Reflecting the experimental nature of its famend up to date artwork program, the summer season season on the Hessel Museum of Artwork, Bard Faculty ranges from main displays of video artists pushing boundaries within the medium, to a survey analyzing the underrecognized intersections of Blackness and melancholy in artwork historical past. Opening June 25, the exhibitions embody:
Dara Birnbaum: Response, the primary retrospective of the artist’s work in america, charts the indelible contributions she has made to the worldwide histories of video, conceptual, efficiency, and appropriation artwork. The exhibition’s title echoes Birnbaum’s career-long place towards mass media: throughout type and technique, she has persistently elaborated a imaginative and prescient of artwork as an empowering pressure to disrupt quiet acquiescence to authority. Together with works from 1975 to 2011, Response focuses on main installations, many not seen within the US for years, in addition to key single-channel movies and archival supplies that present a large and in-depth view of her observe.
Bringing collectively works by 28 artists, Black Melancholia expands and complicates the notion of melancholy in Western artwork historical past and cultures. That includes portray, sculpture, movie, images, works on paper, and sound from the late nineteenth century to the current day, the exhibition opens a dialogue with conventional artwork historic discourses across the illustration of melancholia. That includes holdings from the Marieluise Hessel Assortment, Black Melancholia premieres works, new commissions, and US East Coast debuts, assembling artists from the Caribbean, Europe, West Africa, and North America. Amongst them are William Artis, Ain Bailey, Roy DeCarava, Ja’Tovia Gary, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Sargent Claude Johnson, Rashid Johnson, Valerie Maynard, Charles McGee, Shala Miller, Tyler Mitchell, Arcmanoro Niles, Zohra Opoku, Rose Piper, Pope.L, Augusta Savage, Lorna Simpson, Charisse Pearlina Weston, and Alberta Whittle.
Martine Syms: Grio Faculty expands the notion of a “curriculum” into one thing much more manifold than is often understood: a ceaseless and itinerant training that encompasses our complete mental life, one constructed from the theories, thinkers, tradition, music, concepts, and lecturers that affect us, formally and informally, over time. Grio Faculty is the fictional faculty in Syms’s function movie The African Determined (2022), wherein an artist attends a heady and heated MFA program in a pastoral setting (very like Syms did herself). Lending this exhibition its title, Grio Faculty right here serves because the context for this staging of the artist’s work from the previous 5 years (2017–22), a prolific interval of exercise and improvement. Some of the insightful and vital artists to point out how digital media operates and shapes our tradition, Syms constantly explores representations of Blackness and its relationship to vernacular, feminist thought, and radical traditions. The exhibition Grio Faculty options important new and up to date movies and installations whereas additionally emphasizing the artist’s ongoing dedication to images, highlighting the various strategies by means of which she produces pictures and the best way images underlies her multifaceted artwork throughout type.
For extra data on CCS Bard’s summer season exhibits, go to ccs.bard.edu.