After the Beginning and Before the End: Instruction Drawings

A collection of drawings framed along the walls of a divided gallery space

Installation view, After the Beginning and Before the End: Instruction Drawings, MIT List Visual Arts Center, 2002. 

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After the Beginning and Before the End illuminates the nature of art by focusing on the creative process-from the initial moment of inspiration to the final composition — of a broad selection of works by celebrated artists from the early 1930s to the present.

The exhibition includes over 220 examples of “Instruction Drawings” in a variety of forms, such as working drawings, installation instructions, musical scores, sketches, visual or textual memoranda, fabrication notes, and work records.

This exhibition was organized for the Bergen Kunstmuseum in Bergen, Norway, by Jon Hendricks and Gunnar B. Kvaran.


After the Beginning and Before the End is generously supported by the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Council for the Arts at MIT. Media sponsor: Herald Media, Inc