New York

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Phone: 212-219-2166
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The Drawing Center

The Drawing Center is the only not-for-profit institution in the United States to focus on the exhibition of drawings. Founded in 1977, it was established to demonstrate the significance and diversity of drawings throughout history, to juxtapose work by master figures with work by emerging and under-recognized artists, and to stimulate public dialogue on issues of art and culture.
Called "one of the city's most highly respected small art museums" by The New York Times, The Drawing Center has become the country's preeminent venue for important contemporary and historical drawing exhibitions which encompass a wide range of drawing traditions.
In the Drawing Room, which was opened across the street from the main gallery in 1997, emerging and under-recognized artists are encouraged to create experimental, cross-disciplinary work and site-specific installations.
The Drawing Center's Viewing Program has encouraged the development of thousands of emerging artists through one-on-one portfolio reviews with a curator, and through its curated public Artist Registry of over 2,500 emerging artists.
The Edward Hallam Tuck Publication Program provides new scholarship and critical context on contemporary and historical drawings through its scholarly catalogs for major exhibitions and its inventive Drawing Papers publication series, which accompanies each exhibition. A lively array of Public Programs — including gallery talks, panel discussions, and literary programs — engage audiences more deeply with the work on display. The Drawing Center's Michael Iovenko School Programs, offered free of charge, has served 75,000 local public school students through dr... [ Read all ]

Permanent Collection

The Drawing Center is a non-collecting institution


Eleanore Mikus: From Shell to Skin
November 11, 2006 – February 10, 2007
Main Gallery
Despite early success and a long teaching career at Cornell University, Eleanore Mikus seems to have largely been missed by history. The Drawing Center’s fall exhibition Eleanore Mikus: From Shell to Skin, featuring a selection of the artist’s early work, aims to redress this oversight. The exhibition includes drawings and paintings, featuring several of Mikus’ “Tablets” from the early 1960s, as well as slightly later folded paper works. Eleanore Mikus: From Shell to Skin is curated by artist Luis Camnitzer.

Christine Taylor Patten: micro/macro: 261 drawings
November 11, 2006 – February 10, 2007
Drawing Room
micro/macro: 261 drawings consists of 260 one-by-one-inch crow quill and ink drawings on three-inch paper (the micro) and one 21-by-103.5-inch study (the macro). A progression of images begun with a single dot in space, the complete series of thousands of drawings evolves through gradual movement, each drawing in the sequence referring to the preceding one. While strictly non-referential, the drawings evoke cosmic imagery – swirling clouds, clusters of planets, wave patterns – and have been numbered as years, celebrating two millennia

Previous Exhibitions

The Drawings of Antonio Gaudí, 1977; Drawing Towards a More Modern Architecture, 1977; The Travel Sketches of Louis I. Kahn, 1978; Musical Manuscripts, 1979 – 1980; Sculptors' Drawings Over Six Centuries: 1400 – 1950, 1981; Great Drawings from the Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects, 1983; Reading Drawings: A Selection from the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1984; Drawings from Venice: Masterworks from the Museo Correr, 1985; Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings, 1986; The Art of Drawing in France 1400 - 1900, Master Drawings from the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, 1987; Creative Copies: Interpretative Drawings from Michelangelo to Picasso, 1988; Inigo Jones: Complete Architectural Drawings, 1989; Theatre on Paper, 1990; Seeing through Paradise: Artists and the Terezin Concentration Camp, 1991; Darkness Visible: Contemporary Cartoon/Comic Artists, 1992; The Return of the Cadavre Exquis, 1993; Richard Serra: Weight and Measure Drawings, 1994; Drawings from the Albertina: Landscape in the Age of Rembrandt, 1995; Pierced Hearts and True Love: A Century of Drawings for Tattoos, 1995; Louise Bourgeois: Drawings, 1996; Plains Indian Drawings, 1865-1935: Pages from a Visual History, 1996; Rajasthani Miniatures: The Welch Collection from the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University, 1997; Tracing Taiwan: Contemporary Works on Paper, 1997; Shadows of a Hand: The Drawings of Victor Hugo, 1998; Willem de Kooning: Drawing Seeing/Seeing Drawing, 1998; Raymond Pettibon, 1999; Another City for Another Life: Constant’s New Babylon, 1999; The Body of the Line: Eisenstein’s Drawings, 2000; The Prinzhorn Collection: Traces upon the Wunderblock, 20...

Exhibitions (2)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Levity: Selections Spring 2007
February 24 – March 31, 2007
Opening Reception: Friday, February 23, 2007, 6-8 pm

Levity: Selections Spring 2007 explores lightness as both a material and metaphoric condition in the work of 14 emerging artists selected from the Viewing Program. Levity will present drawings made using a range of materials and techniques: works made from sun-faded construction paper, barely-perceptible pencil wall drawings, drawings of childlike and absurd subject matter, and works that poke fun at the elevated seriousness of institutions, bureaucracies, and politics. Participating artists include: Esteban Alvarez, Ingólfur Arnarsson, Norma-Jean Bothmer, Anne Daems, Ivana Franke, Bill Gerhard, Kate Joranson, Irene Kopelman, Jiha Moon, Mio Olsson, Michele Oosterbaan, Lisa Perez, Eduardo Santiere, and Rachel Perry Welty.

Yona Friedman: About Cities
February 24 – April 7, 2007
Opening Reception: Friday, February 23, 2007, 6-8 pm

The drawings and theoretical writing of Hungarian-French architect Yona Friedman, born 1923, combine science and sociology with the aim of a socially and ecologically responsible architecture. His drawings are often of lightweight mobile structures that can be used according to a person's peregrinations. Employing the science and geometry of architecture, his narrative style reveals a social concern that has been characterized as approaching utopian. Despite Friedman’s significant reputation in Europe as both an artist and architect, his work has not yet been presented in the United States. This solo exhibition will introduce Friedman's work to many American and New York audiences ...+ [ Read all ]


Suggested Admission: $3

Opening hours

Tuesday-Friday 10 am – 6pm, Saturday 11 am – 6 pm

Getting there

Subway: A, C, E, J, M, Z, N, R, Q, W, 1, 6 to Canal Street


Handicapped accessible facilities; Bookshop


Individual $50/Dual $85/Artist $35
Free admission to exhibitions and public programs; Invitations to all exhibition openings; Members-only advance notice of bookstore events via e-mail; 10% discount on publications


Contributor $150
All of the above plus one complimentary Drawing Papers of your choice

Supporter $300
All of the above plus private exhibition tours led by artists and curators; Invitations to The Drawing Center's annual auction and gala

Associate $500
All of the above plus one complimentary exhibition catalog of your choice; One Individual gift membership

Donor $1000
All of the above plus complimentary copies of all Drawing Papers publications for one year; Special offers on select limited edition publications

Friend $2,500
All of the above plus discount on rental of the gallery for an event once a year; Recognition on the Donor Wall at the entrance to the gallery

Corporate Member $5,000
All of the above plus exclusive use of the gallery for one event a year; Opportunities for private gallery talks for employee groups;
Free admission to the museum for all employees with ID

Venue hire

All rental events take place in the main gallery and availability is determined by exhibition restrictions and installation schedules. The Drawing Center is not available for rental events between exhibitions. For more information, contact