THE NEXT APPLICATION, FOR OPEN SESSIONS 2018-19, WILL BE POSTED IN FALL 2017.
Open Sessions is a hybrid exhibition/residency program created by Lisa Sigal and Nova Benway, Open Sessions Curators. It provides unique opportunities for selected artists to find new approaches for contextualizing and exhibiting their work through exhibitions, public programs, workshops, and working dinners. The artists selected for Open Sessions may or may not draw as their primary means of art-making. The two-year program engages musicians, architects, dancers, poets—anyone who is interested in expanding the boundaries of drawing. Open Sessions artists work together to create a dynamic, continuous conversation, viewing drawing as an activity rather than a product.
Open Sessions is a two year commitment of occasional events, described below. The content for all Open Sessions programs comes directly from participants through an ongoing dialogue with their peers, though it is not necessary that they participate in every event. Exhibitions, collaboratively organized by small groups of Open Sessions artists, are held approximately every other month throughout the year.
Open Sessions artists each participate in a small-group, self-organized exhibition in The Lab gallery, potentially in association with a public panel discussion or other program. During the second year, a Main Gallery exhibition presents accumulated knowledge and/or questions generated by the artists during their time in Open Sessions. Open Sessions also seeks to forge alliances with partner institutions to expand audience and exhibition platforms. OS artists are encouraged to initiate other exhibitions and projects outside The Drawing Center.
CURATORS AND FELLOWS
In addition to the Open Sessions Curators, four artists are selected as Open Sessions Fellows. The 2016 -17 Fellows are Daniel Bozhkov, Onyedika Chuke, Chitra Ganesh and Jina Valentine. Fellows will lead in the selection of each new group of participating Open Sessions artists, and organize a collaborative event for Open Sessions artists.
Credits: Open Sessions is made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, the Tom Slaughter Open Sessions Fund, Faber-Castell, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.