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Support The Drawing Center’s 40th Anniversary

November 28th, 2016


Dear Friends,


Every institution I have worked for in New York was founded in 1976 or 1977 and I can honestly say that my career has been directly shaped by the core values and radical energy of the early alternative-space movement. The Drawing Center has been, since 1977, one of the major downtown cultural institutions that have shaped the way we experience and look at art. During our 40 years in SoHo, we have been the museum where you probably first contemplated drawing as an art medium worth serious consideration, where you were introduced to an artist’s work for the first time, where you attended a community meeting or heard a reading by a famous writer, poet or philosopher, bought a Drawing Paper, or came for concerts and performances – and because of you, our steadfast and committed audience, we have much to toast and celebrate.


However, much has changed in the world since that golden era and institutions like The Drawing Center must evolve in response to ever-shifting landscapes.


So, as we enter our 40th Anniversary year, we are beginning a new institutional era that we call The Future of Drawing.  This is an expansive, inclusive, and positive exploration of how drawing operates in contemporary culture. We hope to bring you more of what you love about The Drawing Center: a space for intellectual curiosity; exhibitions and commissions with internationally-known and emerging artists; and public programs that stretch our imaginations and understandings of what mark-making is, and ultimately, where we believe it is going.


Today, I want to personally ask for your help so we can continue to evolve into the center of creative thought in SoHo, while highlighting drawing as a primary and dynamic medium.


You can make a direct impact on The Future of Drawing at The Drawing Center through a tax-deductible gift that is meaningful to you by clicking here.


Please join me in pushing The Drawing Center—and by extension, the medium of drawing—forward.




Brett Littman

Executive Director

The Drawing Center

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| SUNDAY READING | DAPL’s fatal flaws

• First and foremost, oil should be relegated to the back burner, and development and innovation should become the primary focus of renewable and alternative energy investment. BlackRock Investment Institute reports the very immediate and irreversible environmental risks and more advanced opportunities we now have in the face of confronting climate change : 1) physical: more frequent and severe weather events over the long term; 2) technological: advances in energy storage, electric vehicles (EVs) or energy efficiency undermining existing business models; 3) regulatory: tightening emissions and energy efficiency standards, and changing subsidies and taxes; 4) social: changing consumer preferences and pressure groups advocating divestment of fossil fuel assets.  

• Earlier this year in February 2016, Continental and Whiting, two of the largest petroleum producers, halted well completions as a result of the continued decline in oil production. Continental cited a net loss of $345 million while Whiting’s burden surpassed $2.2 billion in net loss with a growing debt. Production had already dropped to 1.1 million barrels. For more, continue reading here. 

DAPL math does not add up. The project calls for 17 banks to fund a spending budget of $1.4 billion in North Dakota alone, yet only outlines 12-15 permanent jobs. About 8,000 temporary jobs will be created, but will terminate upon the completion of the pipeline. North Dakota’s income taxes are only 2.9 %, so according to the fact sheet , less than $50 million will be generated from state and county taxes. They can only commit 57% of US based and manufactured supplies to be used in the construction, so where are the rest coming from?

Keitu Engineers and Consultants filed a complaint again Dakota Access on October 25, 2016 on two violations of proceeding over unanticipated discovery of materials on cultural grounds without permission.

• Back in 2013, North Dakota’s own infrastructure could not keep up with the oil boom that began in 2008 with men heading to the state to work in the oil fields and living in “man camps”. Cities and towns struggled to accommodate. Hotel rates soared to $300/ a night, and overpopulation [has] resulted in rising crime rates, traffic logjams, heaving bars and restaurants, overflowing dustbins and long queues outside grocery stores.”

• The New York Times shares a handful of first hand accounts from 2012, where “thousands have left everything behind to work at an oil drilling site in North Dakota, hoping for a financial comeback.”

• Sunoco, the newest parent company in this disaster already has a number of citations and violations. Visit PHMSA.

DNB, the largest bank in Norway has already pulled its funding of the DAPL.

• Most importantly, the continuation of the pipeline represents a crime against humanity and the planet. The self-evident short term-ism of the project only benefits the shareholders and not the workers or consumers in the long run.  So, why continue?