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. There will also be a series of talks and panel discussions focused on specific CUP projects as well as issues in community-based design more generally.
Organized by Claire Gilman, Chief Curator; Rosario Guiraldes, Assistant Curator and Open Sessions 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.
Open Sessions 14
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.
Open Sessions is made possible by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, the Evelyn Toll Family Foundation, and, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
Image: Installation shot of Where Do We Stand? Two Years of Drawings with Open Sessions, (detail), 2017.
Aus dem Boden / From the Floor
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.