The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College will present the final group of this spring’s thesis exhibitions. Graduate students Jennifer L. Gray, Olga Kopenkina, Linda J. Park, and Kim Simon have organized these exhibitions.
Bodily Acts, curated by Jennifer L. Gray, investigates performances of three generations of artists. Photographs and videos by Vanessa Beecroft, Patty Chang, Valie Export, Nikki S. Lee, and Cindy Sherman comment on identity, objectification, and vulnerability through a feminist lens. By using their own bodies or surrogates for their bodies as the focal point of their work, the artists place themselves in a position that at once empowers and exposes them.
Beyond the Sentence, curated by Olga Kopenkina, explores the notion of “historical truth” in recollection, commemoration, and archive. Employing found photographs, video footage, and footage of feature films as mnemonic devices, artists Marcel Odenbach, Igor Savchenko, Maxim Tyminko, and Vadim Zakharov question the connections between national and personal fates as these are imprinted in local historical memory and universal social history.
Just what is it that makes trailer homes so different, so appealing?, curated by Linda J. Park, maps out various ways in which contemporary artists have approached the changeable structure of the mobile dwelling unit. The nomadic nature of the trailer home is traced in artists’drawings, prints, photographs, and video.This exhibition, which presents works by Vito Acconci, Michael Asher, Atelier van Lieshout, Terry Maker & Chris Rogers, Krzysztof Wodiczko, and Andrea Zittel, explores a range of issues from utopian notions of freedom to the sociopolitical critique of design and art in the everyday.
In Person, curated by Kim Simon, presents recent work by Jonathan Horowitz that examines the relationship between contemporary culture and self-representation. The artist’s introspective video and sound installations form both celebratory and critical connections between notions of the self, representation, and communication.