Partnerships

Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies

The Brant Foundation, Inc. is pleased to partner with Bard College and to present the Center of Curatorial Studies and Art History Program with a grant to further the college’s programming in the arts.

In addition to supporting the Center of Curatorial Studies and Art History Program, the grant also provides support for library and archive acquisitions within the newly expanded library of CCS Bard.  The expansion more than doubles the capacity of the research facilities, which are open to all students of Bard College and visiting scholars, and includes the permanent installation of a major work by Sol LeWitt.

 

About the Center for Curatorial Studies

The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) was founded in 1990 as an exhibition and research center for the study of late 20th-century and contemporary art and culture and to explore experimental approaches to the presentation of these topics and their impact on our world. Since 1994, the Center for Curatorial Studies and its graduate program have provided one of the world’s most forward-thinking teaching and learning environments for the research and practice of contemporary art and curatorship. Broadly interdisciplinary, CCS Bard encourages students, faculty, and researchers to question the critical and political dimension of art, its mediation, and its social significance. CCS Bard cultivates innovative thinking, radical research, and new ways to challenge our understanding of the social and civic values of the visual arts. CCS Bard provides an intensive educational program alongside its public events, exhibitions, and publications, which collectively explore the critical potential of the institutions and practices of exhibition-making. It is uniquely positioned within the larger Center’s tripartite resources, which include the internationally renowned CCS Bard Library and Archives and the Hessel Museum of Art, with its rich permanent collection.

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I am pleased to support an innovative position that brings both the undergraduate and graduate programs into greater contact and helping to nurture future collaborations that strengthen the visual arts at Bard.

– Peter Brant

The Brant Foundation Fellow in Contemporary Arts

Alex Kitnick, a noted art historian and writer, has been appointed as the new Brant Foundation Fellow in Contemporary Arts. This fellowship enables Kitnick to join the College as a full-time faculty member teaching jointly in CCS Bard’s graduate and Bard’s art history undergraduate programs. This joint appointment is the first of its kind in the visual arts at Bard.

Alex Kitnick received his Ph.D. in art history from Princeton University in 2010, where he worked with Hal Foster.  His critical and historical writings cover a wide range of twentieth century art practices from art and technology to Minimalism and Pop. He has also written extensively on contemporary artists such as Rachel Harrison, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Mark Leckey.

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We are delighted to receive this visionary grant from The Brant Foundation and Peter Brant, who share our commitment to education and research. His support for a faculty position that helps to unify departments and resources creates a momentum for the future and shows a commitment to the students of the College. Alex Kitnick is a distinguished historian who adds a new and distinct voice to our program.

– Tom Eccles, Executive Director of the Center for Curatorial Studies

  • Curated by undergraduate students in ARTH 362: To Care, To Exhibit, To Present: Seminar on Curating, taught by Alex Kitnick, The Brant Foundation Fellow in Contemporary Arts. December 2016, CCS Bard Teaching Gallery, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.
  • Installation images from S/Election, curated by undergraduate students in ARTH 362: To Care, To Exhibit, To Present: Seminar on Curating, taught by Alex Kitnick, The Brant Foundation Fellow in Contemporary Arts. December 2016, CCS Bard Teaching Gallery, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.
  • Curated by undergraduate students in ARTH 362: To Care, To Exhibit, To Present: Seminar on Curating, taught by Alex Kitnick, The Brant Foundation Fellow in Contemporary Arts. December 2016, CCS Bard Teaching Gallery, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

To Care, To Exhibit, To Present: Seminar on Curating, taught by Alex Kitnick

December 8th, 2016 – S/Election is an exhibition of artworks and interventions that confronts our current political moment. By considering representation in both its political and aesthetic registers the exhibition transforms the museum into a site for thinking through our national situation. Following in the tradition of exhibitions such as Group Material’s Democracy (1990), the curators seek to challenge and expand the conventions of the white cube, transforming it into a space not only for looking but also for discussion and meeting. S/Election has been curated by undergraduate students in ARTH 362 To Care, To Exhibit, To Present: Seminar on Curating, taught by Alex Kitnick.

 

The Brant Foundation Lectures in Contemporary Art: “How Do You Know? Contemporary Art and the Politics of Knowledge.”

Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS Bard) will present the first in The Brant Foundation Lectures in Contemporary Art series with a lecture by art historian Carrie Lambert-Beatty, “How Do You Know? Contemporary Art and the Politics of Knowledge.” The lecture takes place at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, in Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College. This lecture is made possible by the major grant given from The Brant Foundation to Bard College to support The Brant Foundation Fellowship in Contemporary Arts.

Carrie Lambert-Beatty is Professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, and Director of Graduate Studies for the Ph.D. in Film and Visual Studies.

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