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Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) Launches Red Hook. An Online Journal for Curatorial Studies

The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) announce the launch of a new online journal, Red Hook: An Online Journal for Curatorial Studies. The first issue is edited by CCS Bard LUMA Fellow, Tirdad Zolghadr, and includes a new web-based commission by Berlin-based artist Katya Sander, as well as contributions from Peio Aguirre, Claire Barliant, Johanna Burton, Meg Cranston, Sarah Demeuse, Diedrich Diederichsen, Bruce Hainley, Ed Halter, Thomas Lawson, Suhail Malik, and Tom Morton. The journal can be found here.

In addition, the newly updated CCS Bard website is now live and can be viewed at

Red Hook: An Online Journal for Curatorial Studies

Instead of a barrage of good points on timely topics, Red Hook is a reflection of the key concerns of its host institution: the title of the journal comes from the town in upstate New York that is closest to the Bard campus. The journal will eschew the master tropes of curatorial folklore—personal profiles, cosmopolitan assurances, thematic group exhibitions—in favor of a conversation that is both more rudimentary and more important. How can curating be rigorously addressed—politically, historically, materially—without forging a new discipline, in keeping with a field that is as much in transition today as it was forty years ago? What are the working conditions, political partialities, unrecognized jargons and professional myths that create the common denominators today?

The first issue of Red Hook introduces columns such as “Artists on Curators”, “Three Texts One Artwork”, or “Second Thoughts”, where writers and curators can revisit earlier texts without shame or melancholy. It also features Hard Drive a web-based project by Katya Sander addressing the instrumentalization of images in a magazine setting, and exploring new possibilities of the “intervisual”.

Hard Drive
A web-based project by Katya Sander

What images are on your computer? Do you know what they look like out of context? What might an image outside its context be? What is the context of an image, and how would we define the framework in which an image gains its meaning? And, ultimately, what image of readers and users is produced if those images are understood in terms of the “image archive” or “image history” they’ve accumulated?

The Hard Drive project attempts to think through a number of possible relational axes among images, texts and contexts. An online magazine is a perfect setting for this, as it contains different texts by different authors, which are all related to each other by the framework of the issue itself. Each of these texts are then accompanied by images, which are also related to each other to varying degrees. These images are also related to the reader/viewer in terms of what images he or she might already know, appreciate, use, store, or even own. Furthermore, the fact that the magazine exists online, allows for the flexible and ever-shifting embedding of images, all chosen through specific criteria and changing from one user to the next. Hard Drive renders visible a set of relationships between images and texts, and between authors and readers/viewers, and perhaps even between images and images, existing both online and on our hard drives.

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 [email protected], or visit For information on upcoming exhibitions and events please see

Center for Curatorial Studies and
Hessel Museum of Art
Bard College, PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
[email protected]

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