In November 2017, I was invited to show Word Room, The Professors Study, as part of a collaboration between Mission Gallery in Swansea and The Drawing Center in New York. The partnership was included in Mission Gallery’s New York Season which celebrated the strong and on-going connection it made with cultural organisations in New York via Residency Unlimited – building international work through programming, partnerships and residencies. This collaboration connected artists, curators and organisations through an international exchange, profiling work in an online gallery/showcase with work from artists associated with both organisations.
The artists were selected by Amanda Roderick, Director/Curator at Mission Gallery and Amber Harper, Assistant Curator at The Drawing Center
Drawing Center & Mission Gallery Artists
Featured in the […] space Mission Gallery Swansea: 18 Nov 2017 to Jan 2018
Lilli Carré, The Negotiation, 2013
Jane Cheadle, Flow, 2015
Dana Levy, The Weight of Things, 2015
Nemanja Nicolić, Panic Book, 2015
Featured in The Bottom Line, The Drawing Center, New York,
Virginia Head, Pelegrina, 2006
Bella Kerr, The Word Room, 2013
Matthew Otten, Dwell 2014 & Difference 2015
Tim Stokes, TJ and Box, 2008
Selected & Organised by:
Amanda Roderick, Director of Mission Gallery Swansea &
Amber Harper, Assistant Curator, Drawing Center New York
With thanks to Nathalie Angles and Residency Unlimited, New York
About The Drawing Center
The Drawing Center, a museum in Manhattan’s SoHo district, explores the medium of drawing as primary, dynamic, and relevant to contemporary culture, the future of art, and creative thought. Its activities, which are both multidisciplinary and broadly historical, include exhibitions; Open Sessions, a curated artist program encouraging community and collaboration; the Drawing Papers publication series; and education and public programs. It was founded in 1977 by curator Martha Beck (1938 – 2014). Attracting more than 55,000 visitors annually from the local area, across the country, and around the world, The Drawing Center has presented more than 300 exhibitions, published over 150 catalogues, and has been recognised with prestigious awards. Exhibitions have toured to museums around the world, including: Tate Britain, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain; the Santa Monica Museum of Art; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; MOCA in Los Angeles; MOCA Cleveland; Minneapolis Institute of Art and New Orleans Museum of Art.The Drawing Center’s acclaimed exhibitions encompass a wide range of artistic traditions and take a uniquely interdisciplinary approach. Dynamic exhibitions connect drawing to science, architecture, literature, food, political movements, theater, film, music, photography, choreography, textiles, and technology.
The Drawing Center, like Mission Gallery, celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2017. Since its founding in 1977, The Drawing Center has been championing the medium of drawing, presenting thoughtfully curated exhibitions that highlight the multidisciplinary nature of the medium and offering artists a critical platform to expand their practice. In recent years, the institution has expanded its ethos, exploring drawing as an integral component of human creativity that raises fundamental questions about contemporary society. Artists have always been at the core of The Drawing Center’s mission. The institution was the first to show the drawings of several artists in the US – including Cecily Brown, Tacita Dean, Leon Golub, William Kentridge, Gerhard Richter, Terry Winters, and Kara Walker, who had her first museum show at The Drawing Center in 1994 – and has actively commissioned new projects since its founding.
The Drawing Center has always been ahead of its time, even from the very beginning. Our founder Martha Beck truly understood the importance of drawing – both as a critical element of the creative process and as an artistic product in its own right – and sought to break down the wall between curators and artists in order to create a collaborative and open space. We are delighted to be celebrating the museum’s 40th birthday by honoring artists who have left an indelible mark on our history, and also welcoming a selection of new board members who we know will be extremely hands-on in supporting our programming and lending new perspectives to the future of the institution.Brett Littman, Executive Director Drawing Center