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Main Gallery Jun 22, 2016 - Jul 01, 2016

Prix Canson 2016

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

Viewing hours will be Wednesday, June 22 through Friday, July 1 every day including Mondays and Tuesday from 12-6pm. Thursday 12-8pm.

The Prix Canson, one of the most prestigious annual drawing prizes in the world, is partnering with The Drawing Center to exhibit the works of their 2016 finalists from June 22 through July 1, 2016. Canson® and The Drawing Center are linked by their shared passion for drawing and by their ambition to promote art to wide and diverse audiences. Past Prix Canson exhibitions have been held in major museums and galleries in Paris and Barcelona. Previous winners of the Prix Canson have been: Fabien Mérelle (2010), Ronald Cornelissen (2011), Virginia Chihota (2013), and Simon Evans (2014). These winners represent the best artists today worldwide who are working with drawing. The Prix Canson president for 2016 is the world-renowned Brazilian artist Tunga. He will be joined by a jury of top museum directors, curators, and collectors in the art world. During the Prix Canson exhibition at The Drawing Center, Canson® will host a series of talks, presentations, and events with the finalists for the public and press. As well, Canson® will also create a special pop-up shop in The Drawing Center’s bookstore featuring one-of-kind items, specialty paper, and a wide selection of their artist sketch books.

2016 PRIX CANSON FINALISTS
ruby onyinyechi amanze (b. 1982 - Lives and works in New York City)
Bethany Collins (b. 1984 - Lives and works in Atlanta, Chicago and New York City)
Njideka Akunyili Crosby (b. 1983 - Lives and works in Los Angeles)
David Shrigley (b. 1968 – Lives and works in Glasgow)
Lucy Skaer (b. 1975 - Lives and works in Glasgow)

2016 PRIX CANSON JURY
Tunga, Artist (Rio de Janeiro) – President of the Jury
Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator, MET (New York)
Bice Curiger, Artistic Director, Vincent van Gogh Foundation Arles and
editor-in-chief, Parkett (Zürich)
Amanda Hunt, Assistant Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York)
Brett Littman, Executive Director, The Drawing Center (New York)
Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator, MOCA (Los Angeles)
Frédéric Paul, Curator, MNAM/ Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris)
Katherine Stout, Head of Programme, ICA (Londres)
Michaël Woolworth, Art Printer (Paris)

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

Main Gallery Jul 15, 2016 - Sep 02, 2016

Gabriel de la Mora

Sound Inscriptions on Fabric

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.

Gabriel de la Mora is best known for constructing visual works from found, discarded, and obsolete objects, such as eggshells and shoe soles. De la Mora describes these objects, which have outlived their usefulness, as caches for historical information about everyday life. In his exhibition at The Drawing Center, De la Mora will present 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.

Curated by Brett Littman, Executive Director

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

The Lab Jul 15, 2016 - Sep 02, 2016

Open Sessions 7

Open Sessions Lab exhibition, Fall 2015. Installation view. Open Sessions Lab exhibition, Fall 2015. Installation view. Open Sessions Lab exhibition, Fall 2015. Installation view.

Open Sessions Lab exhibition, Fall 2015. Installation view.

The Open Sessions program was created by Lisa Sigal and Nova Benway, Open Sessions Curators, as an opportunity for selected artists to find new approaches for contextualizing and exhibiting their work, through exhibitions, public programs, and conversation. The artists selected for Open Sessions may or may not draw as their primary means of art-making. The two-year program engages musicians, architects, dancers, poets—anyone who is interested in expanding the boundaries of drawing. Open Sessions fosters a dynamic, ever-evolving conversation with new drawing practices and practitioners, viewing drawing as an activity rather than a product.

Curated by Lisa Sigal and Nova Benway

Open Sessions Lab exhibition, Fall 2015. Installation view.

Main Gallery Oct 07, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016

Cecily Brown

Rehearsal

Cecily Brown. //Strolling Actresses//, 2015. Watercolor and ink on paper. 51 1/2 x 79 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Cecily Brown. //Strolling Actresses//, 2015. Watercolor and ink on paper. 51 1/2 x 79 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Cecily Brown. //Strolling Actresses//, 2015. Watercolor and ink on paper. 51 1/2 x 79 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Cecily Brown. Strolling Actresses, 2015. Watercolor and ink on paper. 51 1/2 x 79 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Cecily Brown: Rehearsal will be the artist’s first solo museum show in New York and the first exhibition dedicated to her drawings. The exhibition will feature over sixty small drawings by Brown and a handful of large drawings, many of which are being exhibited for the first time. For the past ten years, Brown has been turning heads with her voluptuous, quasi-abstract canvases. All the while, she has been making drawings, study upon study of motifs taken from a wide range of sources, including compositions by the eighteenth-century master draftsman William Hogarth, pages of animal illustrations from nineteenth-century encyclopedias, and the cover of Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 album Electric Ladyland to name a few. Arranged thematically, the exhibition will lead viewers through Brown’s repeated motifs, as the drawings’ fragmentary gestures build upon and undo each other in an endlessly renewed quest.

Curated by Claire Gilman, Senior Curator

Image: Cecily Brown, Strolling Actresses (After Hogarth), 2015. Watercolor and ink on paper. 51 1/2 x 79 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Drawing Room Oct 07, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016

Olga Chernysheva

Olga Chernysheva, From the series //Briefly//, 2013. Charcoal on paper, Ten drawings: 14 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches ((36.8 x 59 cm)  each. Courtesy Gallery DIEHL, Berlin. Olga Chernysheva, From the series //Briefly//, 2013. Charcoal on paper, Ten drawings: 14 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches ((36.8 x 59 cm)  each. Courtesy Gallery DIEHL, Berlin. Olga Chernysheva, From the series //Briefly//, 2013. Charcoal on paper, Ten drawings: 14 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches ((36.8 x 59 cm)  each. Courtesy Gallery DIEHL, Berlin.

Olga Chernysheva, From the series Briefly, 2013. Charcoal on paper, Ten drawings: 14 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches ((36.8 x 59 cm) each. Courtesy Gallery DIEHL, Berlin.

Born in Moscow, where she lives and works, Olga Chernysheva is a perceptive and sensitive observer of her native country’s cultural and geographic landscape. In her investigations of the post-Soviet political and social atmosphere, Chernysheva depicts a side of Russia that is rarely seen. Drawing is integral to this drive in Chernysheva’s work: their blurred edges and delicate textures provide the viewer with an arrestingly intimate view of her anonymous subjects as they linger, doze, and aimlessly wander. Though she has been depicting the urban landscape for decades, she has rarely strayed from portraits of her home country. For this exhibition, Chernysheva spent a month in New York, seeing a city she had visited but never resided in with fresh eyes, and producing a series of keenly observed psychological drawings.


Curated by Nova Benway, Assistant Curator and Open Sessions Curator

Image: Olga Chernysheva, From the series Briefly, 2013. Charcoal on paper, Ten drawings: 14 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches ((36.8 x 59 cm) each. Courtesy Gallery DIEHL, Berlin.

The Lab Oct 07, 2016 - Nov 06, 2016

Open Sessions 8

Open Sessions Lab exhibition, Fall 2015. Installation view. Open Sessions Lab exhibition, Fall 2015. Installation view. Open Sessions Lab exhibition, Fall 2015. Installation view.

Open Sessions Lab exhibition, Fall 2015. Installation view.

The Open Sessions program was created by Lisa Sigal and Nova Benway, Open Sessions Curators, as an opportunity for selected artists to find new approaches for contextualizing and exhibiting their work, through exhibitions, public programs, and conversation. The artists selected for Open Sessions may or may not draw as their primary means of art-making. The two-year program engages musicians, architects, dancers, poets—anyone who is interested in expanding the boundaries of drawing. Open Sessions fosters a dynamic, ever-evolving conversation with new drawing practices and practitioners, viewing drawing as an activity rather than a product..

Curated by Lisa Sigal and Nova Benway

Open Sessions Lab exhibition, Fall 2015. Installation view.

The Lab Nov 18, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016

Open Sessions 9

Open Sessions Lab exhibition, Fall 2015. Installation view. Open Sessions Lab exhibition, Fall 2015. Installation view. Open Sessions Lab exhibition, Fall 2015. Installation view.

Open Sessions Lab exhibition, Fall 2015. Installation view.

The Open Sessions program was created by Lisa Sigal and Nova Benway, Open Sessions Curators, as an opportunity for selected artists to find new approaches for contextualizing and exhibiting their work, through exhibitions, public programs, and conversation. The artists selected for Open Sessions may or may not draw as their primary means of art-making. The two-year program engages musicians, architects, dancers, poets—anyone who is interested in expanding the boundaries of drawing. Open Sessions fosters a dynamic, ever-evolving conversation with new drawing practices and practitioners, viewing drawing as an activity rather than a product.

Curated by Lisa Sigal and Nova Benway

Open Sessions Lab exhibition, Fall 2015. Installation view.

Main Gallery Jan 20, 2017 - Mar 19, 2017

Mateo López

Undo List

Mateo Lopez, still from stop-motion film //El Minutero//, 2015. Mateo Lopez, still from stop-motion film //El Minutero//, 2015. Mateo Lopez, still from stop-motion film //El Minutero//, 2015.

Mateo Lopez, still from stop-motion film El Minutero, 2015.

Trained as an architect in his native Bogotá, Colombia, Mateo López has long used drawing to explore the relationship between organic and constructed form. For this, his first solo museum exhibition in the United States, López expands the range of his approach to the medium, presenting a multi-disciplinary installation that features works on paper, sculpture, architectural form, and projected film. At set times during the run of the exhibition, the dancer and choreographer Lee Serle will accompany the film in the space, responding to its movements with his own physical gestures, and occasionally rearranging objects in the exhibition. Using line as a bridge between two- and three-dimensional realities, López’s exhibition pulls drawing off the page and into space and performative action.

Curated by Claire Gilman, Senior Curator

Image: Mateo Lopez, still from stop-motion film El Minutero, 2015

Drawing Room Jan 20, 2017 - Mar 19, 2017

Jackson Mac Low

Jackson Mac Low, //Drawing Asymmetry// #8, 1961. Jackson Mac Low, //Drawing Asymmetry// #8, 1961. Jackson Mac Low, //Drawing Asymmetry// #8, 1961.

Jackson Mac Low, Drawing Asymmetry #8, 1961.

The Drawing Center will present a group of visual works by the poet Jackson Mac Low. The works presented in this exhibition reflect Mac Low’s early association with the Fluxus movement and build on the chance operations and minimally egoic forms that Mac Low explored in poetry during the mid-1950s. The exhibition will present a group of Mac Low’s “Vocabularies”, drawn poems that are meant to be performed, including the “Gathas”, which Mac Low wrote on graph paper as omnidirectional scores with visual cues for silence, spoken letters, and musical notes. The exhibition will also include works from Mac Low’s “Drawing-Asymmetry” series, written constructions that emphasize the visual and aural qualities of words. In tandem with this exhibition, The Drawing Center will screen Mac Low’s Tree* Movie, one of the earliest known Fluxus films.

Curated by Brett Littman, Executive Director

Image: Jackson Mac Low, Drawing Asymmetry #8, 1961.

The Lab Jan 20, 2017 - Mar 19, 2017

Amy Sillman

Amy Sillman, Film still from //Metamorphoses//, 2015. 5 min. looped. Video animation with iPad drawings. Music by Wibke Tiarks. Courtesy of the artist. Amy Sillman, Film still from //Metamorphoses//, 2015. 5 min. looped. Video animation with iPad drawings. Music by Wibke Tiarks. Courtesy of the artist. Amy Sillman, Film still from //Metamorphoses//, 2015. 5 min. looped. Video animation with iPad drawings. Music by Wibke Tiarks. Courtesy of the artist.

Amy Sillman, Film still from Metamorphoses, 2015. 5 min. looped. Video animation with iPad drawings. Music by Wibke Tiarks. Courtesy of the artist.

For her exhibition at The Drawing Center, Amy Sillman will present an animated double-screen video entitled Metamorphoses. Sillman produced the work as a retelling of Ovid’s fifteen-book tale during a 2015 fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. To create the video, Sillman overlaid abstract drawings, which she worked on in her bathtub in Berlin, with iPad sketches that precisely follow Ovid’s epic narrative. Set to a score by the Berlin-based musician Wibke Tiarks, the film features two animations, On one screen, a variegated background flashes by as figures in the foreground transform, one into another. Adjacent to the screen featuring narrative images, a second animation showing only the changing background pursues its own temporal rhythm. In Metamorphoses, Sillman exercises the possibility of endless change, a theme that she first developed in her animated works and that has continued to inform her paintings and drawings. Her adaptation of Ovid is one of a number of works Sillman has made in collaboration with poets, including Gregg Bordowitz, Lisa Robertson, and Charles Bernstein, among others.

Curated by Claire Gilman, Senior Curator

Image: Amy Sillman, Film still from Metamorphoses, 2015. 5 min. looped. Video animation with iPad drawings. Music by Wibke Tiarks. Courtesy of the artist.

Main Gallery, Drawing Room Apr 14, 2017 - Jun 25, 2017

Exploratory Works

Drawings from the Department of Tropical Research Field Expeditions

//Chiasmodon niger Stomach Contents//, Else Bostelmann
Bermuda 1931. Watercolor on paper. 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Else Bostelmann © Wildlife Conservation Society.
//Chiasmodon niger Stomach Contents//, Else Bostelmann
Bermuda 1931. Watercolor on paper. 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Else Bostelmann © Wildlife Conservation Society.
//Chiasmodon niger Stomach Contents//, Else Bostelmann
Bermuda 1931. Watercolor on paper. 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Else Bostelmann © Wildlife Conservation Society.

Chiasmodon niger Stomach Contents, Else Bostelmann
Bermuda 1931. Watercolor on paper. 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Else Bostelmann © Wildlife Conservation Society.

This exhibition brings to light for the first time an archive of images that illustrate the formation of our modern definition of nature. William Beebe (1877–1962) was one of America's greatest popularizers of ecological thinking and biological science. Beebe literally took the lab into the jungle, rather than the jungle to the lab. The Department of Tropical Research was pioneering in that, under Beebe’s direction, women were hired as lead scientists and field artists. Artist Isabel Cooper, joining in 1919, publicly relished her opportunity to travel through the jungles of Guyana juggling a “vivid serpent or tapestried lizard in one hand, and the best grade of Japanese paintbrush in the other.” The structure of The Drawing Center’s exhibition will mirror the two salient stages of the Department of Tropical Research's investigations: jungle field station work and floating laboratories for marine biology —revealing that artists and scientists worked closely and productively in the near past and that scientists once understood art as a valuable tool for promoting ecological thinking to a broad public.

Curated by Mark Dion, Katherine McLeod, and Madeleine Thompson

Image: Chiasmodon niger Stomach Contents, Else Bostelmann Bermuda 1931. Watercolor on paper. 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Else Bostelmann © Wildlife Conservation Society.

The Lab Apr 14, 2017 - Jun 04, 2017

Open Sessions 10

Open Sessions Lab exhibition, Fall 2015. Installation view. Open Sessions Lab exhibition, Fall 2015. Installation view. Open Sessions Lab exhibition, Fall 2015. Installation view.

Open Sessions Lab exhibition, Fall 2015. Installation view.

The Open Sessions program was created by Lisa Sigal and Nova Benway, Open Sessions Curators, as an opportunity for selected artists to find new approaches for contextualizing and exhibiting their work, through exhibitions, public programs, and conversation. The artists selected for Open Sessions may or may not draw as their primary means of art-making. The two-year program engages musicians, architects, dancers, poets—anyone who is interested in expanding the boundaries of drawing. Open Sessions fosters a dynamic, ever-evolving conversation with new drawing practices and practitioners, viewing drawing as an activity rather than a product.

Curated by Lisa Sigal and Nova Benway

Open Sessions Lab exhibition, Fall 2015. Installation view.