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Main Gallery, Drawing Room, The Lab Aug 16, 2019 - Sep 15, 2019

Open Sessions 2018-2020

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

\\Image: Kunlin He, //2092: Tale of Moon Trip//, 2019. Acrylic and ink drawing on aluminum, mylar, and acrylic sheet, 132 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the artist and NanHai Art. 

\\Image: Kunlin He, //2092: Tale of Moon Trip//, 2019. Acrylic and ink drawing on aluminum, mylar, and acrylic sheet, 132 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the artist and NanHai Art. 

\\Image: Kunlin He, //2092: Tale of Moon Trip//, 2019. Acrylic and ink drawing on aluminum, mylar, and acrylic sheet, 132 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the artist and NanHai Art.


Image: Kunlin He, 2092: Tale of Moon Trip, 2019. Acrylic and ink drawing on aluminum, mylar, and acrylic sheet, 132 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the artist and NanHai Art.


Join us on August 15 from 6-8pm for the Opening Reception of Open Sessions 2018–2020: What’s Love Got to Do with It? No RSVP needed.


Open Sessions 2018–2020: What’s Love Got to Do with It? is an exhibition by the thirty-one artists who are participating in Open Sessions, a two-year program at The Drawing Center that provides opportunities for selected artists from around the world to contextualize their work in terms of drawing through conversation, public programs, and exhibitions. Featuring new drawings and drawing adjacent works by a diverse and international group of artists, who come from myriad perspectives and geographic locations, ranging from the Americas to Africa, Asia and the Middle East, What's Love Got to Do With It? takes as its theme, the universal discourse of love, which, the curators contend, is as democratic as drawing is.


The question of drawing and love is operative in the work of Guadalupe Maravilla, when he traces his personal history of displacement from El Salvador to the United States, and interrogates the parallels between North American and pre-Columbian cultures to critique border politics. In the artwork of Alex Callender, drawing is employed to draw constellations based on the seemingly invisible labor of workers, diagramming economic decline caused by colonialism and globalization. In Victoria Keddie’s electromagnetic drawings, one’s own awareness of place and time is fine-tuned through a feedback loop of signal and noise. Perhaps the clearest example of the connection of drawing to the theme of love is articulated by Liz Collins’ long scroll drawn by the collective activity of people coming together to draw. Translations of the drawing medium in video, performance, three dimensional notation and non conventional mark-making, the works in What’s Love Got to Do with It? celebrate drawing with irreverence and wit. And most definitely with love.


Organized by Rosario Güiraldes and Lisa Sigal, Open Sessions Curators


Participating artists:
Joeun Kim Aatchim
Kenseth Armstead
Bahar Behbahani
Keren Benbenisty
Katarina Burin
Esteban Cabeza de Baca
Alex Callender
Crystal Z Campbell
Ludovica Carbotta
Jesse Chun
Liz Collins
Mike Crane
Dennis RedMoon Darkeem
Theodore Darst
Billy and Steven Dufala
Jonathan Ehrenberg
Carolina Fusilier
Rachel Granofsky
LaMont Hamilton
Kunlin He
Victoria Keddie
Young Joo Lee
Lux Lindner
Sharon Madanes
Guadalupe Maravilla
Zatara McIntyre
Ester Partegàs
Omid Shekari
Tariku Shiferaw
Johanna Unzueta
Cosmo Whyte


Open Sessions is made possible by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, the Further Forward Foundation, and, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.


Image: Kunlin He, 2092: Tale of Moon Trip, 2019. Acrylic and ink drawing on aluminum, mylar, and acrylic sheet, 132 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the artist and NanHai Art.

Stairwell Apr 06, 2018 - Sep 15, 2019

Inka Essenhigh

Manhattanhenge

Image: Installation View, Stairwell. 2018. Photo by Martin Parsekian. Image: Installation View, Stairwell. 2018. Photo by Martin Parsekian. Image: Installation View, Stairwell. 2018. Photo by Martin Parsekian.

Image: Installation View, Stairwell. 2018. Photo by Martin Parsekian.


As part of its ongoing series of commissions for the Stairwell, The Drawing Center has asked New York artist Inka Essenhigh to create a site-specific wall drawing. Essenhigh’s installation is the third in the series, following Gary Simmons’s Ghost Reels (2016–18) and Abdelkader Benchamma’s Dark Matter (2015–16).

An artist whose influences range from Hokusai to Surrealism and Byzantine icons to graphic novels, Inka Essenhigh is known for her hallucinatory scenes that weave narratives about everyday life with otherworldly and science-fiction themes. For her panoramic installation in The Drawing Center’s stairwell, Essenhigh illustrates the story of an imaginary contest staged on a New York City street in which new glass-and-steel condominiums with human attributes engage in a showdown with the city’s more conventional buildings. Drawn directly on the wall, Essenhigh’s anthropomorphic buildings encircle the central motif of the drawing, a golden sunset that replicates “Manhattanhenge”—the effect of the sun when aligned precisely with the city grid—which has long been a mythic part of the city’s monumental architecture.

Organized by Brett Littman, Executive Director.

Inka Essenhigh: Manhattanhenge is made possible through the support of Miles McEnery Gallery and Stacey and Rob Goergen.


Image: Installation view of Inka Essenhigh: Manhattanhenge. The Drawing Center, New York, 2018. Photograph by Martin Parsekian.