SOLO EXHIBITIONS WILL FEATURE NEW WORK BY ARTISTS SARAH SZE AND TONY FEHER THIS SUMMER AT THE CENTER FOR CURATORIAL STUDIES MUSEUM The exterior/interior exhibitions will be on view from June 24 to September 9
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY-Solo exhibitions featuring new work by artists Sarah Sze and Tony Feher will be on view beginning Sunday, June 24, at the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS) Museum at Bard College. The exhibitions will continue through Sunday, September 9, 2001. Amada Cruz, director of the CCS Museum and curator of the exhibitions, explains that, "The pairing of these two artists is deliberate since both Sze and Feher employ found objects and look to ordinary items in very different ways to create sculptural installations that point to the beauty of and delight in the mundane objects that surround us."
Sarah Sze's project will be her first large-scale outdoor piece and was conceived especially for the CCS. Sze's project of three craters will create the appearance that meteors or UFOs have fallen from the sky, just missing the building and landing in the meadow in front of the CCS. The craters will have the appearance of archaeological sites that are filled with Sze's characteristic brightly colored objects.
Sze lives and works in New York City and began exhibiting in 1996. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the 2000 Whitney Biennial and the 1999/2000 Carnegie International Exhibition. She has had solo shows at the Cartier Foundation in Paris (1999-2000), Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (1999), and Institute of Contemporary Art in London (1998). The catalogue accompanying the exhibition will photographically document the CCS project and locate it within the context of Sze's previous work. The catalogue will include essays by Amada Cruz, director of the Museum; Elizabeth Smith, chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; and Douglas Rushkoff. It will be the most comprehensive publication about Sze to date.
Tony Feher's exhibition is conceived as a site-specific project that will fill all of the CCS galleries. Feher will design the installation using new work. This is his largest solo show to date. Feher, who is based in New York, has had his work included in numerous exhibitions, including solo exhibitions at Wooster Gardens (1993), The New Museum of Contemporary Art (1996), and Wesleyan University (1997).
Feher emerged as an artist during the 1990s with a body of sculptural work that transforms discarded and often overlooked objects such as plastic bottles, packing crates, glass jars, and marbles into poetic evocations. His work, which is often assembled in serial arrangements of geometric form, has been compared to the minimalist work of Carl Andre and Donald Judd. Instead of the industrially fabricated steel and aluminum materials used by his predecessors, Feher salvages mass-produced plastic and glass objects that retain the markings of their prior use. His works are imbued with an emotional resonance that belies their humble origins. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition and will be the most substantial publication available on Feher's work.
On June 24, the day of the exhibition openings, free bus transportation will be available from New York City to the Center for Curatorial Studies. A chartered bus will leave from SoHo at 11:00 a.m. and depart from the Center at 4:00 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Center at 845-758-7598 no later than Friday, June 22. Transportation is provided through the generosity of Howard and Donna Stone.
The museum is open to the public, without charge, Wednesdays through Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. An artists' reception will be held on Sunday, June 24, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. These exhibitions have been made possible by grants from The Peter Norton Family Foundation and Marieluise Hessel. Additional funding for Sarah Sze's installation has been provided by LEF Foundation and additional funding for Tony Feher's exhibition has been provided by Anthony P. Meier.
For further information about the exhibitions, call the Center for Curatorial Studies at 845-758-7598, e-mail email@example.com, or visit the website at www.bard.edu/ccs.
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