Close To Home: Drawing Center in Manhattan

Art can take one out of the daily grind and allow one to see the world through someone else's eyes.
The Drawing Center in Manhattan is taking pen to paper to create a timely and safe experience.
The pandemic has changed the way most people live their lives, including how artists create their work.
The center's assistant director, Rosario Guiralde, said there is a surge in drawing in response to the limited conditions of artistic production.
For the center, pandemic or not, this medium is always their main focus.
"We are a drawing-centric institution. We show drawings, we do show drawings historical and contemporary," Guiralde explains.
When the curators noticed drawing was increasing among artists, they got to work on collecting pieces created by an international group of artists since early 2020, at the height of the pandemic.
Most artists only had access to paper and a pencil, and used those to create their art.
The show called "100 Drawings From Now" captures this moment in time by 100 artists from around the world.
"The show is really a snapshot of the present through the eyes of artists," Guiralde says.
The center went straight to the drawing board to figure out how to make the experience safe during these times.
"We don't have any didactic material," Guiralde says.
For some of the pieces, there is a digital guide each of them have a look up a number, so visitors can type it in and it brings up additional information about the piece, plus a word from the curator.
"No more than 10 people allowed at a time in the galleries, so there is a lot of space for people to see the show and we are following all of the safety measures as instructed," Guiralde says.
In addition to getting a more personal experience due to social distancing, the art is unframed making it more intimate.
"It's really kind of exceptional to have the opportunity to get so close to drawings and to not have the glass in between yourself and the actual drawing," Guiralde says.
The show is currently free and reservations can be made online to visit.