January 13, 2020

CCS Bard Spring 2020 Speaker Series

The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College

View from one of the student curated exhibitions in From the Collection: First-Year Practicum 2019, CCS Bard Galleries 2019. Works from the Marieluise Hessel Collection. Photo: Chris Kendall 2019.

Each semester the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) hosts a program of lectures by leading artists, curators, art historians, and critics, situating the school and museum’s concerns within the larger context of contemporary art production and discourse. Lectures are open to students and faculty, as well as to the general public, and will also be documented through video and/or audio recordings, which will reside in the CCS Bard Library and Archives.

February 6: Every Ocean Hughes
Artist and writer. This lecture will take place in the Collection Teaching Gallery at 2pm.

February 24: Dr. Margo Machida
Professor Emerita of Art History and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut.

March 3: The Brant Foundation Lecture in Contemporary Art—Dr. Kobena Mercer
Professor in History of Art and African American Studies at Yale University. This lecture will take place at Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center, Bard College.

April 21: William T. Williams
Artist and Professor of Art at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. This lecture is co-presented with Africana Studies at Bard College and will take place at Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center, Bard College.

April 29: Brittany Webb
Curator of the John Rhoden Collection at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA).

May 6: Dara Birnbaum
Artist, in conversation with Lori Zippay, Director Emeritus of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) and Lauren Cornell, Director of the Graduate Program at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and Chief Curator of the Hessel Museum of Art.

The Speaker Series at CCS Bard is free and open to the public. All lectures take place at CCS Bard (unless otherwise noted) from 5–7pm.

Applications are now being accepted for our Master of Arts in Curatorial Studies program.

Admissions deadline: February 1, 2020

About the Graduate Program at CCS Bard
The graduate program at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) is an intensive, two-year course of study in the history of contemporary art, the institutions and practices of exhibition making, and the theory and criticism of contemporary art since the 1960s. The program is broadly interdisciplinary and provides practical training and experience within a museum setting. Its international faculty includes curators and other museum professionals, scholars in the humanities and social sciences, artists, and critics.

The curriculum is specifically designed to deepen students’ understanding of the intellectual and technical tasks of curating exhibitions and projects around contemporary art, particularly within the complex social and cultural situations of present-day arts institutions, as well as focusing intensively on interpretive and critical writing. The graduate program is uniquely positioned within the larger Center’s tripartite resources, which include the CCS Bard Library, Archives, and the Hessel Museum of Art, with its rich permanent collection.

An overview of the program is available on the CCS Bard website here.

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