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a/drift
October 26, 1996 – January 5, 1997
→ CCS Bard Galleries
Curated by
  • Joshua Decter
Exhibition Category
Major Exhibitions

a/drift, an exhibition-as-allegory, employed the idea of drifting to suggest the increasingly porous quality of today’s cultural life. a/drift offered eight fluid zones: Elasticity (pulled, stretched-out, nearly torn, and returned to shape); Carnal Matters (the body is everywhere displayed, and displaced); Almost Dumb, Distracted and Apathetic Enough (your behavior is a strategy of resistance); A Lovely Entropy (when things fall apart, and we embrace the erosion); Lifestyles of the… (live like us, be like us, we are you); TV Heads (television is inside us, and we are inside television); Where is the Identity? (moments of naming and identification); and From Reticence to Smart Anger, Nihilism to Hope and Back Again (social psychologies and styles in transition, or contradiction). While the show focused upon newly commissioned and extant works of art, each zone also brought into play materials from distinct areas of culture, such as film, television, fashion, and music.

Artists are Vito Acconci, Franz Ackermann, Doug Aitken, Vanessa Beecroft, Dawoud Bey, Nayland Blake, Douglas Blau, Henry Bond, Chris Burden, Larry Clark, John Currin, Sam Durant, Nicole Eisenman, Tamara Fites, Coco Fusco, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Renee Green, Simon Grennan & Christopher Sperandio, Lyle Ashton Harris, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Damien Hirst, Dana Hoey, General Idea, Alex Katz, Mike Kelley, Karen Kilimnik, Martin Kippenberger, Jutta Koether, Jeff Koons, Inez van Lamsweerde, Sean Landers, Glenn Ligon, John Lindell, Sharon Lockhart, Charles Long, Robert Longo, Ken Lum, Piero Manzoni, Daniel J. Martinez, Paul McCarthy, John Miller, Mariko Mori, Mark Morrisroe, Billy Name, Bruce Nauman, Cady Noland, Daniel Oates, Claes Oldenburg, Catherine Opie, Steven Parrino, Hirsch Perlman, Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, Jack Pierson, Adrian Piper, Lari Pittman, Sigmar Polke, Stephen Prina, Richard Prince, Jason Rhoades, David Robbins, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Thomas Ruff, Sam Samore, Collier Schorr, Cindy Sherman, Stephen Shore, Jennifer Silitch, Gary Simmons, Laurie Simmons, Georgina Starr, Beat Streuli, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Lincoln Tobier, Meyer Vaisman, Jeff Wall, Andy Warhol, Gillian Wearing, Sue Williams; also including artists invited by Elein Fleiss and Olivier Zahm of Purple Prose magazine (Paris): Miltos Manetas, Mark Borthwick, Serge Comte, Bernard Joisten, Maurizio Cattelan, Laetitia Benat, Vidya & Jean Michel, and Anders Edström.