The Drawing Center is pleased to announce the selected artists for Open Sessions, our two-year program open to artists working in a variety of disciplines. Participating artists cooperatively organize most activities with the Open Sessions curators, Rosario Güiraldes and Lisa Sigal, including exhibitions in The Drawing Center’s Lab gallery and other venues, as well as public programs, studio visits, and informal gatherings. Open Sessions grapples with some of the most salient ideas concerning drawing and art now.
Open Sessions 2018-2020 artists
Joeun Aatchim | Kenseth Armstead | Bahar Behbahani | Keren Benbenisty | 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 | 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 a program that provides opportunities for selected artists to find new approaches for contextualizing and exhibiting their work through conversation, public programs, and gallery installations. Open Sessions fosters a dynamic, ever-evolving dialogue with new drawing practices and practitioners, viewing drawing as an activity rather than a product. We understand drawing as a practice both concrete and metaphorical, a space for assertion, conjecture, and digression. Drawing may or may not be the primary means of art-making for Open Sessions artists.
Open Sessions occurs in a two-year cycle of events and exhibitions (described below), the content for which is conceptualized, developed, and realized by the participants. While all artists do not participate in every event, they are each committed to and engaged in establishing an ongoing dialogue with their peers. The program is organized by Open Sessions Curators Rosario Güiraldes and Lisa Sigal and is comprised of the following:
In the second year of the cycle, all Open Sessions artists participate in an exhibition in The Drawing Center’s Main Gallery, contributing work that best manifests and/or expands what drawing is. In addition, Open Sessions artists organize and participate in multiple smaller-group exhibitions in The Lab. Open Sessions artists are involved in all aspects of planning the exhibitions: choosing themes and titles, writing promotional materials, and developing public programs. Open Sessions also seeks to forge alliances with partner institutions to expand audiences and exhibition platforms.
Open Sessions artists are invited to present work in process during monthly dinners hosted by the Open Sessions curators. Artists benefit from the exchange of work methodologies, opportunities, and resources. Special guests may also contribute to the dinner’s conversation. Working dinners foster an environment where artists become invested in each other’s work and process.
Open Sessions Curators visit artists’ studios in preparation for The Lab and Main Gallery exhibitions. Throughout the two-year cycle each artist is visited at least twice. In addition, our newly incorporated Guest Curators Program offers Open Sessions artist the chance to meet for a one-on-one studio visit with an outside curator from a prestigious institution.
Furthering our mission to engage in an open and responsive conversation, Open Sessions Active Line public programs are co-organized with Open Sessions 2018–2020 artists and bring together artists and audiences to address drawing, both critically and expansively, as a productive dialogue.
A publication of Open Sessions artist conversations that address the future of drawing is produced at the end of each cycle.
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: Alex Callender. Market Day, 2017. Oil on canvas, 42 x 36 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Image © Alex Callender, Courtesy The Drawing Center