In conjunction with the opening of Len Lye: Motion Sketch, The Drawing Center’s online gallery is featuring the work of experimental filmmaker Jodie Mack (born 1983; London, UK). In A Joy, Mack employs direct animation–a technique by which the filmmaker draws directly on the film–to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling and the tension between form and meaning. 

Jodie Mack
A Joy, 2005
3m, 16mm, color, sound
A collaboration with Four Tet for Everything Ecstatic (Domino, 2005). Direct animation with stained-glass contact paper, ink, and acetate.

Read about our current Lebbeus Woods, Architect on John Hill’s  (There are more amazing photos too!)

The exhibition is on view through June 15.

Clip of a Len Lye work screening in our Lab gallery. Opening is tonight until 8pm. On view through June 8. (at The Drawing Center)

Len Lye opening until 8pm tonight. (at The Drawing Center)

Lebbeus Woods’ opening - tonight until 8pm. (at The Drawing Center)

Last September The Drawing Center hosted the world premiere of NOTATIONOTATIONS, a first-time collaboration between renowned, multimedia artist Susan Hefuna (b. Germany, 1962) and contemporary choreographer Luca Veggetti (b. Italy, 1963). NOTATIONOTATIONS posited the idea that if a line is the trace of a point in motion, then the human body moving through the space of the observed world is also a drawing.

Susan Hefuna’s drawings made for The Drawing Center’s performance are now on view in Chicago at Rhona Hoffman Gallery! Susan Hefuna: NOTATIONS at Rhona Hoffman Gallery is on view through May 31st. 

We are installing Len Lye: Motion Sketch today in the Drawing Room gallery! Opening this Wednesday night 6-8pm. (photo thanks to our registrar Anna Martin) (at The Drawing Center)

Join us Friday, April 18th for a conversation between curator Florence Ostende and artist Franz Erhard Walther!

This query into aesthetics, space, and architecture will occur in conjunction with The Drawing Center's exhibition Lebbeus Woods, Architect.

The conversation  Franz Erhard Walther: Plandrawings  is a part of the ART² program, a month-long visual arts festival exploring ideas through seven themes paramount to the international art world. ART² is presented in collaboration with the Institut français, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange).

The event will take place at 6:30 pm at The Drawing Center. To RSVP please email Hannah Cloepfil at

Image: Lebbeus Woods, Berlin Free Zone, 1990

As our second feature of hand-drawn animations by Austrian-based artist Susi Jirkuff (b. 1966, Linz, Austria), “Friday, I’m in Love,” takes inspiration from The Cure’s rock ballad based on the A. L. Kennedy novel Paradise about living in the moment.

You can see Jirkuff other video here

Susi Jirkuff
Friday, I’m in Love, 2007
1 min 35 sec

Our upcoming Lebbeus Woods exhibition also includes models. Opening Wed April 16, 6-8pm. #installation #SoHo #drawingcenter (at The Drawing Center)