A post from Berny Tan on her internship at The Drawing Center

Today’s post presents a contribution from VCS student Berny Tan, in which she talks about her ongoing internship with The Drawing Center in New York. Berny’s text is illustrated with a few photos she took to accompany pieces that she’s written for The Drawing Center’s Tumblr (clicking on each image will take you to the relevant Tumblr post).

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An installation view from Front Row, an exhibition at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) showcasing the work and perspectives of sixteen Chinese American fashion designers
An installation view from Front Row at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), an exhibition showcasing the work of sixteen Chinese-American fashion designers. [All images by Berny Tan.]
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Since this past June, I have been working at The Drawing Center as a Communications Intern. Located in SoHo, The Drawing Center was established in 1977 and is a non-profit fine arts institution that focuses solely on the exhibition of drawings, both historical and contemporary. The institution provides all its interns with the opportunity to write articles for its official blog, The Bottom Line; I have written three thus far:

1. A review of Phaidon’s Vitamin D2: New Perspectives on Drawing, focusing on artists who have worked with The Drawing Center

2. A review of MCA Chicago’s Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes

3. Art+Dance: 8 Collaborations, a list of 8 major collaborations between dancers/choreographers and visual artists in advance of next week’s performance conceived by Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti

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Polaroids by David Horvitz in the window of the SoHo artist’s workspace Recess
Polaroids by David Horvitz in the window of the SoHo artist’s workspace Recess.

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Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen's For an Epidemic Resistance, part of , an exhibition organized by Kari Cwynar at apexart
Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen’s installation For an Epidemic Resistance, part of <laughter>, an exhibition organized by Kari Cwynar at apexart.

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As Communications Intern, I have also been tasked with generating content for the institution’s Tumblr, which focuses more on what goes on behind the scenes at The Drawing Center, as well as the SoHo community. One of my major undertakings this summer was a series called “See Art in SoHo!” for which I visited non-profit art institutions in the neighborhood, such as Artists Space, the Swiss Institute, and Storefront for Art and Architecture, and did short reports on their spaces and exhibitions. The aim was to both support our neighbors via social media, as well as show potential visitors to The Drawing Center all the other art spaces they can visit in the vicinity. This project also gave me the chance to visit great art spaces that I had not visited or have rarely visited, and even interview the people who work at or run these spaces. I’ve done 9 articles so far, and still plan to visit the Walter de Maria installations.

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A street view of POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Positions at Storefront for Art and Architecture.
A street view of POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Positions at Storefront for Art and Architecture.

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A video installation by Kimberlee Venable at Art in General.
A video installation by Kimberlee Venable at Art in General.

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Another photo from the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), located at 215 Centre Street, showing part of MOCA’s permanent exhibition, With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America
Another image from the Museum of Chinese in America, showing part of MOCA’s permanent exhibition With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America.

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