Site Drawing, Size & Scale by Leah Cooper, image courtesy of the artist
Claire Gilman (Ph. D. Columbia University), will discuss the Drawing Center’s changing mission as an institution dedicated to drawing, a medium that is itself constantly evolving and expanding into unexpected formats and disciplines. She will consider The Drawing Center’s approach by examining the institution’s recent exhibition history with a particular focus on shows that have sought to look outside familiar definitions of the medium and, recently, to explore drawing’s function in the world today.
Claire Gilman (Ph. D. Columbia University) is Chief Curator at The Drawing Center in New York where, over the past seven years, she has organized more than thirty exhibitions and public programs including, among the more recent: Eddie Martinez: Studio Wall (October 13, 2017 – February 4, 2018), Mateo López: Undo List (January 20 – March 19, 2017), Cecily Brown: Rehearsal (October 7 – December 18, 2016); Rashid Johnson: Anxious Men (October 2 – December 20, 2015), Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm (April 10 – June 28, 2015), and Tomi Ungerer: All in One (January 15 – March 22, 2015). Gilman has taught art history and critical theory at Columbia University, The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, The Corcoran College for Art and Design, the Museum of Modern Art, and the School of Visual Arts (SVA). She has written for Art Journal, CAA Reviews, Documents, Frieze and October and has authored numerous essays for art books and museum exhibitions. She was recently voted one of the 100 most powerful women in art by Artnet news.
OUTSIDE LECTURE HALL
Through a close look at the Menil Collection’s 2017 drawing exhibition “The Beginning of Everything,” Kelly Montana (Assistant Curator, Menil Drawing Institute), will expand upon the notion of drawings as primary and preliminary, with an eye to the origins of the forthcoming Menil Drawing Institute and the unique space the Institute hopes to occupy in the landscape of contemporary drawing practices.
Kelly Montana is the Curatorial Assistant for the Menil Drawing Institute, where she is working on upcoming solo exhibitions for Jasper Johns, Brice Marden, and Claes Oldenburg. Prior experience includes positions at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia.