The Bard Graduate Center is a graduate research
institute in New York City. Our Gallery exhibitions,
MA and PhD programs, and research initiatives explore
new ways of thinking about decorative arts, design
history, and material culture.

Digital Publication

Visualizing 19th-Century New York
By David Jaffee with BGC Students

Nineteenth-century New York City was a visual experience, a spectable for residents and visitors alike. Visions of Broadway dominated the burgeoning number of visual images of New York that poured out of the commercial publishing firms and entered American homes during the nineteenth century.

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We travel to you!

Outreach Suitcase Program

BGC Gallery educators are available and excited to visit your classroom, library, or community center this winter to share the fascinating world of design and the decorative arts through a hands-on study of objects, and an artmaking experience. Topics are adjusted to suit K- 12 and adult audiences, and compliment New York State Common Core Standards.

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Gloria Steinem in Conversation with Barbara Nessim

Watch the unprecedented December 4 conversation between legendary activist and writer Gloria Steinem and artist and illustrator Barbara Nessim.

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BGC in the News

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain
edited by Susan Weber

Winner of the 2015 Alfred H. Barr Jr., Award given by the College Art Association.

Textile Society of America Symposium

PhD Students Hadley Jensen and Mei Rado

Doctoral students Hadley Jensen and Mei Rado recently presented papers at the Textile Society of America symposium in Los Angeles. Both Hadley and Mei received the Student/New Professional Award for their papers. Hadley's paper was entitled "Visualizing Weaving: James Mooney and the Cultures of Collecting and Display in the American Southwest," and Mei's paper was "Imitation and Invention: 'European-Style' Silks under Qing Imperial Patronage."

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Meet the BGC

Aaron Glass is assistant professor and teaches courses on the Native peoples of the Northwest Coast and museums and anthropology.

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