Hessel Museum of Art, March 24 – May 26, 2013
Designer: Studio Manuel Raeder
Point of Sale operates as a functioning bookshop for the duration of the spring 2013 CCS Bard thesis exhibitions and projects. The bookshop’s display structure is the result of a site-specific commission by Studio Manuel Raeder, which focuses on close collaborations with artists, designers, curators, theorists, and musicians in a wide range of formats that include exhibitions, publications, type design, and furniture design. For Point of Sale, the Studio has designed a setting that can function simultaneously as a retail operation, reading room, and social space and has adapted existing structural elements from the Hessel Museum of Art.
The inventory of Point of Sale has been selected in relation to the concurrent spring exhibitions and their participant’s respective conceptual investments. It also features materials published under the CCS Bard imprint and projects by faculty and alumni/ae. A student-initiated publication produced by the CCS Bard class of 2013 accompanying less like an object more like the weather is also available, and its purchase further supports the group publication as an economic vehicle. Point of Sale presents and circulates various art publishing efforts through processes of economic exchange, to activate the intersection between art, entrepreneurship, and publishing—particularly as it has occurred and continues to occur through CCS Bard’s expanded network. In this way, the bookshop as a site within the art institution’s infrastructure has become available for curatorial and economic intervention.
Ongoing research on the subjects of “Bookstore as Medium,” “Print Economies,” and “Entrepreneurial Aesthetics” is available on the collaborative online research platform Arena. Contributions are welcome: http://are.na/point-of-sale.
Curated by Karly Wildenhaus