The Marieluise Hessel Collection: Volumes I & II
Published by the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) | Designed by Zak Group
Edited by CCS Bard Executive Director Tom Eccles and Visiting Faculty Amy Zion
Volume I: 544 Pages, Volume II: 664 pages | Two-volume slip case: 12.4 in x 9.8 in x 4 in
Available October 2021
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY—October 19, 2021—Published by the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) on the occasion of its 30th anniversary season, The Marieluise Hessel Collection: Volumes I & II tells the complex story of the development of this wide-ranging collection, built by Marieluise Hessel over more than 50 years of contemporaneous collecting from artists and galleries. Marking the first comprehensive catalogue to document the collection in its entirety, the two-volume publication considers the impact of Hessel’s original decision to dedicate these holdings to Bard in the early 1990s to create a new type of graduate arts program focused exclusively on curatorial studies. Through contributions by more than 50 leading curators, critics, and CCS Bard alum, the catalogue explores the collection’s reverberating impact on the curatorial field.
Comprising nearly 2,000 paintings, photographs, works on paper, sculptures, single-channel video, and multi-media installations from the 1960s to the present day, the Hessel Collection is considered to be among the leading contemporary art holdings on a university campus. International in scope, the collection is distinguished by its dedication to artists who explore conditions of race, gender, class, culture, and society through their practice. It has consistently pursued strong representation of works by women artists and over the past decade has focused on increasing representation of African American artists, African artists, and artists of the African Diaspora. The growing collection features notable representations from the foremost movements in contemporary art, such as Minimalism, Arte Povera, Transavantgarde, Neo-Expressionism, Pattern and Decoration, The Hairy Who and Chicago Imagists, Post-Minimalist, and New Media.
The Marieluise Hessel Collection: Volumes I & II features original essays by more than 30 CCS Bard graduates, including Cecilia Alemani, Ruba Katrib, Sohrab Mohebbi, and Gabi Ngcobo, examining the impact that specific artists and works in the collection have had on their own curatorial practices. Edited by CCS Bard Executive Director Tom Eccles and former Visiting Faculty and CCS Bard alum Amy Zion, the publication also includes contributions from Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Director Richard Armstrong, artist Liam Gillick, CCS Bard Graduate Program Director and Chief Curator Lauren Cornell, and CCS Bard Library and Archives Director Ann Butler.
A full outline of original essays written by CCS Bard graduates and additional texts included in The Marieluise Hessel Collection: Volumes I & II follows:
• Foreword by Richard Armstrong • Introduction and acknowledgments by Tom Eccles • Collection as Document: Tom Eccles in conversation with Marieluise Hessel • Using the Sea to Measure the Ships by Liam Gillick • Giovanni Anselmo by Ilaria Bonacossa (CCS ’01) • Janine Antoni by Zeljka Himbele (CCS ’06) • Siah Armajani by Laura Barlow (CCS ’10) • Phyllida Barlow by Cecilia Alemani (CCS ’05) • Cosima von Bonin by Ruba Katrib (CCS ’07) • Roger Brown by Marisa Espe (CCS ’20) • Miguel Calderón by Montserrat Albores Gleason (CCS ’06) • Paul Chan by Sohrab Mohebbi (CCS ’10) • Kerry Downey and Joanna Seitz by Chen Tamir (CCS ’07) • Nicole Eisenman by Zeynep Öz (CCS ‘09) • VALIE EXPORT by Orit Gat (CCS ’11) • Harun Farocki by Tomáš Pospiszyl (CCS ’97) • Eric Fischl by Serubiri Moses (CCS ’19) • Felix Gonzalez-Torres by Carla Acevedo-Yates (CCS ’14) • Felix Gonzalez-Torres by Andrew Hibbard (CCS ’18) • Jitka Hanzlová by Tomáš Pospiszyl (CCS ’97) • Rachel Harrison by Sohrab Mohebbi (CCS ’10) • Arthur Jafa by Manuela Moscoso (CCS ’11) • Isaac Julien by Shehab Awad (CCS ’17) • On Kawara by Orit Gat (CCS ’11) • Ragnar Kjartansson by Cecilia Alemani (CCS ’05) • On Pattern and Decoration by Kelly Taxter (CCS ’03)
• Collection as Teaching Tool: Roundtable conversation between Lauren Cornell with Daniel Byers, Anne Ellegood, Kerryn Greenberg, Ines Katzenstein, and Tumelo Mosaka • Leigh Ledare by Rachel Steinberg (CCS ’20) • Nikki S. Lee by Ruba Katrib (CCS ’07) • Robert Longo by Kelly Taxter (CCS ’03) • Tala Madani by Rosario Güiraldes (CCS ’16) • Robert Mapplethorpe by Steven Matijcio (CCS ’04) • Boris Mikhailov by Rachel Steinberg (CCS ’20) • Cady Noland by Yasmil Raymond (CCS ’04) • Jorge Pardo by Montserrat Albores Gleason (CCS ’06) • Pope.L by Amber Esseiva (CCS ’15) • Richard Prince by Gene McHugh (CCS ’09) • Daniela Rossell by Montserrat Albores Gleason (CCS ’06) • Mika Rottenberg by Chen Tamir (CCS ’07) • Doris Salcedo by Tobias Ostrander (CCS ’99) • Lorna Simpson by Gabi Ngcobo (CCS ’10) • Nancy Spero by Roxana Fabius (CCS ’15) • A.L. Steiner and robbinschilds by Kelly Taxter (CCS ’03) • Rosemarie Trockel by Summer Guthery (CCS ’09) • Rosemarie Trockel by Serubiri Moses (CCS ’19) • Christopher Wool by Tobias Ostrander (CCS ’99) • Andrea Zittel by Chus Martinez (CCS ’01) • Aspen Magazine by Roxana Fabius (CCS ’15) • Bernadette Corporation by Jeppe Ugelvig (CCS ’18) • Ringier Annual Reports by Karly Wildenhaus (CCS ’13) • Research Endeavors: On the History and Formation of the CCS Library and Archives by Ann Butler • Special Collections: A selection of material in the CCS Bard Archives and Special Collections • Collection Timeline