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Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Center for Curatorial Studies Museum at Bard College will present three exhibitions this summer: Theory and Observation: New Work by Slater Bradley; a video installation, Untitled by Aïda Ruilova; and Sodium Dreams, an exhibition exploring the relationship between cinema and the city with artists from the United States and Europe. Free bus transportation from New York City to the opening on Sunday, June 29, is available on a limited basis. The exhibitions will be on view at the museum from Sunday, June 29, through Sunday, September 7.

The exhibition Theory and Observation: New Work by Slater Bradley includes the U.S. premiere of New York artist Bradley's 2002 video installation of the same title. Bradley’s video works often combine footage of real events, soundtracks drawn from classical and contemporary music and references to literary, scientific, or historical works. The results are glimpses of unexpected moments of poetry in observed life. Theory and Observation brings Stephen Hawkings together with footage of a choir filmed furtively from the back of the cathedral of Notre Dame, and a musical soundtrack composed by the Replikants. Also on view will be a series of 60 color photographs Bradley took between 1997 and 2003. In these images, Bradley isolates the small events and intimate moments that punctuate daily life. Accompanying the exhibition is a book designed by the artist with reproductions of these photographs. Bradley studied at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Berlin, and Geneva, and his work has been included in recent exhibitions at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany; the National Museum of Film, Television, and Photography in the U.K.; and P.S. 1 in New York City. Theory and Observation is a new acquisition of the Marieluise Hessel Collection on permanent loan to the Center for Curatorial Studies.

Aïda Ruilova's new video, Untitled, will be featured in its East coast premiere after an initial showing in the master's degree exhibition The Lengths, curated by Center graduate student Kelly Taxter, on view at the Museum from April 13 to 27. Ruilova created Untitled during her residency at ArtPace in Texas and this is a recent acquisition by the Marieluise Hessel Collection on permanent loan to the Center for Curatorial Studies. Ruilova creates short videos that exploit cinematic collage and editing that exploit cinematic collage and editing techniques to evoke psychological tensions. Focusing on the relationships among sound, image, and duration, she interlaces her strong interest in music with a gothic aesthetic inspired, in part, by camp and B-movie horror and vampire flicks of the 1970s. Ruilova studied at the University of South Florida and the School of Visual Arts, New York. Her work has recently been shown at the Impakt film festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands; the New Museum and P.S. 1 in New York City; and the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium. She is also a member of the alternative music group Alva, which has released two CDs.

Sodium Dreams, curated by Elizabeth Fisher, postgraduate curatorial assistant at the CCS Museum, will present a selection of work by European and American artists including Knut Åsdam (Norway); Martin Boyce (Scotland); Sarah Dobai and Bridget Smith (England); Hannah Starkey (Northern Ireland); Pierre Huyghe, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, and Phillipe Parreno (France); Mark Lewis (Canada); Matthias Müller (Germany); and Julie Becker and Sarah Morris (U.S.). These artists' engagement with the language of cinema through video, photography, and installation is used to explore the social and psychological aspects of contemporary urban life. Sodium Dreams will include the U.S. premiere of works by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Mark Lewis, Martin Boyce, Sarah Dobai, Bridget Smith, and Knut Åsdam. This exhibition is supported by the British Council.

On June 29, the day of the exhibition opening, limited free seating on a chartered bus is available. The bus will leave from SoHo in the morning, returning from the Center for Curatorial Studies in the late afternoon. Reservations must be made in advance by calling the Center at
845-758-7598. Bus transportation is provided through the generosity of Audrey Irmas.

The museum is open to the public, without charge, Wednesdays through Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. An opening reception will take place on Sunday, June 29, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. 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 09-15-2003