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Emily M. Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-This spring the Center for Curatorial Studies presents a series of exhibitions in March, April, and May, curated by second-year students in the Center's graduate program in curatorial studies and contemporary art. The students have organized these exhibitions and projects as part of the requirements for the master's degree. The first of the series features four student-curated exhibitions-Between Above and Below, Economies of Scale, FLOCK, and The Happy Worker-which will be on view from March 7 to 21. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, March 7, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Free transportation from New York City to the opening is available.) Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission to both the museum and the reception is free.

Between Above and Below, curated by Elizabeth Zechella, explores the ways in which contemporary artists use Christian iconography in the relatively new media of photography and video. Mark Wallinger, Anneè Olofsson, Robert Mapplethorpe, Sam Taylor-Wood, and Gary Hill grapple with the Christian art historical tradition through approaches ranging from direct appropriation to liberal interpretation. This exhibition illuminates the continued impact of Christian imagery in a secular society.

Economies of Scale, curated by Pascal Spengemann, comprises diminutive works dealing with the subject of money. It includes painting, sculpture, prints, photography, and multiples by J. S. G. Boggs, Lars Fisk, Randy Gaetano, Daniel Gordon, Matt Johnson, Main Street Museum, Ryan McGinness, Gabriel Orozco, Max Schumann, Clay Weiner, and Lawrence Weiner. Economies of Scale explores the relationship between paper currency and aesthetics, touching on issues of value and the circulation of ideas.

The exhibition FLOCK, curated by Ryan Rice, includes five artists-Michael Belmore, Alan Michelson, Tracey Moffatt, Shelley Niro, and Frank Shebageget-from indigenous nations in Australia, Canada, and the United States. Through individual experiences and collective histories, the artists explore the significance of community that constitutes a nation. Their art works examine the distinctive status and existence of sovereign nations within a nation, and the relationships formed among them.

The Happy Worker, curated by Yasmil Raymond Ventura, presents the work of four international artists-Francis Alÿs, Maja Bajević, Mircea Cantor, and Gabriel Kuri-who address the nature of artistic practice through work, manual labor, and skill in a capitalist society. The four artists deliberately invent humorous, absurd, provocative models of artistic practice through the use of commissions, collaborations, and appropriations that complicate notions of value based on skill, signature, and individuality.

The second of the series of master's degree exhibitions will be on view from Sunday, April 4, through Sunday, April 18, with an opening reception on April 4 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The final group of master's degree exhibitions and projects will be on view from Sunday, May 9, through Sunday, May 23, with an opening reception on May 9 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Limited free seating is available on a chartered bus that leaves from Soho in New York City on the days of the exhibition openings (Sundays, March 7, April 4, and May 9). 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 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 03-22-2004