Opening April 3 in the Main Gallery

Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette

Fashion the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette examines the extraordinary ways in which women and men have shaped their bodies into distinctive silhouettes in the name of fashion.


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Opening April 3 in the Focus Gallery

The Interface Experience: Forty Years of Personal Computing

Computer technology provides us with constant opportunities to try new things, and with each new device we get a peek at what the future has in store. But the history of that technology is just as important as the future. The Interface Experience: Forty Years of Personal Computing tells the story of that past through tactile and interactive displays that will stimulate new questions about how we interact with and use computers.

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Object of the Month

Gallery News

"Oyster stands in Fulton Market."

Alfred R. Waud
From Harper's Weekly, October 29, 1870
Picture Collection, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations

Oysters were ubiquitous in nineteenth-century New York City. This was nowhere more evident than at Fulton Market, as depicted in this 1870 Harper’s Weekly wood engraving, where some of the city’s most famous oyster vendors plied their trade and where oyster stands crowded the marketplace. At the center, a man and woman wearing respectable middle-class attire look on as a customer clad in black hastily consumes his oyster. Behind the counter, a mustachioed gentleman shucks another shell, and at the right, two men cook oysters over a stove. In the foreground are baskets full of freshly fished mollusks, and in the background, other customers, including fashionably dressed women and men wearing top hats, enjoy their meals seated at tables.

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Gloria Steinem in Conversation with Barbara Nessim, December 4, 2014

An unprecedented conversation between legendary activist and writer Gloria Steinem and artist and illustrator Barbara Nessim. Watch Now

Huffington Post, October 21, 2014

How To Be A Revolutionary Feminist Artist, While Hardly Noticing
by Priscilla Frank

“Barbara Nessim's work may seem playful and even innocuous, but in fact, that's what makes her endless combinations of colors and lines so dangerous.”  Read More

The Atlantic, September 18, 2014

50 Years of Reinventing Illustration
by Steven Heller

“As a conceptual editorial illustrator in the '60s, Barbara Nessim broke ground on multiple fronts: technology, design, and gender.”  Read More

The New York Times, July 10, 2014

A River Runs Through It: The Amazon as Inspiration
by Holland Cotter

“‘Waterweavers’ is the most unassumingly beautiful show I’ve seen in New York this summer. And with its glades of abstract patterning, eddying pools of woven fiber, and projected images of water sluicing through galleries, it’s visually the coolest.” Read More

Featured Gallery Publication

Digital Publication

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

Edited by Susan Weber

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

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Digital Media in the Gallery

Visitor Information

Visualizing 19th-Century New York: Behind the Scenes

Look "behind the scenes" at the processes and the workers that created the visual materials featured in the exhibition, Visualizing 19th-Century New York.

Visualizing 19th-Centruy New York: Broadway & Ann

Explore the many changes Broadway & Ann went through from the 1830s through the 1870s and find out more about the individual landmarks at the intersection.

Barbara Nessim Speaks About Art and Life

Listen to artist Barbara Nessim speak about her process and the contexts in which she created her artworks.

The Main and Focus Galleries occupy a six-story town house at
18 West 86th Street
(between Columbus and Central Park West)
New York, NY 10024

Due to inclement weather, all Bard Graduate Center facilities will be closed on Tuesday, January 26, 2015.

Suggested Gallery Admission:
General: $7
Seniors (65+): $5

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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