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THREE THESIS EXHIBITIONS, PRESENT TENSE, HARD TO READ, AND LIMINAL SPACES, WILL BE ON VIEW AT THE CENTER FOR CURATORIAL STUDIES FROM APRIL 14 TO 28 Room with a View, an exhibition of works from the Marieluise Hessel Collection curated by Amada Cruz, museu

Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.--The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College presents the second in a series of three student-curated thesis exhibitions, on view from April 14 to 28. The exhibitions--Present Tense, Hard to Read, and Liminal Spaces--are organized by master's degree candidates in the Center's graduate program in Curatorial Studies. The exhibition Room with a View, which was curated by Amada Cruz, director of the CCS Museum, and opened on March 17, also remains on view. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, April 14, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Free bus transportation from New York City to the Center is available for the opening. Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission to the museum and to the reception is free.

Present Tense, curated by Jill Winder, examines how five young artists explore the impact of social and political transition in Berlin and Moscow since 1989. Artists Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani, Anna Klamroth, Anton Olshvang, and Anatolij Shuravlev create photography, film, and video works that expose the altered life of urban space, from monumental East German architecture to private apartments in Moscow. Mixing irony, criticism, and reminiscence, and particularly through an exploration of differences between interior and exterior, these works suggest the gap between image and reality, past and present, history and memory.

Hard to Read, curated by Liu Feng, exhibits works by Xu Bing, Seong Chun, Udomsak Krisanamis, and Qiu Zhijie. Originally from East Asia, all four artists have moved to New York City and had to adapt to English, leaving behind their native languages and cultural attachments. They have experienced a profound relocation--involving home, world, life, and the sense of self--and have gained a fluency in a foreign language combined with a sense of strangeness. Each of the works in the exhibition plays with written words and, through various methods, transforms them into marks, encouraging new readings and renditions. The resulting enigmas of language stem from the perplexity of living?illustrated by the artists? bicultural or multicultural life experiences and heightened by their nomadic lifestyles. The works invite viewers to experience a mysterious visual nexus, one that vivaciously narrates the complexity and richness of contemporary life in global cities.

Liminal spaces are the spaces in between, thresholds or transitions from one state or space to another. In the exhibition Liminal Spaces, curated by Cassandra Coblentz, the artists Ceal Floyer, Charles LaBelle, Steve Roden, and Julianne Swartz reveal how often we navigate these elusive spaces. Thresholds and windows are boundaries between inside and outside, public and private; in a car, we experience space in motion, constantly adjusting our perspective. Photography, video, and film push the notion of liminal space even further, probing the relationship between the recording of actual space and our perception of space as symbolic. The artists in the exhibition are interested in moments of disjunction where perception is momentarily put into question and the liminal is revealed, challenging the viewer to make connections between one context of meaning and another.

Room with a View, curated by CCS Museum director Amada Cruz, brings together work by artists Bernd and Hilla Becher, Günther Förg, Mona Hatoum, Tracey Moffatt, Jack Pierson, and Thomas Struth that feature windows as formal motifs or metaphors for an alternate reality. All works are drawn from the Marieluise Hessel Collection, on permanent loan to the CCS.

On April 14, the day of the exhibition openings, free bus transportation will be available from New York City to the Center for Curatorial Studies. A chartered bus will leave from SoHo at 11:00 a.m. and 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, April 12. Transportation is provided through the generosity of Howard and Donna Stone.

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 04-04-2002