CCS Bard Presents Third Series of Spring Exhibitions, Opening May 13, Featuring 19 Artists

April 27, 2007


Five exhibitions—from rest to restNovel ReadingsRepeat Performances: Roni Horn and Ragnar KjartanssonMirror Mirror on the Wall: Intersubjectivity in Parallax, and Come On Pilgrim: A 110-Mile Exhibition—feature artists Lara Alcántara, Ricci Albenda, María Elena Alvarado, Robert Bryn, Peter Campus, Glenn Ligon, Roni Horn, Ragnar Kjartansson, Enrique La Cruz, Diego Lama, Karl Larsson, Jorge Macchi, Joanna Malinowska, José Miyashiro, Ernesto Neto, David Rokeby, Peter Rose, James Walsh, and Lee Walton

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—This spring CCS Bard presents a series of twelve exhibitions at the CCS Galleries, curated by second-year students in its graduate program in curatorial studies. The exhibitions are the culmination of the students’ work for the master’s degree. The CCS Bard Galleries are 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.

The third and final group of five exhibitions is on view from Sunday, May 13, through Sunday, May 27. Curated by Emily Zimmerman, from rest to rest presents four artists—Ricci Albenda, Peter Campus, David Rokeby, Peter Rose—who work with digital media to call attention to our mobile presence in space. Novel Readings, curated by Florencia Malbrán, includes works by Glenn Ligon, Jorge Macchi, and Ernesto Neto, presented in association with novels and literary criticism, to raise questions about cultural contexts. Repeat Performances: Roni Horn and Ragnar Kjartansson, curated by Markús Thór Andrésson, includes a series of portraits by Roni Horn and an incessant performance by Ragnar Kjartansson, each questioning identity and difference. Mirror Mirror on the Wall: Intersubjectivity in Parallax, curated by Max Hernández Calvo, presents work by five artists who are close friends—José Miyashiro, Enrique La Cruz, Diego Lama, María Elena Alvarado, and Lara Alcántara—that explores the obsessions of the artists’ own intersubjective relations. Come On Pilgrim: A 110-Mile Exhibition, curated by Laura Mott, is a map and audio companion that leads visitors to six commissioned projects by Robert Bryn, Karl Larsson, Joanna Malinowska, Lee Walton, and James Walsh that are physically placed between New York City and CCS Bard.

Limited free seating is available on a chartered bus that leaves from New York City for the opening reception on May 13. The bus returns to New York City after the reception. Reservations must be made in advance by calling CCS at 845-758-7598.

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

Also on view through May 27 is Wrestle, the inaugural exhibition at the Hessel Museum of Art, drawing from 40 years of work from the Marieluise Hessel Collection. Instead of providing an overview of Hessel’s collection or a selection of “greatest hits,”Wrestle presents provocative juxtapositions that suggest contesting conceptual strategies or the use of similar material approaches to markedly contrasting ends. Many works zero in on questions of psychological struggle, the self divided against itself, and masculinity, sexuality, and violence. Curated by Tom Eccles and Trevor Smith.

The Center for Curatorial Studies and Hessel Museum of Art
The Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture at Bard College (CCS Bard) is an exhibition and research center dedicated to the study of art and exhibition practices from the 1960s to the present day. The Center’s graduate program 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 over 9,500 square feet of gallery space and an extensive library and curatorial archive, CCS Bard offers students intellectual grounding and actual experience within a museum.

In November 2006, CCS Bard inaugurated the Hessel Museum of Art, a new 17,000-square-foot building for exhibitions curated from the Marieluise Hessel Collection of more than 1,700 contemporary works. The new museum features intimate rooms encircling two large central galleries, and is scaled so that approximately 10 to 15 percent of the collection can be shown at any one time. The Hessel Museum extends the reach of the CCS Bard exhibition program, providing a place to test out the possibilities for exhibition making using the remarkable resources of the collection as a whole.

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CCS Bard Spring Thesis Exhibitions—Series Three
May 13–27, 2007

Opening reception Sunday, May 13, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
CCS Galleries, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

Is information embodied—inexorably linked to, and conditioned by, the material in which it finds expression? If so, what relationship does it bear to our own embodied status? from rest to rest seeks to investigate this relationship through the work of four artists: Ricci Albenda, Peter Campus, David Rokeby, Peter Rose. Each of their works acknowledges our presence, asking us to experience them through movement rather than rest.
Curator: Emily Zimmerman

Novel Readings presents a selection of works by Glenn Ligon, Jorge Macchi, and Ernesto Neto, which defy the way we usually think about cultures and contexts. The artworks are presented in association with novels and literary criticism, in order to trigger relationships that would not otherwise come into perspective. What is the difference between literature and visual art? Is the distinction just a matter of form? Novel Readings puts forward tensions and similarities resulting in new readings, not just of the artworks themselves, but of the cultural contexts from which they emerged.
Curator: Florencia Malbrán

Repeat Performances: Roni Horn and Ragnar Kjartansson consists of two major works, a photographic installation by Roni Horn and a commissioned performance by Ragnar Kjartansson. One hundred portraits of the actress Isabelle Huppert are juxtaposed with a live loop, continuing throughout the duration of the exhibition. The works offer a chance to experience very different approaches to contemporary questions of identity and difference, utilizing repetition, performance, and artistic practices outside the visual arts, namely film and theater. The exhibition also provides an opportunity to consider the role of the gallery space as a container for art, with one work relying on it completely and the other contesting it.
Curator: Markús Thór Andrésson

In Mirror Mirror on the Wall: Intersubjectivity in Parallax five artists and friends—José Miyashiro, Enrique La Cruz, Diego Lama, María Elena Alvarado, and Lara Alcántara—obsess over their own subjectivities in their work. The exhibition takes on these inquiries on the self, aiming at unzipping the intersubjective bonds that dress up the self, and that sustain the social network that grounds the show.
Curator: Max Hernández Calvo

Come On Pilgrim: A 110-mile Exhibition is devoted to experiential art practice and the use of journeys as an artistic medium. Five artists were commissioned to create a project in an area of interest between New York City and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard), located along a 110-mile route. Each work is the result of research and a journey through the region. The culmination of the project is the exhibition of experiential projects created for viewers who discover them by using a map, leading viewers on a journey of their own. Distance, navigation, logistics, and the unpredictable—all crucial elements of the artistic process—play an integral part in the viewer’s experience of this art. Swedish artist Karl Larsson and curator Laura Mott also provide an audio companion of discussions about the artistic practice and stories from their own 10-day journey on foot throughout the region.
Curator: Laura Mott