James Drake

A singular conversation between artist James Drake and incoming SFI President David Krakauer unfolded August 5 in Santa Fe in conjunction with the first public reading from SFI Trustee Cormac McCarthy’s new novel The Passenger

During the free event sponsored by the Lannan Foundation, guests were treated to an exploration of beauty and madness at the intersections of drawing, reading, and counting by Santa Fe luminaries from the arts and sciences. 

Krakauer, an evolutionary biologist, conversed with Drake, a visual artist most recently celebrated for his 1,242 drawings that depict the human condition. Narrative from McCarthy’s yet-to-be-published novel The Passenger was interspersed throughout the conversation, read by a dramatist and accompanied by original musical composition by John McCarthy.

This Lannan Foundation art event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) Chapters 4, 6 and 8.

Read an article about the event in Newsweek (August 16, 2015)