"Conserving Active Matter" and "Richard Tuttle: What Is the Object?"

  • March 25 - July 10, 2022

    18 West 86th Street
    New York, New York 10024
Ticket Price $0.00-$15.00 This event is now over

Bard Graduate Center Gallery presents Conserving Active Matter and Richard Tuttle: What Is the Object?  on view March 25–July 10, 2022. Your ticket is good for admission to both exhibitions.


The effort to conserve things is part of the human struggle with the pervasive activity of matter. For as long as people have made and kept things, they have cared for and repaired them. Today’s conservator uses a variety of tools and categories developed over the last 150 years to do this work. In the next decades, new kinds of materials and a new scale of change will pose unprecedented challenges. In the future, how might conservators reconsider their roles in preserving such “active matter” and in conversations about environmental and cultural sustainability? Conserving Active Matter explores the activity of matter through objects that span five continents and range in time from the Paleolithic to the present. From the things that clothe us to those that shelter us, and from sacred objects to the profane, this exhibition envisions the work of conservation as essential for the lives of the things that sustain us.


Explore the meaning of objects through the eyes of celebrated contemporary American artist Richard Tuttle, an inveterate collector whose taste is eclectic and very personal. Part exhibition, part artwork, Richard Tuttle: What Is the Object? invites visitors to view, pick up, and hold 75 items drawn from Tuttle’s own collection, including metal work, hats, decorative sculptures, vintage fabrics, and antique curios. An index card created by Tuttle accompanies each object, outlining his original encounter with it, how it entered his collection, and his thoughts about it. The exhibition also features a series of nine never-before-seen works by Tuttle along with sculptural furniture he designed to display his objects.

Date & Time

Mar 25 - Jul 10, 2022

Venue Details


18 West 86th Street
Bard Graduate Center

Bard Graduate Center is devoted to the study of decorative arts, design history, and material culture through research, advanced degrees, exhibitions, publications, and events.

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