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Center for Curatorial Studies and Bard Theater and Performance Program present

No Child... written by Nilaja Sun

Performance by Bard College students in the Solo Performance course.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Please join us for a performative reading of selections from No Child..., a play written by Nilaja Sun and performed by students enrolled in Sun's Solo Performance course at Bard.
The performance is part of The Third Idiom, a thesis exhibition at The Center for Curatorial Studies curated by graduate student Lindsey Berfond.

No Child… considers the experience of an idealistic teaching artist as she leads a class of Bronx 10th graders to produce a theatrical performance. The critical play exposes the inner workings of an educational system in perpetual crisis — the play’s title refers to the controversial Bush administration policy No Child Left Behind Act — and traces the role of art and artists working in a struggling, “arts-deprived” urban public school.

The Third Idiom initiates an experimental dialogue between systems of formal schooling and education as a form or subject of art production. Positioning critical pedagogy as a theoretical starting point, the project opens up the space of the contemporary art institution as a flexible site for co-investigating the ideological models and circumstances of education. To examine the politics, conditions, and policies of alternative and mainstream educational systems, the project features gallery interventions by Camel Collective, the TEACHABLE FILE, and Wendy Tronrud. Installations in the galleries are further activated by a series of programs, which include performances, conversations, and collaborations with artists, theorists, local public school teachers and students.


FREE: Space is limited, please RSVP to Lindsey Berfond at Lberfond@gmail.com.


For more information, call 718-541-1746, or e-mail Lberfond@gmail.com.

Location: CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art