Bard Center for Curatorial Studies

Technically, the Center for Curatorial Studies has been open for two years, but it has only begun to hit its stride. The first show here (curated by Vasif Kortun, director of the museum) was, appropriately, a reflection on curatorial practices. A self­ consciously post-Modern exhibition in several ways, it emphasized differences in installation styles, while inviting the viewer to look at artworks in terms of their relationship to context.

Six rooms embodied six distinct installation styles, the works all drawn from the Center’s Rivendell collection (works rang­ing from the mid ’60s to the present). In one, the pieces were arranged according to visual or formal similarities. Any sociopo­litical context was more or less eliminated by the interplay of forms, the play of signifiers. Another room showed Minimalist works in a spare, clean, classically Mini­malist style.

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