Luke Fowler

Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College / Anthology Film Archives

Photo of R.D. Laing (c) John Haynes.

October 13, 2011

Luke Fowler

The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) and Anthology Film Archives are proud to present the premiere screening of All Divided Selves, a new feature length film by the artist Luke Fowler. Following his celebrated works What You See Is Where You’re At (2001) and Bogman Palmjaguar (2007), this is the third of Fowler’s works to take up the legacy of radical psychiatrist R.D. Laing.

The social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s were spearheaded by the charismatic, guru-like figure of Glasgow born Psychiatrist R.D. Laing. In his now classic text “The Politics of Experience” (1967) Laing argued that normality entailed adjusting ourselves to the mystification of an alienating and depersonalizing world. Thus, those society labels as ‘mentally ill’ are in fact ‘hyper-sane’ travelers, conducting an inner voyage through aeonic time. The film concentrates on archival representations of Laing and his colleagues as they struggled to acknowledge the importance of considering social environment and disturbed interaction in institutions as significant factors in the aetiology of human distress and suffering. All Divided Selves reprises the vacillating responses to these radical views and the less forgiving responses to Laing’s latter career shift; from eminent psychiatrist to enterprising celebrity. A dense, engaging and lyrical collage- Fowler weaves archival material with his own filmic observations—marrying a dynamic soundtrack of field recordings with recorded music by Éric La Casa, Jean-Luc Guionnet and Alasdair Roberts.

Developed during his 2010 residency at CCS Bard, All Divided Selves will screen at Anthology Film Archives on November 3, 2011 at 6:45pm, followed by an installation at CCS Bard from November 9–December 16. The project will then travel to Inverleith House in Edinburgh in February 2012. Fowler’s residency at Bard and the new film were both made possible with support from Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg and Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg.

About Luke Fowler
Luke Fowler is known for his film portraits of socially radical figures; from the avant-garde composer turned political activist Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981) to the Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing (1927–1989). He has had recent solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, London; CAC Bretigny and X Initiative, New York (all 2009). Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Inverleith House, Edinburgh and The Hepworth, Wakefield and Wolverhampton Art Gallery, made in association with Contemporary Art Society & Film and Video Umbrella. He participated in British Art Show 7: ‘In The Days Of The Comet’, and in ‘Radical Nature’ at Barbican Art Gallery, London; ‘The Associates’, Dundee Contemporary Art; ‘What You See is Where You’re At’, The Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh and ‘Younger than Jesus’, X New Museum, New York (all 2009). He was born in Glasgow in 1978, where he continues to live and work.

About Anthology Film Archives
Directions: Anthology Film Archives is located at 32 Second Ave. at 2nd St. Subway: F to 2nd Ave; 6 to Bleecker.

Tickets: Tickets are available at Anthology’s box office on the day of the show only. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day. There are no advance ticket sales. Reservations are available to Anthology members only.

Phone: 212-505-5181 / Schedule Line: ext. 31

About the Center for Curatorial Studies
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) is an exhibition, education, and research center dedicated to the study of art and curatorial practices from the 1960s to the present day. In addition to the CCS Bard Galleries and the newly inaugurated Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard houses the Marieluise Hessel Collection of more than 2,000 contemporary works, as well as an extensive library and curatorial archives that are accessible to the public. The Center’s two-year graduate program in curatorial studies is specifically designed to deepen students’ understanding of the intellectual and practical tasks of curating contemporary art. Exhibitions are presented year-round in the CCS Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art, providing students with the opportunity to work with world-renowned artists and curators. The exhibition program and collection also serve as the basis for a wide range of public programs and activities exploring art and its role in contemporary society.

The CCS Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College are open Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. All CCS Bard exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public.

For more information, please call CCS Bard at 845.758.7598, write, or visit

Currently on view at CCS Bard and The Hessel Museum of Art:

Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964–1977 now through October 31, 2011
Dia Art Foundation and CCS Bard inaugurated the first North American retrospective of the work of German artist Blinky Palermo (1943–1977). The retrospective is curated by Lynne Cooke and has traveled to:
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (October 31, 2010–January 16, 2011); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (February 24–May 15, 2011); then concurrently now at Dia:Beacon and CCS Bard (June 25–October 31, 2011).

If you lived here, you’d be home by now now through December 16, 2011
Co-curated by artist Josiah McElheny, Tom Eccles, and Lynne Cooke focusing on the theme of “the domestic” and the idea of differences in viewing, experiencing, and evaluating contemporary art in a public vs. domestic environment. The exhibition includes works by artists such as Carl Andre, Cindy Sherman, Gerhard Richter, and Agnes Martin drawn from the extensive Marieluise Hessel Collection of contemporary art, as well as new projects by Josiah McElheny and borrowed works by artists such as John Chamberlain.

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Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000

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