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Why New Forms?
Bertelsmann Campus Center, Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
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Why New Forms?
Why New Forms?, is a Curatorial Conference organized on the occasion of CCS Bard's 20th Anniversary year, taking place Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College. The Conference has been organized by CCS Bard alumni/ae Dan Byers, The Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Ruba Katrib, Curator of the SculptureCenter in New York City.

Throughout its 20-year-long history as a site of curatorial education, CCS Bard has encouraged its students and faculty to question the motives and avenues of curating exhibitions, events, programs, publications, and archives. Why New Forms? will address a selection of timely issues with the history of CCS Bard's curatorial education as a backdrop. Organized around specific exhibitions, publications, and organizations as models, the Conference brings together important recent projects that are grounded in the creative use or repurposing of existing structures and conventional idioms, yet still retain a productive  or at least dynamic  relationship to institutions.

Why New Forms? will include four panel discussions over the two days of the Conference, featuring a diverse range of important voices in contemporary curating, including CCS Bard alumni/ae.

Below is the Why New Forms? Curatorial Conference schedule and list of participants:  

Friday, June 22, 2012: "Process and Display"
10:00am  3:30pm

10:00am  10:30am:
Introductory Remarks by Tom Eccles, CCS Bard Executive Director; Johanna Burton, CCS Bard Graduate Program Director; Dan Byers, The Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art; and Ruba Katrib, Curator of the SculptureCenter in New York City.

10:30am  12:00pm: "The Political in Exhibitions"
Moderated by Independent Curator Chen Tamir, this panel will address the contexts of curating political exhibitions.

Suzanne Cotter, Curator of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Mai Abu ElDahab, Freelance Curator
Peter Eleey, Curator at MoMA P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center

1:00pm  3:30pm: "Case Studies"
Moderated by Independent Curator Fionn Meade, this panel will take a close look at the recent examples of reenergized classical exhibition formats, including the thematic group exhibition, the solo show, and the biennial.
Ian Berry, Associate Director and Malloy Curator at The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College
David Reinfurt, Dexter Sinister
Paul Schimmel, Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Elisabeth Sussman, Curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Saturday, June 23, 2012: "Dissemination and Institutional Alternatives"
9:30am  1:00pm

9:30am  11:00am: "Libraries, Archives, and Publications"
Moderated by Dan Byers, this panel will reflect upon the curatorial within publications, websites, and libraries - once supporting entities to exhibitions, which have now become sites for some of the most interesting curatorial thinking today.

Negar Azimi, Senior Editor of Bidoun Projects
Ann Butler, Director of CCS Bard Library and Archives
Lauren Cornell, Curator of the New Museum Triennial 2015 and faculty member of CCS Bard
Angie Keefer, Co-Founder of The Serving Library; and David Reinfurt of Dexter Sinister.

11:30am  1:00pm: "The New Alternative"
Moderated by Ruba Katrib, this panel will consider institutional models formerly considered outside of progressive curatorial consideration  such as the commercial gallery, private collection, and donor-run organization  as locations for present day experimentation and scholarship.

Monserrat Albores Gleason, Independent Curator
Łukasz Gorczyca, Co-Founder and Director of Raster Gallery
Stefan Kalmár, Executive Director and Curator of Artists Space
Alex Sainsbury, Director of Raven Row

Also as part of CCS Bard's 20th Anniversary weekend, the center will celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions - From 199A to 199B: Liam Gillick and Anti-Establishment - with an opening reception on Saturday, June 23 from 1 -5pm.  Additionally there will be Anti-Establishment performances at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College on Saturday, June 23 from 7 -9.
Free tickets to those performances are available here:



Bertelsmann Campus Center, Bard College (View)
Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
United States



Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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