The Drawing Center
This SoHo gallery is the only nonprofit exhibition space in the United States to focus solely on the exhibition of works on paper. Every year the center presents four group exhibitions emphasizing the work of emerging artists and one historical exhibition that highlights the work of acknowledged masters and less celebrated artists whose work merits greater attention. Historical exhibitions have included The Prinzhorn Collection: Trace Upon the Wunderblock; Drawings from the Albertina: Landscape in the Age of Rembrandt; Guercino: Drawings from Windsor Castle; Seeing Through Paradise: Artists and the Terezin Concentration Camp; Odilon Redon and Charles Burchfield: The Sacred Woods. The center also offers literary readings for both adults and children by notable authors such as Richard Price, Mary Gaitskill, Amy Hempel, Paul Auster and Edward Albee. The center is on the ground floor of a building with a cast-iron façade typical of the neighborhood.
NightLife for Kids! This Sunday afternoon program features readings of contemporary and classic children’s literature accompanied by color slide presentations. Offered free of charge once a month, it has featured Griffin Dunne. Patrick McGrath and Eric Bogosian reading classics such as Kipling’s “Just So Stories” and contemporary illustrated books such as Jannell Cannon’s Stellaluna.
The Drawing Center’s Michael Iovenko School Programs currently offers three programs comprised of on-site and in-school activities free of charge to New York City public school students, as well as the local community, in grades K–12. Activities are designed to foster the development of visual-thinking skills and comply with the New York State Learning Standards in the Arts. Among the offerings is D.R.A.W. (Draw Reflect Art Workshop), which features a tour of the center’s current exhibition, a workshop and a hands-on art project. Specific works are discussed in order to practice sustained observation and encourage personal and thoughtful responses; the art-making project gives students an opportunity to further engage with the works and experiment with visual concepts.