Each semester the Center for Curatorial Studies hosts a regular program of lectures by the foremost artists, curators, art historians, and critics of our day, situating the school and museum’s concerns within the larger context of contemporary art production and discourse. In 2011, The Human Rights Project at Bard and CCS Bard inaugurated a joint series of lectures and presentations that seek to explore the increasingly profound and manifest intersections between the discourses of contemporary arts and human rights, both affirmative and critical.

CCS Bard also regularly presents gallery tours, artist talks, and performances. All lectures and other public programs are documented through video and/or audio recordings, which reside in the CCS Bard Library and Archives.

Below is a list of recent participants in CCS Bard Programs.

Speakers Series



Brennan Gerard & Ryan Kelly
Helen Dorsen
Trajal Harrell
Rob Fitterman, Tim Davis, & Kim Rosenfield
Ashley Hunt
Andrea Geyer

Artist Talks

Carola Dertnig
Melanie Gilligan
Nathan Coley
Olafur Eliasson
Michael Beutler, Esra Ersen, & Kirstine Roepstorff
Ragnar Kjartansson
Tony Oursler