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the problem with doors
December 8 – December 16, 2016
→ CCS Bard Galleries
Curated by
  • Laura Brown
  • Andrew Hibbard
  • Selby Nimrod
  • Janique Préjet Vigier
  • Ruiyu Xu
Part of
Exhibition Category
Hessel Collection Exhibitions, Student Curated Projects

the problem with doors reflects on the conventions of image production through modes of stylistic mimicry, re-photography, appropriation, and image exchange. The title is excerpted from A Poem by Eileen Myles: “That’s the problem with doors. The people inside have no patience with my fumbling.” The door functions as a framing device to emphasize the conventions of image construction, and to show how the body may trouble these conventions. The exhibition builds from Harun Farocki’s Ein Bild (1983), which guides the viewer through the production of a Playboy photoshoot over the course of four days. The work details the mechanisms involved in this construction of meaning, holding at its center an undressed woman who Farocki describes as “a sun around which a system revolves.” Still, the sun cannot be directly looked into. As in Farocki’s work, in this exhibition the body is the sun that troubles its own system, with the fumbling body as an indicator of the frame.

Including artworks by Anne Collier, Nicole Eisenman, VALIE EXPORT, Harun Farocki, Rachel Harrison, Elad Lassry, Laurel Nakadate, R. H. Quaytman, Amy Sillman, and Frances Stark.