Private Viewing and Exhibition Tour of Ruth Asawa Through Line
Join Kim Conaty, Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawings and Prints, for a private viewing and exhibition tour of Ruth Asawa Through Line, the first exhibition to examine Ruth Asawa’s oeuvre through the lens of her lifelong drawing practice.
Run of Show
Oct 27, 2023, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT
Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014, USA
Co-organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Menil Collection, this presentation emphasizes the foundational role that drawing played in developing her distinct visual language. While now widely recognized as a sculptor, Asawa (1926–2013) practiced drawing daily, referring to the act as her “greatest pleasure and the most difficult.” Through drawing, Asawa explored the world around her and the boundaries of the medium itself, turning everyday encounters into moments of profound beauty and endowing ordinary objects with new aesthetic possibilities. Positioning drawings, collages, and watercolors alongside prints, copper foil works, and sketchbooks, the exhibition will expose the breadth of Asawa’s innovative practice through over one hundred works from public and private collections, many of which have not been previously exhibited.