Through the Speaker Series, CCS Bard brings distinguished artists, scholars, and curators to campus to present on their work. All talks are free and open to the public.
Earlier this year, CCS Bard acquired Prem Krishnamurthy’s professional papers from the late 1990s on. Parroting the title of his 2016 performance-lecture, Endless Archive (Part II) represents a partial unpacking of one specific past. Krishnamurthy’s talk at CCS circles around publishing, exhibition design, curating, and collecting through documents and archival materials from his wide-ranging work. At the same time, such remnants emerge as tomorrow’s seeds, potential prologues for yet-to-be-written futures.
Prem Krishnamurthy is a designer, exhibition maker, teacher, and writer based in Berlin and NYC. He is a partner in the multidisciplinary design practice Wkshps and co-artistic director of FRONT International 2021, the Cleveland triennial of contemporary art. A founder of the design studio Project Projects (2004–2017), he is a winner of the Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Award, the USA’s highest recognition in the field. He was part of the Creative Team for the Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018, and has worked on identities, publications, exhibitions, and websites with numerous artists, architects, museums, and non-profits. As an independent exhibition maker, Krishnamurthy was co-Artistic Director of the inaugural Fikra Graphic Design Biennial, Ministry of Graphic Design in Sharjah, UAE. He has curated exhibitions at A.I.R. Gallery, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, The Jewish Museum New York, Para Site, Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University London, and P!, the critically-acclaimed “Mom-and-Pop-Kunsthalle” that he established in 2012. In 2018, he received KW Institute for Contemporary Art’s “A Year With” residency fellowship. Krishnamurthy has published widely and edited books with Berkeley Art Museum, Cabinet Books, Duke University Press, and Paper Monument. His experimental, ever-changing book, P!DF, was first released in 2017.