First-Year Graduate Students at CCS Bard Present the Exhibition Project In a Room Anything Can Happen at the CCS Hessel Museum of Art
—Opening March 17—Including Work from the Marieluise Hessel Collection by More than 35 Artists
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) is pleased to present In A Room Anything Can Happen, an exhibition from the Marieluise Hessel Collection curated by eight first-year students in the Center’s graduate program.
In A Room Anything Can Happen considers the parallels between museums and hotels as modern institutions that came of age during the 19th century, when the concept of public space entered social consciousness. The hotel offers depersonalized privacy in public, while the museum allows a personal encounter with objects in the public realm. The objects in the museum are extracted from the world, suggesting many possible travels, while the hotel room is a getaway for both actual and imaginary adventures: in a room anything can happen.
The transient space of the museum-hotel suggests a point of departure and destination for many journeys. Mona Hatoum’s I Am Still Here demonstrates the impossibility of traveling from one’s self, while Martin Creed’s Feelings shows a constant voyage through ephemeral states of being. Gabriel Orozco’s Paris–New York 30 January 1991 is graphite and gouache on boarding pass, and Bruce Nauman’s Bouncing in the Corner is an expedition in new media. These are just a few of the works on display.
The exhibition is on view from March 17 to May 24, 2009. An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 5:00–7:00 p.m. Museum hours are Wednesday–Sunday, 1–5 p.m. On Wednesday, March 18, a panel discussion, “Happy Hour,” will be held at 5:00 p.m. in Preston Theater at Bard College with Wayne Koestenbaum, author of Hotel Theory; James Chapman, manager of the Rhinecliff Hotel; and moderator Bartholomew Ryan, CCS Bard second-year student. All CCS Bard exhibitions and public programs are free and open to the public.
Artists: Janine Antoni, Joseph Beuys, Alighero e Boetti, David Bunn, A. A. Bronson, Paul Chan, Nigel Cooke, Martin Creed, Valie Export, Saul Fletcher, Felix
Gonzalez-Torres, Rachel Harrison, Mona Hatoum, Arturo Herrera, Matthew Higgs, Jim Hodges, Vlatka Horvat, Neil Jenney, Donald Judd, William Kentridge, Charles LeDray, Robert Mapplethorpe, Christian Marclay, Tatsuo Miyajima, Mariko Mori, Martina Mullaney, Bruce Nauman, Gabriel Orozco, Nam June Paik, Jorge Pardo, Raymond Pettibon, Rosemarie Trockel, Bill Viola, Andy Warhol, Christopher Wool, and Rhonda Zwillinger
Curators: Sandra Cerisola, Michal Jachula, Sohrab Mohebbi, Gabi Ngcobo, Carlos Palacios, Francesca Sonara, Diana Stevenson, and Yulia Tikhonova
Concurrently on view are the master’s thesis exhibitions in the CCS Bard Galleries and projects curated by second-year students at CCS Bard.
Center for Curatorial Studies and Hessel Museum of Art
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) is an exhibition, education, and research center dedicated to the study of art and curatorial practices from the 1960s to the present day. In addition to the CCS Bard Galleries and the newly inaugurated Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard houses the Marieluise Hessel Collection of more than 2,000 contemporary works, as well as an extensive library and curatorial archive that are accessible to the general public. The Center’s two-year graduate program in curatorial studies is specifically designed to deepen students’ understanding of the intellectual and practical tasks of curating contemporary art. Exhibitions are presented year-round in the CCS Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art, providing students with the opportunity to work with world-renowned artists and curators. The exhibition program and collection also serve as the basis for a wide range of public programs and activities exploring art and its role in contemporary society.