Director of the Graduate Program and Chief Curator
Lauren Cornell is the Director of the Graduate Program and Chief Curator at CCS Bard. Formerly she was the Curator and Associate Director of Technology Initiatives at the New Museum. She curated the 2015 New Museum Triennial, Surround Audience, with artist Ryan Trecartin, as well as Beatriz Santiago Munoz: Song, Strategy, Sign, with Johanna Burton and Sara O’Keeffe (2016); Walking, Drifting, Dragging (2013); Free (2010); and Younger than Jesus, with Massimiliano Gioni and Laura Hoptman (2009), among other exhibitions. At the New Museum, Cornell has organized over fifty performances, screenings, and conversations and commissioned over one hundred works in a variety of mediums, including sculpture, painting, photography, installation, and video, as well as browser-based work and virtual reality. In 2010, she founded the annual conference Seven on Seven and, in 2016, she cofounded Open Score, an annual forum exploring issues in art and technology. From 2005–2012, she served as executive director of Rhizome, an organization that commissions, exhibits, and preserves art engaged with technology. From 2002–2004, she served as executive director of Ocularis, a now-closed cinema in Brooklyn. She is a coeditor, with Ed Halter, of Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the Twenty-First Century (New Museum and MIT Press, 2015), and has contributed to publications including ArtReview, Aperture, Frieze, Mousse, North Drive Press, and the Paris Review. Since 2013, she has been on the faculty of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. She co-organized the Hessel Museum’s tenth anniversary exhibition, Invisible Adversaries (2016) with Tom Eccles. Cornell is the recipient of ArtTable’s 2017 New Leadership Award.