Kelly Nipper will give an Artist’s Talk in conjunction with her project at CCS Bard, Circle Circle Curated by CCS Bard Curatorial Fellow 2012-2013, Alicia Ritson.
In her research-based media practice, Kelly Nipper works with dancers, generating photographs, videos, and events. She explores how and where the formal and social fields of each of these mediums relate, paying particular attention to their spatial, temporal, and expressive capacities. Nipper considers the acts of transcription and translation as she shifts between modes of production that have distinct sets of properties and demands. Repetition and inscription become processes through which to experience ideas and concepts as forms or things.
Nipper’s work with performance expands upon her background in photography, film, and video. She received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1995 after studying within the photography program. Her BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, received in 1993, was in media arts with a concentration in photography. Among Nipper’s most important interlocutors has been Allan Kaprow—the artist who conceived of Environments and Happenings—for whom Nipper worked for several years as studio manager and archivist.
Nipper has been the subject of solo exhibitions and performances at several national and international institutions, including Kunsthaus Zürich; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tramway, Glasgow; and Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. She has been included in numerous important group exhibitions, including Danser Sa Vie, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011); 2010: Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2010); While Bodies Get Mirrored. An Exhibition about Movement, Formalism and Space, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich (2010); and Dance with Camera, Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia (2009). The recipient of a Louis Comfort Foundation Tiffany Award and a Performa Commission, Nipper’s work is in the public collections of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, among others.
About The Speakers Series: Each semester the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College hosts a regular program of lectures by the foremost artists, curators, art historians, and critics of our day, 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.