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Center for Curatorial Studies presents

Workshop : Civil Society and New Patronage

Monday, April 28, 2014

This workshop introduces The Nouveaux Commanditaires Program and its commitment to commissioning artworks and artistic research that respond directly to issues of public interest and are sited and contextualized within the terms of civil society. Since the early 1990s, the Fondation de France’s “New Patrons” project has invited citizens to propose and develop works with artists and mediators that negotiate and address a range of local concerns. Building ties between artists, commissioners, and communities in diverse international settings, this workshop will introduce the role of “médiateur” within The Nouveaux Commanditaires context and consider its significance to the larger curatorial and commissioning field via specific projects and artistic practices.
Focused on the aesthetic and ethical terrain explored by three specific artistic practices, the morning session will include dialogs with artists Sven Augustijnen and Camille Henrot, while the afternoon discussion looks closer at the unique opportunities and challenges afforded by new models and approaches to patronage. Engaging a dialog with Nouveaux Commanditaires representatives Xavier Douroux, Thérèse Legierse, and Jérôme Poggi, afternoon session will address how art can negotiate the shifting terms of civil society via new models of commissioning. This workshop is open to CCS Bard faculty and students, as well as the larger Bard College community and public.
Workshop led by CCS Bard faculty member Fionn Meade. CCS Bard graduate student Jocelyn Edens and community organizer Nancy Barton will participate as respondents in both the morning and afternoon sessions.

For more information, call 845-758-7598, e-mail ccs@bard.edu,
or visit http://www.bard.edu/ccs/events/workshop-civic-society-and-new-patronage/.

Location: Reem-Kayden Center, Room 103