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Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College will present six exhibitions curated by students in the Center's graduate program in curatorial studies and contemporary art. Organized by the students as part of the requirement for the master's degree, the six exhibitions—Split: Women in Dislocation; More Than A Thousand Words; Rest Assured; To What End?; Subscribe: Recent Art in Print; This Is Us—will be on view from May 11 to 25. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, May 11, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission to both the museum and the reception is free.

Split: Women in Dislocation, curated by Christel Tsilibaris, includes works by Mona Hatoum, Stefana McClure, Senam Okudzeto, Fiona Tan, and Danwen Xing. The title refers to the division of identity and locality that occurs when an individual is situated between two or more cultures and places. Through the use of autobiography, the exhibition presents the artists' reaction to their geographical and cultural dislocation.

More Than A Thousand Words, curated by Kazeem Adeleke, focuses on three contemporary South African artists who, through their works, reflect on the traumatic experiences of women in apartheid and postapartheid South Africa. Strategically using photography (portraiture and self-portraiture), Zwelethu Mthethwa, Tracey Rose, and Berni Searle engage the complex history of colonialism in South Africa, addressing prevalent issues of race, religion, and history.

Rest Assured, curated by Ana Vejzovic, explores the complicated relationship between labor and leisure in our contemporary society. Depicting leisurely moments that are disjointed or awkward, the drawings, sculptures, and videos created by David Kramer, Euan Macdonald, Renata Poljak, and Chris Vorhees posit that free time has become too structured in today's world. These four artists confront their own issues regarding labor and artistic process, either by approaching leisure as a metaphor or by dismantling the myth of leisure altogether.

To What End?, curated by John Weeden, is an exhibition of actions for which there are no concrete rewards. Videos and photographs portray individuals engaged in repetitious physical gestures that prove materially useless. Selected works by Matt Calderwood, Hilary Lloyd, Declan Clarke, Leah Moskowitz, Bruce Nauman, and Vito Acconci provoke contemplation on the nature of art and human effort and address a notion of "productive futility."

In Subscribe: Recent Art in Print, curator Ingrid Chu has commissioned international artists Franz Ackermann, Gareth James, Dave Muller, Danica Phelps, Ron Terada, and the artist group BANK to create projects for New York–based art periodicals. Beginning this spring, their postcards, advertisements, interviews, and subscription cards will be published and disseminated by, Cabinet, and TRANS>, among others. This exhibition explores how the art periodical provides a specific context for these artists, whose works respond to the art media given the changing nature of print and interactive culture. A related selection of the artists' published materials will be on view in the reading room at the Center for Curatorial Studies.

This Is Us, curated by Robert Blackson, is a compilation of music performed by musicians living in Red Hook, New York, recorded on CD by the British artist Jeremy Deller. This eclectic collection of 16 field recordings, ranging from performances by church choirs to cheerleaders, was made over a three-week period in March and April 2003. This Is Us is an attempt to reflect the variety of local musical tastes in Red Hook, the town in which Bard College and the Center for Curatorial Studies are located. The CD will be distributed by the Center for Curatorial Studies and will be available in restaurants, gas stations, bookstores, and churches in the Hudson Valley. A release party will be held on Sunday, May 11, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Black Swan Pub in the nearby village, Tivoli. This free, catered, public event is an opportunity for all of the musicians who have contributed to the CD to lend their instrument or voice to a collective performance.

Limited free seating is available on a chartered bus that leaves from SoHo in New York City on the day of the exhibition opening. Reservations must be made in advance by calling the Center at 845-758-7598. Bus transportation is provided through the generosity of Audrey Irmas.

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, Marieluise Hessel, the British Council, and the Public Art Fund.

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 05-15-2003