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Receipt of a Magical Agent

April 3–May 29, 2016

Hessel Museum, New York

Collection show curated by the second-year graduate students at CCS Bard

Exhibition booklet

Receipt of a Magical Agent employs the structure of the fairy tale as a curatorial approach, drawing from the morphology devised by twentieth-century Russian folklorist Vladimir Propp. According to Propp’s formal analysis, the fairy tale can be broken down into thirty-one essential functions—which include trickery, interdiction, and pursuit—and delineate a sequence of events that drive a narrative of deception and confrontation, revelation and resolution.

Vito Acconci, David Altmejd, Janine Antoni, Richard Artschwager, Matthew Barney, Georg Baselitz, Robert Beck, Ross Bleckner, Roger Brown, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Chu Francesco Clemente, Tony Cragg, Moyra Davey, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, April Gornik, Kojo Griffin, Walter Hampel, Rachel Harrison, Mona Hatoum, Imi Knoebel, Justen Ladda, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Louise Lawler, Thomas Lawson, Malerie Marder, Allan McCollum, Tatsuo Miyajima, Bruce Nauman, Ernesto Neto, Blinky Palermo, Allen Ruppersberg, Kiki Smith, Rosemarie Trockel, Nicola Tyson, and Robert Zakanitch.