SPRING THESIS EXHIBITIONS CONTIUE AT THE CENTER FOR CURATORIAL STUDIES MUSEUM.ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-The second series of graduate student thesis exhibitions opens on Sunday, April 11 at the Center for Curatorial Studies Museum at Bard College. The exhibitions are curated by Alejandro Diaz, Jennifer Dunlop, Judy Kim, and Tobias Ostrander, second-year students in the Center's graduate program in curatorial studies and contemporary art. They have organized these exhibitions as part of their final master's degree projects. The opening reception is on Sunday, April 11 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, April 25. The museum is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., without admission charge.
"Infinito Botanico: New York," curated by Alejandro Diaz, consists of a vast array of objects which the artist, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, has borrowed or bought from other artists, friends, neighbors in his cultural community in South Texas, and people in the communities around Bard College. Some of the objects also come from his San Antonio gift shop, "Infinito Botanica," which he considers a constantly evolving work of art. The objects range from the inexpensive, such as five-and-dime trinkets, to one-of-a-kind "museum-quality" works of art.
"Making History," curated by Jennifer Dunlop, focuses on recent works by artists Sam Durant and Renée Green in which they explore the concept of memory as a site upon which images from the media have been embedded. Both artists include references to the artist Robert Smithson, his work Partially Buried Woodshed (an outdoor piece he did on the Kent State University campus in 1970) and the 1970 shooting by National Guardsmen of Kent State students protesting the U.S. invasion of Cambodia during the Vietnam War. Durant and Green consider the influence of historical and cultural icons in art institutions, publications, or popular media on personal and collective memory.
"Your I," curated by Judy Kim, features the works of five artists: Hanspeter Ammann, Monica Chau, Daniel Mirer, Sharon Mizota, Tseng Kwong Chi, and Maciej Toporowicz. With photographs, a video, and an interactive CD-ROM, the exhibition seeks to compel viewers to examine their attitudes toward stereotypes of Asia. A slide projection of images collected by the curator, Sharon Mizota, and Bard College undergraduate students will also be on view.
"in passing," curated by Tobias Ostrander, includes the work of Giovanni Anselmo, Sam Easterson, Robert Kalka, Wolfgang Laib, Zoe Leonard, and Carla Zaccagnini. Each artist uses a variety of methods to express issues of physical loss and human mortality. They investigate selected materials in decay with borders, edges, cuts, breaks, containers, and limits. Anselmo and Laib combine marble with organic materials-lettuce and milk respectively. Kalka lets mold grow over wooden house models sealed within plexi boxes. Leonard photographs gutted animals she has hunted and killed. Easterson dissects a video camera while it records itself. Zaccagnini traces fruit as it breaks apart on paper.
The next series of thesis exhibitions will be curated by graduate students Xandra Eden, Eun-Kyung Kwon, Denise Markonish, and Tatjana von Prittwitz. Their exhibitions open on Sunday, May 9. For further information about the exhibitions, call the Center for Curatorial Studies at 914-758-7598.
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