The Visitor Talks – Dialogues: CCS Bard & Judd Foundation at 101 Spring Street

December 12, 2014 from 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Judd Foundation - 101 Spring Street, NYC


Organized by: Park Myers, Amber Esseiva and Xavi Acarin, graduate students at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

In Donald Judd’s well–known text, Specific Objects, he makes an argument for the use of “new materials, either recent inventions or things not used before in art,” and their validity as media for creativity and exploration. This event stems from Judd’s call for a revision of artistic materials, through a dialogue about the ways artists and academics engage with contemporary ideas of spatio-temporality, materiality, and objectivity.

An important legacy of Specific Objects was a new understanding of three-dimensionality in sculptural practice. Carrying this legacy forward into current and potential trajectories of contemporary art, this event will move beyond three-dimensionality to ask the question of scale and magnitude that lies outside of or beyond a human subjectivity. The program will begin with Joshua Simon’s conceptualization of Neomaterialism, moving to a conversation with artist and professor Gabriel Barcia Colombo about legacy and memorialization in digital media, and culminating with a presentation of recent projects by artist Trevor Paglen, whose process involves thinking beyond human scale and temporality.

For this discussion, Judd’s legacy and 101 Spring Street offers a point of departure to think about space, materiality, and authorship. Beginning with Judd and extending the conversation to account for a different financial situation for contemporary cultural producers. For artists practicing in city centers such as New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, etc there are insurmountable financial restrictions forcing cultural practitioners into a complicated relationship with objects, one that more often than not results in an immaterial object that transcends spatio-temporality. This context sets up a conversation that allows us to postulate how artists will continue to interact with materiality today and in the future. 


Gabriel Barcia-Colombo is an interactive video artist based out of New York City. His work focuses on memorialization and, more specifically, the act of leaving one’s imprint for the next generation. He is a New York Foundation for the Arts grant awardee and faculty member at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. He also serves as a member of the artist advisory board at the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as an education committee member at the Museum of Art and Design.

Trevor Paglen’s work deliberately blurs lines between science, contemporary art, journalism, and other disciplines to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways to see and interpret the world around us. Paglen has exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Tate Modern, London, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, among others and has participated in the Taipei, Istanbul and Liverpool Biennials. Paglen holds a Ph.D. in Geography from U.C. Berkeley.  

Joshua Simon is a curator, writer and filmmaker who holds the chief curatorship at The Bat Yam art Museum in the city of Bat Yam, Israel. His most recent publication, Neomaterialism (2014 Sternberg Press), engages in an exploration of contemporary relationships to material, space and time especially in reference to economy and exchange.

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