November 28th, 2016
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.
Please join me in pushing The Drawing Center—and by extension, the medium of drawing—forward.
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