2016 Spring Exhibitions : Chapter 2

May 8, 2016 - May 29, 2016
Hessel Musem of Art

Opening Reception: Sunday, May 8, 2016, 1 – 4 p.m.

Free chartered bus to and from New York City for the opening.  For reservations, call 845.758.7598, or write ccs@bard.edu

The Center for Curatorial Studies presents exhibitions and projects curated by second-year students in its graduate program in curatorial studies and contemporary art.  The students have organized these exhibition and projects as part of the requirements for the master of arts degree.

Mother lode
Artists: Jenny Holzer, Porpentine & Neotenomie, Hayley Silverman, and Slavs and Tatars
Curated by Adriana Blidaru 

Mother lode examines the corporeal delivery and embodiment of language, as well as its visual properties in order to undermine its discursive construction. In reviewing this materiality of language, the exhibition draws out affective potentials to rethink and create new relationships between individuals and their environment. 

We Are All Traitors
Artists: Bunny Rogers and Cosima von Bonin
Curated by Tim Gentles

We Are All Traitors explores the cunning construction of artistic subjectivity in the work of American artist Bunny Rogers and German artist Cosima von Bonin.

Praising the Surface
Artists: Oliver Laric, Amalia Pica, Alan Segal, and Juan Tessi
Curated by Rosario Güiraldes

Technical images have come to increasingly assume the role of carrying information once transferred by symbolic texts, signaling a shift into an era written in code that is not immediately seen. Praising the Surface concentrates on the seemingly incorporeal surface of images. The exhibition gathers a group of textile, digital and sculptural image works in order to decode the technical image and assert that the technical demands its own adequate consciousness.

Third Nature
Artists: Nina Canell, Marjolijn Dijkman, Femke Herregraven, Basim Magdy, and Suzanne Treister
Curated by Laura Herman  

How is information carried along? Some like to imagine an infrastructure that calculates and passes numbers and vowels smoothly along, speaking for us, as for the messy, earthy order of things. Third Nature upends familiar plot lines endemic to current obsessions with immaterial flows, instead privileging other logics and syntaxes to chronicle the constant morphing of matter and energy into structures of power.

Spooky Action
Artists: Charles Atlas in collaboration with Philippe Decoufle, Gunther Forg, Jutta Keother, Mark Leckey, Laurie Simmons, and Rosemarie Trockel
Curated by Patricia Margarita Hernandez

Spooky Action gathers a sequence of artworks that, in various and sometimes conflicting ways, propose operations of instantaneous relation. As its title suggests, the exhibition poses the curatorial as a space for the opening up of unexpected interactions and strange proximities- happenings difficultly reconciled with the laws of the universe as we know them.

Abstract Sex*
Artists: Juliette Bonneviot, Jesse Darling, Dorota Gaweda & Egle Kulbokaite, and Marian Tubbs
Curated by Dana Kopel

Abstract Sex* explores the expansion and dispersion of sex in material, biochemical, and technological formations, positing a mode of post-sex arising from the destabilization of the categories of gender and humanity.

* after Luciana Parisi

Artists: Faivovich & Goldberg, Mario García Torres, Cynthia Gutiérrez, Fritzia Irízar, Gonzalo Lebrija, Jorge Méndez Blake, Gabriel Orozco, R. H. Quaytman, Danh Vo, and Andrea Zittel
Curated by Humberto Moro

Overburden explores a group of artworks and their relationship to their contextual conditions. Works are dense composites that osmose or absorb contexts and information. Through the use of abstraction, texture, stillness, and displacements artists work at the interstices and paradoxes of institutional realms.

what is left of what has left
Contributors: John Akomfrah and Trevor Mathison, DJ/rupture, Tony Cokes, Em’kal Eyongakpa, Lamin Fofana, and Val Jeanty
Produced by Bhavisha Panchia

what is left of what has left is a 12’’ vinyl record mix of works by artists, DJs, and musicians. Acting as a site for voices, ideas and propositions, the album, and its accompanying listening room, present a sampling of disparate modalities of sonic lineages and experiences from within the contemporary African diaspora.

Student-curated exhibitions at CCS Bard are made possible with support from the Rebecca and Martin Eisenberg Student Exhibition Fund; the Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg Family Foundation; the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation; the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation; the Board of Governors of the Center for Curatorial Studies; the CCS Bard Arts Council; and by the Center’s Patrons, Supporters, and Friends. 


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