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Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY—The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College will present the first of this spring's series of thesis exhibitions. Graduate students Ilaria Bonacossa, Cecilia Brunson, and Gabriela Rangel are the curators of the exhibitions, which will be on view from Sunday, March 11, through Sunday, March 25, with an opening reception on Sunday, March 11, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. CCS graduate students organize these exhibitions as part of their final master's degree projects. In addition to the thesis exhibitions, Amada Cruz, director of the Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, has curated an exhibition of works from the Center's permanent collection. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The exhibitions and reception are free and open to the public.

Leggerezza, curated by Ilaria Bonacossa, features works in mixed media by Italian artists Stefano Arienti, Massimo Kaufmann, Eva Marisaldi, Letizia Cariello, Stefania Galegati, and Sarah Ciraci. The artists draw upon everyday objects and extraordinary events to create light and impalpable images. Leggerezza highlights an art scene that, having remained insular for many years, has now found a new language characterized by both humor and reverence.

False Start, curated by Cecilia Brunson, offers unconventional representations of sporting activities in works by Andrea Bowers, Josef Dabernig, Sharon Lockhart, Paul Pfeiffer, Cristián Silva, Javier Tellez, and Uri Tzaig. These works expose the alienation that is a part of mass spectacle and reveal the incompleteness of conventional renderings of sports events, which emphasizes group membership and integration. A dialectic of affiliation and difference, feeling part of the crowd yet alone, is interlaced throughout the works in False Start.

Espejos Enterrados | Buried Mirrors, curated by Gabriela Rangel, focuses on telenovelas, Latin American soap operas. These shows are the subject of works by a group of artists from Mexico and Venezuela, two countries that dominate the television industry in Latin America. The videos and photographs of Luis Molina-Pantin, Daniela Lovera and Juan Nascimento,Yoshua Okon, and Teresa Serrano restage or deconstruct the gender, class, race, and national stereotypes implicit in this regional form of melodrama. Espejos Enterrados examines popular culture through contemporary art practices and explores how subjectivities are formed and informed by televisual imagery. The Patricia and Gustavo Cisneros Foundation has provided support for this exhibition.

Amada Cruz, director of the Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, curates Correspondences. This exhibition of works produced in different decades, drawn from the Center's permanent collection, offers pairings of works by artists Robert Morris and Arturo Herrera; Alex Katz and Katy Grannan; Joseph Kosuth and David Bunn; Valie Export and Patty Chang; and Larry Clark and Nan Goldin.

Free bus transportation is available on March 11 from New York City to the Center for Curatorial Studies. A chartered bus will leave from SoHo at 11:00 a.m. on the day of the opening and will depart from the Center at 4:00 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Center at 845-758-7598 no later than Friday, March 9. Bus transportation is provided through the generosity of Howard and Donna Stone.

From April 8 to 22, image a new; Re:locations; and FLESH & FLUID, the second in the thesis exhibition series, will be on view. The final group of thesis exhibitions, Beyond the Sentence; Bodily Acts; Just what is it that makes trailer homes so different, so appealing?; and In Person, will be on view from May 13 to 27.

For further information, call the Center at 845-758-7598; e-mail; or visit the website at

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This event was last updated on 03-13-2001