CCS Bard Presents “Phillipe Parreno,” on View from June 26 through September 26, 2010

June 7, 2010


ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—This summer, the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) presents Philippe Parreno, the fourth exhibition in a series of retrospectives of the French artist’s work that have taken place at the Kunsthalle Zürich, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. Philippe Parreno at CCS Bard will be on view from June 26 through September 26, 2010.

Concurrently, in the Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard presents At Home/Not At Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg. Curated by White Columns director and CCS Bard faculty member Matthew Higgs, the exhibition includes major works by more than 100 artists including Kai Althoff, Jeremy Deller, Peter Doig, David Hammons, Mary Heilmann, Elizabeth Peyton, and Rirkrit Tirvanija. The exhibition will be on view from June 26 through December 19, 2010.

Both exhibitions open on Saturday, June 26, with a reception from 1 to 5 p.m. On Sunday, June 27, CCS Bard will present a series of special programming related to the Philippe Parreno exhibition, which will include a discussion between Parreno and Simon Critchley, chair of philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York, as well as a screening of the single-channel version of Zidane: A XXIst Century Portrait. The screening of Zidane will take place at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, New York, on Sunday, June 27, at noon.

Philippe Parreno at CCS Bard

Curated by Maria Lind, Philippe Parreno at CCS Bard explores the artist’s work with moving images, focusing on two later pieces, June 8, 1968 (2009) and Zidane: A XXIst Century Portrait (2006), and an early work, Anywhere Out of the World (2000). June 8, 1968, which is being shown in the United States for the first time as part of this exhibition, takes us back to 1968 and the funeral train of Robert F. Kennedy. Parreno draws openly on documentary photographer Paul Fusco’s famous footage from the event as he reenacts parts of the journey in a stunningly beautiful West Coast landscape. Anywhere Out of the World is Parreno’s contribution to the intensively collaborative project No Ghost Just a Shell, which started when he and the artist Pierre Huyghe purchased a manga character, AnnLee, who was “animated” by themselves and a dozen other artists including Liam Gillick and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. Zidane: A XXIst Century Portrait, made in collaboration with Douglas Gordon, is simultaneously a feature film-length portrait of a football player and a film that engages exclusively with its main protagonist without having a traditional narrative. The single-channel version of Zidane: A XXIst Century Portrait will be screened on Sunday, June 27, at noon at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, New York, and again in September on the Bard College Campus.

Two common denominators for the three works are formal experimentation in general and the intensity of the pictures in particular. They are also portraits of sorts. The Paris-based cinematographer Darius Khondji has worked closely with Parreno on both June 8,1968 and Zidane: A XXIst Century Portrait. Known for the cinematography of visually sumptuous films like Delicatessen and Seven, Khondji’s presence in the exhibition at CCS Bard will be palpable. Thus, rather unexpectedly, the exhibition will address concerns with form, specifically in relation to light and space. The exhibition will also look at who and what can be a character in a film, or even in history.

The exhibition will be integrated with both the graduate program and the local community through a series of outreach mediation programs organized by first-year CCS Bard graduate students. In addition to a lecture by Berlin-based art historian Jörn Schaffaf, who wrote his Ph.D. on Parreno’s work, a series of screenings with Parreno’s earlier moving image work will be organized. Some of the programs will take place in the cinema spaces on campus, others at regional cinemas including Time Space Limited in Hudson. Each student is also reaching out to two different communities/groups, one on campus and one beyond, which will include the opportunity to attend special walk-throughs of the exhibition led by the students.

Philippe Parreno at CCS Bard is made possible with support from the LUMA Foundation, the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Friedrich Petzel, the Board of Governors of the Center for Curatorial Studies, and the Center’s Patrons, Supporters, and Friends.

The Center for Curatorial Studies and Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) is an exhibition, education, and research center dedicated to the study of art and curatorial practices from the 1960s to the present day. In addition to the CCS Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art, the Center houses the Marieluise Hessel Collection, as well as an extensive library and curatorial archives that are accessible to the public. The Center’s two-year M.A. program in curatorial studies is specifically designed to deepen students’ understanding of the intellectual and practical tasks of curating contemporary art. Exhibitions are presented year-round in the CCS Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art, providing students with the opportunity to work with world-renowned artists and curators. The exhibition program and the Hessel Collection also serve as the basis for a wide range of public programs and activities exploring art and its role in contemporary society.

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