Open Sessions is made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Faber-Castell, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Open Sessions continues with artist-directed group exhibitions. The third Open Sessions group show features artists who work with language, objects, narration, and performance: Becky Brown, Ernesto Caivano, Annette Cords, Steffani Jemison, Nyeema Morgan, Zach Rockhill, and Jina Valentine. The exhibition is organized by a shelving system that encircles the entire space, and includes artworks alongside art ephemera, books, and household objects.
Will you stay home, please? This blade of grass is positively, miraculously, familiar. Stealing first base…!? A veritable, infinity of obstacles between here and— The last ephemeral boon of untruthful clearings is perfect nowhere. Original obstacles entrenched in chaparral; pervasive, go haywire. A singular event, methodically set forth, laid plain many paths across a desolate landscape …and when "an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?" The complexity of oceans beams from an irreducible glitter.
–Co-authored text by Open Sessions 3 artists, based on a Surrealist language game.
Initiated in 2014, Open Sessions is a new program at The Drawing Center through which a large group of artists consider their relationship to drawing as medium, process, and metaphor. Working together over a two-year period, Open Sessions artists participate in ongoing studio visits and discussions, punctuated by small group exhibitions at The Drawing Center, as well as other self-organized shows in New York and abroad.
Open Sessions is organized by Nova Benway and Lisa Sigal, Open Sessions Curators