March 31, 2010 - Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College - Lucy Lippard receives CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence
March 31, 2010

Lucy Lippard receives CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence


The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) is presenting its thirteenth annual Award for Curatorial Excellence to curator, writer, and activist Lucy Lippard. For more than four decades, Lippard’s insightful, timely, and at times radical curatorial and critical endeavors have made a profound and resonant impact on our understanding of the art of our time. From her pioneering early support of conceptual artists such as Sol LeWitt and Lawrence Weiner, and her advocacy of feminist art, to her groundbreaking work as a writer and critic, Lippard’s contributions to the field of contemporary art are countless.

The formal presentation of the award by artist Hans Haacke will be made at a gala dinner on April 7, 2010, at Gotham Hall (1356 Broadway at 36th Street) in New York City. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact Andrea Guido at 845.758.7414 or

About the Award
Each year the Center for Curatorial Studies celebrates the individual achievements of a leading curator or curators whose lasting contributions have shaped the way we conceive of exhibition-making today. The awardee is selected by an independent panel of leading contemporary art curators, museum directors, and artists. Past recipients include Harald Szeemann (1998), Marcia Tucker (1999), Kasper König (2000), Paul Schimmel (2001), Suzanne Ghez (2002), Kynaston McShine (2003), Walter Hopps (2004), Kathy Halbreich and Mari Carmen Ramírez (2005), Lynne Cooke and Vasif Kortun (2006), Alanna Heiss (2007), Catherine David (2008), and Okwui Enwezor (2009). This award reflects CCS Bard’s commitment to recognizing individuals who have defined new thinking, bold vision, and dedicated service to the field of exhibition practice.

Lucy Lippard is a curator, writer, activist, and author of 20 books on contemporary art and cultural criticism, including one novel. She has curated some 50 exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Latin America, and her arts activities have extended into performances, comics, and street theater. For 30 years she has worked with artists’ groups such as the Artworkers’ Coalition, Ad Hoc Women Artists, Artists Meeting for Cultural Change, Alliance for Cultural Democracy (for which she served as coeditor of “How to ’92: Model Actions for a Post-Columbian World”), and WAC (Women’s Action Coalition). She was a cofounder of Printed Matter; The Heresies Collective and its journal; PADD (Political Art Documentation/Distribution) and its journal Upfront; and Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America. She continues to write and lecture frequently at museums and universities. She has served as a member of the Santa Fe County Open Land and Trails Planning and Advisory Committee; is a member of the Galisteo Community Planning Committee; edits her community newsletter El Puente de Galisteo; and is on the Santa Fe Railyard Park Design Committee with the Trust for Public Land.

About the Center for Curatorial Studies
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 newly inaugurated Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard houses the Marieluise Hessel Collection of more than 2,000 contemporary works, as well as an extensive library and curatorial archives that are accessible to the public. The Center’s two-year graduate 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 Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art, providing students with the opportunity to work with world-renowned artists and curators. The exhibition program and collection also serve as the basis for a wide range of public programs and activities exploring art and its role in contemporary society.

For more information please call CCS Bard at 845.758.7598, write, or visit

Currently On View at CCS Bard:

February 20 – May 23
Living Under the Same Roof: The Marieluise Hessel Collection and the Center For Curatorial Studies
CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art

April 11 – May 23
Second round of exhibitions and projects curated by CCS Bard second-year students:
Living Modern, curated by Laura Barlow
Not Again, “Making History” Reimagined, curated by Sarah Demeuse
How to Begin? Envisioning the Impact of Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, curated by Özge Ersoy
SECOND COMING—a curatorial collaboration, curated by Gabi Ngcobo, Carlos E. Palacios, and Andrea Torreblanca
Requires extra budget for lettuce, curated by Mackenzie Schneider
The Bomb Ponds: Work by Vandy Rattana, curated by Francesca Sonara
Up River: A Hudson River Expedition with artist Marie Lorenz, curated by Diana Stevenson
CCS Bard Galleries

For more information, please call CCS Bard at 845.758.7598, write, or visit

Center for Curatorial Studies
Bard College
PO Box 5000
NY 12504-5000

Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College

Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College
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