Ann Butler

Director of the Library and Archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies

Ann is the Director of the Library and Archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and the Project Director for Arts Spaces Archives Project  (as-ap.org).  Prior to joining CCS Bard in 2008, she was Senior Archivist at the Fales Library and Special Collections at New York University where she helped build a mixed format collection of over 10,000 linear feet of archival materials relating to the contemporary and performing arts.  Before joining Fales, she was the Archivist for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum where she implemented an enterprise-wide museum archives program.  Her education includes a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MLS from Rutgers University, and an MA in Media Studies from the New School.  Ann Butler has lectured widely on the preservation and documentation of moving image and electronic media works.  She has participated in a number of international initiatives focusing on the preservation of cultural heritage materials.  Her research interests include the intersection of archives and the contemporary arts; documentation and preservation issues for performance and installation-based works; and the increasing convergence of archives and museum collection management practices for contemporary art-related collections. Graduate Committee (2010– ).