March 16, 2008 - May 25, 2008
Hessel Museum of Art

Second Thoughts presents exhibition as revision. Curated by first-year graduate students at the Center for Curatorial Studies, it is a direct response to Exhibitionism (October 20, 2007 – February 3, 2008), a series of autonomous and idiosyncratic micro-exhibitions that were curated by Matthew Higgs for each of the 16 galleries in the Hessel Museum. By engaging amplification, erasure, extension, and redress, Second Thoughts seeks to alter the strategies utilized by Higgs in Exhibitionism to progressively revise the entire exhibition.


Unfolding over the duration of the Second Thoughts, nearly all of the galleries in Exhibitionism will present new configurations of works from the Hessel Collection. Organized by individual first-year students, this fresh series of exhibitions turns over and updates the galleries with revisions ranging from subtle to wholesale. [ more…]


French artist Marcelline Delbecq (b. 1977) has been invited to contribute a new work for Second Thoughts that will interact with the preceding exhibition, Exhibitionism, thus incorporating the history of the site into the structure of her work. Delbecq creates multi-layered objects and installations that utilize text as a foundation for immersive environments where creative writing is animated via photographic and sound-art compositions. On view beginning April 13


New York-based artist Jaime Isenstein (b.1975)—whose video work was recently brought into the Hessel Collection—will present a durational performance in the Museum where she transforms herself into the arms and legs of a wingback chair, further exploring her interests in magic acts and other old-time entertainments. April 13, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and May 11, 1:00 -4:00 p.m.


Artists are asked with increasing frequency to produce new work on commission in response to very specific parameters. On May 11th, in conjunction with the third and final opening of Second Thoughts, a panel of leading curators and scholars will discuss “Commission as Assignment” during the third and final re-opening of Second ThoughtsPanel participants include Anne Ellegood, Lia Gangitano, Dave McKenzie, and Michael Portnoy.more…]


Marieluise Hessel Collection:
Rita Ackermann, David Altmejd, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Laurie Anderson, Carl Andre, John Baldessari, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Robert Beck, John Bock, Alighiero e Boetti, Cosima von Bonin, Jonathan Borofsky, David Bunn, Gary Burnley, Scott Burton, John Cage, Paul Chan, Cecelia Condit, John Currin, Donna Dennis, Carroll Dunham, Valie Export, Fischli and Weiss, Saul Fletcher, Isa Genzken, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Nancy Graves, Philip Guston, Rachel Harrison, Rachel Harrison, Matthew Higgs, Gary Hill, , Thomas Hirschhorn, Jamie Isenstein, Valerie Jaudon, Donald Judd, Martin Kippenberger, W. Imi Knoebel, Christopher Knowles, Joseph Kosuth, Robert Kushner, Carter Kustera, Sean Landers, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Louise Lawler, Sol LeWitt, Robert Longo, Kim MacConnel, Robert Mangold, Robert Mapplethorpe, Virgil Marti, Martina Mullaney, Allan McCollum, Dennis Oppenheim, Gabriel Orozco, Blinky Palermo, Jorge Pardo, A. R. Penck, Adrian Piper, Seth Price, Robin Rhode, Tim Roda, Peter Saul, Ilene Segalove, Cindy Sherman, Ned Smyth, Rosemarie Trockel, Nicola Tyson, Kelley Walker, Joe Zucker

Invited artists:
Marcelline Delbecq, Desiree Holman, Yael Kanarek, Oliver Laric, Ardele Lister, Shana Moulton

Curated by Mireille Bourgeois, Summer Guthery, Anaïs Lellouche, Christina Linden, Katerina Llanes, Gene McHugh, Fionn Meade, Kate Menconeri, Zeynep Öz, Marion Ritter, Bartholomew Ryan, Hajnalka Somogyi, Wendy Vogel, and Jess Wilcox.

This exhibition was made possible in part with support from the Rebecca and Martin Eisenberg Student Exhibition Fund, Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg, and the Patrons, Supporters and Friends of the Center for Curatorial Studies. Special thanks to The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation and The French Embassy in the US.