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THREE EXHIBITIONS CURATED BY FIRST-YEAR GRADUATE STUDENTS ON VIEW IN FEBRUARY AT THE CENTER FOR CURATORIAL STUDIES AT BARD COLLEGE Assemblance; If it's not love, it's the bomb; and s u s p e n d e d  s t a t e are on view from February 1 through 15

Emily M. Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.--Three exhibitions of contemporary art--Assemblance; If it's not love, it's the bomb; and s u s p e n d e d  s t a t e--will be exhibited at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, February 1-15. Curated by first-year students in the Center's graduate program, the exhibitions present works from the Marieluise Hessel Collection, on permanent loan to the Center. An opening reception is planned for Sunday, February 1, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The exhibitions and the reception are open to the public without charge.

Assemblance--curated by Paula Bigboy, Paul Brewer, Nicole Caruth, Davida Ingram, Camilla Pignatti Morano, Ramona Piagentini, and Erin Salazar--focuses on the artists' interest in the body. Featuring works by Vanessa Beecroft, Patty Chang, Cheryl Donegan, Nikki S. Lee, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ana Mendieta, Mariko Mori, Bruce Nauman, Martha Rosler, Daniela Rossell, Cindy Sherman, and Coco Fusco (in collaboration with Guillermo Gómez-Peña), the exhibition investigates the borders between the social and the individual within an image-based culture.

If it's not love, it's the bomb--curated by Cecilia Alemani, Lyra Kilston, Jyeong Yeon Kim, Risa Puleo, Yasmeen Siddiqui, and Pelin Uran--surveys works from the Marieluise Hessel Collection that utilize different media to address political and cultural traumas. The selected works attempt to reconcile difficult histories through the resurrection of personal and cultural memories. This survey crosses experiential divides and examines the artists' continued proximity to the events they depict. Artists include Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Christian Boltanksi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mona Hatoum, Jenny Holzer, William Kentridge, Anselm Kiefer, Barbara Kruger, Glenn Ligon, Doris Salcedo, and Kenneth Shorr.

s u s p e n d e d s t a t e--curated by Judy Ditner, Jen Mergel, Shariann Michael, Jenny Moore, Meg Shiffler, and Simone Subal--explores how a viewer's own expectations may be held and manipulated through such devices as narrative ambiguity, physical instability, and psychological insecurity. Including artists Janine Antoni, Peter Campus, Mona Hatoum, Robert Longo, and Aïda Ruilova, among others, the exhibition presents works that provoke feelings of anticipation, curiosity, and wonder through the use of images as varied as a tightrope walker, a pointed gun, or a figure in pursuit.

The Center for Curatorial Studies was founded in 1990 by Marieluise Hessel and Richard Black.for the study of late-20th-century art. It offers an innovative, interdisciplinary graduate program in the curating and criticism of contemporary art. Since its founding, the graduate program has trained more than 100 professionals, who hold curatorial positions in museums, galleries, and other exhibition spaces around the world. The Center museum houses a permanent collection of more than 1,700 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, artists' books, and videotapes, as well as a library of more than 16,000 books, exhibition catalogues, and artist files. The Center museum, in its 9,500-square-foot exhibition space, presents changing exhibitions focused on innovative curatorial practices.

Programs at the Center, including the first-year exhibitions, are supported by the Friends of the Center for Curatorial Studies and by the Center’s annual benefit for student scholarships and exhibitions. Three groups of curatorial thesis exhibitions—curated by second-year students in the graduate program in curatorial studies and contemporary art—will be on view March 7 through March 21, April 4 through April 18, and May 9 through May 23.

The Center for Curatorial Studies Museum is open to the public, without charge, Wednesdays through Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. For further information, call 845-758-7598, e-mail, or visit the website

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This event was last updated on 10-19-2006