Are museums necessary? Is the museum still a relevant cultural institution? Do museums support or weaken contemporary artistic practices? May they be altered, replaced, reinvented? How might a museum behave as it transits from one context to the next, to mutate in relation to a distinct situation? How might the very idea of transience affect the process of collecting? Or is the actuality of an itinerant museum inherently problematic, a contradiction in terms, a paradox waiting to happen?
Re-Shuffle: Notions of an Itinerant Museum, a survey about the possibilities of museums of today and the future, is presented by first-year graduate students at the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS) at Bard College, and takes the form of a publication-as-exhibition to be held at Art in General’s Gallery 4 at 79 Walker Street, New York City. The program is on view from Friday, February 24, through Saturday, March 18. The opening reception is Friday, February 24, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Gallery hours are: Tuesday through Saturday, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public without charge.
The 12 first-year graduate students—Markús Thór Andrésson, Kirin Buckley, Max Hernández Calvo, Özkan Cangüven, Ruba Katrib, Florencia Malbrán, Kate McNamara, Laura Mott, Rebeca Noriega-Costas, Amy Owen, Chen Tamir, and Emily Zimmerman—posed questions to internationally renowned artists, critics, designers, and other cultural producers in a desire to see if there is a possibility to have a museum that is mobile rather than stationary, flexible, spontaneous, and responsive, as opposed to didactic. Among the participants are Vito Acconci (New York), Dan Cameron (New York), Harrell Fletcher (Oregon), Pablo Helguera (New York), Gerardo Mosquera (Cuba), Libia Pérez de Siles de Castro (Spain) and Ólafur Árni Ólafsson (Iceland), Pepón Osorio (Puerto Rico/New York), Regina Silveira (Brazil), and Laurel Sparks (Massachusetts), among many others. (Please note: Artists are subject to change.) The graduate students developed the publication-as-exhibition with CCS faculty member Joshua Decter.
The exhibition is accompanied by a series of round table discussions and video screenings on Saturday, February 25, Saturday, March 4, and Saturday March 11. Details to be announced in the ReShuffle website: www.bard.edu/ccs/ReShuffle
Programs and exhibitions are supported by the Center’s Board of Governors, the Friends of the Center for Curatorial Studies, and the Center’s annual benefit for student scholarships and exhibitions.