The Collection

CCS Bard’s permanent collection of contemporary art includes more than 3,000 works by more than 400 of the most prominent artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.  In addition to the Center’s collection of artworks, the CCS Bard Library and Archives house more than 25,000 books and exhibition catalogues focusing on contemporary art, exhibition history, and the theory and interpretation of contemporary art and culture, as well as extensive research archives comprising over 1,000 linear feet of material.  Exhibitions are presented year-round in the CCS Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art, providing students with the opportunity to work with world-renowned artists and curators. The exhibition program and the Hessel Collection also serve as the basis for a wide range of public programs and activities exploring art and its role in contemporary society.  All CCS Bard exhibitions and public programs are free and open to the public. 

The foundation of the permanent collection is the Marieluise Hessel Collection of Contemporary Art, which has been the resident collection of CCS Bard for nearly two decades.  The Hessel Collection is international in scope, with paintings, photographs, and works on paper, sculptures, videos and video installations from the 1960s to the present including notable representations from many of the foremost movements in contemporary art; Minimalism, Arte Povera, Transavantgarde, Neo-expressionism, Patter and Decoration, The Hairy Who and Chicago Imagists, Post-minimalists, and New Media, among others. 

The Collection includes works by Janine Antoni, Georg Baselitz, Paul Chan, William Copley, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Rachel Harrison, Mona Hatoum, Donald Judd, Jannis Kounellis, Sol LeWitt, Robert Kushner, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Raymond Pettibon, Sigmar Polke, William Pope L, Rosemarie Trockel, Kiki Smith, Christopher Wool and many, many more. Recent acquisitions include works by Chantal Ackerman, Moyra Davey, Andrea Frazer, Sherrie Levine, Josiah McElheny, Laurel Nakadate, Philippe Parreno and Rikrit Tiravanija, Haim Steinbach and Gillian Wearing. The Collection has extensive holdings of photographs by artists that have influenced a generation such as Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Larry Clark, Valie Export, Saul Fletcher, Nan Goldin, Nikki Lee, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ana Mendieta, An-My Le, Gabriel Orozco, Cindy Sherman, Karlheinz Weinberger, to name a few.  New works are continually being added to the collection.  Recent additions include works by Robert Gober, Thomas Hirschhorn, Roni Horn, Rosemarie Trockel, and Franz West.

Exhibitions are presented year-round in the CCS Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art, with artist’s project’s, speakers’ series, conferences and other public events organized concurrently to expand and extend both our students’ and the public’s experience of viewing contemporary art.  Vist our exhibitions page and calendar for a list of upcoming projects and events.

The permanent collection also has works that have been given to the Center by Eileen and Michael Cohen, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz, Asher Edelman, Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Robert Gober, Joan and Gerald Kimmelman, Eileen Harris Norton and Peter Norton, Toni and Martin Sosnoff, Thea Westreich, and Ethan Wagner. Many of the gifts are works from the 1990s by young and mid-career artists.