The Power Plant

"Crossing the Line" with Kate Macfarlane

Thu May 09 2019

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM


Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Kate Macfarlane, courtesy Dan Weil Photography.

Curator Kate Macfarlane will deliver the lecture "Acts of Resistance: Choreographic Drawing" as part of the 2019 Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute in Visual Arts "Crossing the Line."

Focused on contemporary case studies, "Crossing the Line" explores how and why drawing—a medium long associated with both the activity of ideation and the manual act of creation—continues to play a central role for process-based and conceptually rigorous practices, allowing for an opening up of established understandings of aesthetic production.

This talk introduces artistic strategies that exploit the salient attributes of drawing whilst resisting its conventions and testing its limits. Works by seven women contemporary artists are considered through the lens of choreography, including Monika Grzymala’s spatial drawings, Aleksandra Mir’s collectively-made murals, Florence Peake’s performances, Kate Davis’s revision of Amedeo Modigliani’s nudes, Kathy Prendergast’s remapping of continental Europe, and figurative drawings by ruby onyinyechi amanze and Nicola Tyson.

Kate Macfarlane is a curator and writer based in London, UK, and is co-founder and co-director of Drawing Room, London. Recent curatorial projects include A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings (Drawing Room and Modern Art Oxford) 2018; Dove Allouche - Mea Culpa of a Sceptic (The Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris) 2016; Line (Lisson Gallery, London) 2016. Recent writing includes: ‘Graphic Witness’ a chapter for The Companion to Contemporary Drawing, Wiley Blackwell (2019); ‘Intimate Reflections’ in Auto Fictions – Contemporary Drawing, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Germany (2018).