Join us for Public Programs at The Drawing Center in March.
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Public Programs

March 2016 - FREE

Please Make This Look Nice


Thursday, March 3
6pm, no RSVP required


Graphic designer, collagist, and Abrams Books Creative Director John Gall hosts a hands-on collage-making event.

Image: John Gall, Assorted found and cut materials for collage.

Soho Memory Project

Saturday & Sunday 12-4pm
March 5 and 6


Public sessions with the SoHo Memory Project will take place in The Drawing Center's foyer giving visitors an opportunity to learn about the history of SoHo as a New York City neighborhood. SoHo historian Yukie Ohta will present the SoHo Memory Project Portable Historical Society, a mobile museum featuring the sights, sounds, and smells of SoHo in the 1970s through such unconventional media as Viewmaster viewers, 3-D printed miniatures, and a smell station.

In partnership with the SoHo Arts Network, the program will travel to sites throughout SoHo through July 2016. Further information and the full calendar of public sessions is available here.

This program is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.

Photo: Yukie Ohta with the mobile museum in SoHo. Read her blog here.

Please Make This Look Nice


Wednesday, March 9


In an intimate and informal talk, Paula Scher will discuss her design process—touching on how different projects require different approaches, the role painting has had on her design practice, and the ultimate importance of the finished product.

Studio Wall. Photo by AHL&CO

Louise Despont: Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture


Thursday, March 10


Join conceptual artist, Aaron Taylor Kuffner, for a one-night live performance with his gamelatron (sonic kinetic sculpture with Indonesian gamelan instruments), which is featured in Louise Despont: Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture installation.

Installation at The Drawing Center. Photo by Martin Parsekian.

Family Art Workshop

Saturday, March 12
10:30am- noon
Ages 7-13


Join our Family Art Workshop on Saturday, March 12 to explore the work in Jennifer Bartlett: Hospital. On view are a series of pastel drawings that Bartlett completed after a prolonged hospital stay. Families will look closely at these works and have a conversation about aspects of storytelling that may be implied by the color choices, the use of abstraction, and close-ups that enhance a mood or idea. Then we will experiment with pastel crayons to make drawings using techniques of blurring and smudging to convey our own ideas. 


To register, or further information, please call
(212) 219-2166 ext.205 or email by the Friday prior. Admission is FREE! Reservations are appreciated.

Book Launch and Closing Reception
Please Make This Look Nice


Wednesday, March 16


Please Make This Look Nice is a behind-the-scenes look at the graphic design process of more than fifty graphic designers, typographers, and studios from around the world. Hundreds of never-before-seen images mined from their archives are woven together with first-hand observations, resulting in a rich and diverse perspective on the nature of making. Celebrated graphic design contributors including Maira Kalman, Milton Glaser, Michael Bierut, Experimental Jetset, Carin Goldberg, Ivan Chermayeff & Tom Geisnar, Paul Sahre, and Stefan Sagmeisterm, as well as emerging design stars share their far-ranging insights and personal means of finding inspiration. Read more on the book here.

Please Make This Look Nice: The Graphic Design Process
By Peter Ahlberg

Please Make This Look Nice


Thursday, March 17


National Design Award-winner Stephen Doyle talks about the way non-traditional tools and techniques have made their way into his graphic design practice.

Studio Wall. Photo by AHL&CO

Please Make This Look Nice


Saturday, March 19


Designer Carin Goldberg and curator Peter Ahlberg discuss drawing and the graphic design process following a walk-through of the exhibition.

Carin Goldberg, Tape drawing and reference photograph


About The Drawing Center


The Drawing Center, a museum in Manhattan's SoHo district, explores the medium of drawing as primary, dynamic, and relevant to contemporary culture, the future of art and creative thought. Its activities, which are both multidisciplinary and broadly historical, include exhibitions; Open Sessions, a curated artist program encouraging community and collaboration; the Drawing Papers publication series; and education and public programs.


Location: 35 Wooster Street (btwn Broome and Grand St) in SoHo, New York.

Hours: Wednesday–Sunday: 12pm–6pm; Thursday: 12pm–8pm.

Tickets: Adults: $5; Students & Seniors: $3; Children under 12: Free
Thursdays 6–8pm free admission for all visitors.

The Drawing Center is wheelchair accessible.

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