ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.Bard Colleges Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS Bard) and the Art History Program are pleased to announce a major grant from The Brant Foundation in Greenwich, Connecticut. The College has been awarded a $1 million grant from The Brant Foundation, Inc., to support curatorial studies and art history. Alex Kitnick, noted art historian and writer, has been appointed the new Brant Foundation Fellow in Contemporary Arts. This fellowship enables Kitnick to join the College as a full-time faculty member teaching jointly in CCS Bards graduate and Bards art history undergraduate programs. This joint appointment is the first of its kind in the visual arts at Bard.
I am pleased to support an innovative position that brings both the undergraduate and graduate programs into greater contact and helping to nurture future collaborations that strengthen the visual arts at Bard, says Peter Brant.
The grant also provides support for library and archive acquisitions within the newly expanded library of CCS Bard. The expansion, designed by artist Liam Gillick and architects Hollwich Kushner, will be completed in December 2015. The expansion more than doubles the capacity of the research facilities, which are open to all students of Bard College and visiting scholars, and includes the permanent installation of a major work by Sol LeWitt.
Executive Director of the Center for Curatorial Studies Tom Eccles says, We are delighted to receive this visionary grant from The Brant Foundation and Peter Brant, who share our commitment to education and research. His support for a faculty position that helps to unify departments and resources creates a momentum for the future and shows a commitment to the students of the College. Alex Kitnick is a distinguished historian who adds a new and distinct voice to our programs.
Alex Kitnick received his Ph.D. in art history in 2010 from Princeton University, where he worked with Hal Foster. His critical and historical writings cover a wide range of 20th century art practices, from art and technology to Minimalism and Pop. He has also written extensively on contemporary artists such as Rachel Harrison, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Mark Leckey.