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Samuel Draxler is an artist, curator, and writer based in Brooklyn, New York.
Draxler currently works as the Special Initiatives Coordinator at the Cooper Union School of Art. He has provided communications, production, documentation, and curatorial services for a wide range of arts institutions, including David Nolan Gallery, Thomas Erben Gallery, the Knockdown Center, and the James Gallery at CUNY. Draxler was formerly the Co-Director of La MaMa Galleria and the Director of NYPAC, the New York Performance Artists Collective. Over three years, Draxler grew NYPAC into a unique institution that provided performance artists with creative opportunities and professional services, aiding them to develop their practices and careers. NYPAC’s programming and commissions received coverage from a wide range of media outlets, including Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Interview Magazine.
As an artist, Draxler’s installations adopt various sculptural and photographic techniques as tools of historical and cultural analysis. In 2015, the ACC Galerie in Weimar commissioned his installation Buyout / Tragedy for the exhibition Kingdom Paradise, which later traveled to the Städtische Museen Zittau, Germany (2016). Draxler’s installation AN INVENTORY, "6151 Richmond Street” was included last fall in the exhibition Miami is Nice at SpaceCamp in Baltimore, and was more recently presented by La MaMa Galleria at NADA New York 2018.
Draxler's writing has appeared in publications including Texte Zur Kunst, Art in America, and Avidly (The Los Angeles Review of Books), among others. Draxler received his B.A. in Art History from Columbia University.
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