• Don’t blame anyone


    • Group Exhibition

    Dates and Opening hours

    MAR 24 to MAY 26, 2013

    NEW Hours Thurs - Sun, 11 am—6 pm

    Event Location

    Hessel Museum of Art & Center for Curatorial Studies Galleries at Bard College

    Annandale-on-Hudson NY 12504 -5000
    United States

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    Don’t blame anyone is an exhibition that draws its inspiration and title from a short story by Julio Cortázar that narrates, in agonizing detail, a man’s struggle to put on a blue sweater. The exhibition includes works by artists whose practices pay particular attention to process as opposed to progress, via absurd or overemphasized ways of engaging with ordinary objects and activities. Including a newly commissioned work by artist Nicolás Paris, as well as existing works by artists Bruce Nauman, Giovanni Anselmo, Giorgio Griffa, Al Taylor, and writer Julio Cortázar, the exhibition provides alternatives to the perception of efficient processes as heroic narratives. Recognizing recent legacies of process-based art that highlight myriad ways in which the means might be seen as more significant than the end, Don’t blame anyone is also interested in highlighting the role of the ordinary and the pointless as deep-seated, if less recognized, elements of process itself. Through drawing, sculpture, painting, video, and writing, the works in this exhibition take permanent detours, reverse work methods, and delay efficient or fantastic finales. By focusing on task-like activities and everyday elements, they dismiss the potential for a magnificent future by amplifying the simple gestures within the already existing present.

    Curated by Juana Berrío

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