The West Coast Initiative is a three-year collection development project initiated in 2010 and made possible by the generous support of Carla Emil, CCS Bard Board Member. Recognizing the shifting centers of the art world, the West Coast Initiative seeks to document the histories of innovative, and often overlooked, contemporary art exhibition venues situated on the West Coast of the United States and extending into Southwestern British Columbia, Canada, by retrospectively collecting their publications.
Building the collection with an attention to specific institutions emerges from Marieluise Hessel’s original approach to building her personal library, which was on long-term loan for many years, and donated in 2006, forming a cornerstone of the CCS Bard Library. With the recommendations of Walther König, Hessel endeavored to comprehensively collect publications produced by significant museums and galleries, with an emphasis on New York and Western Europe. This project builds on and expands her approach to include significant museums, galleries and alternative art spaces on the West Coast selected in consultation with an advisory committee of curators, academics and artists. By representing these institutions’ exhibition histories within our collection, we hope to provide a more comprehensive view of the developments in contemporary art discourse and practice.
A full list of the titles acquired to date as part of this project can be found in our online catalog, Felix, by using “West Coast Initiative” as a keyword search.
AS-AP is a multifaceted initiative devoted to identifying, documenting, preserving, and providing access to the archival history of alternative art spaces throughout the United States. AS-AP’s activities and programs are designed to provide artists, curators, archivists, researchers, scholars, and students with an opportunity to engage with the centers of alternative visual arts movements and activities from the 1950’s to the present.
AS-AP’s website provides access to information about the history and existence of these centers of artistic activity, as well as access to unique primary resources, including transcripts of oral history interviews, and other types of documentation. AS-AP provides access to these resources to encourage the public to engage with the history of these contemporary arts organizations.
AS-AP is a non-profit initiative formed in 2003 and founded by a consortium of alternative art organizations, including Bomb Magazine, College Art Association, Franklin Furnace Archive, New York State Council on the Arts, New York State Artist Workspace Consortium, and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Funding is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.