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Lauren Cornell Joins Bard Graduate Program as Director and Hessel Museum as Chief Curator

The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College has named New Museum curator Lauren Cornell director of its graduate program in curatorial studies as well as chief curator of the school’s Hessel Museum of Art. She will assume the role on July 1.

“Lauren’s innovative approach to curating and public programming will bring a new strength to the wide-ranging activities of the CCS and the Hessel Museum,” Tom Eccles, executive director of Hessel, said. “Our recent expansion broadened our capacity for archival research and contemporary art scholarship, creating greater opportunities for the CCS students, the undergraduate programs at Bard, and visitors to the museum. Lauren’s expertise and collaborative spirit will carry forward the institution’s commitment to the analysis and advancement of art across the master’s program and museum.”

As director of the graduate program, Cornell will be responsible for all aspects of the center’s academic structure, including curriculum and faculty development, directing research initiatives, and organizing the center’s artist-in-residence and curator-in-residence programs. As chief curator, a newly created position, she will oversee and organize the exhibitions program, symposia, public programs, publishing initiatives, and support the development of the museum’s collections.

As the curator and associate director of technology initiatives at the New Museum, where she has worked in various capacities since 2005, Cornell has organized numerous exhibitions, including “Beatriz Santiago Munoz: Song, Strategy, Sign” (2016), “New Museum Triennial Surround Audience” (2015), and “Walking, Drifting, Dragging, and Free” (2013). She also founded multiple ongoing initiatives at the museum, such as the annual conferences Seven on Seven and Open Score in addition to the digital-art-commissioning program, First Look.