Invitation to participate in the Draftmen’s Congress project at the New Museum, NY

On October 26th, 2013, the Jewish Art Guild was invited to participate in the Draftsmen’s Congress at the New Museum in NY. It was an event, which took place from February 11 to April 23, 2014.
The Draftsmen’s Congress is a collaborative artwork in which different New York-based groups, associations and collectives with a shared interest in art as a form of communication are invited to paint and draw in the museum’s fourth floor gallery. Over the course of the project participants will create drawings and paintings that all became part of one large and many-layered artwork.
The invited groups comprise artists, art students, art professors, graphic designers, architects, cartoonists, engineers and other individuals who draw as part of their profession or privately. Also invited were a diverse range of social and political groups from the local community.
At the end of the Congress the work will be divided into manifold pieces and distributed to the public and the participants for free.
As a participant I was invited to spend several hours contributing to the work at the New Museum on a scheduled day which was February 21, 2013 in the museum’s opening hours between 2 PM and 6 PM.

This invitation almost coincided with the beginning of the Winter Olympic games in Sochi 2014.
I was exited with this amazing event and got my inspiration from the tremendous achievements of the sportsmen in the different kind of sports and participants from many different countries, especially from Russia and USA. My idea to paint something special for the New Museum’s project appeared the same time…
I understood that I would’t have enough time in the Museum to realize my idea so I decided to begin my preparation for the art work at home.
I began to paint The Statue of Liberty in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Grand Opening Ceremony uniform with Olympic Flame in her hand. My Statue of Liberty I arranged on the USA map with a Blue Mother of Pearl. All of the 22 different kinds of the winter sports I painted on the each of the inner surfaces of the 22 shells and decorated each with blue dyed sand.
I made my acrylic painting and shell-stone mosaic on the paper towel base for the more comfortable process of glueing my project on the Museum’s exhibiting spot.
When I came to the Museum’s 4th floor on February 21, I was surprised with reality. All the space from the floor to the walls was covered with very colorful sophisticated paints, one drawing covered those previously made…Many people of different ages and experience made their drawings all around. Nobody tried to make a masterpiece, but all of them had a fun time together! I tried to find some spot for my work, but finally decided just draw pictures for the memory, but not leave my art there…I didn’t like that it could be disappear under many layers of paint from the other participants…I had a wish to save my mosaics as a memory after an amazing Olympic games! Time in the Museum on this day became a new and unusual experience for me.
At the same day I opened for myself a very innovative and modern exhibition of the sculptural works of the artist Pawel Althamer from Poland. It includes his most recent body of work, “Venetians”. Althamer is known for the figurative sculptures he creates of himself, his family, and various other individuals within his community. His exhibits located on the second, third and fifth floors in the Museum. Open for yourself a New Museum and make your own opinion about modern art in our days!


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