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The Development
April 13 – May 25, 2014
→ CCS Bard Galleries, Hessel Museum of Art
Curated by
  • Jocelyn Edens
Part of
Exhibition Category
Thesis Exhibitions

Participants include eteam; Hudson Community Garden, Incident Report Viewing Station, Time and Space Limited, Young Paris, Marina Abramovic Institute, Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood; Mayor Shayne Gallo, Richard Frumess, Pauline Oliveros and Ione, Pat Finch and Lowell Thing, O+ Festival; Middle Main, Cate Fricke, Matthew Friday, the Children’s Media Project.

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

CCS Bard is situated at the center of a corridor of arts districts along the Hudson River. This area has become increasingly composed of cities actively attracting artists and creative businesses. During the last decade, the economic base of urban sites within the largely rural Hudson Valley has shifted from manufacturing to cultural industries. The Development begins from one, hardly radical, proposition: the cultivation of arts districts often directly relates to social issues of displacement, class disparities, and cultural hierarchies. This project aims to assess the impact and direction of arts-led regeneration in the Hudson Valley.

The Development is comprised of three parts: Hudson Valley Directions, an audio guide narrated by regional practitioners and available as a free download from iTunes and Google Play; an installation of Connections to and through the Air (2007) by the artist collaborative eteam; and a community screening. Together, these components will make legible the socio-cultural landscape of cities in the Hudson Valley. The primary goal of The Development is to provide a platform for mapping sites, documenting stories, creating communal knowledge of a place, and ultimately advocating for a more sensitive approach to development.

Curated by Jocelyn Edens