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Drawn To Language

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Exhibiting Artists

Adam Ames, Erik den Breejen, Anne Lise Coste, Jenny Holzer, Samuel Jablon, Jack Pierson, Ed Ruscha, Michael Scoggins, Gary Simmons, Leah Singer, Hank Willis Thomas

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In Drawn to Language, words are given visual form. Letters, words, or phrases are transcribed, visualized, verbalized, symbolized, morphed into patterns, scrambled, or even erased. While the works in the exhibition vary conceptually – from amusing to political to philosophical – each work is defined by its use of words to create an image, a deeper meaning, or both. Visual artists have long been interested in the intersection between art and language. From ancient calligraphy to illuminated manuscripts, some of our oldest surviving texts are an amalgamation of these two forms of communication. Visual artists can be “drawn to language” in a variety of ways. Whether used for additional emphasis, to define pure meaning, to further a narrative, or simply to make a joke, language is an increasingly important element in visual art. The artists in this exhibition use new materials, processes and techniques to entice the viewer to examine language in new ways.

Created by CMA Teaching Artists in conjunction with arts education professionals, CMA curriculum guides draw connections between interdisciplinary themes in contemporary art exhibits and classroom learning by using contextual information and reflective practices. View and Download

This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Also on view

    In the Pepperman Family Fine Arts Studio Gala Narezo & Chantal Fischzang: MINDFUL+

    The Plastic Bag Mandala is an ongoing collaborative art piece that started as a project in a graduate design class at Pratt Institute to engage the public in a dialogue around plastic bag waste. The mandala has served as an interactive community artwork and outreach tool that has involved many diverse collaborators as it has evolved.

    This exhibit at CMA includes a plastic bag mandala, a mural illustrating the cycle of social impact (from idea creation to implementation), and examples of other creative projects that address behavioral change. In addition, hands-on workshops with collaborating artists and CMA’s Teaching Artists allow children to explore social change ideas within their own communities.

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