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THREE THESIS EXHIBITIONS, MINOR ALTERATIONS, LANDSCAPING AHEAD, AND SHIFT, WILL BE ON VIEW AT THE CENTER FOR CURATORIAL STUDIES FROM MARCH 17 TO 31 An exhibition, Room with a View, of works from the Marieluise Hessel Collection curated by museum director,

Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College presents the first of a series of student-curated thesis exhibitions, on view from March 17 to 31. The exhibitions?Minor Alterations, Landscaping Ahead, and Shift?are organized by master's degree candidates in the Center's graduate program in Curatorial Studies. In addition to these, Amada Cruz, director of the CCS Museum, will curate Room with a View, an exhibition of works drawn from the Marieluise Hessel Collection, on permanent loan to the CCS. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, March 17, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission to the museum and to the reception is free.

Minor Alterations, curated by Kristen Evangelista, explores artists' subtle interventions in city streets through their altering of commonplace objects such as telephone booths, transportation tickets, books, and shopping bags, in media that range from postcards to photography to sculpture. Artists represented in the exhibition include Cristian Alexa, Francis Alÿs, Jane Benson, Sophie Calle, Minerva Cuevas, Gabriel Orozco, and Tim Thyzel.

In the exhibition Landscaping Ahead, curated by Kelly Lindner, works by Jessica Bronson, Teresita Fernandez, Peter Gould, Arturo Herrera, and Shirley Tse subvert traditional representations of landscape, engaging ideas of nature by assuming its artificiality. Primarily sculpture, the works in Landscaping Ahead combine synthetic materials and pared-down imagery in order to explore the aesthetic construction of landscape. Polystyrene, formica, and plastic suggest landscapes both familiar and imaginary while becoming metaphors for the artifice of nature.

Shift, an exhibition curated by Luiza Interlenghi, questions the boundaries between the experience of interior and exterior space. The artists in this exhibition, Franklin Cassaro, Fernanda Gomes, Lucia Koch, and Danielle Webb explore the unstable borders between real and symbolic, artwork and worldly objects, and art's territory and everyday life.

The second group of three thesis exhibitions will be on view from Sunday, April 14, through Sunday, April 28, with an opening reception on April 14 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Present Tense, curated by Jill Winder, includes works by Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani, Anna Klamroth, Anton Olshvang, and Anatolij Shuravlev. Hard to Read, curated by Liu Feng, includes works by Xu Bing, Seong Chun, Udomsak Krisanamis, and Qiu Zhijie. Liminal Spaces, curated by Cassandra Coblentz, includes works by Ceal Floyer, Charles LaBelle, Steve Roden, and Julianne Schwartz.

The final group of four thesis exhibitions will be on view from Sunday, May 12, through Sunday, May 26, with an opening reception on May 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Slip, curated by Elizabeth Fisher, includes works by Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Jo Lansley and Helen Bendon, and Anneè Olofsson. High Performance: The First Five Years, 1978-1982, curated by Jenni Sorkin, includes photographs, videos, artists' books, and other objects documenting the first international magazine devoted exclusively to performance art. Any where, curated by David Chan, includes works by Claire Barclay, Louise Hopkins, Lin Yilin, Ellen Pau, Wong Kar-wai, and Zhu Jia. Oral Fixations, curated by Sandra Firmin, includes works by Janine Antoni, Patty Chang, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Ann Hamilton, Emiko Kasahara, and Charmaine Wheatley.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public. Programs at the Center, including the spring exhibitions, are supported by the Friends of the Center for Curatorial Studies and by the Center's annual benefit for student scholarships and exhibitions. Additional support for the spring exhibitions has been provided by the Monique Beudert Fund and Marieluise Hessel.

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

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This event was last updated on 02-22-2002