TWO EXHIBITIONS TO BE PRESENTED BY BARD’S CENTER FOR CURATORIAL STUDIES AT ARTISTS SPACE IN NEW YORK CITY
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.–Two exhibitions—Four by Four and Things Fall Apart All Over Again—will be on view at Artists Space in New York City from May 7 to June 4. These are the final two of 12 exhibitions presented by the Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture (CCS) this spring that are curated by students in its graduate program in curatorial studies and contemporary art. The exhibitions are the culmination of the students’ work for the master’s degree.
This spring CCS begins construction of new galleries and other renovations; in light of this, seven of the master’s exhibitions are held elsewhere in the Hudson Valley and in New York City. Thanks to gifts from the Center’s founder, Marieluise Hessel, and other donors, including Laura-Lee Whittier Woods, Robert and Melissa Soros, as well as an anonymous donor, the construction will include a 16,000-square-foot gallery wing, as well as renovations of the library, storage areas, and mechanical systems at the Center. James Goettsch and Nada Andric, architects of the existing Center building, are overseeing design of the new facilities, slated for completion by 2006.
Center programs and exhibitions are supported by the Center’s Board of Governors, the Friends of the Center for Curatorial Studies, and the Center’s annual benefit for student scholarships and exhibitions. The Center is particularly grateful for the opportunity to present its spring exhibitions in collaboration with Yellow Bird Gallery, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Artists Space, and for additional support from the Monique Beudert Fund.
All programs are free and open to the public. For further information, call 845-758-7598,
May 7 - June 4, 2005
Artists Space, 38 Greene Street, New York City
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Opening reception: Saturday, May 7, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
In Things Fall Apart All Over Again, three artists employ strategies of construction, destruction, and transformation to explore the architectural structure of the house. Using everyday materials, Carlos Bunga, Heather Rowe, and Michael Sailstorfer build elaborate site-specific installations. Bunga constructs a huge cardboard house (Artists Space Project, 2005), which he then collapses through strategic cuts. In False Hopes/Silver Clouds (2005) and Untitled (2005), Rowe creates mock rooms in the interstices of makeshift walls. Sailstorfer’s video 3 Ster mit Ausblick (in collaboration with Jürgen Heinert) shows a little wooden house consuming itself. Partial funding for this exhibition has been provided by the Instituto das Artes/Ministry of Culture, the Luso-American Foundation, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal.
Curators: Cecilia Alemani and Simone Subal
The human figure is placed within architectural forms in Four by Four. Çaðla Hadimioðlu’s Proscribed Scenes From a Historic Monument (2002) uses a documentary mode in a monumental Iranian mosque. Beatriz Viana Felgueiras disrupts the modernist cube with her installation untitled (2004). Moataz Nasr excerpts and restages a monologue from the Egyptian film classic El Ard to build his double projection, The Echo (2003). Hassan Khan pans street lamps and crowds in his work to the man masturbating in the toilet of the Charles De Gaulle airport (2002), while an oral account of a street fight articulates a moment when control is lost. Partial funding for this exhibition has been provided by the Monique Beudert Fund and the Ford Foundation, Cairo.
Curator: Yasmeen M. Siddiqui
Saturday, May 7, 4:00 p.m.
Roundtable: Constructing the Transnational Artist
The roundtable discussion will dissect the term transnational as it operates in contemporary art contexts. An emphasis is placed on current confluences and clashes between the artist, curator, commercial enterprise, and critic. Participants include Los Angelese based curator Magali Arriola, gallery owner Ted Bonin, artists Beatriz Viana Felgueiras, Çaðla Hadimioðlu, Hassan Khan, Moataz Nasr, and (critic to be announced). The public is invited to participate in this roundtable. The conversation will be moderated by Yasmeen M. Siddiqui and Pelin Uran. Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Four by Four. Made possible by the Monique Beudert Fund.
For travel directions and other information about Artists Space, see www.artistsspace.org or call 212-226-3970 (Artists Space) or 845-758-7598 (Center for Curatorial Studies).
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