Name It by Trying to Name It
Name It by Trying to Name It: Open Sessions 2014-15 included all artists in the program, gave the first floor of the museum over to an exploration of contemporary drawing, which encompassed performance, video, sculpture, and installation, as well as traditional drawing forms. The show's numerous collaborations, in which ideas and materials were shared, emphasized the medium's flexibility and process-oriented nature. The exhibition evolved over its six-week run, as some artworks entered and exited in two-week cycles, while others remained constant throughout the show's run. Taken as a whole, Name It by Trying to Name It, presented a window into nearly two years of thinking about drawing.
Open Sessions 1
Open Sessions 1 (ACTION + OBJECT + EXCHANGE) featured the work of Eleanor Aldrich, Derek Dunlop, Heather Hart, Yara Pina, Andrew Ross, Lauren Seiden, and Barbara Weissberger.
“verisimilitude without realistic rendering” - Eleanor Aldrich
“choreographed processes…. the act of pouring” - Andrew Ross
"systems of classification: military insignia, ornamental patterns, scientific diagrams"- Derek Dunlop
“the use of charcoal to insert and inscribe bodily action…” - Yara Pina
“a visitor may press gold leaf onto my images in exchange for a wish.” - Heather Hart
“transforming the paper into a physical and structural form” - Lauren Seiden
"dualities - nature/culture, organic/inorganic, abstraction/representation - break down" - Barbara Weissberger
ACTION + OBJECT + EXCHANGE was the first exhibition of Open Sessions, a two-year program with over fifty artists working in a variety of disciplines.
Open Sessions 2
Open Sessions 2 included a collaborative film on fairy tales and politics; an installation under the stairs; a stack of posters in envelopes, ready to be mailed; a comic book for reconciliation; drawings of movie cameras, and of films; Morse code messages; and other new work. Participating artists: Joey Fauerso, Tatiana Istomina, Patte Loper, Matt Neff, Mona Sharma, Adam Shecter, Naho Taruishi, and Arturs Virtmanis.
Open Sessions 3
Open Sessions 3 included artists who worked with language, objects, narration, and performance: Becky Brown, Ernesto Caivano, Annette Cords, Steffani Jemison, Nyeema Morgan, Zach Rockhill, and Jina Valentine. The exhibition was organized by a shelving system that encircled the entire space, and included artworks alongside art ephemera, books, and household objects.
Open Sessions 4
Open Sessions 4 explored drawing through maps, video, radio programming, publications, language, and video conference technology. The exhibition featured the work of Colleen Asper & Marika Kandelaki, Matt Bua, Maurice Carlin (with Anne Gilman, Ethan Hayes-Chute, Annette Knol, Elizabeth Leister and Michael Namkung), Kerry Downey, Nicolas Dumit Estevez and Laia Sole, Maximilian Goldfarb, Brad Killam, Kamau Patton, and Lior Shvil.
Open Sessions 5
Open Sessions 5 included reliefs, recordings, and imprints of exchange that examine how personal language relates to public discourses, and the artist’s drive to “do art” at any cost. This exhibition featured the work of Lauren Bakst, Jimbo Blachly, Daniel Lichtman, Yuri Masnyj, Laura Morrison, Catya Plate, Sarada Rauch, and Alfred Steiner.
Open Sessions 6
Open Sessions 6 features the work of Amadeo Azar, Daniel Barroca, Youmna Chlala, Lea Cetera, Onyedika Chuke, Alexandra Lerman, Harold Mendez, Marcelo Moscheta, and Ronny Quevedo. Organized by the artists and Nova Benway and Lisa Sigal, Curators of the Open Sessions program.