New York curator Nova Benway and Moscow-based artist Olga Chernysheva talk on the potential and enchanting power of drawing.
Benway’s talk will be in two parts: first, she will provide a brief history of The Drawing Center, discussing its evolution as a cultural institution serving New York City and beyond. She will focus particularly on the museum’s engagement with living artists and trace the development of Open Sessions, the residency/exhibition program she founded with artist Lisa Sigal in 2014. Now in its second cycle, the program accepts artists from all over the world, affording them the opportunity to create their own context for their work.
The second part of the presentation will be a discussion with Moscow-based artist Olga Chernysheva, whose work will be presented at The Drawing Center in October 2016, in an exhibition curated by Benway. Chernysheva’s past work has focused on contemporary life in Russia, but at The Drawing Center she will exhibit drawings that respond to her recent month-long visit to New York. Chernysheva and Benway will discuss this new commission, how drawing can address contemporary moments, and the peculiar perspective of the visitor.