The Drawing Center

Willem de Kooning Drawing Seeing/Seeing Drawing Oct 31-Dec 19 '98

Trisha Brown Free Measures: Drawings Oct 31-Dec 19 '98

Selections Winter '99 Jan 12-Feb 6 '99   Selections Fall '98

Shadows of a Hand The Drawings of Victor Hugo
April 16-June 16 '98 Exhibition coordinator: Elizabeth Finch

ARCHIVE - Rajasthani Miniatures April 16-June 7, 1997
The Welch Collection from the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University

ARCHIVE - Plains Indian Drawings, 1865-1935;
Pages from a Visual History
texts adapted after Janet Catherine Berlo, Anna Blume, Jennifer A. Crets,
Candace S. Greene, Marilee Jantzer-White, Joyce M. Szabo, Jennifer Vigil

The Drawing Center is the only not-for-profit institution in the country to focus on the exhibition of drawings, both contemporary and historic. It was established in 1977 to provide opportunities for emerging and under-recognized artists; to demonstrate the significance and diversity of drawings thoughout history; and to stimulate public dialogue on issues of art and culture.

The Drawing Center is committed to the presentation of annual historical exhibitions, which are of the highest caliber and which offer insight into the art of acknowledged masters as well as less-celebrated artists whose work merits greater attention. At least one historical exhibition is presented annually and is accompanied by a comprehensive, scholarly catalogue.

The Center's contemporary exhibition programs present innovative and challenging work that explores and affirms the range of drawing in contemporary art. The Center seeks out emerging and under-represented artists to form the core of its exhibition programs. Four to five contemporary exhibitions are mounted annually, including Selections, a series of group shows of artists chosen through the Viewing Program, as well as thematic exhibitions. The Viewing Program offers artists the opportunity to have their work reviewed by a member of the curatorial staff. Artists are encouraged to participate by sending a sheet of slides and a resume as the first step towards receiving an appointment. The Center's commitment to cultural and stylistic diversity is actively reflected in its exhibitions and all related programming.

Special programs and events are an integral part of The Center's overall mission. Exhibitions are frequently accompanied by moderated symposia with the exhibiting artists and curators. The Center regularly presents readings, lectures, panels, performances, and paper conservation workshops, which enhance the exhibition programs and address issues related to art and culture. The Drawing Center is also the home of the NightLight Reading Series, dedicated to presenting new writing in all its forms; andNightLight for Kids!, featuring writers and actors reading from contemporary and classic stories for children. The Drawing Center also has a comprehensive Schools Program for students K-12. Led by an artist/educator, the students are encouraged to discuss and respond to the exhibition on view and then participate in a hands-on drawing class.

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