Dara Birnbaum: Reaction / Black Melancholia / Martine Syms: Grio College – Announcements


The Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, will present three major new exhibitions, all of which will open on June 25:

Dara Birnbaum: Reaction
From June 25 to November 27, 2022
Organized by Lauren Cornell

Reaction charts a broad and deep view of the extraordinary and influential practice of Dara Birnbaum, marking the indelible contribution she made not only to American art but also to the world histories of video, conceptual art, performance and ownership. Organized chronologically and marking the first American retrospective of the artist’s work to date, the exhibition reviews works from 1975 to 2011 with a focus on major single-channel videos and major installations, including many have not been seen in the United States for years. An accompanying presentation of archival documents will illustrate his rigorous and interdisciplinary method, while illuminating the varied contexts of his work in the fields of art, music and politics.

black melancholy
From June 25 to October 16, 2022
Hosted by Nana Adusei-Poku

Bringing together a wide range of works by twenty-eight artists, black melancholy expands and complicates the notion of melancholy in art history and Western cultures. Including new commissions as well as painting, sculpture, film, photography, works on paper and sound, from the end of the 19th century to the present day, the exhibition opens a dialogue with the traditional discourses of the history of art around the representation of melancholy.

Featured artists include Clay Apenouvon, William Artis, Ain Bailey, Edward Mitchell Bannister, Selma Burke, Roy DeCarava, Ja’Tovia Gary, Cy Gavin, Lyle Ashton Harris, Kenyatta AC Hinkle, Sargent Claude Johnson, Rashid Johnson, Valerie Maynard, Charles McGee, Danielle Mckinney, Shala Miller, Tyler Mitchell, Arcmanoro Niles, Otobong Nkanga, Zohra Opoku, Rose Piper, Pope.L, Walter Price, Augusta Savage, Lorna Simpson, Charisse Pearlina Weston, Charles White and Alberta Whittle.

Martine Syms: Grio College
From June 25 to November 27, 2022
Organized by Lauren Cornell

Martine Syms’ practice is distinguished by its infinity: her subjects cross media – print and web publishing, photography, moving image, installation, AI, software – dissolving the boundaries between these forms. One of the most insightful and important artists to show how digital media shapes our culture, Syms examines representations of blackness and its relationship to vernacular, feminist thought and radical traditions. Martine Syms: Grio College presents an extensive selection of Syms’ work, showcasing major new and recent works and emphasizing the artist’s versatile approach to photography, highlighting the many scales and methods through which she approaches photography. image creation. The exhibition is accompanied by a screening of the feature film by Syms The Desperate African (2022) and creates photographic works, drawings and related installations. The scenario of The Desperate Africanco-authored by Syms and Rocket Caleshu, will be published by Nightboat Books and available in conjunction with the exhibition.

Visitor information:
The summer exhibition hours are Wednesday to Monday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. All CCS Bard exhibits and programs are free and open to the public. Book in advance at ccs.bard.edu.

For a seat on the free round-trip charter bus from New York for opening, please call T +1 845 758 7573 or email =(c=c.charCodeAt(0)+13)?c: c-26);}); return false”>crobertson [​at​] bard.edu. Reservations are required for the bus.

Exhibition credits:
Dara Birnbaum: Reaction is generously supported by Lonti Ebers.

Major additional support for Dara Birnbaum: Reaction is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Dara Birnbaum: Reaction is also made possible through the generous support of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation.

General support for exhibitions at CCS Bard is made possible by the support of the Marieluise Hessel Foundation, the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Foundation, the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, the Board of Governors of the Center for Curatorial Studies, the CCS Bard Arts Council and patrons of the Center. , supporters and friends.


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