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Marxhausen Gallery presents Drawing Performance: Abstraction from Berlin and the United States curated by James Bockelman

Friday, Dec. 16, 2016
Carsten Sievers. Untitled. 2005. Graphite on tracing paper.
Carsten Sievers. Untitled. 2005. Graphite on tracing paper.

Concordia University, Nebraska’s Marxhausen Gallery of Art proudly presents “Drawing Performance: Abstraction from Berlin and the United States” curated by James Bockelman, from Jan. 9 to Feb. 10, 2017. Along with the exhibition, a reception will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Jan. 22, with a public talk at 2 p.m. in the Thom Leadership Education Center. 

“Drawing Performance: Abstraction from Berlin and the United States” is an exhibition that features art work made by seven artists from Berlin, Germany matched with six artists from the United States. It explores the rhythm and routine of tracing movement, defining boundary or picturing thought. Purposely expansive, the media in this exhibition includes graphite, ball point pen, dance, film, as well as the use of tracing paper and readymade, printed material.

“An important goal of this project is to develop a greater awareness of two cultures through the comparison and contrast of drawings that reflect two different societies,” said James Bockelman, curator of the exhibit and professor of art at Concordia University, Nebraska. “Because Concordia is located in a rural setting, this exhibition enables the campus and community to engage in multiculturalism and hopefully expand their appreciation for different people and ideas." 

Curated by James Bockelman and in close collaboration with Galerie Inga Kondeyne in Berlin, “Drawing Performance” will travel to three different venues. In November, the first and smaller version of this exhibit was presented at the Tugboat Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska. The exhibition will be installed at Concordia’s Marxhausen Gallery of Art in January before it returns to Berlin in June of 2017 for its final installation.

All exhibits at the Marxhausen Gallery of Art are open to the public and free of charge. The gallery is located in Jesse Hall on campus and is open 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday–Friday and 1-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is closed when classes are not in session.