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April 13 – May 25, 2014
→ Hessel Museum of Art
Curated by
  • Xavier Acarin
  • Kathleen Ditzig
  • Amber J. Esseiva
  • Roxana Fabius
  • Lee Foley
  • Wang Jing
  • Elizabeth Larison
  • Robin Lynch
  • Park Myers
  • Natalia Zuluaga
Exhibition Category
Student Curated Projects

Opening Reception : Sunday, April 13, 2014, 1pm-4pm

Free chartered bus to and from New York City for the opening.  For reservations, call 845.758.7598, or write

The artworks selected for Footnotes are housed in the CCS Bard Hessel Museum, but their representations, meanings, and contexts exceed their physical locality. This exhibition spatially contextualizes artworks by rethinking the relationship between title, text, and footnote.

Often considered to be ancillary information to a main text, here the “footnote” serves as portal, escape hatch, link, or dead end. In the gallery, dynamic applications of the footnote evoke the way a reader traverses a text. References to escape, fantasy, travel, and their residues explore themes of mobility and transposition.

While this exhibition presents the gallery wall as a facsimile of the written page, the footnoted information is not subsidiary to the primary text. In this model, the footnote transcends the boundaries below the text to reveal interwoven connections that at times allow the viewer to delve further into contexts of the work, or escape it altogether.

Co-curated by the class of 2015 M.A. candidates at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College: Xavier Acarin, Kathleen Ditzig, Amber Esseiva, Roxana Fabius, Lee Foley, Wang Jing, Elizabeth Larison, Robin Lynch, Park Myers, and Natalia Zuluaga.

Including works by:

Janine Antoni
David Altmejd
Barbara Bloom
Moyra Davey
Keith Edmier
Olafur Eliasson
Saul Fletcher
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Mona Hatoum
Alfredo Jaar
An-My Lê
Paulo Nazareth
Gabriel Orozco
Pipilotti Rist
Martha Rosler
Daniela Rossell
Mika Rottenberg
Frances Stark
Thomas Struth



Marieluise Hessel Collection
Performance Still, 1985