Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College

Opening reception: Saturday, September 27 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Special Museum hours for September 27: 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Regular Museum Hours:
Wednesday – Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Free Admission

Free transportation is available on a chartered bus that leaves from New York City for the Saturday, September 27 opening and will return later the same day. For bus reservations and further information on the exhibition, please contact us at 845-758-7598 or

Opening weekend programs:
Lecture by artist Hito Steyerl, “Documentary Uncertainty”
Saturday, September 27, 2:00 p.m.

Panel discussion, “Problems of Realism”
With T.J. Demos, Carles Guerra and Hito Steyerl.
Sunday, September 28, 1:30 p.m.

The Artists
The Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art includes work by the following invited artists

Peggy Ahwesh (New York), Chantal Akerman (Paris), Fikret Atay (Batman), Julie Ault & Martin Beck (New York), Yael Bartana (Tel Aviv), Petra Bauer (Stockholm), Christine Borland (Glasgow), Matthew Buckingham (New York), Gerard Byrne (Dublin), Nathan Coley (Glasgow), Annika Eriksson (Malmö/Berlin), Harun Farocki (Berlin), Omer Fast (New York), Andrea Geyer (Freiburg/New York), Carles Guerra (Barcelona), Emily Jacir (Ramallah/New York), Amar Kanwar (New Delhi), Klub Zwei (Vienna), Joachim Koester (Copenhagen), Nestor Krüger (Toronto), Marysia Lewandowska (London), Julia Meltzer & David Thorne (Los Angeles), Carlos Motta (Bogota/Brooklyn), Deimantas Narkevicius (Vilnius), Rosalind Nashashibi (London) and Lucy Skaer (Glasgow and Basel), Olivia Plender (London), Walid Raad (New York), Mark Raidpere (Tallinn), Michael Rakowitz (New York), Inta Ruka (Riga), Natascha Sadr Haghighian (Berlin), Anri Sala (Tirana/Berlin), Kateřina Šedá (Brno/Prague), Solmaz Shahbazi (Tehran/Berlin), Stephen Shore (Tivoli, N.Y.), Simon Starling (Glasgow/Copenhagen), Hito Steyerl (Vienna/Berlin), Rirkrit Tiravanija (Buenos Aires/Bangkok/New York/Chiang Mai), and Gitte Villesen (Copenhagen/Berlin).

And a selection from the Marieluise Hessel Collection including works by

Tina Barney, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Vanessa Beecroft, Joseph Beuys, Christian Boltanski, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Sophie Calle, Larry Clark, Valie Export, Saul Fletcher, Günther Förg, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jitka Hanzlová, Mona Hatoum, Jenny Holzer, Mary Kelly, Lisa Kereszi, Louise Lawler, An-My Lê, Ana Mendieta, Enrique Metinides, Boris Mikhailov, Gabriel Orozco, Jack Pierson, Martha Rosler, Lise Sarfati, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, Karlheinz Weinberger, and Kohei Yoshiyuki.

The Greenroom
The Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art is the inaugural event of a long-term research project on “the documentary.” The research project aims at investigating the heritage of documentary practices in contemporary art, in relation to the history of film, documentary photography, and television as well as to video art. It also aims at situating these contemporary documentary practices within current cultural production and exploring their role within mainstream media and activism. The research project is a collaboration between CCS Bard and the artist and theoretician Hito Steyerl. A reference group, consisting of Petra Bauer, Matthew Buckingham, Carles Guerra, Walid Raad, Hito Steyerl, and Maria Lind, director of the graduate program at CCS Bard, has been invited to contribute to the research project, including the exhibition, in various ways. The research project will run for approximately three years, having started in March 2008. The exhibition is curated by Maria Lind.

In conjunction with the exhibition, CCS Bard is copublishing, with Sternberg Press, an anthology of writings exploring documentary practices in contemporary art. Also titled, The Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art, the publication brings together texts by TJ Demos, Okwui Enwezor, Carles Guerra, Hito Steyerl, and many others.

Center for Curatorial Studies and Hessel Museum of Art
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) is an exhibition, education, and research center dedicated to the study of art and curatorial practices from the 1960s to the present day. In addition to the CCS Bard Galleries and the Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard houses the Marieluise Hessel Collection of more than 1,700 contemporary works, as well as an extensive library and curatorial archive that are accessible to the public. The Center’s two-year M.A. program in curatorial studies is specifically designed to deepen students’ understanding of the intellectual and practical tasks of curating contemporary art. Exhibitions are presented year-round in the CCS Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art, providing students with the opportunity to work with world-renowned artists and curators. The exhibition program and the collection also serve as the basis for a wide range of public programs and activities exploring art and its role in contemporary society.

The Greenroom exhibition and accompanying publication are made possible with support from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation, The Marieluise Hessel Foundation, the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, and the Patrons, Supporters, and Friends of the Center for Curatorial Studies.

Center for Curatorial Studies and
Hessel Museum of Art

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Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College