“At Home/Not at Home” at the Hessel Museum at Bard College
June 26 - December 19
Photo by Letitia Smith
While everybody knows that Bard College has a world-class theater designed by the architect Frank Gehry—the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts—few seem to know about Bard’s Hessel Museum and Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS), which brings the energy and sophistication of the global, contemporary art world to the Hudson Valley. Founded in 1990 by collectors Marieluise Hessel and Richard Black, the CCS’s original 1991 building by architects Jim Goettsch and Nada Andric was completely renovated in 2006, and it’s now a stunning, expansive, and welcoming space to view art—at once avant garde and Zen.
On Saturday, June 26, CCS Bard opens two new exhibitions in the Hessel Museum: At Home/Not At Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg and Philippe Parreno a retrospective of work by the French artist. The Parreno exhibit focuses on the artist’s work with moving images, including June 8, 1968, a documentary piece about the funeral train of Robert F. Kennedy, which is being shown in the United States for the first time,
At Home/Not at Home features artworks by more than 100 contemporary artists whose work normally hangs salon style in every room of the Eisenberg’s unprepossessing suburban home in Westchester County. Curated by White Columns director and Bard Faculty member Matthew Higgs, the exhibit includes an idiosyncratic assortment of work—by artists such as Kai Althoff (above), Francis Alÿs (below), Jeremy Deller, Peter Doig, David Hammons, Mary Heilmann, Elizabeth Peyton, and Rirkrit Tirjvanija—that the couple has amassed over 25 years.
“The threshold between the private domain and the public realm is at the heart of exhibition, which temporarily displaces artworks from a private suburban residential setting and re-stages them in the form of an exhibition in the public galleries of the Hessel,” according to the curator who worked with gradate students on the exhibit. Still, the Eisenbergs, who normally invite a large group for a bagel brunch annually to see how their collection has evolved over the year, will offer the same hospitality by hosting a free “Bagel and Art” reception at the museum on Saturday afternoon, and several of the artists represented in the collection are likely to be present.
June 26, 1 - 5 p.m.
Opening “Bagels and Art” reception for
Philippe Parreno and At Home/Not at Home
June 27, noon
Screening of Philippe Parenno’s Zidance A XXIst Century Portrait
at Upstate Films, Rhinebeck, NY
June 27, 2:30 - 4 p.m.
“Things Which Do Not Yet Exist”
A discussion between Philippe Parreno, Maria Lind, and Simon Critchley at the CCS Bard Library.
CCS Bard Hessel Museum
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; 845.758.7574