The Drawing Center at 35 Wooster Street is one of New York City’s art world treasures, blending the intimacy of a neighborhood gallery with the scope and caliber of a museum. Former chief architecture critic for The New York Times Paul Goldberger once wrote that the space “deserves to rank…with the major museums of which it is now virtually a peer.” A place unique in its total dedication to the medium of drawing, the Center is just a short walk from XOCO 325 on West Broadway in SoHo.
Here in the heart of where so much of the contemporary art scene was born, The Drawing Center is not only a perfect place to spend an afternoon, but also the kind of neighborhood beacon you will want to visit often due to the quality and breadth of its programming. Once you walk up its steel stairs and through the tall glass doors into the open space filled with art books and art works by some of the most inspiring artists in the world, you will want to mark your calendar and incorporate its outstanding exhibits, talks, and performances into your distinctively SoHo lifestyle at XOCO 325.
This summer, the Center highlights the work of Gabriel de la Mora. His show, “Sound Inscriptions on Fabric,” is typical of the Center’s innovative approach to the medium of drawing, as it is an assemblage of found fabric screens from audio speakers, whose accumulated dust patterns become the “drawings” of all the voices, static, and music that passed through them. The exhibit is accompanied by performances from world-renowned musicians. Case in point: on August 25th, Lea Bertucci will demonstrate how she manipulates instruments to alter the way that sound moves through, and fills, space.
During your visit, stop by the lobby bookstore to explore books from The Drawing Center’s “Drawing Papers” series, featuring the work of such seminal artists as Tomi Ungerer and Jennifer Bartlett, both of whom were the subjects of recent important exhibitions here. The books make perfect gifts for friends or additions to your own collection, but if you really want to take the art home with you to your loft-style apartment at XOCO 325, save the date for the Fall Auction on September 27th, when the most prestigious galleries in the city will team up to benefit The Drawing Center with a sale of the work of world-class artists. This event provides an opportunity to sip champagne with the pioneers of the art world as you enjoy the masterful and impeccably curated works on paper that The Drawing Center lovingly gathers and gives a vital place on its walls.