At first glance, Dorothea Rockburne’s works look like straightforward lines on a wall, but they are far from simplistic. They are mathematical solutions. Rockburne has said that “drawing is the bones of thought,” and has applied her studies in math and astronomy to her work since the late ’60s. “Dorothea Rockburne: Drawing Which Makes Itself,” an exhibition at MOMA, features her most groundbreaking pieces and major contributions to modern art, including Nesting and Neighborhood, which were created using carbon paper and lines that were carefully mapped and made by the carbon removal along the folds in the paper—lines that, when viewed closely, simply take over.

Mondays-Sundays, 10 a.m. Starts: Sept. 21. Continues through Jan. 20, 2013