Viewing Program 20/21 is a new initiative that offers sixty artists mentorship in the form of studio visits and portfolio reviews by The Drawing Center's curatorial team. Esteban del Valle and Julia Kissina are two participating artists whose drawings are featured here. Read the artists' descriptions about their drawings below:
"During the early days of the pandemic, while at a fellowship in Alabama, I planned on making a drawing about my relationship to my daily running practice, which included a route through local cemeteries as a way to minimize human contact. My daily ritual was transformed when I learned of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a young black man who was chased down and murdered while jogging in Brunswick, Georgia on Feb 23, 2020. After that, my daily practice was forever altered as I discovered Arbery’s story followed me on every run through the streets of Alabama and its historic cemeteries." —Esteban del Valle
"The drawing series entitled «DEMONstration», explores rituals, ceremonies and other cultural phenomena related to mystical thinking in culture, aesthetics and politics." —Julia Kissina
Images: Esteban del Valle, “The End is Near: Miles to go before I sleep,” 2020. Color pencil on paper, 22 x 17 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
Julia Kissina, "Parents from the series, DEMONstration." Ink on paper, 25 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the artist.