CCS Bard Summer Exhibitions Delve Into Video Art and Black Melancholia


Reflecting the experimental nature of its famend fresh artwork program, the summer time on the Hessel Museum of Artwork, Bard School levels from main shows of video artists pushing obstacles within the medium, to a survey analyzing the underrecognized intersections of Blackness and despair in artwork historical past. Opening June 25, the exhibitions come with:

Dara Birnbaum: Response, the primary retrospective of the artist’s paintings in america, charts the indelible contributions she has made to the worldwide histories of video, conceptual, efficiency, and appropriation artwork. The exhibition’s identify echoes Birnbaum’s career-long place towards mass media: throughout shape and way, she has consistently elaborated a imaginative and prescient of artwork as an empowering power to disrupt quiet acquiescence to authority. Together with works from 1975 to 2011, Response specializes in main installations, many now not noticed in the United States for years, in addition to key single-channel movies and archival fabrics that offer a large and in-depth view of her apply.

Ain Bailey, “Untitled” (2022)

Bringing in combination works via 28 artists, Black Melancholia expands and complicates the perception of despair in Western artwork historical past and cultures. That includes portray, sculpture, movie, images, works on paper, and sound from the overdue nineteenth century to the current day, the exhibition opens a discussion with conventional artwork ancient 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 The usa. 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 School expands the perception of a “curriculum” into one thing way more manifold than is most often understood: a ceaseless and itinerant schooling that encompasses our complete highbrow lifestyles, one constructed from the theories, thinkers, tradition, song, concepts, and lecturers that affect us, officially and informally, through the years. Grio School is the fictitious college in Syms’s characteristic movie The African Determined (2022), during which an artist attends a heady and heated MFA program in a pastoral atmosphere (similar to Syms did herself). Lending this exhibition its identify, Grio School right here serves because the context for this staging of the artist’s paintings from the previous 5 years (2017–22), a prolific length of process and building. Some of the insightful and vital artists to turn how virtual media operates and shapes our tradition, Syms constantly explores representations of Blackness and its dating to vernacular, feminist idea, and radical traditions. The exhibition Grio School options vital new and up to date movies and installations whilst additionally emphasizing the artist’s ongoing dedication to images, highlighting the numerous strategies by which she produces photographs and the best way images underlies her multifaceted artwork throughout shape.

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Martine Syms, “Unpleasant Plymouths” (2020)