Archives

The CCS Bard Archives contain the institutional archives for the Center for Curatorial Studies and the Hessel Museum of Art. The collection contains documentation of the complete exhibition and programming history of CCS Bard.

Other collections in the CCS Bard Archives include the organizational archives of select galleries such as the Virginia Dwan Gallery Archives, and the personal papers of select curators, artists, and artist-run spaces and initiatives. The CCS Bard Archives also contain 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 researchers and scholars 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.

A note for professors: If you are planning to have your students consult materials from the CCS Bard Archives as part of course projects, please Contact Us in advance so we can work with you to facilitate access.

The CCS Bard Archives consist of several collections:

THE CCS BARD INSTITUTIONAL ARCHIVES

This collection documents the development of the Center for Curatorial Studies as an exhibition, education, and research center dedicated to the study of art and curatorial practices from the 1960’s to the present. The collection includes the full exhibition history of the CCS Galleries and the Hessel Museum of Art, including student exhibitions and graduate program events and exhibitions. The institutional archives also contain artist’s files for each of the artists represented in the Hessel Museum of Art collection. Artist files may include: brochures, invitations, press materials and clippings, reviews, and documentation of specific works. Please click here for a list of our Artist Files.

ARCHIVES AND MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS

Edith C. Blum Art Institute Archives

Collaborative Practices Archive

Culture in Action Exhibition Archive

The working files of the curatorial staff for the exhibition Culture in Action – a public art program of Sculpture Chicago (1992-1993).  The collection was donated by Mary Jane Jacob, curator.

Dwan Galleries Archive: 1959-1971 Los Angeles and New York City

The archives of the Virginia Dwan Gallery consists of materials relating to the exhibitions held at the Dwan Gallery – Los Angeles from 1959-1967 and the Dwan Gallery – New York from 1965-1971.  Each exhibition is documented with materials including press releases, exhibition checklists, photographic documentation of the exhibitions, announcements, magazine and newspaper reviews, and other materials.

The Maria Lind Manifesta 2 Papers

The collection contains the working files for Manifesta 2, co-curated by Maria Lind and held in Luxembourg in 1998. 

Places with a Past Exhibition Archive

Consists of the working files of the curatorial staff for the exhibition Places with a Past: New Site-Specific Art at Charleston’s Spoleto Festival (1991).  The collection was donated by Mary Jane Jacob, curator.

Project Inc. Archive

The collection contains the exhibition records for Project Inc., a small community art space in Cambridge, Massachusetts founded and run by Paul McMahon from 1972-1975. The art space held one day exhibitions and events by a range of well-known artists including: Matt Mullican, Dan Graham, Laurie Anderson, Jack Goldstein, Lawrence Weiner, and Michael Asher, among many others.

The Traveling Magazine Table Archive

The Traveling Magazine Table Archive consists of over 700 small press publications produced by artists, alternative art spaces, artists’ collectives, and other non-profit art initiatives documenting the project’s evolution and exhibition at various international art venues from 2001 through 2011.  The collection was generously donated to the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in 2011 by Bik Van der Pol on behalf of Nomads & Residents.

CCS BARD STUDY COLLECTIONS

CCS Bard Historical Exhibitions Study Collection

Exhibitions researched by CCS Bard students.  Please note that written permission must be secured from the rights holder(s) prior to requesting photocopies or reproductions of materials from this collection.

Curators Study Collection

Documentation of select international curators and significant exhibitions they curated.  Please note that written permission must be secured from the rights holder(s) prior to requesting photocopies or reproductions of materials from this collection.