Conversation with Rob Pruitt and Tom Eccles
NeueHouse 110 East 25th Street New York, NY January 21st, 2016
The Brant Foundation Lecture Series and NeueHouse Presents:
In Conversation with Rob Pruitt and Tom Eccles
This conversation with Rob Pruitt serves as an addendum to Rob Pruitt’s exhibition at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center. This panel discussion with Tom Eccles provides further insight into the work and practice of contemporary artist, Rob Pruitt, and the relationships between artist, collector, and curator.
Tom Eccles is the Executive Director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.Having joined CCS Bard in 2005, he built the Hessel Museum of Art which opened in November 2006 and organized the inaugural exhibition of the Marieluise Hessel Collection,Wrestle (2006).
The many exhibitions he has curated at the museum have included collaborative projects with artists Martin Creed (2007), Keith Edmier (2008), Rachel Harrison (2009), Josiah McElheny and Lynne Cook (2011), Liam Gillick (2012), Haim Steinbach (2013), and Amy Sillman with Cheney Thompson (2014). 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). During his tenure, the center has also organized numerous exhibitions and projects including the first U.S. retrospective of Blinky Palermo (in collaboration with the Dia Art Foundation in 2011), Philippe Parreno (in collaboration with the Pompidou Center in 2010), and Anne Collier (2014). Many of these exhibitions have travelled internationally to venues such as the Serpentine Gallery, London, and the Kunsthalle Zurich.