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Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti NOTATIONOTATIONS

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THE D R AWI N G CENTER


The Drawing Center September 16–20, 2013 Main Gallery | Drawing Room


Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti NOTATIONOTATIONS

Produced by Brett Littman and Joanna Kleinberg Romanow


D R AW I N G PA P E R S 10 6

Introduction by Brett Littman and Joanna Kleinberg Romanow


PL . 1

Susan Hefuna, Video still from New York City Crossroads, 2011


PL . 2

Susan Hefuna, Page from artist’s notebook, 2011


PL . 3

Susan Hefuna, Page from artist’s notebook, 2011


PL . 4

Susan Hefuna, Page from artist’s notebook, 2011


PL . 5

Susan Hefuna, Page from artist’s notebook, 2011


PL . 6

Susan Hefuna, Page from artist’s notebook, 2011


PL . 7

Susan Hefuna, Page from artist’s notebook, 2011


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Susan Hefuna, Page from artist’s notebook, 2011


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Susan Hefuna, Page from artist’s notebook, 2011


Introduction

The Drawing Center has long been dedicated to exploring both contemporary and historical drawing in its many forms. It also has provided a platform for new scholarship on, and insights into, the past, present, and future of the medium. With an offering that encompasses a variety of artistic disciplines, our 2013–2014 season introduces The Drawing Center’s Performance Series, a three-part series of commissioned performances that showcase important intersections between performance, time-based practices, and visual art. While The Drawing Center has always hosted live performances as accompaniments to its exhibitions and has featured work by various performance artists, the Performance Series marks a new initiative that champions performance as a significant component of our programing. Performance Series is produced in collaboration with five leading contemporary practitioners: Susan Hefuna, Luca Veggetti, Rashaad Newsome, Andrea Bowers, and Suzanne Lacy. Their performances disabuse us of the conventional idea that mark-making simply stems from putting pen to paper. Instead, they frame it, and drawing more broadly, as an open-ended act in and through which lines can be performed and enacted. The world premiere of NOTATIONOTATIONS marks a first-time collaboration between renowned multimedia artist Susan Hefuna (b. Germany, 1962) and contemporary choreographer Luca Veggetti (b. Bologna, Italy, 1963). NOTATIONOTATIONS posits that if a line is the trace of a point in motion, then the human body moving through space is also a drawing inserted into the four-dimensional space of the observed world. Staged over three nights, Hefuna and

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Veggetti’s work opens and closes with a new video installation of a bustling, lower Manhattan intersection—a literal mapping of people and place that examines movement as something that is both rehearsed and habitual. On the gallery floor is an expansive web of chalk lines made by Hefuna (her largest drawing to date), its execution captured on film. Throughout the piece, the artist perseveres via projection; her act of making is screened while Veggetti’s dancers gradually erase the drawn surface through their repetitive, physical gestures. The performance culminates in a dynamic display of swooping whorls made by the dancers’ pivots and skids across the floor. The result is its own form of choreographic documentation. Building upon the linear framework of Hefuna’s large-scale floor drawing, Veggetti’s dance reflects an elegant restraint and distilled agility, for example, in the subtle elongation of a dancer’s pointed leg, which evokes the imprint of a straight line. For Hefuna, Veggetti’s choreography resulted in a more expanded, free-wheeling approach to mark-making, which is in evidence in her multilayered, ink-ontracing paper abstractions on view in our Drawing Room gallery. Though tension remains in the works’ linear iterations, their edges mellow to become more expressive and dynamic, like a ballerina’s leaps. The grid, Modernism’s signature emblem of order, takes on a very different role here. In NOTATIONOTATIONS, it elicits motion and infinite possibility. This performance would not have been possible without the generous support of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Program, which supports risk-taking and innovative collaborations in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg. We wish to offer our profuse thanks to Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti for their steadfast commitment to this project. We are also grateful to Adam Larsen for his expertise in documenting the event. Additional thanks to PeiJu Chien-Pott, a soloist from the Martha Graham Dance Company, and Gabrielle Lamb who performed. The Drawing Center’s staff deserves recognition for their keen efforts in staging this production. Special thanks to Dan Gillespie, Operations Manager; Molly Gross, Communications Director;

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Anna Martin, Registrar; Nicole Goldberg, Deputy Director for External Affairs; Jonathan T.D. Neil, Executive Editor; Joanna Ahlberg, Managing Editor; and Peter J. Ahlberg, AHL&CO.

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PL . 10

Susan Hefuna, Video still from New York City Crossroads, 2011


PL . 11

Luca Veggetti, Page from artist’s notebook, 2011


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Luca Veggetti, Page from artist’s notebook, 2011


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Luca Veggetti, Page from artist’s notebook, 2011


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Luca Veggetti, Page from artist’s notebook, 2011


PL . 15

Luca Veggetti, Page from artist’s notebook, 2011


PL . 16

Luca Veggetti, Page from artist’s notebook, 2011


PL . 17

Luca Veggetti, Page from artist’s notebook, 2011


PL . 18

Luca Veggetti, Page from artist’s notebook, 2011


PL . 19

Luca Veggetti, Page from artist’s notebook, 2011


PL . 20

Luca Veggetti, Page from artist’s notebook, 2011


PL . 21

Luca Veggetti, Page from artist’s notebook, 2011


PL . 22

Luca Veggetti, Page from artist’s notebook, 2011


PL . 23

Luca Veggetti, Page from artist’s notebook, 2011


PL . 24

Luca Veggetti, Page from artist’s notebook, 2011


PL . 25

Susan Hefuna, Video still from New York City Crossroads, 2011


PL . 26

Susan Hefuna, Untitled, 2011


PL . 27

Susan Hefuna, Untitled, 2011


PL . 28

Susan Hefuna, Untitled, 2011


PL . 29

Susan Hefuna, Untitled, 2011


PL . 30

Susan Hefuna, Untitled, 2011


PL . 31

Susan Hefuna, Untitled, 2011


PL . 32

Susan Hefuna, Untitled, 2011


PL . 33

Susan Hefuna, Untitled, 2011


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Susan Hefuna, Untitled, 2011


PL . 35

Susan Hefuna, Untitled, 2011


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Susan Hefuna, Untitled, 2011


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Susan Hefuna, Untitled, 2011


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Susan Hefuna, Video still from New York City Crossroads, 2011


LIST OF WORKS

A lso pict u red

PLS . 1, 10, 25, 38

PLS . 2–9

Susan Hefuna

Susan Hefuna

New York City Crossroads, 2011

Artist’s notebook, 2011

Digital video

Mixed media

80 minutes

11 1/2 x 14 inches

Courtesy of the artist and Rhona Hoffman

Courtesy of the artist

Gallery, Chicago PLS . 11–24 PLS . 28 , 29, 31

Luca Veggetti

Susan Hefuna

Artist’s notebook, 2011

Untitled, 2011

Ink on paper

Graphite on paper and tracing paper

9 x 6 inches

Eleven drawings, each: 11 x 14 inches

Courtesy of the artist

Courtesy of the artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago PLS . 26, 27, 30, 32, 33, 34

Susan Hefuna Untitled, 2011 Graphite on paper and tracing paper Fifteen drawings, each: 14 x 17 inches Courtesy of the artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago PLS . 35, 36, 37

Susan Hefuna Untitled, 2011 Graphite and ink on paper and tracing paper Four drawings, each: 19 x 24 inches Courtesy of the artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago

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CONTRIBUTOR BIOS

Brett Littman is Executive Director at The Drawing Center. Joanna Kleinberg Romanow is Assistant Curator at The Drawing Center.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Co-Chairs

NOTATIONOTATIONS is made possible through

Frances Beatty Adler

the generous support of the Robert Rauschenberg

Eric Rudin

Foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration

Jane Dresner Sadaka

Program, which supports risk-taking and innovative collaborations in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg.

Treasurer Stacey Goergen Secretary

Additional funding is provided by Saeb Eigner and

Dita Amory

Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago.

Brad Cloepfil

Special thanks to PeiJu Chien-Pott, a soloist from

Anita F. Contini

the Martha Graham Dance Company, Gabrielle

Steven Holl

Lamb, and Yusha Sorzano.

Rhiannon Kubicka David Lang Merrill Mahan Iris Z. Marden Nancy Poses Pat Steir Barbara Toll Isabel Stainow Wilcox Candace Worth Emeritus Melva Bucksbaum Frances Dittmer Bruce W. Ferguson Michael Lynne George Negroponte Elizabeth Rohatyn Jeanne C. Thayer Executive Director Brett Littman


E D WA R D H A L L A M T U C K P U B L I C AT I O N P R O G R A M

This is number 106 of the Drawing Papers, a series of publications documenting The Drawing Center’s exhibitions and public programs and providing a forum for the study of drawing. Jonathan T.D. Neil Executive Editor Joanna Ahlberg Managing Editor Designed by Peter J. Ahlberg / AHL&CO This book is set in Adobe Garamond Pro and Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk. It was printed by Bookmobile in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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