Collections

Books:  The library contains over 25,000 volumes focusing on post-1960s contemporary art and curatorial practices. The main collection includes extensive holdings of international exhibition catalogs, artists’ monographs dating to the 1960s, and a reference collection. Please consult Felix, our online catalog for exact holdings information.

Periodicals: The library’s periodicals collection contains current subscriptions to over 60 international art journals and periodicals covering the contemporary arts and curatorial practices.  The library also holds a sizeable collection of back issues of significant journals in print. For a complete list of CCS Bard’s periodicals and journals click here. Please consult Felix, our online catalog for exact holdings information.

Access to selected full-text electronic journals is available through the A-Z Journal List.

Media: A non-circulating collection of published media titles is available in the library.  Media holdings are listed in Felix, Bard’s online catalog. Titles may be viewed in the library on any of the public workstations.

Special Collections:  Special Collections holdings include a significant collection of approximately 80 historic artist-produced periodicals, an extensive collection of limited edition, signed, and out of print exhibition catalogs, and a collection of over 750 artists’ books produced by contemporary artists.  Special Collections holdings are listed in Felix, Bard’s online catalog.   Appointments are necessary to consult materials in Special Collections.  Please Contact Us for further information and to arrange for an appointment.

Archives: The CCS Bard Archives contain the institutional archives for the Center for Curatorial Studies and the Hessel Museum of Art, including full documentation of exhibition and programming history. Other collections include the organizational archives of select galleries and art spaces, such as the Virginia Dwan Gallery Archives, and the Project Inc Archives.  Other collecting areas include the personal papers of select curators, artists, and artist-run initiatives. The Archives also contain artist files for the artists represented in the Hessel Museum collection, and Study Collections which document significant international curators, and a selection of historic exhibitions.

The Archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies are open to the Bard community, and scholars and researchers from other institutions throughout the US and abroad conducting original research. Appointments are necessary  for all researchers who wish to consult materials. To schedule an appointment, please Contact Us or call 845-758-7566.

Masters Theses:  A thesis is written by each graduate student in partial fulfillment of the master’s program in Curatorial Studies. Theses are cataloged and shelved by year of graduation. Click for a list of theses titles and authors.