MA Curatorial Practice
School of Visual Arts
New York City
Curated exhbitions are ordered chronologically.
Normal Bob: Pray for Satan
Curated by Becka Jean
Launching Friday, May 1, 2020
Pray for Satan is the first exhibition to map the work of Normal Bob Smith (Robert Hain). Over the past 30 years, Normal Bob has worked in illustration, video, photography, performance, merchandising, and internet-based media. His controversial art confronts religion, freedom of speech, sexual predators, exploitation, and offbeat kinks, provoking uncomfortable questions. Whether through his straightforward graphic style or his more conceptual pieces, Normal Bob simplifies complicated issues into quirky images and interactive artworks with an apparent innocence and an underlying provocation.
Normal Bob is consistently concerned with social equity and morality, but invokes these deeper issues with tongue-in-cheek wit. As a peculiar and playful exhibition, Pray for Satan asks how Normal Bob’s uncanny skill for creating conversation and debate might also create an opening onto the messiness of contemporary discourse. What is too risqué to say? Is anything too sacred for satire? Why are we, as a society, afraid to discuss certain issues? Channeling the power of punk, Normal Bob’s heretical work challenges the predominant attitudes that plague contemporary discourse, and, seen together, his works comprise an important case study in radical individualism, religious criticism, and how contemporary art thrives outside the mainstream.
This isn’t for You
Curated by Becka Jean
Artists: Erika Diamond, Lou Giansante, Susan Grabel, Brandon Lowery, and Heather Joy Puskarich
Opening Reception: Friday, October 19th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
October 17th - October 30, 2018
CP Projects Space, 132 West 21st Street, 10th floor, New York, NY
Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, weekends by appointment
CP Projects Space at the School of Visual Arts is pleased to present This isn’t for You, curated by MA Curatorial Practice Fellow Becka Jean. How do people who are blind consider the visual arts and vice versa? This exhibition explores ways to engage the community of the blind, which is too rarely considered—in fact, is generally marginalized—in the context of the visual arts and exhibition making. The tension between sharing the visual power of art and the ways that people with blindness can participate is at play in this exhibition.