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2006 Spring Exhibition Series – Curated by Master’s Degree Candidates at Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies – Concludes in May at the Center.

April 27, 2006

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—This spring a series of exhibitions at the Center for Curatorial Studies, curated by second-year students in its graduate program in curatorial studies and contemporary art, concludes with a group of three exhibitions in May. These are the culmination of the students’ work for the master’s degree. The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., on the Bard College campus. All the exhibitions and related programs are free and open to the public. Free transportation to and from New York City for the exhibition opening—May 7—is available via a chartered bus. Reservations are necessary.

The third and final series of exhibitions will be on view from Sunday, May 7, through Sunday, May 21. (The opening reception at the CCS Museum is from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 7.) IAMNOWHERE, curated by Erica Hope Fisher, questions whether we are assertively “now here” or elusively “nowhere” amid multiple technological influences in which possibilities and illusions collide to complicate communication, navigation, and self-exploration; Draw a straight line and follow it, curated by Anna Gray, presents new works by seven artists, responding to instruction-based art from the 1960s and 1970s; and Hot Topic, curated by Amy Mackie, features recent works informed by feminist strategies by Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Nicole Eisenman, Wynne Greenwood, K8 Hardy, LTTR, Ulrike Müller, Ridykeulous, Emily Roysdon, A. L. Steiner with Chicks on Speed, and Tracy + the Plastics.

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, students at the CCS have a unique opportunity to gain both an intellectual grounding and actual experience within a museum. The Center for Curatorial Studies was founded in 1990 by Marieluise Hessel and Richard Black.

Limited free seating is available on a chartered bus that leaves from SoHo in New York City for each exhibition opening. The bus returns to New York City after the opening. Reservations must be made in advance by calling the Center at 845-758-7598. Bus transportation is provided through the generosity of Audrey Irmas.

These exhibitions were made possible with support from the Rebecca and Martin Eisenberg Student Exhibition Fund, the Friends of the Center for Curatorial Studies, and the Center’s annual benefit for student scholarships and exhibitions. Additional support for the spring exhibitions has been provided by the Monique Beudert Fund.

For further information, call the Center for Curatorial Studies at 845-758-7598, e-mail ccs@bard.edu, or visit www.bard.edu/ccs.


2006 Thesis Exhibitions Series Three
Center for Curatorial Studies Museum at Bard College
May 7 through May 21

IAMNOWHERE
Curator: Erica Hope Fisher
IAMNOWHERE includes works by four artists—Peggy Ahwesh, Kristin Lucas, Paul Pfeiffer, and Daniel Pflumm—whose practices involve the construction of mediated worlds in which the once-familiar has been subverted by technological interference, editing, and manipulation. Through video, new media and audio, the artists explore the tension between access and denial, utopia and catastrophe, enlightenment and failure. IAMNOWHERE asserts that our relationship to technological influence is ambiguous at best, and is constantly marked by moments in which the collision of possibilities and illusions complicates communication, navigation, and self-exploration.

Draw a straight line and follow it 
Curator: Anna Gray
A select group of contemporary artists has made new works in response to Fluxus and Conceptual artworks from the 1960s and early 1970s. These works involve language as a form of instruction, which rely on the audience/viewer as their producer, physically and/or mentally. Artists included in the exhibition are La Monte Young, Nam June Paik, Alison Knowles, Yoko Ono, George Brecht, Bruce Nauman, Lawrence Weiner, Eduardo Costa, Peter Coffin, Martin Creed, Erwin Wurm, Jonathan Monk, Harrell Fletcher, Adam Pendleton, and Stefan Burggemann.

Hot Topic 
Curator: Amy Mackie
Hot Topic is organized around two New York-based collectives—LTTR and Ridykeulous—devoted to the concerns of a multifaceted community interested in queer and feminist politics. Publications by the collectives are presented in the exhibition along with works in a diverse range of media by artists—Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Nicole Eisenman, Wynne Greenwood, K8 Hardy, Ulrike Müller, Emily Roysdon, and A. L. Steiner—who participate in this community. Hot Topic wishes to reveal the boundless potential for artmaking and writing emerging from a queer and feminist community and to share it with a larger public.

Related Programs:
May 8, Monday 
Performance/Quilting Session
Ginger Brooks Takahashi, An Army of Lovers Cannot Fail. Center for Curatorial Studies, 
4:00 p.m.

May 8, Monday
Performance
K8 Hardy, Beautiful Radiating Energy, SMOG Student Space, 9:00 p.m.

May 9, Tuesday
Workshop/Presentation
Artists from the collective LTTR will talk about past and future projects. Center for Curatorial Studies, 4:00 p.m.