Gallery Programs

New York City Educators Experience BGC Exhibitions

Representing schools from all five boroughs, a motivated group of teachers visited the BGC Gallery on October 1st for Evening for Educators. As with all of our educator programs this program was intended to introduce the Main and Focus Gallery exhibitions, to create connections to the K-12 curriculum, and to encourage teachers to bring their students to the Gallery. BGC graduate student docent Claire McRee gave tours of William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain, and head of education Rebecca Allan spoke about the exhibition An American Style: Global Sources for New York Fashion and Textile Design, 1915-1928. Participants were then welcomed to the 6th Floor conference room in the academic building for a reception and a special studio experience. BGC gallery outreach educator  Tracy Grosner introduced examples of patterns from the American Styleexhibition and demonstrated a monoprint technique. Using reproductions from the exhibition, each teacher pulled a print using an etching press.  Teachers learned a number of ways to integrate the exhibition into the classroom using readily available materials.  They also had an opportunity to explore the BGC's newest exhibition-related outreach suitcases: Designing Environments: An Eighteenth-Century Architect’s World (for grades 5-12) and Global Inspiration: New York Fashion and Textile Design in the 1920s (for grades K-12)Many teachers came from schools that had never visited the Gallery before including I.S. 227 (Louis Armstrong), Robert F Wagner High School for Art and Technology, Queens; Salk School of Science; Stephen Gaynor School; Stuyvesant High School; Theatre Arts Production Company 10X225 , and Walton High School, Bronx.   

Cesare's Palace: Handel and the Music of Burlington House

Punning on the title of one of Handel's most famous operas (Giulio Cesare), three distinguished artists performed a rich and varied concert of music that would have been well known in William Kent's day, and possibly even performed at Lord Burlington's London residence. The concert—presented on October 3rd in conjunction with the exhibition William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain—emphasized the connections and friendships among musicians, composers, artists, architects, and royal patrons in early 18th-century Britain. Baritone Christopher Dylan Herbert, a member of the acclaimed ensemble New York Polyphony, offered fascinating commentary during the concert about the origin and meaning of musical selections. In addition to works by Handel, harpsichordist Bradley Brookshire performed a tour de force Suite No. 5 in E major HWV430 from Handel's Harmonius Blacksmith,  baroque cellist Katie Reitman performed the Sonata No. 6 in A minor by Geminiani, and Mr. Herbert sang works by Thomas Arne. Arne was a British composer who ( as William Kent did for design and architecture) responded to a call for music that established a new, national style in Britain in the musical arts. The concert was generously supported by an anonymous donor.

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Christopher Dylan Herbert, baritone
Bradley Brookshire, harpsichord
Katie Reitman, cello