The Visitor Talks: CCS Bard & Judd Foundation

Judd Foundation and The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) present an educational partnership with a series of public events and discussions at 101 Spring Street, focusing on the legacy of Donald Judd’s work, particularly the importance of writing in relationship to art and curatorial practice.

Artist’s Writing as Site of the Artwork
October 24, 2014

The talk addresses the function of writing by artists such as Donald Judd and his contemporaries: from Duchamp to Brian O’Doherty to Carl Andre, Hélio Oticicia, Robert Smithson, Eva Hesse, Robert Barry, Lucy Lippard, Mel Bochner and others. This event considers the function of text, artist’s writing and artistic language as departure points to explore the necessity of writing for a wide range of contemporary artists’ working today such as Martha Rosler, Hito Steyerl, Jonas Staal, Cai Gu-Qiang, Miguel A. Lopez, Marion von Osten and the many others who emphasize the act of writing as either a significant part, or as the main site of their artistic production.


Writing as the Site of Exhibition
November 21, 2014

The talk considers the significance of the curator’s writing as both a primary site and contingent form of curatorial practice. This event engages with the methodologies and modalities of writing as a form of exhibition-making. The event explores how the practices of writing and curating can be considered co-dependent forms of production.


Three-dimensionality, Materiality, and Spatio-temporality
December 12, 2014

The talk explores issues pertaining to the intersecting ideas of time, space and form in contemporary sculpture, installation, material practices and their attendant discourses. This discussion will examine the space and the time of art’s moment of public-ness – how art’s effectiveness, its affect and its material experience can be conceived of as both historical construct and contemporary event.


(IM)MATERIAL: Industrial and Post-industrial Fabrication and the Aesthetic Sphere
April 10, 2015

This event focuses on the implications of industrial and post-industrial fabrication within contemporary art. Building from the transformation of artistic labor through industrial production initiated by minimalism and conceptual art, the panel, including artists Dora Budor and Josh Kline, and artist and theorist Keith Tilford, will consider histories of fabrication up to the present day. Most recently, the outsourcing of aspects of production has become standard practice in contemporary art. The discussion will explore the status of artistic labor in relation to technological developments, and the emancipatory possibilities offered by these technologies – if effectively re-vectored toward the production of new, post-capitalist political horizons.

Organized by Adriana Blidaru, Tim Gentles, Jody Graf, Rosario Guiraldes, and Dana Kopel, graduate students at The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.


Matter to Whom?
April 24, 2015

This event considers how our physical proximity to objects often alters our visual, corporeal, and emotional connections. Incorporating performance and lecture, Matter to Whom? explores the intimate points of contact between bodies and objects, forged within the practices of New York based artists Katherine Hubbard and Jen Rosenblit.

Organized by Staci Bu Shea and Alexis Wilkinson, graduate students at The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.