Yesterday the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) named Whitney Museum curator, photography curator, and 2012 Biennial co-curator Elisabeth Sussman the recipient of its 2013 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence, an honor that comes in tandem with the $25,000 Audrey Irmas Prize. Both will be bestowed on Sussman at the CCS Bard dinner and gala in New York City on April 3, 2013.
Particularly noteworthy Sussman-curated shows cited by CCS Bard include her traveling Paul Thek retrospective, which began at the Whitney in 2010 and closed at the Hammer Museum this summer, the 1993 Biennial that she curated solo and this year’s Biennial co-curated with Jay Sanders, the 2008 William Eggleston retrospective, and her 2007 Gordon Matta-Clark retrospective. The Thek and Matta-Clark shows earned Sussman the International Association of Art Critics’s award for best monographic show in New York in their respective years.
The award Sussman receives in April will be designed by another subject of a recent Whitney survey show, Lawrence Weiner, who will base the prize on “Bard Enter,” a work commissioned for CCS Bard’s Hessel Museum in 2006.
Prior to her time at the Whitney, Sussman worked at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art for 15 years, served as a Rockefeller Foundation fellow both at Italy’s Rockefeller Study and Conference Center and Los Angeles’s Getty Research Institute. She has published extensively, and taught at Tufts and M.I.T.
— Benjamin Sutton