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Emily M. Darrow

The Black Factory, a performance installation by William Pope.L,
will also be on view at the Center on Saturday, May 15

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 as part of the requirements for the master's degree. The four exhibitions in the third seriesas yet unnameable, Far Away So Close, Great White, Usual—will be on view from May 9 to 23. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, May 9, 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.

The exhibition as yet unnamable, curated by Steven Matijcio, presents interactive artworks that explore the social impact of technology. Artists Catherine Richards, David Rokeby, and Marek Walczak and Martin Wattenberg reformulate the conventional borders between artist, artwork, and viewer, initiating exchanges that are both participatory and potentially manipulative. Like the technologies and social affects they query, the works in this exhibition are incomplete and subject to ongoing renovation—circulating within a context that has numerous implications, but few conclusions.

Far Away So Close, curated by Tairone Bastien, brings together works by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Rodney Graham, Raymond Pettibon, Steven Shearer, and Susanna Vapnek. These artists adopt do-it-yourself strategies from the culture of rock (tribute bands, mixed CDs, fan-art, posters, and zines) to examine the relationship between desire and alienation in a fan’s relationship to pop culture icons. The works in the exhibition touch on questions of nostalgia, melancholy, and representations of loss.

In Great White, curated by Joanna Montoya, artists Glenn Ligon, Kori Newkirk, and Nadine Robinson present works that use autobiography to investigate constructs of whiteness. Incorporating sound, materials such as synthetic hair, and imagery ranging from a school of sharks lurking in a bed of snow to monochromatic paintings and canvases covered in text, these artists subvert literary and art historical traditions to illustrate the dualities inherent in concepts of whiteness.

Usual, curated by Mayumi Hirano, is about the poetics of the ordinary. The artists David George, Alvin Lucier, Rivane Neuenschwander, Gabriel Orozco, and Orit Raff explore surreptitious, mundane details of daily life with a sense of curiosity and playfulness. Through various media, they rediscover the everyday as a flow of unrepeatable moments that allows nothing to remain usual.

The Black Factory, a performance installation by William Pope.L, will also be on view at the Center on Saturday, May 15, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Constructed to fit inside a panel truck, The Black Factory is an interactive public environment made up of a library, workshop, and gift shop that aims to reenergize discussions about race in America by inviting people to share objects that represent "blackness" to them. Currently on tour across the United States, it will be parked outside the Center for Curatorial Studies and is open to the public without charge.

Limited free seating is available on a chartered bus that leaves from SoHo in New York City on Sunday, May 9, 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 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 05-25-2004