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FOUR THESIS EXHIBITIONS WILL BE ON VIEW FROM MAY 12 TO 26 AT THE CENTER FOR CURATORIAL STUDIES, BARD COLLEGE Opening reception for the exhibitions Any where, Oral Fixations, Slip, and High Performance: The First Five Years, 1978-1982, will be on Sunday,

Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.--The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College presents the third in a series of thesis exhibitions that are organized by master's degree candidates in the Center's graduate program in curatorial studies. An opening reception for the exhibitions--Any where, Oral Fixations, Slip, and High Performance: the First Five Years, 1978-1982--will be held on Sunday, May 12, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Free bus transportation from New York City to the Center is available for the opening. The exhibitions are on view at the Center from May 12 to 26, and museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission to the museum and to the reception is free.

Any where, curated by David Chan, brings together works by six artists and a filmmaker from Beijing, Buenos Aires, Glasgow, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and New York that explore the dislocating conditions of globalization. This exhibition investigates the artists' relationships to place--whether it is a place they travel through, a place they think of while away from home, a place they imagine, or a place they dwell in. Artists include Claire Barclay, Louise Hopkins, Guillermo Kuitca, LinYilin, Ellen Pau, Wong Kar-Wai, and Zhu Jia. Happy Together by Wong Kar-Wai will be screened on Tuesday, May 21, at 6:00 p.m. in the Weis Cinema of the Bertelsmann Campus Center.

Oral Fixations, curated by Sandra Firmin, focuses on the mouth, an exceptional threshold that is inextricably linked with sexuality, language, comfort, memory, aggression, and transgression. Artists Janine Antoni, Patty Chang, Ann Hamilton, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Emiko Kasahara, and Charmaine Wheatley use photography, sculpture, and performance works to challenge our preconceptions of the mouth, illuminating the potential for multiple sensations. Through imagined and active oral participation, the works intimately connect the body of the viewer with the body of the artwork.

Slip, curated by Elizabeth Fisher, is an exhibition about identity. Video, film, and photographic works by Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Jo Lansley and Helen Bendon, and Anneè Olofsson explore the boundaries of subjectivity, and the ways in which personal relationships influence our sense of self. A reading of Samuel Beckett's Text for Nothing No. 12 will take place during the opening reception of the exhibition on Sunday, May 12, at 3:00 p.m.

High Performance, the only art magazine devoted exclusively to performance art, ran as a quarterly from 1978 to 1997. Based in Los Angeles, the magazine provided a forum for both local and international artists, many of whom, in the years beyond the 1970s and early 1980s, became prominent and highly influential members of the avant-garde. Curated by Jenni Sorkin, the exhibition, High Performance: The First Five Years, 1978-1982, features photographs, videos, artists' books, costumes, and other objects documenting the first international performance magazine.

On May 12, 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, May 10. Transportation is provided through the generosity of Howard and Donna Stone.

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 05-16-2002