Closing Reception: Ways of Seeing

Join us for a closing reception of our three-part exhibition Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection.

Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection is a three-part exhibition that focuses on the extraordinary drawing collection of artist, curator, and President of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation Jack Shear. Continuing The Drawing Center’s tradition of exhibiting drawings from outstanding public and private collections, Ways of Seeing offers a revealing experiment in connoisseurship and exhibition-making. During the course of the exhibition’s fifteen-week run, artist Arlene Shechet, critic and curator Jarrett Earnest, and Shear himself will each present an installation curated from Shear’s holdings, which consist of nearly seven hundred drawings dating from the sixteenth century to the present.

For the third and final iteration of Ways of Seeing, critic and curator Jarrett Earnest takes the fundamentals of drawing as a starting point for his installation of works selected from Shear's collection. Organizing the installation around two drawings—one by Henri Michaux and the other by Vija Celmins—Earnest creates a dynamic display around the premise that works of art are impacted by the context in which they are seen and received.