Intimate Zoo: Bard MFA Class of 2018 Thesis Exhibition

Founded in 1981 as the first of its kind, Bard MFA is a nontraditional school for visual, written and time-based arts. At Bard, the MFA community itself is the primary resource for the student—serving as audience, teacher, and peer group in an ongoing dialogue. Immersion in this community ultimately influences each artist’s practice, within the program and beyond. The community promotes diversity of approach, fosters imaginative responses and insights, and develops innovative solutions to aesthetic problems in all disciplines. In interdisciplinary group critiques with 80 students and 60+ noted faculty, discipline caucuses, one-on-one conferences and all school presentations, our students learn to address film/video, writing, painting, sculpture, photography, and music/sound. This low residency program takes place over two years and two months, with students in residence on campus during three consecutive 8-week summer sessions, and two winter sessions of independent study completed off campus.

The Class of 2018 Thesis Exhibition, Intimate Zoo, was on view July 22-30, 2017 at the Bard College Exhibition Center/UBS Gallery in Red Hook, NY. Presentations of performance, readings, and screenings of time based works took place on the Bard College campus during the evenings of July 24-27, 2017.

The exhibition was coordinated by Santiago Silva, MA ’18 Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

All images courtesy of Peter Mauney unless otherwise noted.

Participating artists

Lauren Anderson
Cammisa Buerhaus
Sarah Chow
Sara Clendening
Ian Cooper
Katrina del Mar
Maryam Monalisa Gharavi
Heather Anne Halpert
Ruth Höflich
Ross Iannatti
Suzanne Kite
Jenni Knight
Anastasia Kolas
Clara Lou
Tavi Meraud
Joe Proulx
Ana Ratner
Scott Roben
Am Schmidt
Colin Self
Zoran Starcevic
Martine Syms
Barrett White
Tatsiana Zamirouskaya
Or Zubalsky
Dmitri Zurita

Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College


July 22–30, 2017

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