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Adverse Possession
December 1 – December 11, 2022
→ CCS Bard Galleries
Curated by
  • Maia Schall
  • Clara von Turkovich
  • Elisabeth Vollert
  • Luke Whittaker
Part of
Exhibition Category
Student Curated Projects, Hessel Collection Exhibitions

Adverse Possession explores the ways in which artworks and their authors occupy physical and imaginary space.

The exhibition recontextualizes ten artworks from the Marieluise Hessel Collection, brought together to explore the dialogues of imagined dwellers. Positioned around the playfully assertive form of Tony Cragg’s mixed-media sculpture installation, works by Richard Artschwager, Louise Bourgeois, Aria Dean, Mona Hatoum, Yayoi Kusama, Marisa Merz, Rosemarie Trockel, and Andrea Zittel occupy the gallery both spatially and psychologically. The works on view, which span periods and artistic movements, are united by their use of direct, conceptual gestures and bold responses to Minimalism’s embrace of repetition and pared-down materials. Each piece evokes the representation of a physically absent yet conceptually present inhabitant in its unique way.