Claire Gilman (Ph. D. Columbia University) is Senior Curator at The Drawing Center in New York where she has organized the following exhibitions: Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm (April 10 – June 28, 2015), Tomi Ungerer: All in One (January 15 – March 22, 2015), Andrea Bowers and Suzanne Lacy: Drawing Lessons (2014), Deborah Grant: Christ You Know it Ain’t Easy (2014), Drawing Time, Reading Time (2013), Dickinson/Walser: Pencil Sketches (2013), Giosetta Fioroni: L’Argento (2013), Alexandre Singh: The Pledge (2013), Ishmael Randall Weeks: Cuts, Burns, Punctures (2013), José Antonio Suarez Londoño: The Yearbooks (2012) and Drawn from Photography (February 17 – March 31, 2011). 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 top 100 most powerful women in art by Artnet news.
She will be discussing the Drawing Center’s evolving mission as an institution dedicated to drawing, a medium that is itself constantly evolving and expanding into unexpected formats and disciplines; examining its recent exhibition history with a particular focus on shows that have sought to look outside familiar definitions of the medium and to engage with alternative disciplines like performance, illustration, food, photography and literature.
This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Art Theory and Practice, and the Department of Art History, and is made possible by support by The Myers Foundations.