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SPRING THESIS EXHIBITIONS CONTINUE FROM SUNDAY APRIL 30, THROUGH SUNDAY, MAY 28, AT THE CENTER FOR CURATORIAL STUDIES, BARD COLLEGE Exhibitions are curated by graduate students Jennifer Crowe, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Ji-Seon Kim, Tumelo Mosaka, Lorelei
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— Spring thesis exhibitions will be on view from Sunday, April 30, through Sunday, May 28, at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. The exhibitions are curated by Jennifer Crowe, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Ji-Seon Kim, Tumelo Mosaka, Lorelei Stewart, and Mercedes Vicente, second-year students in the Center's graduate program in curatorial studies and contemporary art. They have organized these exhibitions as part of their final master's degree projects. In addition to the thesis exhibitions, eighteen contemporary photographic works given to the Center by Peter and Eileen Norton remain on view. The thesis exhibitions open Sunday, April 30, with a reception from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The exhibitions and reception are free and open to the public.
Protocol Prone, an on-line exhibition at www.artnetweb.com/protocol, curated by Jennifer Crowe, examines how Internet artists, as well as arts institutions and curators, negotiate the aesthetic on line. Projects from the art activist organization ®™ark, programmer and former painter Mark Napier, and the duo of MTAA (M. River and T. Whid Art Associates) use the Internet's structural and organizational grammar to confound artistic, commercial, institutional, and, ultimately, curatorial imperatives. These works of net art complicate notions of use and exchange value, distinctions between high and low culture, and how spaces of artistic presentation create artistic value.
Distinctions, curated by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, brings together works that explore social formations and the process of group identification. Participating artists are Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla; Art Club 2000; Miguel Calderón; and Fran Ilich. Also featured is a brochure created by Gerardo Ortíz-Moreno. Through different approaches and mediums, the artists explore the ways identification alternates between individual and group belief systems. Their work attempts to revise existing perceptions of collectivity.
Nostalgia, curated by Ji-Seon Kim, includes works by the two artists Daisuke Nakayama and Hey-Yeun Jang. In his installation, Nakayama responds to the limits of communication. Jang, in a film installation, examines confusion about her own identity and explores the feeling of immigrants. Both artists suggest a new understanding of contemporary immigrants.
Translations, curated by Tumelo Mosaka, examines representations of stereotypes around the idea of Africa. Candice Breitz, Moshekwa Langa, Julie Mehretu, Fatimah Tuggar present counter narratives and map personal identities that challenge these stereotypes.
In A World All Too Familiar, curated by Lorelei Stewart, artists Carlos Amorales and Christine Hill create new projects based on continuing discussions among small groups of people in the Bard College community. These discussion-based projects play with expected artistic conventions in order to explore how art is conceived. In focusing on their own presence and their evident solicitation of the audience, the artists recast the creation of art as relations between artist and audience. Amorales and Hill and the people involved in the discussions explore basic features of art: representation, presentation, and attributed value.
This Is What It Is, curated by Mercedes Vicente, presents works from the late sixties and seventies by William Anastasi, Barry Le Va, Sol LeWitt, Gordon Matta-Clark, Robert Morris, Fred Sandback, and Dorothea Rockburne. Their works examine the medium of drawing and its relation to process and materiality.
Free bus transportation is available on April 30 from New York City to the Center for Curatorial Studies. A Premier Coach bus will leave from the corner of Wooster and Grand Streets in SoHo at 11:00 a.m. on the day of the exhibition opening and will return to New York by 6:00 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Center at 914-758-7598 no later than Friday, April 28. Transportation is provided through the generosity of Howard and Donna Stone.
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