Hessel Museum of Art Presents “Exhibitionism,” October 20- February 3

September 10, 2007

Featuring Works by Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Günther Förg, Joseph Kosuth, Barbara Kruger, Robert Mapplethorpe, Christian Marclay, Blinky Palermo, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and Others

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—This fall, the Hessel Museum of Art at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard Hessel Museum) presents Exhibitionism: An Exhibition of Exhibitions of Works from the Marieluise Hessel Collection. On view from Saturday, October 20, through Sunday, February 3, 2008, this new installation of the Hessel Collection, curated by White Columns director Matthew Higgs, presents a series of exhibitions in each of the 16 galleries in the newly inaugurated Hessel Museum.

Concurrently with Exhibitionism, the Center for Curatorial Studies presents Keith Edmier 1991–2007 in the CCS Galleries. The most comprehensive exhibition to date of work by American artist Keith Edmier, the exhibition explores the artist’s distinctive fusion of autobiography, popular culture, and collective consciousness in more than 40 works selected from key periods in Edmier’s oeuvre.

The opening reception for both exhibitions is from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20. (Limited free seating on a chartered bus is available to the opening from New York City.) On Sunday, October 21guided tours of the exhibition at 2:00 p.m. are offered by Keith Edmier, Matthew Higgs, and Tom Eccles. Reservations are required for both the chartered bus and guided tours; call 845-758-7598 or e-mail All programs are open to the public without charge.

Exhibitionism is, literally, an exhibition of exhibitions. Comprised of a series of 16 autonomous exhibitions and installations, Exhibitionism seeks to explore aspects of the labyrinthine connections, coincidences, discrepancies, and departures within Marieluise Hessel’s collection of contemporary art,” explains Higgs. “Assembled organically and intuitively over more than three decades, the Hessel Collection is fiercely idiosyncratic.”

Higgs notes that “Exhibitionism seeks to amplify this independent vision through individual exhibitions that variously consider: the social landscape; the poetics of space; language; semiotics; the grotesque; interiority and exteriority; and identity and rupture, among many other questions. Eschewing any attempt at an overview, Exhibitionism instead privileges multiple perspectives, and as such might be characterized as a sampler of thematic approaches to both the analysis and reinterpretation of a collection.”

Exhibitionism’s 16 exhibitions in the Hessel Museum are (1) “Jonathan Borofsky,” featuring Borofsky’s Green Space Painting with Chattering Man at 2,814,787; (2) “Andy Warhol and Matthew Higgs,” including Warhol’s portrait of Marieluise Hessel and a work by Higgs; (3) “Art as Idea,” with works by W. Imi Knoebel, Joseph Kosuth, and Allan McCollum; (4) “Rupture,” with works by John Bock, Saul Fletcher, Isa Genzken, Thomas Hirschhorn, Martin Kippenberger, and Karlheinz Weinberger; (5) “Robert Mapplethorpe and Judy Linn,” including 11 of the 70 Mapplethorpe works in the Hessel Collection along with Linn’s intimate portraits of Mapplethorpe; (6) “For Holly,” including works by Gary Burnley, Valerie Jaudon, Christopher Knowles, Robert Kushner, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Kim MacConnel, Ned Smyth, and Joe Zucker—acquired by Hessel from legendary SoHo art dealer Holly Solomon; (7) “Inside – Outside,” juxtaposing works by Scott Burton and Günther Förg with the picture windows of the Hessel Museum; (8) “Lexicon,” exploring a recurring motif of the Collection through works by Martin Creed, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Bruce Nauman, Sean Landers, Raymond Pettibon, Jack Pierson, Jason Rhoades, and Allen Ruppersberg; (9)“Real Life,” examines different forms of social systems in works by Robert Beck, Sophie Calle, Matt Mullican, Cady Noland, Pruitt & Early, and Lawrence Weiner; (10) “Image is a Burden,” presents a number of idiosyncratic positions in relation to the figure and figuration (and disfigurement) through works by Rita Ackerman, Jonathan Borofsky, John Currin, Carroll Dunham, Philip Guston, Rachel Harrison, Adrian Piper, Peter Saul, Rosemarie Trockel, and Nicola Tyson; (11) “Mirror Objects,”including works by Donald Judd, Blinky Palermo, and Jorge Pardo; (12) “1982,” including works by Carl Andre, Robert Longo, Robert Mangold, Robert Mapplethorpe, A. R. Penck, and Cindy Sherman, all of which were produced in close—chronological—proximity to one another; (13) “Monitor,” with works by Vito Acconci, Cheryl Donegan, Vlatka Horvat, Bruce Nauman, and Aïda Ruilova; (14) “Cindy Sherman,” includes 7 of the 25 works by Sherman in the Hessel Collection; (15) “Silence,” with works by Christian Marclay, Pieter Laurens Mol, and Lorna Simpson that demonstrate art’s persistent interest in and engagement with the paradoxical idea of “silence”; and (16) “Dan Flavin and Felix Gonzalez-Torres.”


About Matthew Higgs
Matthew Higgs is an artist, curator, and writer. He is currently the director and chief curator of White Columns, New York’s oldest alternative art space. Over the past 15 years he has organized more than150 exhibitions and projects in North America and Europe. A regular contributor to Artforum magazine, Higgs has contributed to recent publications for artists Kay Rosen, Ken Price, John McCracken, Oliver Payne and Nick Relph, Marilyn Minter, Elizabeth Peyton, and Peter Doig, among others. Recent exhibitions of his own work include solo exhibitions at Murray Guy, New York, and Jack Hanley Gallery, Los Angeles.


The Center for Curatorial Studies and Hessel Museum of Art
The Center for Curatorial Studies 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 arts institutions. With more than 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.

Admission is free; museum hours are Wednesdays through Sundays, 1:00–5:00 p.m. For further information, call 845-758-7598, e-mail, or visit