Through the Speaker Series, CCS Bard brings distinguished artists, scholars, and curators to campus to present on their work. Speaker Series talks are held within Classroom 102 at CCS Bard, unless otherwise noted. All talks are free and open to the public.
Julia Bryan-Wilson is the Doris and Clarence Malo Professor of Modern and Contemporary art at the University of California, Berkeley, and also the Director of the Berkeley Arts Research Center. She is the author of three books—Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era (2009); Art in the Making: Artists and Their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing (with Glenn Adamson, 2016); and Fray: Art and Textile Politics (2017), which won both the 2018 Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present Book Prize and the 2018 Robert Motherwell Book Award. Bryan-Wilson’s writings on feminist and queer theory, craft histories, and contemporary art in the Americas have been published in Afterall, Artforum, Art Bulletin, Art Journal, differences, Grey Room, October, Oxford Art Journal, and Parkett, among many other venues. She was recently appointed Adjunct Curator at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil.
Sharon Hayes is an artist who engages multiple mediums–video, performance, and installation–in ongoing investigation into specific intersections between history, politics and speech. Hayes’ work is concerned with developing new representational strategies that interrogate the present political moment as a moment that reaches simultaneously backward and forward; a moment that is never wholly its own but rather one that is full of multiple past moments and the speculations of multiple futures. From this ground, Hayes addresses political events or movements from the 1960s through the 1990s. Her focus on the sphere of the near-past is influenced by the potent imbrication of private and public urgencies that she experienced in her foundational encounters with feminism and AIDS activism. Hayes’ work been shown at the Venice Biennale (2013), the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, Tanya Leighton Gallery, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia among other venues. Hayes is the recipient of a Pew Fellowship (2016), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2014), the Alpert Award in Visual Arts (2013), an Anonymous Was a Woman Award (2013), Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship (2007). Hayes is Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Arts, PennDesign, University of Pennsylvania. A monograph on Hayes’ work, published as part of Phaidon’s Contemporary Artist series, was published November 2018.
Jeannine Tang is an art historian and critic who received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and holds a B.A. from the National University of Singapore. Previously a Terra Foundation fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, she was also a Critical Studies participant at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Her writing has appeared in venues such as Artforum; Art Journal; Theory, Culture & Society; Afterimage; journal of visual culture; Art India; Broadsheet, among others. Recent and forthcoming essays in books have focused on institutional critique and the afterlife of art (Provenance: An Alternate History of Art, Getty Research Institute 2012); feminism and international survey exhibitions (Politics in a Glass Case: Feminism, Exhibition Cultures and Curatorial Transgression, Liverpool University Press 2013); spectatorship and indigenous sovereignty (Critical Landscapes, University of California Press, 2014); temporalities after postmodernism (Time/Image, 2014-2015). She has published on the work of Cheo Chai- Hiang, Maria Eichhorn, Simryn Gill, Andrea Geyer, Hans Haacke, Sharon Hayes, Martin Beck, among others. She is at work on two book projects: a study of convergences between contemporary art and the 1970s information age, featuring case studies on Marshall McLuhan, John B. Hightower, Margia Kramer, Lucy Lippard, Martha Rosler and others; and a history of cultural and workplace flexibility between 1980-2000s. General research interests include modern and contemporary art, critical histories and theories of feminism, colonialism, social justice and media. CCS Bard core faculty (2010–present) and Graduate Committee (2011–present).