Open Sessions 2018–2020: What’s Love Got to Do with It? is the full-museum exhibition of the third cycle of the Open Sessions program a two-year artists’ residency with thirty one participants from around the world sponsored by The Drawing Center. The exhibition includes new work produced by all Open Sessions artists, and will present both diverse and radical approaches to the medium of drawing. Featuring works on paper, video, and sculpture, as well as installation and multi-media works, What’s Love Got to Do with It? will place contemporary drawing at the center of an evolving conversation about love.
What’s Love Got to Do with It? is an exhibition about love—the banality of love, but also its radicality; the labor of love; and working in the name of love while experiencing an increasingly precarious existence. At once a universal discourse, a recurring subject of inquiry, and a persistent theme in art—from Archaic Greek poet Sappho, to twentieth-century Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw and to American cultural critic bell hooks—love is as democratic as drawing is.
Open Sessions 2018–2020 Participants:
Joeun Aatchim, Kenseth Armstead, Bahar Behbahani, Keren Benenisty, 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, Joanthan Ehrenberg, Carolina Fusilier, Rachel Granofsky, LaMont Hamilton, Kunlin He, Victoria Keddie, Young Joo Lee, Lux Linder, Sharon Madanes, Guadalupe Maravilla, Zatara McIntyre, Ester Partegàs, Omid Shekari, Tariku Shiferaw, Johanna Unzueta, Cosmo Whyte.
Organized by Rosario Güiraldes and Lisa Sigal, Open Sessions Curators.
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, Marshland Restoration #2, 2019. Acrylic and ink drawing on mulsin, mylar, and acrylic sheet, 40 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist.