OFF SITE: the Bard MFA Class of 2025 Thesis Performances & Exhibition

July 11 – July 21, 2024

Photo: Drew Zeiba, The Mirror, 2023. Performance. Photo: Blake Masi.

Banner photo: Natalia Rolon Sotelo, 2024, photo credit Chris Kendall

Basilica Hudson: Student Performances

Thursday, July 11th, 2024: Reception 7–8 PM, Performances 8–11 PM

Opening Receptions at Basilica Hudson and Time & Space Limited

Friday, July 12th, 2024: Reception 5–8 PM at both locations

Time & Space Limited: Student Performances and Screenings

Saturday, July 13th, 2024: Performances 1–4 PM, Reception 4–6 PM

Basilica Hudson and Time & Space Limited Gallery Hours:

Monday–Friday, 11 AM–5 PM | Saturday & Sunday, 1–5 PM Basilica Hudson will be closed on Saturday, July 13th

The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College (Bard MFA) presents Off Site: the Class of 2025 Thesis Exhibition, which brings together the culminating work of 3rd-year MFA candidates in the disciplines moving image, music/sound, painting, photography, sculpture, and writing. This year, the exhibition will be split between two galleries in Hudson, NY: Basilica Hudson and Time & Space Limited (TSL). The show is curated by Mary Fellios.

The opening weekend of events will begin with a catered reception from 7–8 PM to open the Music/Sound student performances at Basilica Hudson on Thursday, July 11th, 8–11 PM, as part of Basilica’s Jupiter Nights, a series of summer performances.

Thesis projects in various disciplines will be on view in the galleries at Basilica Hudson and Time & Space Limited, opening on Friday, July 12th with an opening reception, 5–8 PM held concurrently at both locations.

Film screenings and readings will be presented at Time & Space Limited on Saturday, July 13th, 1–4 PM, followed by a reception from 4–6 PM. The TSL galleries will be open during the reception. The gallery exhibitions will be on view through Sunday, July 21st.

Marty Two Bulls Junior, 2024, photo credit Chris Kendall

Off Site presents the work of Bard’s MFA Class of 2025. The title references the nature of this year’s exhibition as both a logistical reality and resilient methodology in which art activates pathways between malleable pasts and potential futures. Off Site marks a new era of openness for the program as this is the first Thesis Exhibition to occur off-campus.

Disruptions around the source of the authorial voice; the destabilization of boundaries separating real and artificial space; and forms of perceptual mapping are among the concerns that spark connections between the works on view. Off Site showcases nineteen artists working across a variety of mediums—from painting to sound installation—alongside two nights of performances.

The Class of 2025

Jasmine Amussen (Writing)

Michaela Bathrick (Sculpture)

Erin Hoffstetter (Photography)

Jenny Jisun Kim (Painting)

Kinlaw (Music/Sound)

Alima Lee (Moving Image)

Matthew Li (Sculpture)

Tyler Little (Writing)

Carolyne Loreé Teston (Photography)

A. Mac (Sculpture)

Alina Maldonado (Music/Sound)

Chantal Michelle (Music/Sound)

Cherry Nin (Moving Image)

lucia reissig (Sculpture)

Will Stovall (Painting)

geetha thurairajah (Painting)

Taryn Tomasello (Sculpture)

Aynsley Vandenbroucke (Writing)

Grace Villamil (Music/Sound)

Mary Fellios is a curator who received their M.A. in Curatorial Studies from Bard CCS. They have completed research and worked on programs with Textile Arts Center (New York, NY), Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (San Diego, CA), Brooklyn Museum (New York, NY), Performa (New York, NY), and Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (Troy, NY).

Founded in 1981, Bard MFA is a nontraditional school for visual, written, and time-based arts. At Bard, the community itself is the primary resource for the student — serving as audience, teacher, and peer group in an ongoing dialogue. In interdisciplinary group critiques, seminars, school presentations, as well as discipline caucuses and one-on-one conferences, the artist-student engages with accomplished faculty members while developing their individual studio practice. The program probes a diversity of approaches and fosters imaginative responses and insights to aesthetic concerns across the disciplines of film/video, writing, painting, sculpture, photography and music/sound. Bard MFA is a low-residency program that takes place over two years and two months. Students are on campus for three consecutive eight-week summer sessions and off campus for two independent study sessions completed during the intervening winters.

Both Basilica Hudson and Time & Space Limited will be open during Upstate Art Weekend on Friday, July 21, 11 AM–5 PM, and Saturday & Sunday, 1–5 PM.

Please contact the Bard MFA Office at (845) 758-7481 or mfa@bard.edu for any questions or requests regarding accessibility, including audio or film descriptions.