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CURATOR TOURS OF THE CENTER FOR CURATORIAL STUDIES SUMMER 2002 EXHIBITIONS DAVE MULLER: CONNECTIONS AND MIRROR IMAGE WILL BEGIN ON JUNE 27 AND CONTINUE THROUGH AUGUST 29
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-Amada Cruz, director of the Center for Curatorial Studies Museum at Bard College, will lead special tours of the museum's two summer exhibitions, Dave Muller: Connections and Mirror Image, on Thursdays, June 27, July 25, August 1, 15, 22, and 29. The tours, free and open to the public, will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the museum's lobby.
Dave Muller, known as a dynamic and multitalented force in the Los Angeles art scene, is the subject of the exhibition Dave Muller: Connections, curated by Cruz. Muller's ongoing series of drawings-his personal interpretations of exhibition announcements-will be the centerpiece of the exhibition. Inspired by amateur flyers created by fans of indie-rock bands, Muller began producing watercolors based on the actual exhibition announcements of artists he admired. But these acts of homage are not merely copies, as Muller transforms them and makes them his own. He always retains the factual information, but subverts and reinterprets it with wry humor.
As is usual with CCS Museum exhibitions, a catalogue will be printed and distributed worldwide by Distributed Art Press (D.A.P.). It will include essays by Cruz and British artist Matthew Higgs (a kindred spirit who is well acquainted with Muller's work). The exhibition travels to the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles from October 7, 2002, to January 5, 2003. It is supported by grants from the Peter Norton Family Foundation, Rebecca and Martin Eisenberg, and Kenneth L. Freed.
The exhibition Mirror Image examines some of the ways in which artists have explored ideas related to self-portraiture. In many of the works-by artists including Mark Bradford, James Ensor, Oskar Kokoschka, Nikki S. Lee, Christian Marclay, and Robert Rauschenberg-the line between straightforward self-presentation and the assumption of a more-or-less fictional persona is decidedly blurred. This exhibition seeks to explore this area of ambiguity. As in a mirror, the artists' images are accurate reflections of their appearances, yet are often at the same time complete reversals, or alternate identities. Mirror Image is curated by Russell Ferguson, deputy director of exhibitions and programs and chief curator of the Hammer Museum. Works for the exhibition are drawn from the Hammer Museum collection and from the Marieluise Hessel Collection, on permanent loan to the Center for Curatorial Studies, as well as the Center's permanent collection. The exhibition was organized by the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. The LLWW Foundation has provided generous support for Mirror Image. Additional support has been provided by the Friends of the Center for Curatorial Studies.
The museum is open to the public, without charge, Wednesdays through Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The exhibitions will be on view at the museum from June 23 to September 8. For further information, call CCS at 845-758-7598, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website www.bard.edu/ccs/exhibitions.
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