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Center for Curatorial Studies Presents

Monday, October 15, 2012
Speakers Series : An Artist's Talk by Sarah Pierce
CCS Galleries
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
An artist’s talk with Sarah Pierce.

Sarah Pierce lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. Since 2003, she has used the term The Metropolitan Complex to describe her project. Despite its institutional resonance, this title does not signify an organization. Instead, it demonstrates Pierce’s broad understanding of cultural work, articulated through working methods that often open up to the personal and the incidental. Characterized as a way to play with a shared neuroses of place (read ‘complex’ in the Freudian sense), whether a specific locality or a wider set of circumstances that frame interaction, her activity considers forms of gathering, both historical examples and those she initiates. The processes of research and presentation that Pierce undertakes highlight a continual renegotiation of the terms for making art: the potential for dissent and self-determination, the slippages between individual work and institution, and the proximity of past artworks. Recent exhibitions include: The Artist Talks at The Showroom, London (solo); After the future, EVA international biennial of art, Limerick; A Terrible Beauty is Born, 11th Biennale de Lyon; Our Day Will Come, Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart; Push and Pull, Tate Modern, London and Mumok, Vienna; Research Program, Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Copenhagen; Appeal for Alternatives, Stiftung Kunstsammlung Nordhein-Westfalen K21+K20, Düsseldorf; and We are Grammar, Pratt, Manhattan. She regularly publishes The Metropolitan Complex Papers, and collaborates on The Paraeducation Department with Annie Fletcher.

About The Speakers Series: Each semester the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College hosts a regular program of lectures by the foremost artists, curators, art historians, and critics of our day, situating the school and museum's concerns within the larger context of contemporary art production and discourse. Lectures are open to students and faculty, as well as to the general public, and will also be documented through video and/or audio recordings, which will reside in the CCS Bard Library and Archives.

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Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: CCS Galleries