About LUMA Foundation, CCS Bard, and HRP

About LUMA Foundation
The LUMA Foundation was established in 2004 to support the activities of independent artists and pioneers, as well as institutions working in the fields of art and photography, publishing, documentary, and multimedia.  The foundation specializes in challenging artistic projects combing a particular interest in enviroinmental issues, human rights, education, and culture in the broadest sense.

The LUMA Foundation’s current focus is to develop truly experimental cultural center in the Parc des Ateliers in the city of Arles, France, working with the architect Frank Gehry. This ambitious project envisions an interdisciplinary center dedicated to the production of exhibitions, research, education, and archives and is supported by a growing number of public and private partnerships.

About the Center for Curatorial Studies
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) is an exhibition, education, and research center dedicated to the study of art and curatorial practices from the 1960s to the present day.

In addition to the CCS Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art, the Center houses the Marieluise Hessel Collection, as well as an extensive library and curatorial archives that are accessible to the public. The Center’s two-year M.A. program in curatorial studies is specifically designed to deepen students’ understanding of the intellectual and practical tasks of curating contemporary art. Exhibitions are presented year-round in the CCS Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art, providing students with the opportunity to work with world-renowned artists and curators. The exhibition program and the Hessel Collection also serve as the basis for a wide range of public programs and activities exploring art and its role in contemporary society.

About Human Rights Project 
The Human Rights Program at Bard College is a transdisciplinary major across the arts, social sciences, and literature.  It offers courses that explore fundamental theoretical questions, historical and empirical issues within the disciplines, and practical and legal strategies of human-rights advocacy.  Students are encouraged to treat human rights as an intellectual question, challenge human-rights orthodoxies, and think critically about human rights as a discourse rather than merely training for it as a profession.  The Human Rights Project links theoretical inquiry and critical explorations of human-rights practice with active research and involvement in contemporary issues.  Ongoing initiatives include projects on human-rights forensics (with the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, University of London), music and torture, and the intersections between the visual arts and human rights (with the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College).