Drawing Center

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Coordinates: 40°43′21″N 74°00′10″W / 40.722444°N 74.002884°W / 40.722444; -74.002884

The Drawing Center
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Established 1977
Location

35 Wooster Street

New York, NY United States 10013
Type Art, Special Interest [1]
Director Brett Littman, Executive Director
Website The Drawing Center

The Drawing Center is a SoHo museum and a nonprofit exhibition space that focuses on the exhibition of drawings, both historical and contemporary.

History[edit]

The Drawing Center was founded by former assistant curator of drawings at the Museum of Modern Art Martha Beck[2] in 1977, with the mandate of seeking to "express the quality and diversity of drawing -- unique works on paper -- as a major art form".[3] It was originally housed in $900-a-month ground-floor space in a warehouse at 137 Greene Street in SoHo[4] before it moved to its present location, on the ground floor of a 19th-century cast-iron-fronted building at 35 Wooster Street, in the late 1980s.[5] In its first year, the Drawing Center attracted 125,000 visitors.[6]

After a $10 million renovation in 2012, designed by Claire Weisz of WXY Architecture & Urban Design, the museum today occupies two and a half floors, 50 percent more exhibition space.[7]

Activities[edit]

Each year, the Center presents "Selections" exhibitions featuring the work of emerging artists as well as exhibitions of historical and contemporary drawing-based work. In conjunction with its interior expansion in 2012, the Drawing Center announced the start of a long-term initiative to exhibit Latin American drawing.[8] The Drawing Room, located across the street from the Main Gallery, features dynamic, drawing-based installations and exhibitions by emerging and under-recognized artists. The Center offers a range of public programs for both adults and children, including film screenings, literary readings, artist talks, symposia, performances, and The Big Draw, a day-long event or series of events featuring artist-led drawing activities for all ages.

List of shows[edit]

This list is incomplete

  • Dorothea Tanning: Early Designs for the Stage
  • Eva Hesse Drawing
  • Leon Golub: Live & Die Like a Lion?
  • Drawing Out: Student Artwork from the Drawing Connections Program
  • Selections Spring 2010: Sea Marks
  • Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary
  • Ree Morton: At the Still Point of the Turning World
  • Unica Zürn: Dark Spring
  • Drawing Out: Student Artwork from Drawing Connections
  • Sun Xun: Shock of Time
  • Apparently Invisible: Selections Spring 2009
  • Matt Mullican: A Drawing Translates the Way of Thinking
  • M/M (Paris): Just Like an Ant Walking on the Edge of the Visible
  • Greta Magnusson Grossman: Furniture and Lighting
  • Rirkrit Tiravanija: Demonstration Drawings
  • Kathleen Henderson: What If I Could Draw a Bird That Could Change the World?
  • Drawing on Film
  • Frederick Kiesler: Co-Realities
  • Yüksel Arslan: Visual Interpretations
  • Drawing Out: Student Artwork from Drawing Connections
  • Selections Spring 2008
  • Sterling Ruby: CHRON
  • Alan Saret Gang Drawings, 2007

Management and funding[edit]

The Drawing Center named Brett Littman, former Deputy Director of P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, as its Executive Director in early 2007.

In August 2005, the Drawing Center was considered as one of the groups to occupy the World Trade Center. The plan was scrapped, and then the center’s leadership spent a couple of years exploring a move to the South Street Seaport, where it planned to build a $60 million museum.[9] By 2010 the museum decided to stay put and expand its Wooster Street home.[10]

Also in 2005, it was among 406 New York City arts and social service institutions to receive part of a $20 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation, which was made possible through a donation by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.[11][12] For the 2012 renovation, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation gave a $3 million grant, one of its largest contributions toward a single construction project.[13]

As of 2011, attendance was at 35,000 visitors a year.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Drawing Center: About, 2008, retrieved 2008-07-11 
  2. ^ Paul Vitello (January 22, 2014), Martha Beck, Founder of the Drawing Center, Dies at 75 New York Times.
  3. ^ Lambert, Susan (1984). Reading drawings: an introduction to looking at drawings. Pantheon Books. p. 6. ISBN 9780394724799. 
  4. ^ Paul Vitello (January 22, 2014), Martha Beck, Founder of the Drawing Center, Dies at 75 New York Times.
  5. ^ Carol Vogel (February 3, 2011), The Drawing Center Expands Beyond Its Lines New York Times.
  6. ^ Paul Vitello (January 22, 2014), Martha Beck, Founder of the Drawing Center, Dies at 75 New York Times.
  7. ^ Ted Loos (September 5, 2012), Same Museum, but a Brand-New Look New York Times.
  8. ^ Holland Cotter (November 1, 2012), Works That Play With Time New York Times.
  9. ^ Carol Vogel (February 3, 2011), The Drawing Center Expands Beyond Its Lines New York Times.
  10. ^ Ted Loos (September 5, 2012), Same Museum, but a Brand-New Look New York Times.
  11. ^ City Groups Get Bloomberg Gift of $20 Million
  12. ^ CARNEGIE CORPORATION OF NEW YORK ANNOUNCES TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS IN NEW YORK CITY GRANTS
  13. ^ Ted Loos (September 5, 2012), Same Museum, but a Brand-New Look New York Times.
  14. ^ Carol Vogel (February 3, 2011), The Drawing Center Expands Beyond Its Lines New York Times.

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