if it's not love, it's the bomb
Hessel Museum of Art
Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
January 1- February 15, 2004


Curated by Cecilia Alemani, Lyra Kilston, Jyeong Yeon Kim, Risa Puleo, Yasmeen Siddiqui, and Pelin Uran

Artists include Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Christian Boltanski, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mona Hatoum, Jenny Holzer, William Kentridge, Anselm Kiefer, Barbara Kruger, Glenn Ligon, Doris Salcedo, and Kenneth Shorr.

"If it's not love, it's the bomb" surveys works from the Marieluise Hessel Collection that utilize different media to address political and cultural traumas. The selected works attempt to reconcile difficult histories through the resurrection of personal and cultural memories. This survey crosses experiential divides and examines the artists' continued proximity to the events they depict.

Photos by Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College