Drawings for the New Century

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Mississippi Delta, 2005-2006 Colored Pencil On Mylar; Triptych © Courtesy of the artist & Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Drawings for the New Century

2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
March 19th, 2011 - September 11th, 2011
Opening: March 19th, 2011 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

United States
888 642-2787
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10 AM-5 PM; Thursday 10 AM-9 PM; Sunday 11 AM-5 PM


The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has actively collected drawings for nearly a century, acquiring works of outstanding quality by many of the world's most prominent artists. Expanding on this curatorial imperative, the Department of Prints and Drawings has in recent years redoubled its efforts to collect important contemporary drawings by both established and emerging artists.

This exhibition presents a selection of sixteen drawings produced during the past decade, including a number of key recent acquisitions. Highlights include a monumental three-panel color pencil drawing by Iranian-American artist Siah Armajani made in response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; innovative figural works by Mequitta Ahuja, Nicola Hicks, Stacey Davidson, and Cynthia Lin; and masterlful drawings by Christopher Cook, Charles Gaines, and May Stevens.

Complementing the selection are several drawings on loan from local private collections, including a dazzling large-format pastel abstraction by Irish-American artist Sean Scully, an intricate silver pencil drawing on black paper by Lee Bonticou, and a delicate figure drawing by Chloe Piene.