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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.

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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.

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