Graduate Thesis Exhibitions: Group 1

March 11, 2001 - March 25, 2001
CCS Bard Galleries

The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College will present the first of this spring’s series of thesis exhibitions. Graduate students Ilaria Bonacossa, Cecilia Brunson, and Gabriela Rangel are the curators of the exhibitions. CCS graduate students organize these exhibitions as part of their final master’s degree projects. In addition to the thesis exhibitions, Amada Cruz, director of the Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, has curated an exhibition of works from the Center’s permanent collection. 

Leggerezza, curated by Ilaria Bonacossa, features works in mixed media by Italian artists Stefano Arienti, Massimo Kaufmann, Eva Marisaldi, Letizia Cariello, Stefania Galegati, and Sarah Ciraci. The artists draw upon everyday objects and extraordinary events to create light and impalpable images. Leggerezza highlights an art scene that, having remained insular for many years, has now found a new language characterized by both humor and reverence.

False Start, curated by Cecilia Brunson, offers unconventional representations of sporting activities in works by Andrea Bowers, Josef Dabernig, Sharon Lockhart, Paul Pfeiffer, Cristi? Silva, Javier Tellez, and Uri Tzaig. These works expose the alienation that is a part of mass spectacle and reveal the incompleteness of conventional renderings of sports events, which emphasizes group membership and integration. A dialectic of affiliation and difference, feeling part of the crowd yet alone, is interlaced throughout the works in False Start.

Espejos Enterrados | Buried Mirrors, curated by Gabriela Rangel, focuses on telenovelas, Latin American soap operas. These shows are the subject of works by a group of artists from Mexico and Venezuela, two countries that dominate the television industry in Latin America. The videos and photographs of Luis Molina-Pantin, Daniela Lovera and Juan Nascimento,Yoshua Okon, and Teresa Serrano restage or deconstruct the gender, class, race, and national stereotypes implicit in this regional form of melodrama. Espejos Enterrados examines popular culture through contemporary art practices and explores how subjectivities are formed and informed by televisual imagery. The Patricia and Gustavo Cisneros Foundation has provided support for this exhibition.

 


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