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Main Gallery Oct 12, 2018 - Feb 03, 2019

For Opacity

Elijah Burgher, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn

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


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

This fall, The Drawing Center will present an exhibition that focuses on three young artists—Elijah Burgher, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn—who explore diverse identities through portraiture and who do so almost exclusively through the medium of drawing. These artists have entirely distinct stylistic approaches and personal backgrounds but they are connected by the way in which they use drawing to investigate subjecthood as well as its resistance to depiction. Indeed, Burgher, Ojih Odutola, and Quinn embrace drawing because it invests surface with the felt intimacy of touch while nonetheless confirming it to be a malleable and uncertain construct. Ultimately, in the intellectual tradition of French theorist Édouard Glissant, these artists believe that the right to refuse explanation is as integral to the formulation of selfhood as is revelation.


For Opacity: Elijah Burgher, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn will be the first museum exhibition for Burgher and Quinn and follows on the heels of Ojih Odutola’s successful 2017 New York debut at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In the case of each artist, older drawings will be placed alongside work created expressly for The Drawing Center exhibition to foreground the artists’ sustained and developing dedication to their fields of inquiry. At the same time, the artists’ works will be interspersed throughout the exhibition space to allow for dialogue and cross-connections. Whether using a highly refined illusionistic approach (Burgher), a broad range of material techniques and media (Ojih Odutola), or a fractured, composite aesthetic (Quinn) the artists in For Opacity explore the relationship between insight and obscurity; what a surface can reveal and what it necessarily withholds.


Organized by Claire Gilman, Chief Curator, with Amber Harper, Assistant Curator.

For Opacity: Elijah Burgher, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn is made possible by Almine Rech Gallery; Burger Collection, Hong Kong; Anderson Cooper; Fairfax Dorn and Marc Glimcher; Stephanie and Timothy Ingrassia; Jack Shainman Gallery; Kathleen Madden and Paul Frantz; Richard Gerrig and Timothy Peterson; Noel E. D. Kirnon; Thomas Lavin; Fiona and Eric Rudin; Beth Rudin DeWoody and Firooz Zahedi; Salon 94; Neil Tennant; Dr. Daniel S. Berger and Scott Wenthe; Rashid Johnson; M+B; P•P•O•W; Rhona Hoffman Gallery; Half Gallery; and Western Exhibitions.

Image: Toyin Ojih Odutola, Paris Apartment, 2016–17. Charcoal, pastel, and pencil on paper, 59 3/8 x 42 inches. Private Collection, New York. © Toyin Ojih Odutola. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Drawing Room Oct 12, 2018 - Feb 03, 2019

Jennifer Wynne Reeves

All Right for Now

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


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

Jennifer Wynne Reeves: All Right for Now opens in the Drawing Room on October 12. From the late 1990s until her too-early death from brain cancer in 2014, Jennifer Wynne Reeves (b. 1963, Royal Oak, MI) developed a reputation as an artist’s artist, garnering an intense and loyal following especially among fellow artists who appreciated her ability to load errant scribbles and globs of crusty paint with humor, narrativity, and poignant emotional affect. Her first museum show in New York, The Drawing Center exhibition will be a long overdue consideration of Reeves’s unique contribution to the dialogue between representation and abstraction that has preoccupied recent art. Featuring works on paper, Masonite, and wood, as well as notebooks and text pieces (Reeves wrote copiously and had a large fan base on Facebook), the exhibition will examine the power of line and color to render accessible deeply personal fears and desires. Organized by Claire Gilman, Chief Curator, with Rosario Güiraldes, Assistant Curator.

Organized by Claire Gilman, Chief Curator, with Rosario Guiraldes, Assistant Curator.

Jennifer Wynne Reeves: All Right for Now is made possible by the Jennifer Wynne Reeves Trust; Isabella Hutchinson and Diego Gradowczyk; the Toby Devan Lewis Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland; Fiona and Eric Rudin; Beth Rudin DeWoody and Firooz Zahedi; David Steinhardt; Lee and Louis Reeves; Blick Art Materials, LLC; FM Brush Company; Steve Shane; Dan Lebson and Tom Wilinsky; David Reed; Bernadette Ward and Ladd Forsline, Colorfin; Elena and Holden Stein; and anonymous donors. Special thanks to GE Galería.

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

The Lab Oct 12, 2018 - Dec 02, 2018

Open Sessions 12

a … is alter(ed)

a…is alter(ed): Open Sessions 12 explores the imaginative determination of “drawing” and “line” by relating it to a development process, social artifacts, psychological trace, and prosthetic memory—journals, maps, technology, and calendars. The poetics of flow between known and unknown is a feedback murmur that leads to clarity when engaging the object. a..is alter(ed) features Joeun Aatchim, Kenseth Armstead, Ludovica Carbotta, Billy and Steven Dufala, LaMont Hamilton, and Ester Partegàs.

For a…is alter(ed), experimental and traditional approaches to drawing are taken as a mode of inquiry, to produce the unexpected through ventriloquism (Aatchim); tell the story of a slave-turned-spy in the American Revolution (Armstead); upend notions of scale by drawing with an excavator shovel (Dufala Brothers); recover the role of imagination by projecting fictional narratives onto objects (Carbotta); welcome the blind and visually impaired into the space through braille-large-scale poems (Hamilton); and to disseminate advertisement-flyer-like drawings across The Lab and the neighborhood (Partegàs).

From October 12 until December 2019 in The Lab, Open Sessions presents five exhibitions organized by Rosario Güiraldes and Lisa Sigal, Open Sessions Curators, together with participating artists. Conceived and organized over fourteen months, The Lab exhibitions present experimental work and ideas, and take the form of thematic group shows. In the second year of the cycle, Open Sessions curators organize a full-museum exhibition to which all Open Sessions artists contribute work that best manifests and/or expands what drawing is.
Joeun Aatchim lives and works in Brooklyn. Her work has been shown at the Jewish Museum and SPRING/BREAK Art Show, both New York; the Long March Space, Beijing; and the SBC Gallery of Contemporary Arts, Montréal.

Kenseth Armstead lives and works in Brooklyn. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Brooklyn Museum; Studio Museum in Harlem; and Socrates Sculpture Park, all New York; and MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston. His works are included in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Newark Museum, New Jersey; African American Museum, Dallas; and numerous public and private collections.

Ludovica Carbotta lives and works in Spain. Her work has been exhibited at the Kunstlerhaus Museum, Vienna; MAXXI Museum, Rome; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo; Galleria Arte Moderna, both Turin; Marta Cervera Gallery, Madrid; and ON Public, Bologna.

Steven and Billy Dufala live and work in Philadelphia. Their work is represented by Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia.

LaMont Hamilton lives and works in New York. His work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art; The Kitchen; Issue Project Room; and the Studio Museum, all New York.

Ester Partegàs lives and works in New York. Her work has been shown at El Paso Museum of Art/Museo de Arte Ciudad Juárez, Mexico; Museum of the City, New York; and MACBA, Barcelona.

Open Sessions is organized by Rosario Güiraldes and Lisa Sigal, Open Sessions Curators.


Open Sessions artists 2018–20:
Joeun Aatchim; Kenseth Armstead; Bahar Behbahani; Keren Benbenisty; Katarina Burin; Esteban Cabeza de Baca; Alexis Callender; Crystal Z Campbell; Ludovica Carbotta; Jesse Chun; Liz Collins; Mike Crane; Dennis 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 Partegas; Omid Shekari; Tariku Shiferaw; Johanna Unzueta; Cosmo Whyte.


Image: Dufala Brothers, Tic Tac Toe, 2015. Video, 22:05 minutes. Image courtesy of the artists and Fleisher Ollman Gallery

The Lab Dec 14, 2018 - Feb 03, 2019

Open Sessions 13

\\Installation shot of //Where Do We Stand? Two Years of Drawings with Open Sessions//, (detail), 2017. \\Installation shot of //Where Do We Stand? Two Years of Drawings with Open Sessions//, (detail), 2017. \\Installation shot of //Where Do We Stand? Two Years of Drawings with Open Sessions//, (detail), 2017.


Installation shot of Where Do We Stand? Two Years of Drawings with Open Sessions, (detail), 2017.


Every two years Open Sessions invites artists and creative practitioners through an open call to consider their relationship to drawing as a medium, a process, and as a metaphor. Working together over a two-year period, Open Sessions artists participate in ongoing studio visits and discussions, punctuated by small-group exhibitions and a culminating museum show at The Drawing Center.

Open Sessions 13 will include work by Alex Callender, Liz Collins, Dennis Redmoon Darkeem, Zatara McIntyre, Johanna Unzueta, Cosmo Whyte. More details to come.


Open Sessions is organized by Rosario Güiraldes and Lisa Sigal, Open Sessions Curators.


Open Sessions artists 2018–20:
Joeun Aatchim; Kenseth Armstead; Bahar Behbahani; Keren Benbenisty; Katarina Burin; Esteban Cabeza de Baca; Alexis 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 Partegas; Omid Shekari; Tariku Shiferaw; Johanna Unzueta; Cosmo Whyte.

Image: Installation shot of Where Do We Stand? Two Years of Drawings with Open Sessions, (detail), 2017.

Main Gallery Feb 22, 2019 - Mar 24, 2019

Winter Term

Center for Urban Pedagogy

The Drawing Center’s Winter Term is an annual initiative in which the museum will partner with an artist or organization whose mission it is to explore the transformative role that drawing can play in civic and global society. The yearly program, which will consist of public events, classes, and performances as well as an exhibition, will build a community of people to investigate the efficacy of drawing as a tool for addressing inequity and encouraging social change. In a world ever more in need of human connection and compassion, Winter Term will ask how drawing, the most universal medium, might extend beyond the gallery space to provide concrete tools for collective engagement and collaboration. In this way, Winter Term provides a new model for exhibition making as well as for the role that art institutions can play in the real world.


The second session, planned for Winter 2019, will engage the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a Brooklyn-based organization that leverages graphic design and illustration to bring transparency to complex civic structures (ex. land use, labor rights, immigration rights, juvenile detention) in partnership with the communities impacted by them. The residency will feature an exhibition, in which the project will be broken-down visually from its conception through its design, testing and distribution via text, photographs, videos, and printed material, as well as a series of events geared towards individuals wishing to learn more about community-engaged design.

Organized by Claire Gilman, Chief Curator with Rosario Guiraldes, Assistant Curator and Peter Ahlberg, Exhibition Designer

Image: ©the Center for Urban Pedagogy, 2018. Distribution event for Making Policy Public publication, Rent Regulation Rights, March 9, 2014, Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Chinatown, New York City. This project is a collaboration of designers Intracollaborative, community organization CAAAV, and CUP. This MPP helps rent-stabilized tenants in Chinatown and the Lower East Side to understand their rights, fight landlord harassment, and collectively organize to stay in their homes.

Main Gallery and Drawing Room Apr 12, 2019 - Jul 28, 2019

Neo Rauch

Aus dem Boden / From the Floor

\\Neo Rauch, //Der Stammbaum//, 2017. Oil on paper, 66 1/4 x 81 3/8 inches. \\Neo Rauch, //Der Stammbaum//, 2017. Oil on paper, 66 1/4 x 81 3/8 inches. \\Neo Rauch, //Der Stammbaum//, 2017. Oil on paper, 66 1/4 x 81 3/8 inches.


Neo Rauch, Der Stammbaum, 2017. Oil on paper, 66 1/4 x 81 3/8 inches.


Neo Rauch is one of the best-known artists from the Leipzig school in Germany. His psychologically complex paintings have been widely collected and written about for more than twenty years. Neo Rauch: Aus dem Boden / From the Floor will be the first exhibition of his drawings in the United States. A collaboration between The Drawing Center and the Des Moines Art Center, the show will be presented first in Des Moines from September 27, 2018–January 6, 2019, with the catalogue published and distributed at that time. In Spring 2019, the exhibition will travel to The Drawing Center where it will be on view in the Main Gallery and Drawing Room for four months.

Co-organized by Brett Littman, former Executive Director of The Drawing Center and Jeff Fleming, Director of the Des Moines Art Center, Iowa, with Amber Harper, Assistant Curator.

Image: Neo Rauch, Die Eselpfleger, 2013. Felt-tip pen and oil on paper, 8 1/4 x 11 5/8 inches.

The Lab Apr 12, 2019 - Jun 01, 2019

Open Sessions 14

\\Installation shot of //Where Do We Stand? Two Years of Drawings with Open Sessions//, (detail), 2017. \\Installation shot of //Where Do We Stand? Two Years of Drawings with Open Sessions//, (detail), 2017. \\Installation shot of //Where Do We Stand? Two Years of Drawings with Open Sessions//, (detail), 2017.


Installation shot of Where Do We Stand? Two Years of Drawings with Open Sessions, (detail), 2017.


Every two years Open Sessions invites artists and creative practitioners through an open call to consider their relationship to drawing as a medium, a process, and as a metaphor. Working together over a two-year period, Open Sessions artists participate in ongoing studio visits and discussions, punctuated by small-group exhibitions and a culminating museum show at The Drawing Center.


Open Sessions is organized by Rosario Güiraldes and Lisa Sigal, Open Sessions Curators.


Open Sessions artists 2018–20:
Joeun Aatchim; Kenseth Armstead; Bahar Behbahani; Keren Benbenisty; Katarina Burin; Esteban Cabeza de Baca; Alexis Callender; Crystal Z Campbell; Ludovica Carbotta; Jesse Chun; Liz Collins; Mike Crane; Dennis 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 Partegas; Omid Shekari; Tariku Shiferaw; Johanna Unzueta; Cosmo Whyte.

Image: Installation shot of Where Do We Stand? Two Years of Drawings with Open Sessions, (detail), 2017.