Lauren Cornell to Leave the New Museum for Bard College

She has been an influential figure at the New Museum for 12 years.

Lauren Cornell, curator and associate director, technology initiatives at the New Museum, New York. Photo: Benoit Pailley, courtesy the New Museum.
Lauren Cornell. Courtesy of photographer Benoit Pailley/the New Museum.

The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, has snagged Lauren Cornell, a curator at New York’s New Museum, as its new graduate program director for the two-year Master of Arts in Curatorial Studies program. Cornell will also become the first chief curator at the school’s Hessel Museum of Art, founded in 2006.

A faculty member at Bard since 2010, Cornell co-curated “Invisible Adversaries,” the Hessel’s 10th-anniversary exhibition, with Bard executive director Tom Eccles in 2016.

“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,” said Eccles in a statement of her appointment.

Cornell has been at the museum in various capacities for 12 years. Her current role, Curator and Associate Director, Technology Initiatives, was created specifically for her in 2015, following that year’s New Museum Triennial “Surround Audience.” Cornell co-curated the well-received exhibition with artist Ryan Trecartin.

Her last day at the institution will be June 15, and she starts at Bard on July 1.

Previously, Cornell was executive director of Rhizome, an organization affiliated with the New Museum dedicated to artists working with new media and the Internet, from 2005 to 2012. Through her work at Rhizome, she also founded the art and tech conference Seven on Seven in 2010.

Cornell was also an adjunct curator at the New Museum, organizing exhibitions such as “Walking Drifting Dragging: Museum as Hub” in 2013. During her tenure, she organized over 50 performances, screenings, and other programming, in addition to commissioning more then 100 new artworks ranging from traditional paintings to virtual reality pieces.

Cornell’s other accomplishments include publishing Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the Twenty-First Century (New Museum and MIT Press, 2015), which she co-edited with Ed Halter, and winning ArtTable’s 2017 New Leadership Award.


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