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"NEVER EXHIBITED," CURATED BY FIRST-YEAR GRADUATE STUDENTS AT THE CENTER FOR CURATORIAL STUDIES AT BARD COLLEGE, OPENS ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Exhibition Features Works from the Permanent Collection Never Before Exhibited at the Center for Curatorial Stud

Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — First-year graduate students at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College will present "Never Exhibited," an exhibition featuring works from the Marieluise Hessel Collection, the Center's permanent collection. These works have never before been exhibited at the Center. "Never Exhibited" opens on Sunday, February 13, with a reception from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and remains on view through Sunday, February 27, at the Center for Curatorial Studies Museum. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.

"Never Exhibited" explores the idea of selection as the central and fundamental function of the curator. The exhibition reflects on the constructed nature of exhibition narratives and examines the selection criteria used by curators.

The works in this exhibition, which have not been chosen for inclusion in any past exhibitions at the Center, form their own exhibition narrative, according to Ilaria Bonacossa, a first-year graduate student in the curatorial studies program. To present all the works in the most objective manner available, the graduate students ordered the works alphabetically. This "fictive objectivity" is intended to address the question of neutrality in the curatorial field.

"Never Exhibited" seeks to insert the works into an art-historical context as well as within the context of the general culture. "The exhibition allows these artists and their works to reach their potential by becoming accessible to the public," says Bonacossa, continuing, "'Never Exhibited' also opens the possibilities for viewers to make their own connections and arrive at an understanding as to why these works were never included in past exhibitions."

"Ideology of Selection," a panel discussion by a curator of contemporary art, art dealer, and art collector, moderated by a contemporary artist, will be held at the Center on February 20, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The discussion is free and open to the public. For further information about the exhibition and panel discussion, call the Center for Curatorial Studies at 914-758-7598 or visit the website,

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