Curated by Paul O'Neill, Director of the Graduate Program, We are the Center for Curatorial Studiesis both an exhibition and research project, a multi-year program incorporating artist projects, exhibitions, collaborations,and public and non-public programs.
We are the Center for Curatorial Studiesperceives curating as a series of actions leading toward the emergence of an eventual exhibition-form.Its first iteration comprisesa selection of extant artworks, new commissions,and on-going art projectsin a displayrelating to the ‘exhibitionary’ and the ‘curatorial’. More than 30 works will be on view, acting as a catalyst for discussions, public presentations, and teaching –shaping the core activities of CCS Bardand its graduate program.During this initial phase, artists will also spend time at CCSBard teaching, lecturing, and developing projects with the graduate program and its students.
We are the Center for Curatorial Studiesis constructed around six main speculative ‘Departments’ entitled: The Department of Information (The Textual Core); The Department of Display (The Operational Core); The Department of Things (The Object Core);The Department ofImages (The Visual Core); The Department of Waiting (The Attending Core);and The Department of Events (The Discursive Core).
These Departments intersect with one another tomake up the content and structure of We are the Center for Curatorial Studies.Each will challenge the ways in which an exhibition gathers its form through a deep consideration of the juxtaposition of subjects, things, images, information, structures, and/ or display spaces.
During the first phase, artist, writer, and filmmaker ChrisKrauswill begin a unique set of 18 short stories/texts for each galleryof the Hessel Museum of Art. These texts will act as prompts, persuasions, and parallel meditation for the other artworks on exhibition. Sarah Piercewill lead The Department of Information, spendingthree months at CCS Bard thinking through ideas of ‘greatness’ and its meanings while delving into the archives and displaying her own archival-based work. Further contributors include the Museum of American Art Berlin, Martin Beck, Brian O’Doherty,Lawrence Weiner, and Jasmina Cibic–allworking with(in) archives, or drawing upon curatorial material and exhibition histories.
The Department of Display (The Operational Core)explores spatial design and the architectonics of exhibition-making. Marjolijn Dijkman’s spatial interventions will explorethe prominent role played by modernism in display systems and museum exhibition techniques. Céline Condorelli’sadaptive support structure black drapes All Our Tomorrows will wrap the public intermittently, installed and reinstalled at variant intervals for the duration of the exhibition. Can Altaywill produce three related spatial thresholds to break up the gallery entry spaces and will provide immersive walkways for the viewer. Richard Venletwill contribute a slowly evolving site-specific floor intervention, actingas another exhibition space within and across theHessel Museumgalleries.
Although many of the artworks on display move between departments, the Department of Things (The Object Core)will include on-going temporal sculptures and adaptive evolving objects by Vlatka Horvat, Nina Canell, Marjolijn Dijkman, and Ronan McCrea.The Department of Images (The Visual Core) will begin with a series of exploratory films and expanding image-based projects by Grace Weir, Falke Pisano, Vlatka Horvat,Gerard Byrne, Gareth Long, Elizabeth Price, James Hoff, Sara Cwynar, Matt Keegan, and others.
The Department of Waiting (The Attending Core)will involve artist ‘waiting rooms’ or gallery gestures attending towards the act of ‘waiting’. Artist interventions and on-going relational artworks by Ulrike Müller, Eduardo Padilha, Gareth Long, Mary Heilmann, WilliamMcKeown, and Jasmina Cibicwill define intermediary, and transitional sites of expectation. These waiting rooms and display spaces remain ‘in-progress’ and await a future exhibition –functioning also as ‘pop-up’ teaching and conversation sites.
Finally, The Department of Events (The Discursive Core)forms the basis of The Visitor Talks Program at CCS Bard. Exhibiting artistswill contribute, alongside additional invited speakers, including David Blamey, Harold Offeh, Anton Vidokle,and Arseny Zhilyaev. Visitor Talks begin at 5pm on scheduled evenings at CCS Bard and are open to the public.