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Carolee Thea Papers

Identifier: MSS-009

Scope and Contents

The materials in the Carolee Thea Papers focus primarily on her career as a writer, with considerable amounts of research materials and documentation surrounding her projects.

Series I: Publications contains documentation and drafts (including some media and visual materials) related to Foci: Interviews with Ten International Curators (2001), and On Curating: Interviews with Ten International Curators (2009), as well as other writings and projects from 1997 to present including proposed articles and curatorial proposals.

Series II: Media contains audio recordings of interviews that resulted in her two books and various other published articles.

Series III: Personal and Professional Papers contains notebooks, journals, memorabilia, and early writings on art including Thea’s own artistic practice.


  • 1971 - 2012
  • Majority of material found within 2001 - 2009


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to researchers without restrictions. Appointments are necessary to consult manuscript and archival materials. Access copies for media materials may not be available yet. Please contact the CCS Archivist for further details.

Use Restrictions

Collection use is subject to all copyright laws. Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Director of the Library & Archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Please contact or 845-758-7567 for more information.

Biographical / Historical

Carolee Thea is an artist, curator, and writer best known for her two books of interviews with international curators, Foci: Interviews with Ten International Curators (2001), and On Curating: Interviews with Ten International Curators (2009). A third book in this series, Interviews with International Curators from Africa, Latin America, The Middle East and Asia, will be published in 2015. Thea has traveled extensively covering large-scale international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale, the Istanbul Biennial, and Documenta, which has laid the groundwork for her interviews that comprise the three books. Carolee attended Columbia University and Skidmore College as an undergraduate, and completed a masters degree in 1976 at Hunter College, City University of New York. There she formed relationships with artists Robert Barry and Robert Morris, and worked closely with renowned art historian and critic Leo Steinberg, who had a strong impact on her work as a writer. Since 1975, Thea’s many articles, reviews and interviews have been published in national and international journals, magazines and newspapers, including Parkett,, Artnet, Bomb, ArtAsiaPacific The Brooklyn Rail and Atlantica. She is a contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and Sculpture Magazine.


4 Linear Feet (in nine boxes)

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The collection is comprised of three series:

Series I: Publications, arranged chronologically by date of publication, followed by proposals and research materials.

Series II: Media, arranged alphabetically by name of interviewee.

Series III: Personal and Professional Papers, arranged chronologically, and followed by an alphabetical list of publication titles.


The Carolee Thea Papers were donated by Carolee Thea to the Center for Curatorial Studies Archives in 2012.

Related Materials

Please see the related archival collection Mary Jane Jacob Papers.

Separated Materials

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Guide to the Carolee Thea Papers
Ryan Evans; Collection processed by Ryan Evans, 2014; revised May 2015.
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Curatorial Studies Library & Archives Repository

Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson 12504-5000 USA
845-758-2442 (Fax)