Drawing in the Twentieth Century

MoMA redefines the line

Article: MoMA redefines the line

Painting, sculpture, drawing – you decide.
“On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century” isn’t MoMA’s first exhibition on drawing and it won’t be its last, but this latest curatorial effort is a much more inventive take on the genre than in previous shows. Connie Butler, the museum’s Chief Curator of Drawings and Catherine de Zegher, former director of The Drawing Center, have amassed a collection of works that span just over a century and include mediums beyond simple graphite on paper. One of the earlier works is a short film of the dancer Loie Fuller from 1897. Fuller experimented with what might be called early versions of ribbon dancing by using lengths of silk to create a sort of moving, visual line. She also sewed pieces bamboo into her skirts to stretch them into flat planes of fabric, and what is a drawing if not a line on a plane?