Exhibits at CCS Bard explore art in its most intimate, playful and provocative ways


Two major exhibitions – Closer to life: drawings and works on paper from the Marieluise Hessel collection and With pleasure: pattern and decoration in American art 1972-1985 – are now open at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) in Annandale-on-Hudson. These exhibits introduce visitors to under-examined artistic movements and media, and provide insight into the history and foreknowledge of the collection of CCS Bard, CCS Bard co-founder Marieluise Hessel, many of whose works in these exhibitions have been featured on been extracted.

Closer to life includes over 75 works on paper and drawings from the Hessel Collection to retrace more than four decades of Hessel’s collection and explore the artistic intimacy achieved by the medium. The works include Kara Walker’s early wall cuts, drawings by William Copley capturing mid-century pop culture, and recent acquisitions of works by Ulrike Müller. Other artists include Joseph Beuys, Nick Cave, Nicole Eisenman, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Rashid Johnson, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Gerhard Richter, Lorna Simpson, Rosemarie Trockel, Danh Vo and David Wojnarowicz, among others.

Marking the first large-scale North American investigation of the revolutionary female-led Pattern and Decor (P&D) movement of the 1970s and 1980s, With pleasure features major works from the Hessel Collection as well as major loans from museums, private collections and foundations to trace the scope of the movement in post-war American art. Countering the minimalist male-dominated aesthetic of the era, P&D celebrated color, excess and the decorative. The exhibition examines artists at the heart of the movement – such as Valerie Jaudon, Robert Kushner, Kim MacConnel and Barbara Zucker – as well as those whose contributions to P&D have been under-recognized, such as Merion Estes, Dee Shapiro, Kendall Shaw and Takako Yamaguchi; and those who are not normally considered in the context of P&D, such as Emma Amos, Billy Al Bengston, Al Loving and Betty Woodman.

For more information on CCS Bard’s summer exhibitions, please visit ccs.bard.edu.


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