger book pages. 71 1/2 x 68 1/2, 12 ledger book pages. Courtesy of the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery. Louise Despont, //Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture// (Subtle and Circulatory, Male), 2015. Colored pencil and graphite on antique ledger book pages. 71 1/2 x 68 1/2, 12 ledger book pages. Courtesy of the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery.

Louise Despont, Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture (Subtle and Circulatory, Male), 2015. Colored pencil and graphite on antique ledger book pages. 71 1/2 x 68 1/2, 12 ledger book pages. Courtesy of the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery.

Join the artist and Brett Littman, Executive Director at The Drawing Center and curator of Louise Despont: Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture for a walkthrough.

6-8PM Jan 21, 2016

Opening Reception

Spring Exhibitions

Louise Despont, //Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture// (Subtle and Circulatory, Female), 2015. Colored pencil and graphite on antique ledger book pages. 71 1/2 x 68 1/2, 12 ledger book pages. Courtesy of the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery. Louise Despont, //Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture// (Subtle and Circulatory, Female), 2015. Colored pencil and graphite on antique ledger book pages. 71 1/2 x 68 1/2, 12 ledger book pages. Courtesy of the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery. Louise Despont, //Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture// (Subtle and Circulatory, Female), 2015. Colored pencil and graphite on antique ledger book pages. 71 1/2 x 68 1/2, 12 ledger book pages. Courtesy of the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery.

Louise Despont, Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture (Subtle and Circulatory, Female), 2015. Colored pencil and graphite on antique ledger book pages. 71 1/2 x 68 1/2, 12 ledger book pages. Courtesy of the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery.


Please join us Thursday, January 21 for the opening reception of Louise Despont: Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture and Jennifer Bartlett: Hospital .


The event is FREE and open to the public.


For Louise Despont: Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture, Despont will create a site-specific, large-scale architectural installation in the Main Gallery. While she is best known for her incredibly complex and unique drawings on antique paper, for Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture she will be designing two contrasting built structures, both of which are informed by her recent travels to Bali. The first structure will be a rectangular, roofed room, its exterior surface covered with cut dowel pegs. Inside, Despont will install a series of abstract drawings depicting different circulatory systems. The second structure will be an open-roof oval room, its exterior covered by a loosely draped linen cloth. Inside, Despont will install a five foot high by sixty foot long frieze-like drawing that will completely fill the interior walls. This unified drawing will explore and visualize energy paths found in the natural world.


In the Drawing Room, Jennifer Bartlett: Hospital will be on view. Since her first one-person exhibition in New York in 1970, Jennifer Bartlett has been well-known for her process-based works exploring grids and other forms of order, which subvert these systems even as they work within their confines. Alongside this body of abstract work, Bartlett has also produced pastel drawings based on her immediate surroundings. These pastels are essential to understanding Bartlett’s vocal and critical rejection of the rigid distinction between abstraction and figuration, and highlight the fluidity between these ways of working in her practice. The Hospital series of pastels was made during Bartlett’s extended hospital stay. These pastels are based on a series of photographs she took in the hospital that she later cropped and edited in her studio. With these works, Bartlett continues her long-established practice of close observation and responsiveness to her environment.


Image: Louise Despont, Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture, (detail), 2015. Graphite and colored pencil on antique ledger book pages. Courtesy of the artist.

6PM Feb 25, 2016

Lecture

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Studio wall. Photo by AHL&CO

Exhibition curator Peter Ahlberg, and designers Frank DeRose, Hjalti Karlsson,
Paul Sahre, and Jan Wilker present a series of short lectures followed by Q&A.


Image: Studio wall. Photo by AHL&CO

6:30 PM Dec 10, 2015

Discussion

Richard Pousette- Dart: 1930s

Richard Pousette- Dart, Untitled, 1930s. Brush, ink, wash. 17 x 14 inches. J & J Collection. Inv. no. 6002. Richard Pousette- Dart, Untitled, 1930s. Brush, ink, wash. 17 x 14 inches. J & J Collection. Inv. no. 6002. Richard Pousette- Dart, Untitled, 1930s. Brush, ink, wash. 17 x 14 inches. J & J Collection. Inv. no. 6002.

Richard Pousette- Dart, Untitled, 1930s. Brush, ink, wash. 17 x 14 inches. J & J Collection. Inv. no. 6002.

Phong Bui, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Brooklyn Rail, will moderate a discussion on the 1930s graphic work of Richard Pousette-Dart with Charles H. Duncan and Lowery Stokes Sims.


Image: Richard Pousette-Dart, Untitled (detail), 1930s, Brush, ink, and wash on paper, 17 x 14 inches. Photographer: Jason Wierzbicki. Courtesy of The Richard Pousette-Dart Estate.

6-8PM Nov 12, 2015

Opening Reception

Open Sessions 6

Ronny Quevedo, //Home Field Advantage #1//, 2015. Contact paper, vinyl and graphite on Mylar. 42 x 38 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Ronny Quevedo, //Home Field Advantage #1//, 2015. Contact paper, vinyl and graphite on Mylar. 42 x 38 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Ronny Quevedo, //Home Field Advantage #1//, 2015. Contact paper, vinyl and graphite on Mylar. 42 x 38 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Ronny Quevedo, Home Field Advantage #1, 2015. Contact paper, vinyl and graphite on Mylar. 42 x 38 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Join us Thursday, November 12 for the opening reception of Open Sessions 6.
In the Lab Gallery, Open Sessions will continue with artist-directed group exhibitions. Open Sessions 6 will feature the work of Amadeo Azar, Daniel Barroca, Youmna Chlala, Lea Cetera, Onyedika Chuke, Alexandra Lerman, Harold Mendez, Marcelo Moscheta, and Ronny Quevedo. Organized by the artists and Nova Benway and Lisa Sigal, Curators of the Open Sessions program.

7pm - Performance by Lea Cetera: In OBE (Outer Body Experience), 2014, Cetera performs a new-age, self-help meta-lecture addressing the concept of audience, the experiential passage of time, astral projection, and the conspiracy theory surrounding devil worship in the American entertainment industry.

Image: Ronny Quevedo, Home Field Advantage #1(detail), 2015. Contact paper, vinyl, and graphite on mylar. 42x38 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

6:30pm Nov 05, 2015

Poetry Reading

Jeremy Sigler

Jeremy Sigler will read a selection of new prose poems, including Not to Brag, which was written for the catalogue accompanying Rashid Johnson: Anxious Men, curated by Claire Gilman, Senior Curator, and on view at The Drawing Center through Dec. 20th.


Jeremy Sigler (b.1968) is a poet based in Brooklyn, where he has resided since 1991. He has published numerous books of poetry, including most recently Crackpot Poet (Black Square Editions) and ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ (Kingsboro Press/ For the Common Good). His next book, Love Poet in Marxist Overalls, is forthcoming from Sternberg Press in 2016. Sigler recently worked as co-editor of Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place: 1958-2010 (published by Dia Art Foundation and Yale University Press), and he currently teaches in SVA's Dept. of Visual & Critical Studies, New York.

6:30PM Oct 15, 2015

Walkthrough

Rashid Johnson: Anxious Men

Rashid Johnson, //Untitled Anxious Men//, (detail) 2015. White ceramic tile, black soap, wax, 47 1/2 x 34 1/2 x 2 inches © Rashid Johnson, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo by Martin Parsekian. Rashid Johnson, //Untitled Anxious Men//, (detail) 2015. White ceramic tile, black soap, wax, 47 1/2 x 34 1/2 x 2 inches © Rashid Johnson, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo by Martin Parsekian. Rashid Johnson, //Untitled Anxious Men//, (detail) 2015. White ceramic tile, black soap, wax, 47 1/2 x 34 1/2 x 2 inches © Rashid Johnson, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo by Martin Parsekian.

Rashid Johnson, Untitled Anxious Men, (detail) 2015. White ceramic tile, black soap, wax, 47 1/2 x 34 1/2 x 2 inches © Rashid Johnson, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo by Martin Parsekian.

Join the artist and Claire Gilman, Senior Curator at The Drawing Center and curator of Rashid Johnson: Anxious Men, for a walkthrough of the exhibition.


Image: Rashid Johnson, Untitled Anxious Men (detail), 2015, White ceramic tile, black soap, and wax, 73 x 47 x 2. © Rashid Johnson, Courtesy of the artist Hauser & Wirth. Photo by Martin Parsekian.

6:30-8PM Oct 08, 2015

A Conversation and Book Launch

Duane Zaloudek: Early Works

Duane Zaloudek, //Norcron//, 1961. Oil on canvas. 75 x 70 in.
Courtesy of Monitor Rome. Duane Zaloudek, //Norcron//, 1961. Oil on canvas. 75 x 70 in.
Courtesy of Monitor Rome. Duane Zaloudek, //Norcron//, 1961. Oil on canvas. 75 x 70 in.
Courtesy of Monitor Rome.

Duane Zaloudek, Norcron, 1961. Oil on canvas. 75 x 70 in.
Courtesy of Monitor Rome.

Join Brett Littman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center, with artist Duane Zaloudek to celebrate Duane Zaloudek: Early Works published by Gli Ori, Pistoia (IT).

The American artist Duane Zaloudek (b. Texahoma, 1931, lives and works in New York) began a series of collaborations with Monitor curated by Paola Capata and Brett Littman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center in New York. The debut exhibition in January 2015 was at Monitor Studio, New York featuring five paintings produced between 1966 and 1967 and two rare oil on paper works from 1963. The second solo exhibition was at Monitor Rome in March 2015 and highlighted Zaloudek’s paintings realized between the late 1950’s and early 1970’s, which include his Trask series (1961-1964), Milarepa series (1965-67) and first white-on-white canvases (1968-71).

Zaloudek describes his process as follows ,“I have been concerned with ideas relating to sensory inhibition and the implications such ideas hold for the technology of painting and the spectator – object relationship. A group of works have evolved from this concern to make painting an exclusively physical-visual experience in line with studies on the possibilities of visual actions and actions with extremely low contrasts. The objective has been to move more completely away from formal problem solving and to delve more deeply into the self – conscious awareness of the physicality of seeing. Progressively reducing the value and color contrast my goal has become an intensifying of an awareness of being on the part of the viewer, through an intense encounter with carefully reduced stimuli.”

Image: Duane Zaloudek, Norcron, 1961. Oil on canvas. 75 x 70 in. Courtesy of Monitor Rome.

6 - 8PM Oct 01, 2015

Opening Reception

Fall Exhibitions

Richard Pousette-Dart, //Agony//, 1930s, Graphite, ink, and wash on paper, 18 ½ x 14 ⅞ inches. Photographer: Jason Wierzbicki. Courtesy of The Richard Pousette-Dart Estate. Richard Pousette-Dart, //Agony//, 1930s, Graphite, ink, and wash on paper, 18 ½ x 14 ⅞ inches. Photographer: Jason Wierzbicki. Courtesy of The Richard Pousette-Dart Estate. Richard Pousette-Dart, //Agony//, 1930s, Graphite, ink, and wash on paper, 18 ½ x 14 ⅞ inches. Photographer: Jason Wierzbicki. Courtesy of The Richard Pousette-Dart Estate.

Richard Pousette-Dart, Agony, 1930s, Graphite, ink, and wash on paper, 18 ½ x 14 ⅞ inches. Photographer: Jason Wierzbicki. Courtesy of The Richard Pousette-Dart Estate.

Please join us Thursday, October 1 for the opening reception of Richard Pousette-Dart: 1930s, Rashid Johnson: Anxious Men, and Open Sessions 5.


This event is FREE and open to the public.


In the Main Gallery Richard Pousette-Dart: 1930s will be on view. This is the first in-depth museum consideration of Pousette-Dart’s drawings from the 1930s, a period when the artist pursued directly-carved sculpture, yet also painted, experimented with photography, and created numerous works on paper. The exhibition features approximately 100 works from this period including drawings, notebooks, and brasses. Many of the early drawings explore Pousette-Dart’s concerns about sculpture and working three-dimensionally. Others reference the figure through full-frontal or profile views as they consider space, orientation, and volume. Additionally, numerous studies allude to dance, animals, mythology, masks, and human heads. There are also several series of drawings and studies that accumulate abstract and geometric forms as his interest transitioned to working with the “flatter” brasses—small sculptures meant to be worn as pendants or held in the hand. These works presage many of the compositional strategies he employed in his later paintings from the 1940s.


For Rashid Johnson: Anxious Men, Johnson will create a site-specific installation for the Drawing Room gallery. Universally accessible and employing common visual tropes such as the monochrome and the grid, Johnson’s work is also self-referential, making specific allusion to his upbringing in Chicago in the late seventies and eighties and the Afro-centric values of his parents. The core of the exhibition is a new series of black-soap-and-wax-on-tile portraits that Johnson calls his “anxious men.” Executed by digging into a waxy surface, they enact a kind of drawing through erasure and represent the first time Johnson has worked figuratively outside of photography or film, and on such a small scale. Whereas Johnson’s previous work has taken a more cerebral approach to questions of race and political identity, the drawn portraits confront the viewer with a visceral immediacy.


In addition in the Lab gallery Open Sessions will continue with artist-directed group exhibitions. Open Sessions 5 will feature the work of Lauren Bakst, Jimbo Blachly, Daniel Lichtman, Yuri Masnyj, Laura Morrison, Catya Plate, Sarada Rauch, and Alfred Steiner.


Image: Richard Pousette-Dart, Agony, 1930s, Graphite, ink, and wash on paper, 18 ½ x 14 ⅞ inches. Photographer: Jason Wierzbicki. Courtesy of The Richard Pousette-Dart Estate.

Aug 07, 2015 - Aug 21, 2015

Performance

Open Sessions

Single Occupancy, a performance work by Open Sessions artists Lauren Bakst and Yuri Masnyj will take place in the gallery. The performance involves a body, a monitor, and a stack of objects. These materials create the conditions for the construction of landscape and portraiture, using absence and abstraction to establish the presence of the figure. In Single Occupancy, the image functions as a recording and a disappearance—the performance, a practice in the sensation of artifice.

Friday, August 7 at 2pm & 3pm
Thursday, August 13 at 7pm
Thursday, August 20 at 5pm
Friday, August 21 at 2pm & 3pm

This performance is included in the admission price:
Wednesday-Sunday $5, $3 student | Thursday FREE from 6-8pm


A part of Name It by Trying to Name It: Open Sessions 2014-15 , which includes all artists in the program, giving the first floor of the museum over to an exploration of drawing, performance, video, sculpture, and installation.

Image: Lauren Bakst and Yuri Masnyj, Single Occupancy, 2015. Video still.

6:30pm Aug 20, 2015

Open Sessions

Reception and Conversation

Join us for the third part of Name It by Trying to Name It, our whole-group exhibition.

At 6:30pm, Open Sessions artists will meet in the gallery for an hour-long conversation, open to the public, about their ongoing work at The Drawing Center, focusing on drawing as a catalyst in forming new relationships between the works in the exhibition. Following the conversation will be a general reception celebrating the show.

New artists in Name It by Trying to Name It: Amadeo Azar, Daniel Barroca, Matt Bua, Onyedika Chuke, Annette Cords, Marcelo Moscheta, Zach Rockhill, and Lauren Seiden.

Image: Installation shot of Name It by Trying to Name It. Photo by Jose Andres Ramirez.

6:30pm Aug 06, 2015

Open Sessions

Reception and Performances

In August we continue to roll out Open Sessions artists' work at The Drawing Center!

On Thursday, August 6, join us for the opening of small-group show Open Sessions 4, and the second part of Name It by Trying to Name It, our whole-group exhibition. We’re celebrating with an evening of short performances, readings and lectures by eight Open Sessions artists.

FREE + no rsvp required.


Open Sessions 4 includes:
Colleen Asper & Marika Kandelaki, Matt Bua, Maurice Carlin (with Anne Gilman, Ethan Hayes-Chute, Annette Knol, Elizabeth Leister and Michael Namkung), Kerry Downey, Nicolas Dumit Estevez and Laia Sole, Maximilian Goldfarb, Brad Killam, Kamau Patton, and Lior Shvil.

New artists in Name It by Trying to Name It:
Marlon de Azambuja, Kerry Downey, Patte Loper, Laura Morrison, Ronny Quevedo, Adam Shecter, Alfred Steiner, and Arturs Virtmanis.

Performances by Colleen Asper & Marika Kandelaki, Lauren Bakst, Matt Bua, Maurice Carlin (via livestream), Dan Lichtman, Laura Morrison, and Sarada Rauch.

Image: Jimbo Blachly, Drawing Wagon, 2015, Paper, ink, wood, Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

6 - 8PM Jul 16, 2015

Opening Reception

Open Sessions 2014-15 and Robin Rhode

Please join us Thursday, July 16 for the opening reception of Name It by Trying to Name It: Open Sessions 2014-15 and Robin Rhode: Drawing Waves .


This event is FREE and open to the public.


In the Main Gallery and Drawing Room, Name It by Trying to Name It: Open Sessions 2014-15 includes all artists in the program. The exhibition is an exploration of contemporary drawing as each artist responds specifically to Open Sessions through performance, video, sculpture, and installation, as well as traditional drawing forms. The exhibition will evolve over its six-week run, as some artworks enter and exit in two-week cycles, and others remain constant throughout the show. Programming will include an evening of performance and a conversation, open to the public, with Open Sessions artists about drawing as a catalyst in forming new relationships between the works in the exhibition.


In The Lab, South African–born, German-based artist Robin Rhode will exhibit his signature, stop-action photographs (in which he draws in public streets and then a performer interacts with the inscribed image) in a new photographic sequence entitled, Breaking Waves, 2014-15, which whimsically depicts a young boy surfing in the sea. In addition Rhode continues his collaboration with youths, partnering with a small group of children aged 8-10 years to create a large-scale mural of the high seas, which will be video recorded and on view. Rhode begins the process by attaching vinyl cutouts of seventeenth century mercantile ships to the gallery wall, and then invites the children to freely draw the surrounding body of water using giant, custom-made oil crayons.


Image: Jimbo Blachly, Drawing Wagon, 2015, Paper, ink, wood, Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

12-8 PM May 07, 2015 - Jun 28, 2015

Artists in Residence

Ryan and Trevor Oakes

The Drawing Center has commissioned artists Ryan and Trevor Oakes to use the exhibition Portraits from the École des Beaux-Arts Paris as a platform to further explore the genre of portraiture.

For eight consecutive Thursdays, May 7–June 25, the artists will be in residence in our Main Gallery. Using their unique drawing techniques, they will create a group “portrait” of our space and of visitors to our gallery.

FINAL WEEK: They are in our Main Gallery through this Sunday, 12-6pm.

6:30 PM Jun 24, 2015

Drawing People

A Conversation and Book Launch

Dasha Shishkin, //I Don't Want Any Problems, None What So Ever//, 2007.
Mixed media on canvas, 134.62 x 182.88 cm.
Dasha Shishkin, //I Don't Want Any Problems, None What So Ever//, 2007.
Mixed media on canvas, 134.62 x 182.88 cm.
Dasha Shishkin, //I Don't Want Any Problems, None What So Ever//, 2007.
Mixed media on canvas, 134.62 x 182.88 cm.

Dasha Shishkin, I Don't Want Any Problems, None What So Ever, 2007.
Mixed media on canvas, 134.62 x 182.88 cm.

The act of drawing has long been considered the foundation of an artistic education, and the life class essential to the formation of an artist's style and technique. Yet in the contemporary art world, drawing is increasingly regarded as a medium in its own right, and the figure as a subject for ongoing exploration well beyond the sketchbook. Drawing People—the publication—is a thoughtful and beautifully illustrated survey of the most compelling and inventive drawings of the human form being produced today by seventy contemporary artists from around the world.

Join Brett Littman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center, with artists Chloe Piene and Dasha Shishkin, whose work is featured in Drawing People for a discussion about their drawing practices and life within one of the most creatively rich and emotionally powerful forms of art being made today.

Artists Chloe Piene and Dasha Shishkin will sign copies of Drawing People after the talk.

Image: Dasha Shishkin, I Don't Want Any Problems, None What So Ever, 2007. Mixed media on canvas, 134.62 x 182.88 cm.

Noon-6pm May 30, 2015

IDEAS CITY 2015

Balmori Associates’ //Meditation Room: Horizon//, 2015. Balmori Associates’ //Meditation Room: Horizon//, 2015. Balmori Associates’ //Meditation Room: Horizon//, 2015.

Balmori Associates’ Meditation Room: Horizon, 2015.

Read a conversation between Diana Balmori and our Director Brett Littman here.

For IDEAS CITY 2015, The Drawing Center presents Balmori Associates’ Meditation Room: Horizon a constructed continuous wall of paper where the overlapping of two dot matrix systems comes together to create a visible horizon. A city is distinguished by the presence of multiple horizon lines stacked one over another. Meditation Room: Horizon explores basic traits of landscape, in this case, the effect of an expansive open horizon – water and sky – inside a busy urban one.

You are invited to med­itate on this concept of the horizon and to draw your interpretation. Diana Balmori will consider drawings made during the street festival for inclusion in a book and exhibition that is in the works.

You can find us in Sara D. Roosevelt Park near the corner of Chrystie and Houston.

Produced by Education Director, Aimee Good.

Art materials for Meditation Room: Horizon provided by Canson and Faber-Castell.

Image: Balmori Associates’ Meditation Room: Horizon, 2015.

7pm May 28, 2015

Film Screening

İnci Eviner, Still from Runaway Girls, HD Video loop, surround sound system. Copyright İnci Eviner 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nev, Istanbul. İnci Eviner, Still from Runaway Girls, HD Video loop, surround sound system. Copyright İnci Eviner 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nev, Istanbul. İnci Eviner, Still from Runaway Girls, HD Video loop, surround sound system. Copyright İnci Eviner 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nev, Istanbul.

İnci Eviner, Still from Runaway Girls, HD Video loop, surround sound system. Copyright İnci Eviner 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nev, Istanbul.

Join us for the premiere of İnci Eviner’s new film Runaway Girls, together with screenings of her recent films Harem (2009), Parliament (2010), and Nursing Modern Fall (2012). Following the screening, curator Brett Littman will be in conversation with Molly Kleiman, deputy editor of Triple Canopy. This event is in conjunction with İnci Eviner: Runaway Girls on view May 29-June 28.

The production of İnci Eviner: Runaway Girls is made possible by SAHA Association, Istanbul and Sarah Peter.

Image: İnci Eviner, Still from Runaway Girls, HD Video loop, surround sound system. Copyright İnci Eviner 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nev, Istanbul.

6:30pm May 14, 2015

Reading

Blinking, transfixed

Ariel Goldberg, Pipes, 2014, archival ink-jet print, 18×12 inches, courtesy of the artist Ariel Goldberg, Pipes, 2014, archival ink-jet print, 18×12 inches, courtesy of the artist Ariel Goldberg, Pipes, 2014, archival ink-jet print, 18×12 inches, courtesy of the artist

Ariel Goldberg, Pipes, 2014, archival ink-jet print, 18×12 inches, courtesy of the artist

To complement the exhibition in The Lab, the Open Sessions 3 artists have organized Blinking, transfixed, a reading program featuring fictions, descriptions, lists, and other texts. Featuring Ariel Goldberg, Claudia LaRocco, Becky Brown, Steffani Jemison, Corina Copp, Alex Galloway, and more.

This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to nbenway@drawingcenter.org with BLINKING in the subject line.

Image: Ariel Goldberg, Pipes, 2014, archival ink-jet print, 18×12 inches, courtesy of the artist.

7PM Apr 30, 2015

Panel Discussion

Natalie Frank, //Cinderella  II//, 2011-4, Gouache and chalk pastel on paper, 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of  the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin; Promised gift of Kathleen Irvin Loughlin and Chris Loughlin Natalie Frank, //Cinderella  II//, 2011-4, Gouache and chalk pastel on paper, 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of  the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin; Promised gift of Kathleen Irvin Loughlin and Chris Loughlin Natalie Frank, //Cinderella  II//, 2011-4, Gouache and chalk pastel on paper, 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of  the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin; Promised gift of Kathleen Irvin Loughlin and Chris Loughlin

Natalie Frank, Cinderella II, 2011-4, Gouache and chalk pastel on paper, 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin; Promised gift of Kathleen Irvin Loughlin and Chris Loughlin

Thursday, April 30, 7–9pm at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY.
Present your receipt from your visit to the Drawing Center exhibition for free admission.


The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center at The Brooklyn Museum will host an evening with Natalie Frank and guests. A panel discussion about fairy tales, sexuality, Feminism, and Frank’s recent work will feature the artist, Drawing Center Curator Claire Gilman, renowned art historian Linda Nochlin, and fairy tale expert Jack Zipes. Readings of select Grimm’s tales by Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham, legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones, and acclaimed essayist and feminist sage Ariel Levy will follow.

After the program, the artist will be on-hand to sign copies of her new book Tales of the Brothers Grimm, published by Damiani and distributed by DAP. The 270-page fully illustrated hardcover book contains thirty-six Grimm’s tales selected and pictorially reinterpreted by the artist as well as texts by Zipes, Nochlin, and Gilman and a conversation between Frank and director Julie Taymore.

This event is in conjunction with Natalie Frank: The Brother's Grimm.

Image: Natalie Frank, Cinderella II, 2011-4, Gouache and chalk pastel on paper, 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin; Promised gift of Kathleen Irvin Loughlin and Chris Loughlin.

6PM Apr 16, 2015

Opening Reception

Portraits from the École des Beaux-Arts Paris + Natalie Frank + Open Sessions 3 + Abdelkader Benchamma + Rachel Goodyear

Jacob Ferdinand Voet, //Portrait de femme vue de face//, 1639-1700, Colored pencil on blue paper. 22.5 X 16 cm Jacob Ferdinand Voet, //Portrait de femme vue de face//, 1639-1700, Colored pencil on blue paper. 22.5 X 16 cm Jacob Ferdinand Voet, //Portrait de femme vue de face//, 1639-1700, Colored pencil on blue paper. 22.5 X 16 cm

Jacob Ferdinand Voet, Portrait de femme vue de face, 1639-1700, Colored pencil on blue paper. 22.5 X 16 cm

Please join us Thursday, April 16th for the opening reception of:
Portraits from the École des Beaux-Arts Paris
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
Open Sessions 3
Abdelkader Benchamma: Representation of Dark Matter
Rachel Goodyear: Restless Guests

This event is FREE and open to the public.


In the Main Gallery, Portraits from the École des Beaux-Arts Paris explores four hundred years of portrait drawings from live models. Each week, a different set of four portraits from different centuries and with different formal qualities will be hung "in dialogue" with each other in a specially-built room located in the center of The Drawing Center’s Main Gallery. Forty portraits have been chosen from the collection of Beaux-Arts de Paris based on diverse criteria such as the male and female gestures, caricature, frontal gaze, social class, and profession of the model. The remaining thirty six portraits in the exhibition will be hung on the gallery's back walls and will be visible to the visitor throughout the exhibition's run.

In Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm, located in the Drawing Room, Frank applies her visual and psychological acumen to that most evocative and misunderstood of literary forms, the fairytale. Only a few contemporary artists have worked with the fairytale genre; fewer still have systematically interrogated the complexity of these tales and the way in which they address social and sexual mores that continue to have relevance today.

In addition in The Lab gallery, Open Sessions continues with artist-directed group exhibitions. Open Sessions 3 will include artists Becky Brown, Ernesto Caivano, Annette Cords, Steffani Jemison, Nyeema Morgan, Zach Rockhill, and Jina Valentine. Organized by the artists and by Nova Benway and Lisa Sigal, Open Sessions Curators.

Also each year an artist will be invited to create a site-specific wall drawing in The Drawing Center’s main stairwell. The Center commences this series in April 2015 with a commission by contemporary artist Abdelkader Benchamma. For his first U.S. museum presentation, Benchamma will create an astrological vortex in the strikingly graphic large-scale drawing, Representation of Dark Matter, 2015. Comprised of a series of linear abstractions and nebulous, inkblot forms the work is a highly articulated depiction of the complexity of the solar system and its nearly imperceptible dark matter.

In The Lab cooridor, Rachel Goodyear: Restless Guests will present a selection of drawings and hand-drawn animations. The animated works loop seamlessly, unfolding a narrative that never fully coheres, while the drawings - inspired by found sources, Goodyear's own photographs, and studies of invented scenarios - evoke a sense of drifting in and out of focus and consciousness.

Image: Jacob Ferdinand Voet, Portrait de femme vue de face, 1639-1700, Colored pencil on blue paper. 22.5 X 16 cm

6:30PM Apr 09, 2015

Conversation

Martin Wilner with Mickey Cartin and Brett Littman

In conjunction with Portraits from the École des Beaux-Arts Paris, The Drawing Center will host the launch of artist and practicing psychiatrist Martin Wilner’s Case Histories 2012 limited artist's edition benefit portfolio.

This edition features Wilner’s unique monthly portrait drawings of artists, filmmakers, musicians, curators, and collectors, created over the course of 2012. Wilner will sit down with longtime friend Mickey Cartin and Executive Director of The Drawing Center, Brett Littman (who both “sat” for portraits in Wilner’s Making History series) to discuss his process.


Image: Martin Wilner, Making History: Case Histories, February 2012: Darren Aronofsky. Pen and ink on Bristol board, 16 1/2 x 17 1/8 inches. The Cartin Collection.

6pm Feb 26, 2015

Film Screening

Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story

Please note this event is FREE (no admission fee)
There is limited seating; first come, first served


Renowned children’s book author and illustrator Peter Sís will introduce the film.

Screening of Brad Bernstein’s award-winning 2012 documentary Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story.

Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story depicts one man’s wild, lifelong adventure
of testing societal boundaries through his use of subversive art. This film combines traditional documentary storytelling with original animation from over 70 years worth of art from the renegade children’s book author and illustrator. Using a historical palette of 20th century events to paint an artist’s epic yet controversial life story, this documentary film offers a feature-length retrospective of Ungerer’s life and art, pondering the complexities and contradictions of a man who, armed with an acerbic wit, an accusing finger and a razor sharp pencil, gave visual representation to the revolutionary voices during one of the most tantalizing and dramatic periods in American history.

Image: Corner of the Cave Media / Sam Norval Photography.

11am Jan 18, 2015

Reading and Book Signing

with Tomi Ungerer

Tomi Ungerer, //Untitled//, 2011 (drawing for //Fog Island//) (First published 2012 as //Der Nebelmann// at Diogenes Verlag AG, Zürich).
Pastels and black ink, collage on black paper, 16 3/5 x 10 4/5 inches.
Courtesy of the Tomi Ungerer Collection, in deposit to the Tomi Ungerer Museum, Strasbourg
© Tomi Ungerer / Diogenes Verlag AG Zürich. Photo: Musées de la Ville de Strasbourg Tomi Ungerer, //Untitled//, 2011 (drawing for //Fog Island//) (First published 2012 as //Der Nebelmann// at Diogenes Verlag AG, Zürich).
Pastels and black ink, collage on black paper, 16 3/5 x 10 4/5 inches.
Courtesy of the Tomi Ungerer Collection, in deposit to the Tomi Ungerer Museum, Strasbourg
© Tomi Ungerer / Diogenes Verlag AG Zürich. Photo: Musées de la Ville de Strasbourg Tomi Ungerer, //Untitled//, 2011 (drawing for //Fog Island//) (First published 2012 as //Der Nebelmann// at Diogenes Verlag AG, Zürich).
Pastels and black ink, collage on black paper, 16 3/5 x 10 4/5 inches.
Courtesy of the Tomi Ungerer Collection, in deposit to the Tomi Ungerer Museum, Strasbourg
© Tomi Ungerer / Diogenes Verlag AG Zürich. Photo: Musées de la Ville de Strasbourg

Tomi Ungerer, Untitled, 2011 (drawing for Fog Island) (First published 2012 as Der Nebelmann at Diogenes Verlag AG, Zürich).
Pastels and black ink, collage on black paper, 16 3/5 x 10 4/5 inches.
Courtesy of the Tomi Ungerer Collection, in deposit to the Tomi Ungerer Museum, Strasbourg
© Tomi Ungerer / Diogenes Verlag AG Zürich. Photo: Musées de la Ville de Strasbourg

Sunday, January 18 from 11am to 12:00pm; book signing from 12:00 to 12:30pm. Co-produced by Books of Wonder.

Please note that this event has a limited capacity. First come, first served.


Ungerer will read from his 2013 children’s book, Fog Island, (Phaidon Press) and share his drawing process.


Image: Tomi Ungerer, Untitled, 2011 (drawing for Fog Island). Pastels and black ink, collage on black paper, 16 2/5 x 10 4/5 inches.

3pm Jan 17, 2015

Conversation and Book Signing

with Tomi Ungerer and Steven Heller

Saturday, January 17 from 3 - 4:30pm; book signing from 4:30 - 5pm.

Conversation between Ungerer and art director/writer Steven Heller, moderated by Claire Gilman, curator of Tomi Ungerer: All in One.


Image: Photo of Tomi Ungerer. © Photo Luc Bérujeau.

Jan 15, 2015

Opening Reception

Tomi Ungerer: All In One

Tomi Ungerer, //Untitled//, 1961 (drawing for //The Three Robbers//). Collage of cut paper, gouache, and marker on paper
11 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches. Image courtesy of the Children’s Literature Research Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia. Tomi Ungerer, //Untitled//, 1961 (drawing for //The Three Robbers//). Collage of cut paper, gouache, and marker on paper
11 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches. Image courtesy of the Children’s Literature Research Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia. Tomi Ungerer, //Untitled//, 1961 (drawing for //The Three Robbers//). Collage of cut paper, gouache, and marker on paper
11 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches. Image courtesy of the Children’s Literature Research Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia.

Tomi Ungerer, Untitled, 1961 (drawing for The Three Robbers). Collage of cut paper, gouache, and marker on paper
11 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches. Image courtesy of the Children’s Literature Research Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia.

Please join us Thursday, January 15 from 6-8pm for the opening reception of Tomi Ungerer: All in One.

The Drawing Center exhibition is the first career retrospective in the United States dedicated to this extraordinary artist. Beginning with his childhood drawings depicting the Nazi invasion of Strasbourg, through his work in New York and Canada, and concluding with Ungerer’s most recent political and satirical campaigns as well as his illustrations for the 2013 children’s book Fog Island, Tomi Ungerer: All in One will re-introduce this wildly creative individual to New York City and the world. The exhibition will occupy the entire Drawing Center, with a spotlight “exhibition” of Ungerer’s erotic drawings in the Drawing Room and animations in the lower-level Lab gallery.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Image: Tomi Ungerer, Untitled, 1961 (drawing for The Three Robbers). Collage of cut paper, gouache, and marker on paper, 11 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches.Image courtesy of the Children’s Literature Research Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia.

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.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

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

6:30pm Nov 13, 2014

Walkthrough

Sari Dienes

Sari Dienes, //Tred Squares//, c. 1953–1955. Ink on webril, 36 x 36 inches. Courtesy of Sari Dienes Foundation, Pomona, NY. © Sari Dienes Foundation/ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Sari Dienes, //Tred Squares//, c. 1953–1955. Ink on webril, 36 x 36 inches. Courtesy of Sari Dienes Foundation, Pomona, NY. © Sari Dienes Foundation/ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Sari Dienes, //Tred Squares//, c. 1953–1955. Ink on webril, 36 x 36 inches. Courtesy of Sari Dienes Foundation, Pomona, NY. © Sari Dienes Foundation/ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Sari Dienes, Tred Squares, c. 1953–1955. Ink on webril, 36 x 36 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 Alison 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.

Image: Sari Dienes, Tred Squares, c. 1953–1955. Ink on webril, 36 x 36 inches. Courtesy of Sari Dienes Foundation, Pomona, NY. © Sari Dienes Foundation/ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays

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 Oct 30, 2014

Walkthrough

Xanti Schawinsky: Head Drawings and Faces of War

Xanti Schawinsky, //The Warrior (Faces of War)//, 1942, Mixed media, watercolor and black pen on paper
29 x 21 3/8 inches. Courtesy of The Xanti Schawinsky Estate and BROADWAY 1602. 
Xanti Schawinsky, //The Warrior (Faces of War)//, 1942, Mixed media, watercolor and black pen on paper
29 x 21 3/8 inches. Courtesy of The Xanti Schawinsky Estate and BROADWAY 1602. 
Xanti Schawinsky, //The Warrior (Faces of War)//, 1942, Mixed media, watercolor and black pen on paper
29 x 21 3/8 inches. Courtesy of The Xanti Schawinsky Estate and BROADWAY 1602.

Xanti Schawinsky, The Warrior (Faces of War), 1942, Mixed media, watercolor and black pen on paper
29 x 21 3/8 inches. Courtesy of The Xanti Schawinsky Estate and BROADWAY 1602.

Join Brett Littman, the Executive Director of the Drawing Center and curator of Xanti Schawinsky: Head Drawings and Faces of War, for a walkthrough of the exhibition.

6pm Oct 08, 2014

Opening Reception

Sari Dienes

Sari Dienes, //Tred Squares//, c. 1953–1955. Ink on webril, 36 x 36 inches. Courtesy of Sari Dienes Foundation, Pomona, NY. © Sari Dienes Foundation/ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Sari Dienes, //Tred Squares//, c. 1953–1955. Ink on webril, 36 x 36 inches. Courtesy of Sari Dienes Foundation, Pomona, NY. © Sari Dienes Foundation/ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Sari Dienes, //Tred Squares//, c. 1953–1955. Ink on webril, 36 x 36 inches. Courtesy of Sari Dienes Foundation, Pomona, NY. © Sari Dienes Foundation/ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Sari Dienes, Tred Squares, c. 1953–1955. Ink on webril, 36 x 36 inches. Courtesy of Sari Dienes Foundation, Pomona, NY. © Sari Dienes Foundation/ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Please join us from 6-8pm in our Lab gallery for the opening of Sari Dienes, the first museum show ever devoted to the artist. Her transfer drawings of subway grates, sidewalks, and manhole covers produced images that were at once abstract patterns and highly recognizable subjects. The work will be on display from October 8-November 16.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Curated by Alexis Lowry Murray and Delia Solomons.

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.

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, Sam Moyer, Jessica Rankin, Elaine Reichek, and Drew Shiflett.

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

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"

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.

6:30pm Jul 31, 2014

Updated: Eisa Davis, Reggie Watts, and Wyatt Cenac Perform

That thing between you and your words.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Colson Whitehead, author of The Intuitionist, is unable to appear at The Drawing Center on Thursday.

Performing in the role of Whitehead will be his understudy, Obie Award-winning actor and playwright Eisa Davis. Davis will join comedian Reggie Watts and his special guest Wyatt Cenac. The trio will present lively improvisational descriptions of images chosen from the Viewing Program artist registry. With Heather Hart, Steffani Jemison, and Jina Valentine.

This program occurs in conjunction with the exhibition The Intuitionists.

Unfortunately, we are no longer taking RSVPs as this EVENT IS FULL.

6:30pm Jul 24, 2014

Critique and Conversation

There is so much you have never said to your companion.

On the occasion of the final Selections show, The Intuitionists, former Viewing Program curators Nayland Blake, Peter Drake, Nina Katchadourian, Byron Kim, and George Negroponte will engage in conversation and critique with artists from The Intuitionists. The informal meetings, open to the public and taking place simultaneously in the gallery, will include anecdotal stories conversations about the show itself and responses to the drawings on the table. The evening will provide an opportunity to reconnect with some of your favorite Viewing Program curators and meet Heather Hart and Steffani Jemison, two of the organizers behind The Intuitionists.

6:30pm Jul 17, 2014

This event has been cancelled.

Please note other programs below.

Ants have it easy for speaking in chemicals. Food. Fight. Follow. is the first in a series of three public programs in conjunction with The Intuitionists in which musicians, authors, and artists playfully interpret the Viewing Program’s artist registry.

Join us Thursday July 17th as artist Tahir Hemphill will respond to the exhibition with a live-mixed performance involving sound and images.

6-8pm Jul 10, 2014

Opening Reception

The Intuitionists and Small.

Nyeema Morgan, //Like It Is: Prelude//, 2014. Variable. Courtesy of the artist. Nyeema Morgan, //Like It Is: Prelude//, 2014. Variable. Courtesy of the artist. Nyeema Morgan, //Like It Is: Prelude//, 2014. Variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Nyeema Morgan, Like It Is: Prelude, 2014. Variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Please join us Thursday, July 10 from 6-8pm for the opening reception of The Intuitionists and Small.

In the Main Gallery and The Lab, The Intuitionists is a collaborative project by artists Heather Hart, Steffani Jemison, and Jina Valentine. Inspired by Colson Whitehead's novel The Intuitionist, the exhibition considers how the collection, the database, and the aggregate serve as complementary models for the organization of information and objects in flux. Using the keywords that organize The Drawing Center’s Viewing Program database (e.g., “autobiographical,” “geometric,” “historical,” “consumer culture”) as a point of departure, the exhibition installation will feature works by over sixty artists who are members of the Viewing Program. Organized by Heather Hart, Steffani Jemison, and Jina Valentine. Curated Lisa Sigal, Open Sessions Curator.

In the Drawing Room, Small. is group exhibition that features a selection of international contemporary artists who adopt an intimate format to explore issues related to visual perception, personal and historical memory, the construction of gender stereotypes, and the power of the imagination. The artists in Small. are: Firelei Báez (b. 1981, Santiago de los Trenta Caballeros, Dominican Republic), Emmanouil Bitsakis (b. 1974, Athens, Greece), Paul Chiappe (b. 1984, Kircady, Scotland), Claire Harvey (b. 1975, United Kingdom), Tom Molloy, (b. 1964, Waterford, Ireland), Rita Ponce de León (b. 1982, Lima, Peru), Peggy Preheim (b. 1963, Yankton, SD), James Sheehan (b. 1964, San Francisco, CA), and Tinus Vermeersch (b. 1976, Belgium). Curated by Claire Gilman, Curator, and Joanna Kleinberg Romanow, Assistant Curator.

Image: from The Intuitionists - Nyeema Morgan, Like It Is: Prelude, 2014. Variable. Courtesy of the artist.

5-7pm Jun 19, 2014

Reception for Student Artwork

Drawing Out, Student Artwork from the Drawing Connections Program


Drawing Out
Student Artwork from the Drawing Connections Program
June 17-22, 2014
Drawing Room I The Lab
Reception: Thursday, June 19, 5-7pm


On view in The Lab from June 17-22, 2014, the exhibition features student artwork from the Drawing Connections program, which pairs practicing artists with teachers in Lower Manhattan public schools to develop projects that relate classroom curricula to exhibitions at The Drawing Center. Now in its tenth year, Drawing Out features group projects by approximately 100 students from four classes in the participating schools of: P.S. 42 Benjamin Altman School, P.S. 130 Hernando Desoto School, Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School, and Broome Street Academy.

At P.S. 42 Benjamin Altman School, third-grade students in Marie DiSilvestro’s class worked with teaching artist Maria Hupfield. Students visited the exhibition Len Lye, Motion Sketch and learned about how various drawing processes used by Lye, including drawing from observation and “doodling,” embodied and enacted movement. Students created a number of studies in different materials; their final drawings, titled Life Force, are based on their own small “tangible: plant” sculptures by connecting movement, sound, time, light and connecting them with drawn lines and shapes in various colors.

Led by teaching artist Maria Hupfield, second-grade students in April McConnell’s class at P.S. 130 Hernando DeSoto School responded to the exhibition Ferran Adria, Notes on Creativity. They began by understanding how Adria uses sketches, composition and subject matter to create meaning in his everyday life. Students produced a variety of drawings and clay visualizations to use creativity to better understand themselves as learners.

Scott Fowler’s Graphic Design and Illustration class of eleventh graders at Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School, led by teaching artist Kim Charles Kay, was inspired by the work of Lebbeus Woods to address the damage left by Hurricane Sandy. Students looked at Woods’s notebooks, drawings and architectural models which exemplified psychological implications of rebuilding after war and/or natural disasters. Having learned about one point perspective, students built their drawings on images from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Students of James Ifill’s Broome Street Academy Global Studies class visited the exhibition Deborah Grant, Christ You Know it Ain’t Easy!!, armed with the question “Who tells the story?” Reflecting upon Deborah Grant’s work, these high school students discussed the impact of history on their personal stories. They contextualized modernism within WWI and WWII, and created collaged drawings on basswood panels under the guidance of teaching artist, Maria Hupfield.

12pm-6pm Jun 07, 2014

DrawNow! w/ SITU Studio

Join us at the Brooklyn Navy Yard!

Check out the video of the event on Vimeo.

SITU Studio honors the legacy of visionary architect Lebbeus Woods (1940–2012) with an all-day public-participatory DrawNow! drawing workshop on Saturday, June 7, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The workshop invites participants to produce a collective artwork on a shared, semi-rigid, drawing surface that will transform into a landscape throughout the course of the day.
FREE. No experience necessary.

SITU Studio
Common Ground

Workshop 12–4pm
Drinks & Discussion 4–6pm

Join us at the Brooklyn Navy Yard!
63 Flushing Ave., Bldg 132

Note: Entry to the Navy Yard is available at Sands St. and Clinton St.
The Sands Street Entrance is the closest to Bldg 132. Show your invitation at the gate for entry.
We also suggest that everyone bring a sack lunch and bottle of water.

Please RSVP to rsvp.drawingcenter@gmail.com with subject DrawNow!
Maximum capacity is 200. First come, first served.


DrawNow! is a celebration of drawing which aims to open up new means of social and cultural engagement. Audiences will be encouraged to express their creativity through site-specific, artist-led projects with various cultural partners citywide. All supplies will be provided and no experience is necessary!

Past partners include: Arts Brookfield World Financial Center, Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, Battery Park Conservancy, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New Museum, New York Water Taxi, River To River Festival, Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, South Street Seaport Museum, and Wave Hill: A Public Garden and Cultural Center.

Image: Amplitude, film still from video of Cathedral of Science at New York Hall of Science by SITU Studio, 2014.

DrawNow! is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislator. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council. Special Thanks to Faber Castell

6:30PM May 29, 2014

Lebbeus Woods and Steven Holl: The Practice of Architecture

Film Screening

A screening of the film Lebbeus Woods and Steven Holl: The Practice of Architecture will be followed by a conversation between architect Steven Holl and producer Michael Blackwood. The screening is in conjunction with the exhibition Lebbeus Woods, Architect.

8:15pm May 25, 2014

Len Lye Screening

at Anthology Film Archives

A selection of Len Lye's films will be screened on Sunday at Anthology Film Archives to celebrate both Anthology’s recent acquisition of several Len Lye films (including three that are part of the Essential Cinema collection), and the exhibition Len Lye: Motion Sketch.

They will be screening the following films.

TUSALAVA (1929, 10 min, 16mm, b&w, silent)
A COLOUR BOX (1935, 3 min, 16mm)
KALEIDOSCOPE (1935, 4 min, 16mm)
TRADE TATTOO (1937, 5 min, 16mm)
COLOUR FLIGHT (1938, 4 min, 16mm)
MUSICAL POSTER NO. 1 (1940, 3 min, 16mm)
COLOR CRY (1952, 3 min, 16mm)
RHYTHM (1957, 1 min, 16mm, b&w)
FREE RADICALS (1958/79, 4 min, 16mm, b&w)
PARTICLES IN SPACE (1979, 4 min, 16mm, b&w)
TAL FARLOW (1980, 1.5 min, 16mm, b&w)

Total running time: ca. 50 min.

6:30pm May 22, 2014

Lecture by Wystan Curnow

Writer, editor, and curator Wystan Curnow examines the New York experience of the New Zealand-born artist Len Lye, asking whether his work belongs to the history of New Zealand art or America's or to some combination of the two.

May 01, 2014 - May 09, 2014

Architectural Drawings Auction w/ Paddle8

Launch Reception May 1st, 6-8pm

Board Members Brad Cloepfil, Steven Holl and Executive Director Brett Littman, in conjunction with Paddle8 the innovative on-line auction specialists, have curated an online auction of drawings by architects to support future architectural exhibitions and programs at The Drawing Center.

The auction will feature work by internationally recognized architects including: Thom Mayne, Michael Bell, Steven Holl, Stan Allen, WXY/Claire Weisz & Mark Yoes, Neil Denari, Eric Owen Moss, Brad Cloepfil, Michael Maltzan, Annabelle Selldorf, Pablo Castro/OBRA, and James Newton Wines.

The online sale will take place on Paddle8.com from
May 1st-9th, 2014.

Please join the auction’s curators at a reception to launch the sale on May 1st in The Drawing Center’s main gallery in the Lebbeus Woods, Architect exhibition at 35 Wooster Street from 6-8pm.

11am May 11, 2014

Walkthrough

Len Lye: Motion Sketch

Len Lye, Tusalava, 1929 Len Lye, Tusalava, 1929 Len Lye, Tusalava, 1929

Len Lye, Tusalava, 1929

Walkthrough with exhibition co-curator Gregory Burke and Brett Littman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center. This tour is in conjunction with the Frieze Lower East Side and SoHo Morning, a series of special events and private viewings for Frieze VIPs.

6:30pm May 08, 2014

Performance by JACK Quartet

Internationally renowned contemporary music ensemble, JACK Quartet, will present compositions inspired by the encounter of music and mathematics. The concert is presented in collaboration with the Estate of Lebbeus Woods.

Program will include:
Rodericus, Angelorum Psalat arr. Christopher Otto
Hans Abrahamsen, String Quartet No. 4
Iannis Xenakis, ST-4/1,080262

6:30pm Apr 23, 2014

2014 Gala

Honoring
HRH The Prince of Wales for The Prince’s Drawing School
Accepted on his behalf by
Viscount Linley

Honoring artist Ellen Phelan
Introduction by
Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation

And honoring Joel Shapiro
Introduction by
Ann Temkin, Chief Curator of MoMA's Department of Painting and Sculpture

Co-Chairs
Frances Beatty Adler
Eric Rudin
Jane Dresner Sadaka

Cocktails at 6:30 pm
Dinner at 7:30 pm
Tribeca Rooftop, 2 Desbrosses Street, 12th Floor


Tickets and tables are still available. Please see below for ways to support this year’s gala today.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to support The Drawing Center, please click here.

Image: 2013 Gala

6:30pm Apr 18, 2014

A Conversation between Florence Ostende and Franz Erhard Walther

The Drawing Center will host a conversation between curator Florence Ostende and artist Franz Erhard Walther on aesthetics, space, and architecture as part of the ART² program. ART² is presented in collaboration with the Institut français, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange).

This conversation will occur in conjunction with the Drawing Center's exhibition Lebbeus Woods: Architect.

To RSVP please email Hannah Cloepfil at hcloepfil@drawingcenter.org.

6-8pm Apr 16, 2014

Opening Reception

Lebbeus Woods: Architect and Len Lye: Motion Sketch

Lebbeus Woods, Photon Kite, 1988 Lebbeus Woods, Photon Kite, 1988 Lebbeus Woods, Photon Kite, 1988

Lebbeus Woods, Photon Kite, 1988

Please join us Wednesday April 16th from 6-8pm for the opening reception of Lebbeus Woods, Architect and Len Lye: Motion Sketch.

In the Main Gallery, Lebbeus Woods, Architect, brings together over 100 works from the past 35 years by one of the most influential architects in the field. The exhibition will feature drawings and models from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s (SFMOMA) collection, along with key loans from other major design collections. Lebbeus Woods: Architect is curated by Joseph Becker, Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design, and Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, Helen Hilton Raiser Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, SFMOMA. Prior to opening at The Drawing Center, this exhibition premiered at SFMOMA, and is currently on view at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University (through March 2, 2014).

In the Drawing Room and the Lab, Len Lye: Motion Sketch, will include a selection of paintings, drawings, and photograms, never before seen in the United States. Len Lye: Motion Sketch was curated by Gregory Burke, Executive Director/CEO of the Mendel Art Gallery and Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, and Tyler Cann, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Columbus Museum of Art and Len Lye Curator-at-Large for the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.

4-6pm Mar 23, 2014

Closing Reception

Andrea Bowers and Suzanne Lacy: Drawing Lessons + Open Sessions Exhibition, ACTION + OBJECT + EXCHANGE

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Andrea Bowers and Suzanne Lacy

On March 23rd we will celebrate the conclusion of a nine-day performance (March 15 - 23), Andrea Bowers and Suzanne Lacy: Drawing Lessons, during which Andrea Bowers will attempt to teach Suzanne Lacy to draw. Drawing Lessons will be a platform for conversations; resultant drawings; video projection; and the installation of the lesson environment—lights, platform, drawing easels, etc. As they work together under scrutiny of the audience, Bowers and Lacy will explore questions that also arise in their independent practices. Building on the history of immersive performance, both artists will live in the gallery throughout the course of the show.

In addition, the closing reception will celebrate our first exhibition of Open Sessions, a two-year program with over fifty artists working in a variety of disciplines. The first Open Sessions exhibition, ACTION + OBJECT + EXCHANGE, will feature the work of Eleanor Aldrich, Derek Dunlop, Heather Hart, Yara Pina, Andrew Ross, Lauren Seiden, and Barbara Weissberger.

7pm Mar 07, 2014

A Conversation with Dave McKenzie and Elijah Burgher

Open Sessions Event

Join us for a conversation with Dave McKenzie and Elijah Burgher, moderated by Wes Miller of Art21 at The Drawing Center, on Friday, March 7 at 7pm. Co- hosted with Skowhegan, the conversation will coincide with Action + Object + Exchange, the first Open Sessions exhibition, with artists Eleanor Aldrich, Derek Dunlop, Heather Hart, Yara Pina, Andrew Ross, Lauren Seiden, and Barbara Weissberger. Open Sessions is a two-year platform for artists to find new approaches for contextualizing and exhibiting their work, through conversation, public programs, and collaborative gallery installations. Each artist in Action + Object + Exchange reveals a transformative process through the work’s end result: images become objects, drawings become sculptural, symbols become concrete.

McKenzie and Burgher are invited to contextualize the first Open Sessions exhibition as artists who utilize their own likenesses and bodies to speak to the interior/exterior creation of identity and agency: art is a mouth-process that speaks a language-material. Through sculpture and performance, McKenzie asks us to examine the relationship of the private and public persona to contemporary culture and our sense of self. Burgher binds the act and performance of drawing to the embodiment of desire and the powerful potential of interpersonal connection. McKenzie and Burgher met at Skowhegan in 2011, and will reunite in this year's Whitney Biennial.

6:30pm Mar 06, 2014

Rashaad Newsome

FIVE (The Drawing Center)

FIVE (The Drawing Center) is a multimedia performance that highlights the art of voguing—characterized by angular, linear, and rigid body movements—as it relates to the drawn medium. New York-based vogue dancers and musicians, including renowned opera singer, Stefanos Koroneos, and distinguished Vogue Commentator, Kevin Jz Prodigy, will perform and be conducted by Newsome. For FIVE (The Drawing Center), Newsome uses cutting edge technology to challenge the ephemeral nature of live performance by transforming the dancers’ movements into unique line drawings.

Please note this event is free, but an RSVP is needed. IT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. Please email info@drawingcenter.org if you want to be on the standby list.

6:30pm Feb 06, 2014

Walkthrough

Deborah Grant: Christ You Know it Ain't Easy!!

Deborah Grant, Crowing the Lion and The Lamb (detail), 2013 Deborah Grant, Crowing the Lion and The Lamb (detail), 2013 Deborah Grant, Crowing the Lion and The Lamb (detail), 2013

Deborah Grant, Crowing the Lion and The Lamb (detail), 2013

The artist and the curator will lead a public walkthrough of the exhibition
Deborah Grant: Christ You Know it Ain't Easy!!.

6:30pm Jan 30, 2014

Systems We Have Loved

Reading and Discussion with Eve Meltzer

Eve Meltzer, Associate Professor of Visual Studies at NYU, will read excerpts from her new book, Systems We Have Loved: Conceptual Art, Affect, and the Antihumanist Turn, and discuss its relationship to Ferran Adrià’s ambitious culinary, systematic, and drawn aspects.

In 1957, the French literary and cultural critic Roland Barthes famously interpreted the collective representations of his own culture as a “system” of signs that could be analyzed like a language. The association of Adrià’s work with the idea of language and systems, in nearly the same sense that Barthes intended, has been drawn time and again by the chef. Meltzer’s focus undoubtedly begs the question: is Adrià’s culinary vision a new twist on the decades-old structuralist mantra that “everything is structured like a language?”

2pm Jan 25, 2014

Walkthrough

Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity

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Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity

Ferran Adrià and Brett Littman, curator of Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity and Executive Director of The Drawing Center will lead a public walkthrough of the exhibition.

6-8pm Jan 24, 2014

Opening Reception

Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity + Deborah Grant: Christ You Know it Ain't Easy!!

Ferran Adrià, Plating Diagram, ca. 2000-2004 Ferran Adrià, Plating Diagram, ca. 2000-2004 Ferran Adrià, Plating Diagram, ca. 2000-2004

Ferran Adrià, Plating Diagram, ca. 2000-2004

Join us on Friday, January 24 from 6 to 8pm for the opening reception of Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity and Deborah Grant: Christ You Know it Ain't Easy!!. No RSVP needed.

In the Main Gallery and The Lab, Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity is the first major museum exhibition to focus on the visualization and drawing practices of master chef Ferran Adrià. Notes on Creativity will emphasize the role of drawing in Adrià’s quest to understand creativity. His complex body of work positions the medium as both a philosophical tool—used to organize and convey knowledge, meaning, and signification-—as well as a physical object—used to synthesize over twenty years of innovation in the kitchen.

Presented in the Drawing Room, Deborah Grant: Christ You Know it Ain't Easy!! is an installation that will combine painting, drawing, and collage to recount the fictional meeting between African-American folk artist Mary A. Bell and renowned modernist painter Henri Matisse. For Christ You Know it Ain't Easy!!, which takes its title from the Lennon/McCartney song “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” Grant spent over two years researching primary documents including Mary Bell’s drawing and letters.


Image: Ferran Adrià, Plating Diagram. Ink on paper, 11x17 inches, Courtesy of elBullifoundation.

7pm Jan 23, 2014

DNA of the Culinary Process

This event is SOLD OUT.

This is an off-site event that will be held at the New Museum Auditorium, 235 Bowery. Rush tickets will be available at the door for standby only. To add your name to the standby list, please arrive thirty minutes before the event begins.

In conjunction with Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity, The New Museum and The Drawing Center will co-host an evening conversation between Ferran Adrià and Dan Barber, chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York, that will be moderated by Brett Littman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center. They will premiere and discuss Adrià’s new “DNA of the Culinary Process” research project, which for the first time in the history of gastronomy, collects and organizes the products, actions, concepts, and results involved in the cooking process.

6:30pm Jan 06, 2014

Robert Grenier & Charles Bernstein

Drawing Poems

In conjunction with Drawing Time, Reading Time and Dickinson/Walser, poet Charles Bernstein will introduce poet Robert Grenier, who will present and interpret a series of his handwritten "drawing poems."

6:30pm Dec 05, 2013

Susan Howe & David Grubbs

Frolic Architecture

In conjunction with Drawing Time, Reading Time, Writer Susan Howe and composer David Grubbs will perform a selection from their celebrated multidisciplinary concert Frolic Architecture.

3-5pm Nov 23, 2013

The Gorgeous Nothings

Book Launch

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Emily Dickinson, 'Twas later when | the summer went, c. 1873

In conjunction with Dickinson/Walser, join us to celebrate the release of Emily Dickinson: The Gorgeous Nothings, published by New Directions. The Gorgeous Nothings is the first full-color publication of Emily Dickinson's envelope writings in facsimile from her visually stunning manuscripts.

Remarks by editors Marta Werner & Jen Bervin at 3:30pm. Renowned poet and Dickinson scholar Susan Howe will introduce the editors and, following their remarks, Walser translator Susan Bernofsky will speak about her work with Walser and New Directions.

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8pm Nov 22, 2013

Falten / Damaged

Works by William Engelen & Aki Onda

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William Engelen: Falten

In conjunction with William Engelen's concurrent exhibition in the Lab, The Drawing Center will co-host a musical program with ISSUE Project Room.

Celebrated percussion ensemble Talujon will perform William Engelen’s recent work Falten, a hybrid of score and sculpture. Percussionist Eli Keszler and the Ashcan Orchestra’s Pat Spadine will perform Aki Onda’s Damaged, in which slide projections from Onda’s ongoing series of New York street photography serve as visual cues for improvisation.

This is a ticketed, off-site event that will be held at ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn. Please purchase tickets here and use discount code DRAW for a special $12 rate.

6-8pm Nov 21, 2013

Opening Reception

Drawing Time, Reading Time, Dickinson/Walser, William Engelen

Mirtha Dermisache, Diario N° Año 1,1972 Mirtha Dermisache, Diario N° Año 1,1972 Mirtha Dermisache, Diario N° Año 1,1972

Mirtha Dermisache, Diario N° Año 1,1972

Join us on Thursday, November 21 from 6 to 8pm for the opening reception of Drawing Time, Reading Time, Dickinson/Walser, and William Engelen: Falten.

Filling the Main Gallery, Drawing Time, Reading Time features an international group of artists spanning the 1960s to today, all of whom are engaged in exploring the relationship between drawing and writing as distinct yet interrelated phenomenological gestures.

Presented in the Drawing Room, Dickinson/Walser brings together Emily Dickinson’s original poem manuscripts and Robert Walser’s microscripts for the first time as a fitting corollary to Drawing Time, Reading Time, on view in the Main Gallery.

In the Lab, William Engelen: Falten presents a new series of musical scores for percussion made from folded paper. In performing Falten, musicians "walk" through this architectural landscape, using the paper’s planes, heights, and structures as parameters for qualities in volume, pitch, rhythm, tension, character, and the spatiality of sound. Falten for Percussion consists of eight parts, and will be debuted by the celebrated percussion ensemble Talujon during the opening.

Members-Only Viewing Hours 5 to 6pm: Join Now!

10am-12pm Nov 15, 2013

Matias Duville: Alaska

Book Launch

Join us to celebrate the launch of Matias Duville: Alaska. The artist will be present.

This publication documenting Argentine artist Matias Duville’s Alaska project is the first significant American publication devoted to Duville’s work. Duville’s project began in 2008 when he started to produce prolific drawings of the U.S. state—a place he had never visited. The aim of his project lay not in the accurate evocation of Alaska, but in the rendering of the place as it existed in his imagination—through fantastical and often nightmarish vistas and desolate landscapes inhabited only by remnants of human existence. In 2009 Duville expanded this initial project, traveling to Alaska and back, allowing the observable reality he found there—and later his memory of it—to infiltrate the fictional world he had created in his studio.

Befitting the tripartite structure of Duville’s project, this publication is divided into three volumes. Each book presents respectively the charcoal and crayon drawings Duville produced in the three stages comprising his visionary enterprise: before Alaska, during Alaska, and after Alaska. The volumes also feature texts by Mark Polizzotti, Wells Towers, and Robert Nelson.

The Drawing Center will also be presenting a selection of Matias Duville’s drawings at a special booth at PINTA NY at 82 Mercer Street, P7, Second (Main) Floor. Please visit pinta-ny.com for more information about opening hours and location.

6:30–8pm Oct 28, 2013

2013 Auction

Monday, October 28, 2013, 6:30–8pm

Sotheby's, 1334 York Avenue

Cocktail reception and silent auction of over fifty works by established and emerging artists.

Tickets: $175 per person

If you cannot attend the event but would like to support The Drawing Center, please make a donation here.

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A preview of available works can be viewed via Paddle8 here. Online bidding will begin at 10am EST on Monday, October 14 and continue through the end of the live event at 8pm EST on Monday, October 28.

Image: Ed Ruscha, LET'S, 2013. Pencil on die-cut, notepad graph paper. 5 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Copyright Ed Ruscha. Photo: Paul Ruscha.

7pm Oct 29, 2013

Conversation on Life of Pi

Alexis Rockman, Jean-Christophe Castelli, Brett Littman

Alexis Rockman: Drawings from Life of Pi Alexis Rockman: Drawings from Life of Pi Alexis Rockman: Drawings from Life of Pi

Alexis Rockman: Drawings from Life of Pi

In conjunction with Alexis Rockman: Drawings from Life of Pi, Jean-Christophe Castelli, Associate Producer of Life of Pi; and Brett Littman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center; will join Alexis Rockman in conversation. Moderated by Pratt Institute’s Dean of the School of Art & Design, Leighton Pierce.

This event will take place off-site at Memorial Hall, Pratt University, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn.

Sponsored by the Pratt Institute’s Fine Arts, Film & Video and Digital Arts departments

6:30pm Oct 17, 2013

The Animal Vision

A Conversation with Alexis Rockman and Vinciane Despret

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Alexis Rockman: Drawings from Life of Pi

In conjunction with Alexis Rockman: Drawings from Life of Pi, the artist will speak with Vinciane Despret, a philosopher who specializes in animal study. In her latest book, Despret reveals our preconceived notions about what animals do, want, and even “think.” Rockman and Despret will discuss their mutual attempts to think with animals, and to pay homage to their visions of the world. Moderated by Cary Wolfe, writer and professor of English at Rice University.

This event is presented as part of Walls and Bridges, a 10-day French-American arts and ideas festival curated by the Villa Gillet, a French cultural institute interested in thought in all its expressions, bringing together thinkers and artists from all over the world.

6:30PM Oct 09, 2013

Artist-Led Walkthrough and Reading

Sean Scully: Change and Horizontals Sean Scully: Change and Horizontals Sean Scully: Change and Horizontals

Sean Scully: Change and Horizontals

Join Sean Scully and Co-Curator Joanna Kleinberg Romanow for a walkthrough of the exhibition Sean Scully: Change and Horizontals, followed by a reading by Irish writer Colm Tóibín of "Audition," his short story featured in Drawing Papers 99.

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6-8pm Sep 26, 2013

Opening Reception

Sean Scully, Alexis Rockman

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Sean Scully: Change and Horizontals

Join us on Thursday, September 26 from 6 to 8pm for the opening reception of Sean Scully: Change and Horizontals and Alexis Rockman: Drawings from Life of Pi.

Filling the Main Gallery, Sean Scully: Change and Horizontals comprises Sean Scully’s (b. 1945, Dublin, Ireland) acrylic, ink, graphite, and masking-tape drawings from 1974–75—presented together for the first time in over 30 years—as well as two large-scale paintings from the same period and one of the artist’s personal notebooks.Executed in London and New York City respectively, the Change and Horizontals drawings, along with their preparatory sketches and never-before-seen experimental typewriter drawings from the same period, highlight Scully’s core concern with line and color’s relation to place. Viewed together, the works chart an evolution of composition and gesture that provides unique insight into this artist’s singular aesthetic.

Presented in the Drawing Room and the Lab, Alexis Rockman: Drawings from Life of Pi comprises drawings that were the first stage in the development of the fantastical, imaginary world of Life of Pi, a 2012 feature film directed by Ang Lee. Though most artistic contributions to cinema are dependent on photo-realism or cartoon-like illustration, Rockman’s images are fluid, intimate, and dynamic in a way that only drawing can capture. The exhibition will provide The Drawing Center with a unique opportunity to explore the relationship between visual art—specifically drawing—and commercial filmmaking.

Members-Only Viewing Hours 5 to 6pm: Join Now!

7pm Sep 18, 2013

Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti

NOTATIONOTATIONS

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Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti: NOTATIONOTATIONS

Join us for NOTATIONOTATIONS, a live performance created by renowned multimedia artist Susan Hefuna (b. Germany, 1962) and contemporary choreographer Luca Veggetti (b. Italy, 1963) that will form the basis of an exhibition in the Main Gallery and the Drawing Room from September 16–September 20, 2013.

NOTATIONOTATIONS posits that if a line is the trace of a point in motion, then the human body moving through space is also a drawing inserted into the four-dimensional space of the observed world. Staged over three nights, the performance opens and closes with Hefuna’s New York City Crossroads, a new video installation of a bustling lower Manhattan intersection. On the gallery floor Hefuna will execute an expansive web of chalk lines, her actions captured on film and screened while Veggetti’s dancers gradually erase the drawn surface through their repetitive, physical gestures. The effect is its own form of choreographic documentation.

NOTATIONOTATIONS is produced by Brett Littman, Executive Director, and Joanna Kleinberg Romanow, Assistant Curator.

NO RSVP NECESSARY. LIMITED STANDING ROOM ONLY.

7pm Sep 17, 2013

Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti

NOTATIONOTATIONS

Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti: NOTATIONOTATIONS Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti: NOTATIONOTATIONS Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti: NOTATIONOTATIONS

Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti: NOTATIONOTATIONS

Join us for NOTATIONOTATIONS, a live performance created by renowned multimedia artist Susan Hefuna (b. Germany, 1962) and contemporary choreographer Luca Veggetti (b. Italy, 1963) that will form the basis of an exhibition in the Main Gallery and the Drawing Room from September 16–September 20, 2013.

NOTATIONOTATIONS posits that if a line is the trace of a point in motion, then the human body moving through space is also a drawing inserted into the four-dimensional space of the observed world. Staged over three nights, the performance opens and closes with Hefuna’s New York City Crossroads, a new video installation of a bustling lower Manhattan intersection. On the gallery floor Hefuna will execute an expansive web of chalk lines, her actions captured on film and screened while Veggetti’s dancers gradually erase the drawn surface through their repetitive, physical gestures. The effect is its own form of choreographic documentation.

NOTATIONOTATIONS is produced by Brett Littman, Executive Director, and Joanna Kleinberg Romanow, Assistant Curator.

NO RSVP NECESSARY. LIMITED STANDING ROOM ONLY.

7pm Sep 16, 2013

Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti

NOTATIONOTATIONS

Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti: NOTATIONOTATIONS Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti: NOTATIONOTATIONS Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti: NOTATIONOTATIONS

Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti: NOTATIONOTATIONS

Join us for the world premiere of NOTATIONOTATIONS, a live performance created by renowned multimedia artist Susan Hefuna (b. Germany, 1962) and contemporary choreographer Luca Veggetti (b. Italy, 1963) that will form the basis of an exhibition in the Main Gallery and the Drawing Room from September 16–September 20, 2013.

NOTATIONOTATIONS posits that if a line is the trace of a point in motion, then the human body moving through space is also a drawing inserted into the four-dimensional space of the observed world. Staged over three nights, the performance opens and closes with Hefuna’s New York City Crossroads, a new video installation of a bustling lower Manhattan intersection. On the gallery floor Hefuna will execute an expansive web of chalk lines, her actions captured on film and screened while Veggetti’s dancers gradually erase the drawn surface through their repetitive, physical gestures. The effect is its own form of choreographic documentation.

NOTATIONOTATIONS is produced by Brett Littman, Executive Director, and Joanna Kleinberg Romanow, Assistant Curator.

NO RSVP NECESSARY. LIMITED STANDING ROOM ONLY.

6:30pm Jul 25, 2013

Walkthrough

Slow and Steady Wins the Race: Ken Price, Works on Paper 1962-2010

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Ken Price: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Walkthrough of the exhibition Slow and Steady Wins the Race: Ken Price, Works on Paper 1962-2010 with Executive Director Brett Littman and Curatorial Assistant Nova Benway.

6:30pm Jul 23, 2013

Drafts: Phase IV

Composition as Related to Weights of Animals and Cuts

Phase IV of Drafts is based on nine images from the Reanimation Library's archive selected by writer, editor, and archivist Craig Dworkin. Expanding upon an image from Phase III of a mouse test subject, this fourth set riffs on embodied grids, from the mammals of Minnesota to an early chess machine named Belle. The program will include presentations by artists Lanny Jordan Jackson, Benjamin Tiven, and Penelope Umbrico.

Listen to Introduction by Kaegan Sparks

Lanny Jordan Jackson will screen a new video, Triple Shark Cerberus, which features the repetition of choreographed scenes concerning a collapse in monologue and dialogue, hesitation and deliberation. A wayward subject—a bit assassin, a bit dancer—attempts to discern a path while in possession of language and its effects. Listen to Artist's Introduction and Watch Video

Benjamin Tiven will give a multimedia talk called The Cat, the Gull, and the Ass on artificial seagulls, lions using video cameras, and the effect of industrial technologies on the notion "animal." He will also present a short reconstruction of one of Aesop's fables. Watch Presentation

Penelope Umbrico will present a string of loosely connected thoughts and images around the idea of the grid, modernism, boxes, holdings, materiality, and the body. Watch Presentation

Listen to Conclusion by Kaegan Sparks

ABOUT DRAFTS:

Activating The Drawing Center's newly inaugurated Lab gallery as a site for innovative, impromptu, and experimental considerations of drawing, Drafts, a series of curated public programs organized by Kaegan Sparks, encourages speculative tangents from images in a variety of creative practices. A draft—as a preliminary sketch, an embryonic form subject to revision, a current of moving air—provides a model for the series, promoting conjecture, digression, and dérive through overlapping curatorial and creative functions.

Each program will derive from images in the archive of the Reanimation Library, an initiative based in Brooklyn dedicated to salvaging and stewarding obsolete or ‘pedestrian’ books that have fallen out of circulation, with an emphasis on remarkable visual content.

Drawing on the collaborative energy and associative thinking of the Surrealist exercise cadavre exquis, the programs of Drafts will unfold in a participant-driven evolution. An initial series of nine images culled from the library’s books will mutate over the course of the series, as multiple curators and artists take turns at revision, extracting an image from the preceding set and re-contextualizing it among other images. Each resulting set will form the basis for a program, in which assorted artists, writers, and other cultural producers will respond.

Various voices are thus gradually incorporated into a capricious and collaborative line of thinking: working in contingent succession, every contributor builds and strays from the mark of the last.

6:30pm Jun 28, 2013

Launch Party for Convolution

No. 2

Convolution is an annual journal of experimental criticism which specializes in the fragmentary, the interdisciplinary, the visual, the unpublishable and the miscellaneous. Join us for a discussion to celebrate the release of No. 2 with seven contributors and co-editor Paul Stephens.

In No. 2, Monica de la Torre examines the work of Mexican conceptualist Ulises Carrion; Tan Lin and Diana Kingsley collaborate on a 96-page full-color supplement; Trisha Low explores the cultural history of the Hello Kitty band-aid; Rodrigo Toscano enjoins "avant-mariachis" to "occupy the page"; and Tim Wood performs a riveting critique of a three-word Aram Saroyan poem.

Other contributors include Michael Baers, Derek Beaulieu, Sylwia Chrostowska, Natalie Czech, Michael Golston, Robert Grenier, James Hoff and Danny Snelson, Joseph Jonghyun Jeon, David Levine, Simon Morris, Steve Pollen, Ana Ramirez and Bill Scott, Ramsey Scott, Ethan Spigland, Jenelle Troxell, and We Have Photoshop.

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6:30pm Jun 21, 2013

Discussion with Terry Smith and Calum Storrie

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Terry Smith: Document

Terry Smith will be joined in conversation by Calum Storrie, an architect who specializes in the design of exhibitions and museum interiors. Storrie collaborated with Smith on Capital, the artist’s semi-official wall cutting at the British Museum in 1995.

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6-9pm Jun 18, 2013

Opening Reception

Ken Price, Terry Smith

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Ken Price: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Join us on Tuesday, June 18 from 6 to 9pm for the opening reception of Ken Price: Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Works on Paper 1962–2010 and Terry Smith: Document.

Filling the Main Gallery and Drawing Room, Ken Price: Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Works on Paper 1962–2010 marks the first survey of drawings by Ken Price, an artist best known for his sculptural work. A selection of 65 works on paper will track Price’s pursuit of drawing over 50 years and will demonstrate a wide range of characters and techniques. This exhibition opens concurrently with the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s presentation of a traveling retrospective of Price’s sculpture.

Following Terry Smith's IDEAS CITY 2013 site-specific commission, the exhibition Terry Smith: Document will fill The Lab gallery with photographs, drawings, film, and notebook sketches from the project. Capital Revisited, a series of drawings of Corinthian capitals reflecting the artist’s longstanding interest in the form as a political, social, and architectural symbol, appeared briefly in sections on walls and windows around the Bowery neighborhood in May. Document will investigate Smith’s poignant and mischievous interventions into public space, and confronts the question of what remains at the close of an ephemeral project.

Members-Only Viewing Hours 5 to 6pm: Join Now!

6-9pm May 29, 2013

Scribble; An Unselfconscious Return to Drawing

As part of The Drawing Center’s DrawNow! series, artist Morgan O’Hara will present Scribble; An Unselfconscious Return to Drawing. During this 3-hour FREE workshop, O’Hara will guide participants through drawing exercises using researched scribble sequences to explore the phenomenology of the unconscious as evoked through the act of drawing.

By using both hands to manipulate the pencil, participants will grapple with physical awkwardness and discover how lack of control often allows the unconscious to bring forth singular images to work with. Participants will be invited to share their experiences with the group through conversation and performative drawing. The goal is to support creative development and to reopen the capacity to play, to relax, rebalance, and restore the individual – body, mind, and heart.

This FREE workshop is open to everyone – not just those who consider themselves artists. The workshop will accommodate a maximum of 15 people. All ages are welcome. All materials will be provided by The Drawing Center or feel free to bring your own pencils. For further information and to make a reservation, contact Aimee Good at (212) 219-2166 x205 or email agood@drawingcenter.org.

DrawNow! is a celebration of drawing which aims to open up new means of social and cultural engagement. Audiences will be encouraged to express their creativity through site-specific, artist-led projects with various cultural partners citywide. All supplies will be provided and no experience is necessary!

Past partners include: arts> Brookfield World Financial Center, Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, Battery Park Conservancy, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New Museum, New York Water Taxi, River To River Festival, Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, South Street Seaport Museum, and Wave Hill: A Public Garden and Cultural Center.

Image: Morgan O'Hara, LIVE TRANSMISSION: movement of the hands of singer SARAH FRANCES while entering and moving within the Black Forest, 2002. 27 1/2 x 39 1/4 in.

6:30pm May 23, 2013

Lecture by David Forgacs

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Giosetta Fioroni: L’Argento

In conjunction with the exhibition Giosetta Fioroni: L’Argento, David Forgacs, Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò Chair in Contemporary Italian Studies at New York University, will speak about the fertile renaissance in Italian film in the 1960s—which boasted such directorial greats as Michelangelo Antonioni, Luchino Visconti and Pier Paolo Pasolini—and the cinematic influences on Fioroni’s work.

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2-4pm May 11, 2013

WWW Drawing Symposium

Architectural Drawing from Pencil to Pixel

Co-organized by the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Penn State University, and The Drawing Center

At this afternoon symposium, renowned architects will meet rising stars from the worlds of fine art and computational design to discuss the evolution of architectural drawing in a digital age. How might digital technologies become capable of producing the calligraphic and gestural qualities often thought to be the exclusive domain of hand drawing? Representing diverse positions with regard to contemporary drawing, invited speakers will present current projects — including robotic drawing machines, large scale hand drawings, and art installations — that point to potential hybrids between analog and digital techniques, for both poetic and practical purposes.

A specially-commissioned WWW Drawing workshop video, directed by Virtual Beauty New York, documents the drama of thirty students at Penn State's Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture producing three vast hand-drawings over three days in March 2013, using diverse strategies: rule-based "Exquisite Corpse" drawing in pastels; working on hands and knees to compose a giant floor drawing of the "city as expanding universe" in charcoal; and "seeing shapes in clouds" by selecting portions of superimposed digital images, to create a collective abstract image in graphite.

See time lapse sequences of the drawings made by the Penn State students, as they worked in teams led by the eponymous "Ws" of the workshop's title: architects James Wines, Mark West, and Michael Webb.


Speakers:

Daniel Cardoso Llach, architect, scholar of design and technology, and Assistant Professor of Architecture, Penn State University
Andrew Heumann, architectural designer and computational design specialist, NBBJ, Seattle
Jürg Lehni, artist, designer, and programmer, UCLA Design | Media Arts
Ann Tarantino, artist and Professor of Art and Landscape Architecture, Penn State University
Seher Shah, artist, New York
Michael Webb, architect, founding member of Archigram, and professor, The Cooper Union
Mark West, architect, and professor and founder of C.A.S.T. (Center for Architectural Structures and Technology), University of Manitoba
James Wines, President, SITE Architecture, Art & Design, New York, and Professor of Architecture, Penn State University

Moderators:

Mehrdad Hadighi, Department Head of Architecture, Professor, and Stuckeman Chair of Integrative Design, Stuckeman School, Penn State University
Janet Abrams, artist and Director of Special Projects, Stuckeman School, Penn State University

6:30pm May 10, 2013

Drafts: Phase III

Information Transmission (Bodies of Evidence)

Phase III of Drafts, Information Transmission (Bodies of Evidence), is based on nine images from the Reanimation Library's archive selected by artist Nikolaus Gansterer. Expanding upon an image from Phase II of a blindfolded test subject navigating a maze with a stylus, this third set plots apparatus of experimentation against a diagrammatic circuit of inner images, afterimages, phantom pains, and magic cubes. The program will include performances by Cally Spooner, Avi Alpert, Mashinka Firunts, and Danny Snelson.

Listen to Introduction by Kaegan Sparks

Avi Alpert, Mashinka Firunts, and Danny Snelson will perform a collaborative lecture entitled “Zero for Conduit,” an exploration of how a presentation might re-circuit notions of transmission. This coordinated set of critical responses and theatrical procedures will consider the space between bodies of knowledge and knowledgeable bodies. Watch Performance

Cally Spooner will perform a talk around concepts of automation, prosthetics, stultification, and fossils, creating a movement antagonistic to (or, at least, polemical against) the inscription and certitude evinced by many of the Phase III images. Treating writing and reading as activities of live research, sampling, and editing, the talk itself will comprise a drafting process for her forthcoming exhibition and essay Carol, I Think My Place In History Is Assured. Listen to Performance


ABOUT DRAFTS:

Activating The Drawing Center's newly inaugurated Lab gallery as a site for innovative, impromptu, and experimental considerations of drawing, Drafts, a series of curated public programs organized by Kaegan Sparks, encourages speculative tangents from images in a variety of creative practices. A draft—as a preliminary sketch, an embryonic form subject to revision, a current of moving air—provides a model for the series, promoting conjecture, digression, and dérive through overlapping curatorial and creative functions.

Each program will derive from images in the archive of the Reanimation Library, an initiative based in Brooklyn dedicated to salvaging and stewarding obsolete or ‘pedestrian’ books that have fallen out of circulation, with an emphasis on remarkable visual content.

Drawing on the collaborative energy and associative thinking of the Surrealist exercise cadavre exquis, the programs of Drafts will unfold in a participant-driven evolution. An initial series of nine images culled from the library’s books will mutate over the course of the series, as multiple curators and artists take turns at revision, extracting an image from the preceding set and re-contextualizing it among other images. Each resulting set will form the basis for a program, in which assorted artists, writers, and other cultural producers will respond.

Various voices are thus gradually incorporated into a capricious and collaborative line of thinking: working in contingent succession, every contributor builds and strays from the mark of the last.

6:30pm May 09, 2013

Curator-led Walkthrough

Giosetta Fioroni: L'Argento

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Giosetta Fioroni: L’Argento

Walkthough of the exhibition Giosetta Fioroni: L'Argento with Curator Claire Gilman.

6:30pm Apr 17, 2013

Lecture by Nicholas Cullinan

Giosetta Fioroni: L’Argento Giosetta Fioroni: L’Argento Giosetta Fioroni: L’Argento

Giosetta Fioroni: L’Argento

In conjunction with the exhibition Giosetta Fioroni: L’Argento, Nicholas Cullinan, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will discuss the vital post-World War II artistic developments and exchanges that put Italy on the international map.

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6:30pm Apr 10, 2013

2013 Gala

Honoring
Sean Scully

With an introduction by
Bono

Featuring a special performance by
Sō Percussion

Co-Chairs
Frances Beatty Adler, Eric Rudin, and Jane Dresner Sadaka

Cocktails at 6:30 pm
Performance and Dinner at 7:30 pm
Tribeca Rooftop, 2 Desbrosses Street, 12th Floor

If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to support The Drawing Center, please click here.

Image: Sean Scully, Untitled, 1975. Acrylic and tape on paper, 22 11/16 x 30 11/16 inches. Courtesy of Neo Neo Inc., New York, © Sean Scully.

6-8pm Apr 04, 2013

Opening Reception

Giosetta Fioroni: L’Argento

Giosetta Fioroni: L’Argento Giosetta Fioroni: L’Argento Giosetta Fioroni: L’Argento

Giosetta Fioroni: L’Argento

Giosetta Fioroni: L’Argento
April 5–June 2, 2013

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 4, 6–8pm
No RSVP required

The Drawing Center presents Giosetta Fioroni: L’Argento, the artist’s first solo exhibition in North America. Featuring over seventy drawings, thirty paintings, ten illustrated books, two films, and other related ephemera, Giosetta Fioroni: L’Argento will not only expand our understanding of post-World War II Italian art but also enable a crucial reinvestigation of the Pop aesthetic more generally. The exhibition will take place in the Main Gallery, Drawing Room, and The Lab and is curated by Claire Gilman, Curator. Please join us on Thursday, April 4th for the opening reception from 6-8pm. No RSVP required.

Members-Only Viewing Hours, 5-6pm

6:30pm Mar 12, 2013

Drafts: Phase II

It Works Like This

Phase II of Drafts, It Works Like This, is based on nine images from the Reanimation Library's archive selected by artist Erica Baum. Beginning with an image from Phase I graphing saccadic eye movements, this second set unfolds in a kinetic sequence, tracing lines of sight and connecting subjects and objects of perception. The program will include performances by Lauren Bakst, Shonni Enelow, and Steven Zultanksi.

Lauren Bakst will choreograph and perform a dance solo in which the imagined self, the self produced by images, and the embodied self exist alongside each other. Drawing influences from pop culture, dance improvisation, and feminist theory, she will probe tensions produced in the space between fantasy, nostalgia, and materiality. Watch Performance

Shonni Enelow will present a performance lecture called "Lee Loy and the Sight Scene: A woman without irritation," an investigation into the allegorical optics of Surrealist performer and photographer Lee Miller and Modernist poet and painter Mina Loy. "Among any given crowd of spectators, there is another woman decaying" (“Lee Loy”). Watch Performance

Steven Zultanski will read from Agony, the first in a trilogy of long confessional poems which parses the author's life and body, telescopically, using mathematical, psychological, and legal discourses. Memories, anecdotes, fantasies, and hypotheticals are filtered through convoluted logical progressions, so that they seem both totally fictionalized and totally personal. Listen to Reading


ABOUT DRAFTS:

Activating The Drawing Center's newly inaugurated Lab gallery as a site for innovative, impromptu, and experimental considerations of drawing, Drafts, a series of curated public programs organized by Kaegan Sparks, encourages speculative tangents from images in a variety of creative practices. A draft—as a preliminary sketch, an embryonic form subject to revision, a current of moving air—provides a model for the series, promoting conjecture, digression, and dérive through overlapping curatorial and creative functions.

Each program will derive from images in the archive of the Reanimation Library, an initiative based in Brooklyn dedicated to salvaging and stewarding obsolete or ‘pedestrian’ books that have fallen out of circulation, with an emphasis on remarkable visual content.

Drawing on the collaborative energy and associative thinking of the Surrealist exercise cadavre exquis, the programs of Drafts will unfold in a participant-driven evolution. An initial series of nine images culled from the library’s books will mutate over the course of the series, as multiple curators and artists take turns at revision, extracting an image from the preceding set and re-contextualizing it among other images. Each resulting set will form the basis for a program, in which assorted artists, writers, and other cultural producers will respond.

Various voices are thus gradually incorporated into a capricious and collaborative line of thinking: working in contingent succession, every contributor builds and strays from the mark of the last.

12:30pm Mar 09, 2013

Artist-Led Walkthrough

Alexandre Singh: The Pledge

Alexandre Singh: The Pledge
Alexandre Singh: The Pledge
Alexandre Singh: The Pledge

Alexandre Singh: The Pledge

Walkthrough of Alexandre Singh: The Pledge with artist Alexandre Singh and curator Claire
Gilman.

6:30pm Mar 07, 2013

SoHo Night

Conversation with Alexandre Singh and Andrea Scott

Alexandre Singh: The Pledge
Alexandre Singh: The Pledge
Alexandre Singh: The Pledge

Alexandre Singh: The Pledge

Conversation with the artist Alexandre Singh and The New Yorker’s Andrea Scott in conjunction with Singh's ongoing show The Pledge.

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This event is a part of SoHo Night an evening of extended exhibition viewing and special programs by the not-for-profit visual arts institutions in SoHo. All events are FREE.



Art in General (79 Walker Street) opens North by Northeast, presented as part of Art in General’s new collaboration with kim? Contemporary Art Centre on the Latvian Pavilion for the 55th Venice Biennale. Open 6 - 8pm.
Artists Space: Exhibitions (38 Greene Street, 3rd Floor) presents Frozen Lakes. Open 6 - 9 pm.
Artists Space: Books & Talks (55 Walker Street) launches the Artists Space Annual Edition Portfolio 2013 featuring works by Angela Bulloch, Richard Hawkins, Karl Holmqvist, Klara Lidén, Nick Mauss and Collier Schorr. Open 6 - 9 pm.
The Broken Kilometer (393 West Broadway) will hold extended hours. Open 6 - 8 pm.
CITYarts (Thompson Street Playground) celebrates Tributes to Kusama: Art Infinity Net with artist Jessica Diamond and Director Tsipi Ben-Haim. 6 - 8 pm.
The Drawing Center (35 Wooster Street) presents a conversation with Alexandre Singh and The New Yorker's Andrea Scott in conjunction with Alexandre Singh: The Pledge at 6:30pm. Open 6 - 9pm.
Harvestworks (596 Broadway) presents MOORI, an interactive installation by Haeyoung Kim aka bubblyfish, featuring a reception with the artist at 7pm. Open 6 - 9pm.
The New York Earth Room (141 Wooster Street) will hold extended hours. Open 6 - 8 pm.
Recess (41 Grand Street) presents Rutherford Chang: We Buy White Albums, featuring a closing reception from 6 - 9pm.
The Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation (526 LaGuardia Place) presents Nigerian Sculpture from the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation, curated by Jerry Vogel. Open 6 - 8 pm.
Storefront for Art and Architecture (97 Kenmare Street) will open Aircraft Carrier, an exhibition that presents the radical transformation of Israeli architecture since 1973 and examines the American influence that made it possible. Open 6 - 9pm.
Swiss Institute (18 Wooster Street) presents Jon Kessler's The Web. Open 6 - 9pm.

6:30pm Feb 28, 2013

Xenakis Matters Book Launch Party

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Xenakis Matters

Join us for a launch party celebrating the release of Xenakis Matters: Contexts, Processes, Applications, an anthology of responses by thirty scholars, artists, musicians, architects, musicologists, philosophers, and art historians to the work of experimental composer and architect Iannis Xenakis. Edited by Sharon Kanach and published by Pendragon Press, the book compiles documentation of the ambitious public programming around the Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary exhibition’s tour in North America in 2010-11, which began at The Drawing Center.

The event will include guest speakers from among the contributors to Xenakis Matters: Joel Chadabe, Sharon Kanach, David Lieberman, Carey Lovelace, Robert Rowe, and Ronald Squibbs, as well as a performance by Conrad Harris, violin.

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Visit exhibition page for Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary

Read more about the exhibition on The Bottom Line

6:30pm Feb 13, 2013

Joe Bonham Project

A Talk with Jess Ruliffson

Jess Ruliffson is a Brooklyn-based comics journalist currently working on her first graphic novel. In this presentation and comic reading, Ruliffson will discuss her work with the Joe Bonham Project, where she and several artists visited wounded veterans at Walter Reed Military Medical Center, drawing and documenting their stories to cultivate a better understanding of the impact of war on this generation.

The Joe Bonham Project was founded in 2010 by Michael D. Fay, a combat artist and former Marine, along with several other artists, in an effort to catalog veterans' experiences as part of the public record. Ruliffson has taken these veterans' narratives, along with other service members' stories, and serialized them in comic book form.

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6:30pm Feb 07, 2013

Drafts: Phase I

Advanced Mechanics of Materials

Phase I of Drafts, Advanced Mechanics of Materials, will consider drawing as an index of movement. Deriving from nine images from the Reanimation Library's archive selected by series organizer Kaegan Sparks, the program will include presentations by Zoe Beloff, Kamau Amu Patton, and Mark Sussman.

Listen to Introduction by Kaegan Sparks

Zoe Beloff will present a screening and talk on a multimedia project exploring the intersection of the cinematic apparatus, industrial management, and modernism. The Infernal Dream of Mutt and Jeff sets the eponymous cartoon alongside an investigation of productive and unproductive bodies, incorporating Frank and Lillian Gilbreth’s time-motion studies, instructional films promoting worker efficiency, and documentation of mid-twentieth century cases of folie á deux, or contagious psychosis. Listen to Talk and Watch Film

Kamau Amu Patton will present a live performance using an amplified extended drawing system. Patton’s Field Drawings are composed with piezoelectric sensors attached directly to a drawing surface, onto which he applies gestural marks. Each mark produces a sonic analog, and the drawing’s graphic structure emerges in a reciprocal relationship to the sonic environment, resulting in a procedural feedback loop. Watch Video and Listen to Performance

Mark Sussman will give a talk on contemporary toy theater and the live animation of objects, on both tabletop and screen. Connecting scholarship with his creative practice as Co-Artistic Director of the theater collective Great Small Works, the presentation will incorporate earlier research on manifestations of electricity in performance with recent examples of tabletop magic. Listen to Talk


ABOUT DRAFTS:

Activating The Drawing Center's newly inaugurated Lab gallery as a site for innovative, impromptu, and experimental considerations of drawing, Drafts, a series of curated public programs organized by Kaegan Sparks, encourages speculative tangents from images in a variety of creative practices. A draft—as a preliminary sketch, an embryonic form subject to revision, a current of moving air—provides a model for the series, promoting conjecture, digression, and dérive through overlapping curatorial and creative functions.

Each program will derive from images in the archive of the Reanimation Library, an initiative based in Brooklyn dedicated to salvaging and stewarding obsolete or ‘pedestrian’ books that have fallen out of circulation, with an emphasis on remarkable visual content.

Drawing on the collaborative energy and associative thinking of the Surrealist exercise cadavre exquis, the programs of Drafts will unfold in a participant-driven evolution. An initial series of nine images culled from the library’s books will mutate over the course of the series, as multiple curators and artists take turns at revision, extracting an image from the preceding set and re-contextualizing it among other images. Each resulting set will form the basis for a program, in which assorted artists, writers, and other cultural producers will respond.

Various voices are thus gradually incorporated into a capricious and collaborative line of thinking: working in contingent succession, every contributor builds and strays from the mark of the last.

Drafts: Phase II will take place on March 12, 2013.

7pm Jan 24, 2013

Artist Talk with Ignacio Uriarte

Hosted by Goethe-Institut New York

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Ignacio Uriarte: Line of Work

This program will take place at the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building, located at 5 East 3rd Street (at Bowery).

Go To Goethe-Institut Event Page

6:30pm Jan 17, 2013

Artist-Led Walkthrough

Ignacio Uriarte: Line of Work

Ignacio Uriarte: Line of Work Ignacio Uriarte: Line of Work Ignacio Uriarte: Line of Work

Ignacio Uriarte: Line of Work

6pm Jan 16, 2013

Opening Reception

Alexandre Singh, Ignacio Uriarte, Ishmael Randall Weeks

Alexandre Singh: The Pledge
Alexandre Singh: The Pledge
Alexandre Singh: The Pledge

Alexandre Singh: The Pledge

Join us on Wednesday, January 16 from 6 to 8pm for the opening reception of our Alexandre Singh, Ignacio Uriarte, and Ishmael Randall Weeks exhibitions at 35 Wooster Street.

The exhibition in the Main Gallery is Alexandre Singh: The Pledge, on view from Thursday, January 17 to Wednesday, March 13, 2013. The Pledge, the first North American museum exhibition of works by the artist, will be comprised of the artist’s new series of Assembly Instructions. Also on view during this period are Ignacio Uriarte: Line of Work, inspired by Uriarte's former career in business administration the pieces showcase the aesthetics of the office and its travails; and Ishmael Randall Weeks: Cuts, Burns, Punctures, a meditation on recent Peruvian history in the form of a double slide projection using found slides. All three shows will be on view during the January 16 reception.

Members-Only Viewing Hours 12 to 6pm: Join Now!

6pm Dec 04, 2012

Panel Discussion

In Deed: Certificates of Authenticity in Art

In Deed: Certificates of Authenticity in Art In Deed: Certificates of Authenticity in Art In Deed: Certificates of Authenticity in Art

In Deed: Certificates of Authenticity in Art

Discussion with artist Liam Gillick and lawyer Brit Payne, and librarian and archivist Ann Butler moderated by Curatorial Assistant Nova Benway.

6:30pm Nov 29, 2012

Contemporary Authors Reading

José Antonio Suárez Londoño: The Yearbooks

José Antonio Suárez Londoño: The Yearbooks José Antonio Suárez Londoño: The Yearbooks José Antonio Suárez Londoño: The Yearbooks

José Antonio Suárez Londoño: The Yearbooks

In conjunction with the exhibition José Antonio Suárez Londoño: The Yearbooks, renowned authors Jacki Lyden, Monica De La Torre,and Chris Adrian will read passages from select literary texts and memoirs that inspired the notebook drawings on view.

6:30-8:30pm Sep 10, 2014

Fall Benefit Auction

@ 35 Wooster!

This year our Auction will be held in The Drawing Center's beautiful Soho galleries!

Co-Chairs
Stacey Goergen
Rhiannon Kubicka
Merrill Mahan
Candace Worth

Invite you to join them for
The Drawing Center’s
Annual Benefit Auction

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
6:30-8:30 pm cocktails and silent auction

The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street, in SoHo, NY

You can view the artwork and begin your bidding now on Paddle8. Bidding ends at Noon on September 10.

If you would like to join us for the live event at the Drawing Center, as of today (Sept 10) you can purchase tickets at the door ($200).

For additional information, please call The Drawing Center at 212.219.2166 x221 or email hcloepfil@drawingcenter.org with questions.

4pm Dec 13, 2014

Conversation

with Michelle Stuart and Connie Butler

Hear the Mermaids Sing, 2013, unique archival inkjet photographs, 62.5 x 114.5, Photo Credit: Bill Orcutt, courtesy of Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects. Hear the Mermaids Sing, 2013, unique archival inkjet photographs, 62.5 x 114.5, Photo Credit: Bill Orcutt, courtesy of Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects. Hear the Mermaids Sing, 2013, unique archival inkjet photographs, 62.5 x 114.5, Photo Credit: Bill Orcutt, courtesy of Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects.

Hear the Mermaids Sing, 2013, unique archival inkjet photographs, 62.5 x 114.5, Photo Credit: Bill Orcutt, courtesy of Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects.

Connie Butler, Chief Curator at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and former Chief Curator of Drawing at The Museum of Modern Art will discuss Michelle Stuart’s long and distinguished career, with a special focus on her most recent photographic works, on view at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, through December 20, 2014.

The compositions in Silent Movies (November 1 – December 20), created over the last two years, present universal themes with deeply personal associations. They contain keys to resonant events and evoke times and places in a manner both specific and archetypical. “The effect can be cinematic,” as The New Yorker described, “full of jump cuts, or meditative.” Stuart uses the vast archive of analog and digital photographs that she has taken and collected for almost half a century and activates their aesthetic potential by re-contextualizing them in groups, often altering them to weave personal stories. With abundant literary, cinematic, and historical references, these works do not merely address memories, but the very process of recall itself.

Image: Michelle Stuart, Hear the Mermaids Sing, 2013, unique archival inkjet photographs, 62.5 x 114.5, Photo Credit: Bill Orcutt, courtesy of Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects.

6:30PM Mar 17, 2016

Talk

Please Make This Look Nice

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Studio wall. Photo by AHL&CO

National Design Award–winner Stephen Doyle talks about the way non-traditional
tools and techniques have made their way into his graphic design practice.