100 Drawings from Now, image courtesy of Aliza Nisebaum

Five Columbia Artists Featured in ‘100 Drawings from Now’

BY Brittany Nguyen , January 12, 2021

Professor Rirkrit Tiravanija, Assistant Professor Aliza Nisenbaum, Adjunct Assistant Professor Gina Beavers, Mentor Mika Rottenberg ’04 and alumnus Uri Aran ’07 appear in 100 Drawings from Now at The Drawing Center in New York. 


100 Drawings from Now features drawings made by over 100 international artists since early 2020. The exhibition “provides a snapshot of artistic production during a period of profound global unrest that has resulted from the ongoing health and economic crises, as well as a surge of activism in response to systemic racism, social injustice, and police brutality in the United States,” according to The Drawing Center. Together, the works in the exhibition spotlight the urgency, intimacy, and universality of drawing during moments of upheaval and isolation.


100 Drawings from Now amplifies Torkwase Dyson’s words, “I’m drawing now because I need to….I feel a chorus in my space of solitude and I’m making because of it.” The exhibition is a demonstration of pain or anger in the face of injustice, and an essential expression of one’s humanity.


Published to accompany the exhibition, Drawing Papers 143: 100 Drawings from Now is a 172-page paperback that features full-color illustrations of the works on view, as well as essays by members of the curatorial team highlighting the myriad ways that drawing can act as a vital connective force, a respite.


100 Drawings from Now is currently installed at The Drawing Center from October 7, 2020 through January, 17, 2021. All visitors are required to make a free, timed-entry reservation ahead of their visit.