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First-Year Students at Bard’s Center for Curatorial Studies Present “Re-Shuffle: Notions of an Itinerant Museum” at New York City’s Art in General from February 24 through March 18

January 20, 2006

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Are museums necessary? Is the museum still a relevant cultural institution? Do museums support or weaken contemporary artistic practices? May they be altered, replaced, reinvented? How might a museum behave as it transits from one context to the next, mutating in relation to a distinct situation? How might the very idea of transience affect the process of collecting? Or is the actuality of an itinerant museum inherently problematic, a contradiction in terms, a paradox waiting to happen?

Re-Shuffle: Notions of an Itinerant Museum, a survey about the possibilities for the museums of today and the future, is presented by first-year graduate students at the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS) at Bard College, and takes the form of a publication-as-exhibition to be held at Art in General’s Gallery 4 at 79 Walker Street, New York City. The program is on view from Friday, February 24, through Saturday, March 18. The opening reception is Friday, February 24, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Gallery hours are: Tuesday through Saturday, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public.

The 12 first-year graduate students—Markús Thór Andrésson, Kirin Buckley, Max Hernández Calvo, Özkan Cangüven, Ruba Katrib, Florencia Malbrán, Kate McNamara, Laura Mott, Rebeca Noriega-Costas, Amy Owen, Chen Tamir, and Emily Zimmerman—posed questions to internationally renowned artists, critics, designers, and other cultural producers in a desire to explore the possibility of a museum that is mobile rather than stationary; flexible, spontaneous, and responsive, as opposed to didactic. The participants include Vito Acconci (New York), Dan Cameron (New York), Harrell Fletcher (Oregon), Pablo Helguera (New York), Gerardo Mosquera (Cuba), Libia Pérez and Ólafur Árni Ólafsson (Sweden), Pepón Osorio (Puerto Rico/New York), Regina Silveira (Brazil), and Laurel Sparks (Massachusetts), among others. The graduate students developed the publication-as-exhibition with Joshua Decter, an independent curator and CCS faculty member.

The exhibition is accompanied by a series of roundtable discussions and video screenings on Saturday, February 25; Saturday, March 4; and Saturday March 11.

This exhibition was made possible with support from the Rebecca and Martin Eisenberg Student Exhibition Fund and Friends of the CCS. The opening reception was generously sponsored by Rums of Puerto Rico.

About the Center for Curatorial Studies
The graduate program at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College is the preeminent program of its kind in the United States, dedicated to training curators and critics of contemporary art. The curriculum is specifically designed to deepen students’ understanding of the intellectual and practical tasks of curating exhibitions of contemporary art, particularly in the complex social and cultural situations of present-day urban arts institutions. With state-of-the-art galleries, an extensive library and curatorial archive, and access to the remarkable Marieluise Hessel collection of more than 1,700 works, the students at the CCS have a unique opportunity to gain both an intellectual grounding and actual experience within a museum. For further information, call the Center for Curatorial Studies at 845-758-7598, e-mail ccs@bard.edu, or visit www.bard.edu/ccs.

About Art in General
Founded in 1981 in Lower Manhattan, Art in General is a nonprofit organization that assists artists with the production and presentation of new work. It changes in response to the needs of artists and informs and engages the public about their work. Art in General was founded by artists Martin Weinstein and Teresa Liszka in the General Hardware Building—hence the name “Art in General.” Weinstein and Liszka aimed to create a space where artists could exhibit unconventional work and exchange ideas with their peers. Nearly 25 years later, Art in General maintains its place as an important resource for emerging artists, presenting exhibitions of new work in all media. For further information, call Art in General at 212-219-0473, e-mail info@artingeneral.org, or visit www.artingeneral.org.