Deviance Credits

April 13, 2014 - May 25, 2014
CCS Bard / Hessel Museum of Art

Opening Reception : Sunday, April 13, 2014, 1pm -4pm

Free chartered bus to and from New York City for the opening.  For reservations, call 845.758.7598, or write

The Center for Curatorial Studies presents thirteen exhibitions and projects curated by second-year students in its graduate program in curatorial studies and contemporary art.  The students have organized these exhibition and projects as part of the requirements for the master of arts degree.

The concept of deviance credits, developed by Ira Shor as part of a strategy for empowering educators, argues for “one foot firmly planted in the institution so that the other foot can deviate from the norm.” It proposes an essential hinge between a full investment in an institution and an opening of space for challenging or critical practices. The thesis projects organized by the CCS Bard class of 2014 are wide-ranging in their investments, but linked by a similar kind of negotiation with notions of institution in support of individual and collective commitments.

The projects are as follows:

Turn on the bright lights

Artists: Kajsa Dahlberg, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Lamelas, Jason Mena, Trevor Paglen
Curated by Carla Acevedo-Yates

Turn on the bright lights forefronts artists who work with abstraction to represent spaces that resist visibility.


The Third Idiom

Camel Collective, the TEACHABLE FILE, and Wendy Tronrud
Curated by Lindsey Berfond

Featuring an installation, online platform, performances, talks, and workshops, The Third Idiom initiates an experimental dialogue between education as a form or subject of art production and systems of formal schooling.


Managing Object Expectations

Artists: Nairy Baghramian, Zilla Leutenegger, Seth Price, Michael St. John, Chris Thorson, and Rosemarie Trockel
Curated by Sabrina Blaichman

Managing Object Expectations creates a dialogue between artistic labor and readymade objects by merging the aesthetics of handcrafted artworks with everyday objects.


Where The Streets Have No Name

Artists: Claudio Bueno, VALIE EXPORT, Milton Machado, and Teresa Margolles
Curated by Thiago Carrapatoso

What if a city was not controlled by the mechanisms of an urban commodity? What would the social interrelations which happen inside the urban environment be like?


Popcorn, Pepsi, Petabytes

Lynn Hershman Leeson, Aleksandra Domanović, Michele Abeles, with a soundtrack by Ugnius Gelguda & Maria Minerva
Curated by Neringa Černiauskaitė

From multiple, to robotic, to the flat – the transformations of body at the intersection of the real and the virtual. In the augmented reality, even this last distinction collapses.



A collaboration between Malene Dam, Bridget de Gersigny, and Ted Kerr

“NO NARRATIVE PRECEDED US” is an ongoing collaboration between Malene Dam, Bridget de Gersigny, and Ted Kerr started in October 2013 with public conversations and performances in New York and CCS Bard. Using the format of a reading group the collaboration explores the intersections of identity politics with shared queer and feminist histories across time.


The Development

Curated by Jocelyn Edens

The Development proposes to build an infrastructure for more adaptive, collaborative, and local models of arts-led economic development in the Hudson Valley.


Dark Velocity1

Curated by Victoria Ivanova

By accelerating networked capital, Dark Velocity1 mobilizes contemporary art’s essential processes of valuation and distribution not as external predatory forces that invade art’s autonomy but as resources for actively negotiating agency.

1 Courtesy of Gean Moreno


We owe each other everything

Artists include Malin Arnell, Kerry Downey, Jen Rosenblit, Joanna Seitz, and Constantina Zavitsanos
Organized by Andrew Kachel

An exhibition and research platform developing and articulating concepts of queer labor.


Is It Really Working?
A Physical Symposium on Materiality and Queer Practices/Strategies

Curated by Clara López Menéndez

Is it Really Working? researches the possibilities and conditions of cultural production in NYC from a queer and feminist perspective. A meeting of culture agents who share critical positions regarding the status of artistic labor, the format of this encounter intersects the symposium and the crash course, as a physical symposium that re-thinks the social relations traditionally established in those socio-academic circumstances.



Artist: Gian Maria Tosatti
Curated by Cloé Perrone

Open the door, enter the office, embody the institution.  Now see yourself through the mirror.


And Now a Word from Our Sponsors

Artist: Matthew Barney
Curated by Nicola Ricciardi

The modes of production of an artwork and the forces driving its placement in an exhibition, museum, or collection are often highly inter-connected; still, participants in the field often agree that the presumably autonomous meaning of the work has to be detached from its constitutive network of power and money. But who benefits the most from this separation?



Artist: Tom Burr
Curated by Javier Sánchez 

A fragmentary array of movie theater architectural tropes, cult films stills, performative environmental settings, and photographs of cinema personas, Screen focuses on the social space of cinema as a privileged subject in Tom Burr’s sculptural model.


Student-curated exhibitions at CCS Bard are made possible with support from the Rebecca and Martin Eisenberg Student Exhibition Fund; the Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg Family Foundation; the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation; the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation; the Board of Governors of the Center for Curatorial Studies; and by the Center’s Patrons, Supporters, and Friends. 


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