Executive Director of the Center for Curatorial Studies
Tom is Executive Director of the Center for Curatorial Studies. Since joining CCS Bard in 2005, he has overseen the construction of the Hessel Museum of Art which opened in November 2006, co-curated the inaugural exhibition of the Marieluise Hessel Collection, Wrestle, and has organized exhibitions with artists Martin Creed (2007), Keith Edmier (2008) and Rachel Harrison (2009) and Josiah McElheny (2011). In 2005, he organized the U.S. version of Uncertain States of America at CCS Bard. He also commissioned the permanent installation of Olafur Eliasson’s Parliament of Reality on the grounds of Bard (2009). From 2006-2010, he was the curatorial adviser to the Park Avenue Armory and curated Ernesto Neto’s anthropodino in 2009 and Christian Boltanski’s No Man’s Land in 2010. At Marian Goodman Gallery in 2009, he curated a group exhibition, As Long As It Lasts, including artists Pawel Althamer, Johanna Billing, Tacita Dean, William Kentridge, Gerhard Richter, and Artur Zmijewski among others.
Eccles was a “correspondent” for the 2009 Venice Biennale (curated by Daniel Birnbaum). Since 2010, he has been an adviser to the software developer, Adobe, for the Adobe Museum of Digital Media and curated the first online project with Tony Oursler. Eccles also works with the LUMA Foundation as a member of the “Core Group” of advisers for the development of a major cultural center in Arles, France (with Liam Gillick, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Philippe Parreno and Beatrix Ruf). He is a board member of the Keith Haring Foundation.
Eccles was Director of the Public Art Fund in New York City from 1996-2005 where he curated more than 100 exhibitions and projects with artists including Louise Bourgeois, Janet Cardiff, Mark Dion, Dan Graham, Barbara Kruger, Pierre Huyghe, Ilya Kabakov, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Nam June Paik, Pipilotti Rist, Lawrence Weiner, Rachel Whiteread and Andrea Zittel. He organized a number of outdoor projects in collaboration with New York City institutions including the Museum of Modern Art (Tony Smith, Francis Alys), the Whitney Museum (Biennials 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006), and the New Museum (Paul McCarthy). During his tenure at the Public Art Fund, he also initiated the Tuesday Night Talks series (Cooper Union 1995-2000 and the New School for Social Research 2001-2005) and the In the Public Realm program for emerging artists including projects by Alexander Brodsky, Christine Hill and Paul Pfeiffer (1995-2005).
Eccles graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1989 with an M.A. in Philosophy and Italian. He studied philosophy, aesthetics and semiotics at the University of Bologna from 1985-87. He is a faculty and graduate committee member of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.