September 12, 2016

The Visitor Talks—We are the Center for Curatorial Studies: The Department of Events  (The Discursive Core)

The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College
Courtesy of CCS Bard.

Dearest Visitor,

We are delighted you will take part in the exhibition project We are the Center for Curatorial Studiesas one of our invited artists. As part of this exhibition, we invite you to contribute towards this coming semester’s Visitor Talks program. Taking place within the framework of We are the Center for Curatorial Studies, this is a series of public and semi-public events, lectures, discussions, and presentations about “the curatorial”–what it means as an object of study, and what it means to be a center or epicenter for such study. These talks will help define our Department of Events, forming the discursive core of the Center for the semester.

As well as coming to talk with us, we hope you will make use of our resources: the museum, the archive, the library, the classroom, and the graduate program, with its faculty, staff, and students. Ideally, we would like to begin an on-going dialogue with you, with your work, and with the presentation of this work. We want to study the form(s) of labor involved in your work, and what it is doing in the world. We want to look hard at what it is that is being exhibited—to explore its materiality, to live with it, and to question its “curiatorial-ity”. Your artwork presents a means of questioning our own curatorial and educational work.

We are using We are the Center for Curatorial Studies as a way to reflect upon the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard), whilst building it in exhibition form. Integral to an expanded conception of the curatorial is recognition of the exhibition itself as a potential mode of research action. As part of this process, we are considering what kind of things, images, information, display structures, events, discussions, archives, attention, temporalities, works, and practices should make up the Center for Curatorial Studies. We hope you will come to share your thoughts with us, and will take our invitation as a framing device for the content of your talk. What would you include in the Center for Curatorial Studies? What would be contained within it? What would make up its core—its focus of study and of exhibition?

We are looking forward to seeing you and hosting you soon at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, and to hearing your thoughts.

Warmest wishes,
Paul O’Neill Director of the Graduate Program


The Visitor Talks are held at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Classroom 102, 5–7pm. All are free and open to the public.

Schedule of talks this fall are as follows:

Monday, September 19: Ulrike Müller
Wednesday, September 28: Eduardo Padilha
Wednesday, October 5: Marjolijn Dijkman
Wednesday, October 12: Vlatka Horvat / Nina Canell
Monday, October 17: Elizabeth Price
Wednesday, November 9: Martin Beck
Tuesday, November 15: Anton Vidokle / Arseny Zhilyaev
Wednesday, November 16: Can Altay / Gareth Long
Wednesday, November 30: James Hoff
Wednesday, December 7: The Technical Assistant of the Museum of American Art in Berlin
Monday, December 12: Jasmina Cibic

Previous speakers can be viewed here


The Visitor Talks Fall 2016 at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College

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