Bard Faculty Member and Multimedia Artist Jeffrey Gibson Will Represent the United States at the 2024 Venice Biennale
Jeffrey Gibson, artist in residence at Bard College, will represent the United States at the 60th Venice Biennale Arte in 2024. Gibson, who is a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and of Cherokee descent, is one of the first Indigenous artists to represent the country at the Biennale. The Biennale Arte 2024 is being curated by Adriano Pedrosa, who received this year’s CCS Bard Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence.
Bard Faculty Member and Multimedia Artist Jeffrey Gibson Will Represent the United States at the 2024 Venice Biennale
Jeffrey Gibson, artist in residence at Bard College, will represent the United States at the 60th Venice Biennale Arte in 2024. Gibson, who is a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and of Cherokee descent, is one of the first Indigenous artists to represent the country at the Biennale. The Biennale Arte 2024 is being curated by Adriano Pedrosa, who received this year’s CCS Bard Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence. Gibson told the New York Times: “The last 15 years of my career have been about turning inward and trying to make something I really wanted to see in the world. Now I want to expand the way people think about Indigeneity.” According to the Times, the artist’s Hudson Valley studio is working on a multimedia installation and performances that will open in April 2024 and be titled “the space in which to place me,” referring to a poem by Layli Long Soldier MFA ’14, a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation.
Artist Nayland Blake ’82, professor of studio arts and codirector of the Studio Arts Program at Bard, has collaborated with fashion label JCRT to launch the inaugural capsule collection of ATDM (“Artist, Title, Date, Medium”), a new clothing line of limited-run collections created with contemporary artists. Blake’s designs include a shirt printed with the phrase “This is clothing of the opposite gender”—a commentary on Arizona’s anti-LGBTQ+ Senate Bill 1026, which targets drag performances.
Bard Professor, Artist Nayland Blake ’82 Designs Capsule Collection with Proceeds to Support the Transgender Law Center
Artist Nayland Blake ’82, professor of studio arts and codirector of the Studio Arts Program at Bard, has collaborated with fashion label JCRT to launch the inaugural capsule collection of ATDM (“Artist, Title, Date, Medium”), a new clothing line of limited-run collections created with contemporary artists. Blake’s designs include a shirt printed with the phrase “This is clothing of the opposite gender”—a commentary on Arizona’s anti-LGBTQ+ Senate Bill 1026, which targets drag performances. “Blake, who is nonbinary, intends these pieces to function as wearable messages of resistance and support for trans people and anyone caught wearing the ‘wrong’ clothes,” writes Hyperallergic. In honor of Pride Month, all the profits from this ATDM x Nayland Blake collection will be donated to the Transgender Law Center, the largest trans-led organization for trans advocacy in the US, with $30,000 raised once all 400 of the limited-edition shirts are sold.
Tschabalala Self ’12, visiting artist in residence in Studio Arts, is the subject of her first solo European museum exhibition Tschabalala Self: Inside Out, on view at Kunstmuseum St. Gallen in Switzerland through June 18. Curated by Gianni Jetzer, the show centers the Black body, especially the female Black body, through the conceptual and compositional lens of the artist in what Self has termed as a “pantheon of invented characters.”
Visiting Artist in Residence Tschabalala Self’s Debut European Museum Exhibition Featured in Artnet News Spotlight
Tschabalala Self ’12, visiting artist in residence in Studio Arts, is the subject of her first solo European museum exhibition Tschabalala Self: Inside Out, on view at Kunstmuseum St. Gallen in Switzerland through June 18. Curated by Gianni Jetzer, the show centers the Black body, especially the female Black body, through the conceptual and compositional lens of the artist in what Self has termed as a “pantheon of invented characters.” Featuring the show in its weekly spotlight, Artnet News writes: “Though clearly deeply rooted in the tradition of painting, the compound of materials and techniques within Self’s two-dimensional compositions defy easy categorization . . . The figures are singular and specific, yet they are far from traditional portraiture.”
Bard College Studio Arts Program presents the Class of 2023 Senior Thesis Spring Exhibitions.
UBS Bard Exhibition Center 45 O'Callaghan Lane Red Hook, New York
USB Group Show 1 Oscar Haas, Catherine Lyu, Luca McCarthy, Olivia McLeod, Brandon Vanbach, Samaira Wilson, Bennett Wood, Cora Quinlan Opening reception Saturday, April 8, 3–6 pm On View April 8–22
UBS Group Show 2 McKinlay Daggatt, Aislinn Feldberg, Hannah French, Jacob Judelson, Georgia Lenz, Samantha Schwartz, Una Winn, Jackie Weddell, Jamie Toomey Opening reception Saturday, May 6, 3–6 pm On View May 6–20
Fisher Studio Arts Exhibitions 60 N Ravine Road Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Oga Li Opening reception Saturday, April 8, 5–8 pm
Whitney Hagen Opening reception Saturday, April 22, 5–8 pm
Chloe Raizner Opening reception Saturday, April 29, 5–8 pm
Cam Goldberg Opening reception Saturday, May 6, 5–8 pm
Odette Zhou Opening reception Saturday, May 13, 5–8 pm
Bard Farm Maya Miggins Opening Saturday, May 13, 5 pm
Bard Chapel Jackie Weddell Performance Saturday, April 15, 7:30 pm
Avery Film Center, Integrated Arts Room 55 Blithewood Ave Annandale-on-Hudson, New York Rose Reiner Performance Saturday, May 6
Opus 40 Set to Acquire House of Late Bard Professor, Alumnus Harvey Fite ’30, Bard Will Partner on Programming
Opus 40 has reached an agreement to purchase the historic home of Bard professor, alumnus, and artist Harvey Fite ’30. Bard College was a partner in the process, and will provide programming support in the house going forward, to include educational programs, workshops, and faculty residencies. Harvey Fite created Opus 40, the 6.5-acre bluestone sculpture park in Saugerties, New York, and built the house. The purchase was made possible in part by major support from the Thompson Family Foundation, the New York State Assembly, and the town of Saugerties.
Bard College President Leon Botstein said, “It’s an honor to participate in the preservation of this unique sculpture and land art made by an alumnus and long-time faculty member of Bard and our neighbor in the Hudson Valley. We look forward to expanding joint programming with Opus 40 in the future and are thankful to the Richards family for their efforts preserving Harvey Fite’s legacy.”
Harvey Fite was a member of the faculty at Bard College for 36 years and founded the College’s art department before his retirement in 1969.
Art Collective Codirected by Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford ’07 to Curate and Direct Fifth Edition of Chicago Architecture Biennial
The Chicago-based Floating Museum, an art collective codirected by Bard alumnus Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford ’07, will serve as the artistic team leading the fifth edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, or CAB 5. Titled This is a Rehearsal, CAB 5 “will build on and expand the collective’s ongoing work,” writes Matt Hickman for the Architect’s Newspaper. “Floating Museum is organized to work at the intersection of disciplines, where civic participation inspires and shapes our process. It’s both a thrill and challenge to collaborate with the CAB as the artistic team of the 2023 edition,” said the members of Floating Museum. With This is a Rehearsal, the collective hopes to showcase work that demonstrates the ways in which “contemporary environmental, political, and economic issues are shared across national boundaries but are addressed differently around the world through art, architecture, infrastructure, and civic participation.” CAB 5, This is a Rehearsal, is scheduled to open September 2023.
“Snakes, Scrolls, Swinging from Chandeliers”: Artist Carolee Shneemann ’59 Profiled in the Guardian
Novelist Stephanie LaCava profiles her friend, multidisciplinary artist, and Bard studio arts alumna Carolee Shneemann ’59 for the Guardian. Shneemann (1939–2019) was among the founding artists of the Judson Dance Theater, alongside the late Trisha Brown and Aileen Passloff (Professor Emerita of Dance at Bard). Shneemann created boundary-breaking, embodied art that included kinetic theater, film, photography, sculpture, and writing, however, she always considered herself a painter. While in her lifetime, gallery representation and critical recognition was elusive, her legacy is receiving more attention. “Postmortem, the accolades come fast for Carolee. They were never so forthcoming when she was still pushing the limits of earthbound energy, inhabiting her body,” writes LaCava. “Body Politics,” the first UK survey of Schneemann’s work, is on view at the Barbican in London until January 8, 2023.
Incarcerated Youth “Talk Back” with Catskill Art Exhibition, Curated by Sofia Thieu D’Amico CCS ’22 and Organized by Bard Faculty Maggie Hazen with Alumna Anna Schupack ’22
An exhibition in Catskill features work by the Columbia Collective, a multimedia arts group of female and trans incarcerated artists that was founded by Maggie Hazen, visiting artist in residence at Bard College. Anna Schupack ’22 helped Hazen organize the exhibition to promote the artists in the collective while bringing attention to problems in the juvenile justice system. Sofia Thieu D’Amico CCS ’22 curated the show. The exhibition was funded by Bard’s Margarita Kuchma Project Award, which Schupack and Sarah Soucek ’22 won in July. Talking Back: Artists of the Columbia Collective, runs through September 25 at Foreland Contemporary Arts Campus in Catskill.
The Foreland galleries will host an artist talk and panel discussion for the exhibition on September 14 at 6:30 pm, in person and on Zoom, moderated by D'Amico: This event is free and open to the public, with Alison Cornyn of the Incorrigibles Project and Mark Loughney, artist of Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, focusing on the intersections of cultural and carceral systems, tapping our prison history archives, the crisis of youth incarceration, and visions of a decarcerated future. They will ask: How do we identify modes of abolition and advocacy, create critical projects, and identify the reaches of our prison industrial complex? Following artist presentations and discussion will be a Q&A session with panelists and Columbia Collective founder Maggie Hazen.
Painter Andy Robert Explores the Present, History, and Memory in His First Solo Show in London
Visiting Artist in Residence Andy Robert’s first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom, Ti Zwazo Clarendon: You Can Go Home Again; You Just Can’t Stay, opens September 16 at the Michael Werner Gallery in London. His paintings challenge a static understanding of history. Describing his method, Robert says “in questioning how an image comes into the world, and into being, I want to own up, to admit at any point, a painting, an image can change direction and isn’t fixed.” Robert’s work will also be shown at the 58th Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. Established in 1896 by the Carnegie Museum of Art and organized every three to four years, the Carnegie International is the longest-running North American exhibition of international art and presents an overview of how art and artists respond to the critical questions of our time. The 58th Carnegie International, which is titled Is it morning for you yet?, runs from September 24, 2022, to April 2, 2023.
Campus Center, Weis Cinema6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EDT/GMT-4 "For over forty years Wendy Ewald has collaborated on photography projects with children, families, women, workers, and teachers around the world. She’s developed collaborative frameworks for her practice that challenge the concept of individual authorship and casts into doubt an artist’s intentions, power, and identity. Her work may be understood as a kind of conceptual art focused on expanding the role of esthetic discourse in pedagogy and creating a new concept of imagery that challenges the viewer to see beneath the surface of these relationships."
Saturday, April 8, 2023 – Sunday, April 16, 2023
Fisher Studio Arts Building5:00 pm – 8:00 pm EDT/GMT-4 Studio Arts Department Senior Thesis Exhibition in Fisher Galleries. Opening reception will be on Saturday, April 8 from 5–8 pm. There will be a performance by the artist at 7 pm.
Saturday, April 8, 2023 – Saturday, April 22, 2023
Oscar Haas, Catherine Lyu, Luca McCarthy, Olivia McLeod, Cora Quinlan, Brandon Vanbach, Samaira Wilson, Bennett Wood Bard Exhibition Center3:00 pm – 6:00 pm EDT/GMT-4 Studio Arts Department Senior Thesis Exhibition in UBS. Opening reception will be on Saturday, April 8 from 3pm to 6pm.
Monday, March 27, 2023
With Beka Goedde's Printmaking II class, Rebecca Yoshino, and guest speaker Lucille Grignon of Ancient Roots Homestead Montgomery Place Greenhouse11:00 am – 12:30 pm EDT/GMT-4 Seed a traditional dye garden for making natural pigments and dyes to be grown, processed, and used on Bard campus.
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Bard Studio Arts Spring 2023 Lecture Series Fisher Studio Arts Building5:40 pm – 7:00 pm EST/GMT-5 Mark Thomas Gibson’s personal lens on American culture stems from his multifaceted viewpoint as an artist—as a black male, a professor, and an American history buff. These myriad and often colliding perspectives fuel his exploration of contemporary culture through languages of drawing, painting, print, and sculpture revealing a vision of a satirical, dystopian America where every viewer is implicated as a potential character within the story.
Mark Thomas Gibson (b. 1980, Miami, FL) received his BFA from The Cooper Union in 2002 and his MFA from Yale School of Art in 2013. He is represented by M+B in Los Angeles and Loyal in Stockholm. In 2016, he co-curated the traveling exhibition Black Pulp! with William Villalongo. Gibson has released two artist books, Some Monsters Loom Large (2016) and Early Retirement (2017). In 2021, Gibson was awarded residencies at Yaddo and the Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency and had his most recent solo exhibition Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood at M+B Los Angeles. He was also awarded a Pew Fellowship from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Philadelphia, PA and a Hodder Fellowship from Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. Gibson was most recently awarded a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York, NY.
Monday, February 6, 2023
Only 30 minutes and there'll be popcorn! Campus Center, Weis Cinema6:00 pm – 6:30 pm EST/GMT-5 Join us for a film screening about the Wooden Funeral Sculpture Program, an initiative supported by OSUN's Center for Human Rights and the Arts. This program aims to preserve the culturally significant Tomb House Statues in Kon Tum, Vietnam, and to introduce the value of this folk art to younger Indigenous people and the public. The program is currently seeking submissions from young artists for its Wooden Funeral Sculpture Exhibition in Vietnam in 2023.