Leonardo Drew

Leonardo Drew with Amin Alsaden

In Conversation

February 18, 7pm8pm
Available until February 28

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Taking a deeper look into what it means to be unapologetically Black

The Power Plant presentPropelled into Otherness, Leonardo Drew’s first solo exhibition in Canada featuring a selection of his distinctive sculptures and installations made of a wide range of raw materials, including cotton, metal and wood. He subjects these materials to processes of aging, weathering and deformation, evoking the cyclical nature of life. Commonly constructed through stacking, layering and densification, his abstract assemblages are rooted in avant-garde modernist and postwar art, while recalling memories of his childhood spent scouring landfills and industrial sites, as well as the collective history of the African American community. For Drew, the creative process involves exploration as a means to discover the next iteration of a possible self. He invites us to question our conventional ideas about art while exposing renewed possibilities for a shared future. In this program, the artist will discuss the evolution of his work with exhibition curator Amin AlsadenThe Power Plant’s Nancy McCain & Bill Morneau Curatorial Fellow. This conversation will conclude with questions from the audience. 

Presented in Partnership with The Power Plant.


Artist: Leonardo Drew

Leonardo Drew (b. 1961 in Tallahassee, FL) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Parsons School of Design, New York, and received his BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York. Solo exhibitions have been held at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC (2020); de Young, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco (2017); Galleria Napolinobilissima, Naples (2011); and Fine Art Society, London (2009). Drew has participated in numerous group exhibitions held at various institutions around the world, including the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC (2019); Baltimore Museum of Art, MD (2017); Studio Museum in Harlem, NY (2015); Denver Art Museum, CO (2013); and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2010). His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and Tate, London. 

Leonardo Drew with Amin Alsaden

In Conversation

February 18, 7pm8pm
Available until February 28

Taking a deeper look into what it means to be unapologetically Black

In Partnership with

Citadel+Compagnie
Toronto International Festival of Authors