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.
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.