Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection



Welcome to Compass in Hand: Selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, which was assembled beginning in 2003 and acquired by The Museum of Modern Art in 2005.

Christian Rattemeyer, Associate Curator in the Department of Drawings.

Christian Rattemeyer: The working definition of a drawing is a unique work on paper. If you look at the variety of objects in this exhibition, you will see that that definition is stretched beyond its limits. And it was intended to be a project, really to provide an overview of all the tendencies in contemporary drawing today.

When looking at the collection it was very interesting and very apparent to see that there was a large section of works that came out of a figurative tradition. And at the same time there was quite a number works that came out of [an] abstract tradition of art making.

Narrator: You can enter the exhibition from two sides. On one side, you’ll be led through a collection of abstract works from the late 1950s and early 1960s... and on the other, figurative and representational works from the mid 1950s forward. They converge in the center, where you’ll see galleries devoted to the most recent tendencies in contemporary drawing.

On this audio program, you’ll hear more from Christian Rattemeyer, as well as several of the artists featured in the exhibition.

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