First Language

15 Nov 2019 – 22 Dec 2019

Regular opening hours

12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00

Free admission

A.I.R. Gallery

New York
New York, United States


Travel Information

  • Subway: F to York Street, A or C to High Street, 2 or 3 to Clark Street

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First Language is an exhibition by A.I.R. Alumni Artist Member Lauren Simkin Berke. This exhibition charts Berke's personal and professional exploration of the narrative possibilities of images through doodles, rough sketches, and published illustrations.


A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce First Language, an exhibition by Alumni Artist Lauren Simkin Berke. Berke will be showing a collection of original drawings created between 2007 and 2019. These pieces include doodles, drawings based on found photographs, final linework, preliminary rough sketches, and color separations for illustration work.

Many of the drawings were originally created as illustrations for The New York Times, Paris Review Editions, Out, The Advocate, The Boston Globe, and Smithsonian Magazine, covering a diverse array of subjects, among them information technology, gun violence, Shakespeare, lesbian hairstyles, World War II, and important women often left out of the story of history.

First Language aims to highlight the materiality of these drawings, most of which were drawn with india ink and dip pens. They have been floated so you can see the natural deckled and torn edges, as well as all the markings that emerge during the drawing process.

Lauren Simkin Berke is based in Brooklyn. They received an M.F.A. in Illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts in 2003, and a B.A. in Anthropology from Cornell University in 2001. Berke works as a freelance illustrator, and just finished the art for their first picture book, a biography of Dr. James Barry, a surgeon in the British Army in the first half of the 19th century, to be released by Schwarts & Wade Books in the fall of 2020. For more on the artist, visit www.simkinberke.com. 

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Lauren Simkin Berke


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