LIVING UNDER THE SAME ROOF: THE MARIELUISE HESSEL COLLECTION AND THE CENTER FOR CURATORIAL STUDIES

February 20, 2010 - May 23, 2010
Hessel Museum of Art

Living Under the Same Roof is the public part of a process of looking into the Marieluise Hessel Collection with the students of CCS Bard. The Marieluise Hessel Collection is an essential component of the Center for Curatorial Studies, consisting of more than 2,000 works by international artists produced between the mid-1960s and the present. The exhibition presents a mapping of the entire collection – developed in collaboration with Paris-based Brazilian artists Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain –in an attempt to open up, to an interested audience, variable ways of entering it. The public is invited to select works from storage to be seen in a viewing room in the museum space. The works will be displayed in a rotating system, according to weekly requests.

The exhibition also focuses on two sub-collections: the artists’ books (including works by Marcel Broodthaers, Joseph Kosuth, Robert Smithson, Stephen Shore, Matt Mullican, and Rosangela Rennó) and the time-based media works (film, video, or audio works by artist such as Joan Jonas, Nancy Holt, and Christian Marclay). The intention is to understand the specificities of these other areas of the collection and to emphasize their importance within the Hessel Museum structure. The display of the exhibition – including the café, the viewing room, the reading room, and the time-based media rooms, all developed in collaboration with Bogota-based artist Gabriel Sierra – functions as an apparatus articulating the dynamics of each part of the exhibition and its relations to the audience. A series of talks by artists with works in the Hessel Collection is a vital component of the program, including presentations by Nicole Eisenman, Robert Longo, Matt Mullican, Judy Pfaff, Martha Rosler, and Stephen Shore. Curated by CCS Bard curator in residence, Ana Paula Cohen. Opening reception: Saturday, February 20, 1:00 – 5:00 pm.

CONFERENCE
About Particularities: How to Collect and Display Artistic Practices in Contemporary Art Museums?

A one-day conference with Jan Debbaut, Marysia Lewandowska, and Cecilia Widenheim, organized by CCS Bard curator-in-residence, Ana Paula Cohen

Hessel Museum of Art, February 20, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

ARTIST’S TALKS
A series of talks by artists with works in the Hessel Collection is a vital component of this exhibition, including presentations by Nicole Eisenman, Robert Longo, Matt Mullican, Judy Pfaff, Martha Rosler, and Stephen Shore.

Hessel Museum of Art
VIEWING ROOM

The viewing room is intended to be a space for study, where the audience may have closer contact with art works from the collection. While most museum collections are kept in storage when not on display for specific exhibitions, for this project, visitors are invited to select which works they would like to see, and those works will be on display in the museum space ten days after the request is made. The complete list of art works is available in the viewing room.

INSIDE THE WHITE CUBE

Inside the White Cube is a series of small-scale exhibitions curated by first year CCS Bard graduate students as part of their Practicum seminar. Those who participated in this section of the course have been encouraged to create new readings of the Marieluise Hessel Collection, while taking into consideration issues of display, the role of the audience, and mediation.

TIME-BASED MEDIA COLLECTION
The time-based media collection contains approximately 50 video works and twenty audio works and audio recordings by artists such as John Baldessari, Paul Chan, Nancy Holt, Joan Jonas, On Kawara, Bruce Nauman, and Seth Price.