2014 Spring Exhibition Openings
On Thursday, April 10, 2014 the Bard Graduate Center hosted the opening reception for Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Colombian Visual and Material Culture and Carrying Coca: 1,500 Years of Andean Chuspas. Over 400 guests visited the BGC gallery to enjoy the exhibitions and mingled over drinks and hor d'oeuvres at the reception. Waterweavers will be on view until August 10th and Carrying Coca will run until August 4th. The Curator of Waterweavers, José Roca, is pictured below (second from right) with (from left) artists Clemencia Echeverri, Jorge Lizarazo, Adriana Hurtado, Monica Hoyos, and Ceci Arango. Click here for more photos from the opening.
2014 Iris Foundation Awards Luncheon
On April 9, 2014 the BGC honored outstanding contributions to patronage and scholarship in the decorative arts at the 18th Annual Iris Foundation Awards Luncheon held at the Colony Club. Dr. Susan Weber, Founder/Director is pictured below (right) with (from left) Leon Botstein, Bard College President, and honorees Dame Rosalind J. Savill, Finbarr Barry Flood, and Iris Cantor. Click here for more photos of the event.
History of Design Launch
On November 6, 2013 editors Susan Weber and Pat Kirkham joined with the contributing authors, BGC faculty and alumni, and friends and colleagues from the academic, museum, and design worlds in celebration of the launch of the landmark survey History of Design, 1400-2000. Mariët Westermann, Vice President, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Ian Wardropper, Director, the Frick Collection made remarks on this ground-breaking textbook, a first in the field. Click here for more photos of the event.
20th Anniversary Toast
On October 16, 2013 the BGC opened its twentieth anniversary year with a cake and champagne toast. Faculty, staff, alumni, students, and friends joined in the festivities which included tours of the exhibitions and the academic building. Click here for more photos of the event.
French Heritage Society Dinner
On April 2, 2013 French Heritage Society’s New York Chapter partnered with the BGC to host an elegant French dinner and exclusive viewing of the BGC’s newest exhibition “Salvaging the Past: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from the Metropolitan Museum of Art”. Exhibition curators Deborah L. Krohn, Ulrich Leben, and Danielle Kisluk-Grosheide delighted guests with privately led tours which shed light on this remarkable but little-known decorative arts collection. Proceeds benefited the Society and the BGC. Click here for more photos of the event.
2013 Iris Awards Luncheon
On April 17, 2013 the Bard Graduate Center honored outstanding contributions to patronage and scholarship in the decorative arts at the 17th Annual Iris Foundation Awards Luncheon held at the Colony Club. Dr. Susan Weber, Founder/Director is pictured below with honorees Glenn Adamson, Adrian Sassoon, Richard Jenrette, and Morrison H. Heckscher. Click here for more photos of the event.
2013 International Edible Book Festival
Started in 2000 by an artist and a librarian, the International Edible Book Festival falls on or around April 1st each year and pays homage to the French gastronomer Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755–1826). Bibliophiles and food lovers around the world gather locally and virtually to celebrate the book arts and the (literal) ingestion of culture by constructing books made entirely of edible materials. Their work is displayed, judged, and subsequently eaten, and photographs are submitted to the International Edible Book Festival website. On April 3, 2013, BGC students and faculty participated by hosting our second annual celebration of "Edible Books Day." Click here to see their contributions.
Making a World with One Hundred Things
Museum categories profoundly affect scholarly knowledge claims in an A to Z of disciplines, from anthropology to zoology. Professor Ivan Gaskell's fall 2012 seminar, “Tangible Things: Observing, Collecting, Sorting,” examined the formation and uses of nearly fifty methodical collections. In addition, participants built their own comprehensive collection in the same areas of enquiry. Every week, for ten weeks, the members brought an item to class relating to that week's topic. The tenth week was for ambiguous objects and things hard to classify. All were very modest, preferably found or purchased for not more than $5. From January 15 - 24, the objects were displayed in "Making a World with One Hundred Things." Click here for photos.
Participants: Hadley Jensen, Suk Young Kang, Sarah Pickman, Sophie Pitman, Nicole Pulichene, Laura Speers, Edward Styles, Katherine Tycz, Meredyth Winter, and Professor Ivan Gaskell.
First Annual Ex Libris day
On Wednesday October, 10th, the Bard Graduate Center celebrated its first annual Ex Libris day, with a community-curated exhibition of the BGC library's special collections, demonstrations of electronic research tools, class presentation clinics, and a book sale. Students and staff were also treated to a pizza lunch and highlights from the library's video collection. Click here for more photos of the event.
Opening reception for Circus and the City & The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot
The Bard Graduate Center hosted the opening reception for Circus and the City: New York, 1793-2010 and The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking on Thursday, September 20th. Over 300 guests enjoyed the exhibitions and mingled with others at the reception. Circus and the City will be on view until February 3, 2013 and The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot will run until January 27, 2013. Click here for more photos of the event.
Step Right Up! BGC Scholarship Fund Benefit
The Step Right Up! BGC Scholarship Fund Benefit was held on September 19th to celebrate the opening of Circus and the City: New York, 1793-2010. Guests attended in circus-inspired attire and enjoyed a sneak preview of the exhibition. The evening was made extra special with thrilling performances by Lady Circus, the fanciful food creations of Peter Callahan Catering, and delicious libations by Harlem Brewing Company. A few lucky attendees won the chance to be “Circus Celebrities” after winning raffle prize packages generously donated to the event by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. All proceeds from the Benefit raised that evening support our scholarship fund and give BGC students the financial help they need to pursue graduate degrees in the study of material culture. Click here for more photos of the event.
2012 Qualifying Paper Symposium
This year, the BGC inaugurated the Qualifying Paper— a new capstone project replacing the traditional thesis. On May 4, 2012, a celebratory event was held featuring presentations by our graduating MA students on research related to their Qualifying Papers. Click here for more photos from the event.
New York 20th Century Art and Design Show & Sale
The BGC participated in the inaugural New York 20th Century Art and Design Show and Sale April 12 - 15. The show opened with an early buying preview party benefitting the BGC Scholarship Fund. Click here for more photos from the event.
2012 Iris Awards Luncheon
On April 18, 2012 the Bard Graduate Center honored outstanding contributions to patronage and scholarship in the decorative arts at the 16th Annual Iris Foundation Awards Luncheon held at 583 Park Avenue. Susan Weber, Founder/Director is pictured below (third from left) with honorees Mark McDonald, Alisa LaGamma, Rahmi Koç, Leon Botstein, President of Bard College, and Hans Ottomeyer. Click here for more photos of the event.
1st Annual Edible Book Festival 2012
On March 27, 2012, "books" created by BGC faculty, students, and staff were displayed, judged, and subsequently eaten at the BGC's First Annual Edible Book Festival. Part of the 2012 International Edible Book Festival started by an artist and librarian to pay homage to French gastronomer, Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), the event falls on or around April 1st each year. Photographs of the BGC entries were submitted to the international website (books2eat.com) for display with other creations from around the world. Click here for more photos from the event.
Materials Day 2012
Every semester, students at the BGC get an opportunity for some hands-on practice, as they explore materials and processes related to their fields of study. On March 17th, students had the opportunity to create illluminated letters in a workshop led by artist and BGC Head of Education Rebecca Allan. Click here for more photos from the event.
Stephen Jones Student Tour
On Friday, October 21, 2011 Stephen Jones gave a special tour for BGC students focusing on his practice as a milliner and his experiences working in the archives of the Victoria & Albert Museum in preparation for the Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones exhibition. Click here for more photos from the event.
Opening Reception for Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones
On September 14, 2011 the Bard Graduate Center hosted the opening reception for Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones. In celebration, guests adorned themselves in a variety of toppers ranging from baseball caps to what appeared to be a replica of the Guggenheim Museum. Click here for more photos from the event.
BGC Scholarship Fund Gala
On September 13, 2011, the Bard Graduate Center celebrated the opening of Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones, a collaboration between the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Stephen Jones, the world’s foremost hat designer. The evening’s silent auction featured hats designed by some of today’s most innovative tastemakers in the art and design world, and all proceeds from the Gala and auction supported the BGC Scholarship Fund. Click here for more photos from the event.
2011 Iris Awards Luncheon
On April 6, 2011 the Bard Graduate Center honored outstanding contributions to patronage and scholarship in the decorative arts at the 15th Annual Iris Foundation Awards Luncheon held at 583 Park Avenue. Susan Weber, Founder/Director is pictured below (third from left) with honorees Shelley and Donald Rubin, John Harris, Juliet Kinchin, and Bernard Dragesco. Click here for more photos from the event.
January Opening Receptions
On January 25, 2011 the Bard Graduate Center hosted opening receptions for two exhibitions, Cloisonné: Chinese Enamels from the Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties and the inaugural exhibition of the Focus Gallery, Objects of Exchange: Social and Material Transformation on the Late Nineteenth-Century Northwest Coast. Click here for more photos from this event.
Mid-Century Modern: Designs for New Lifestyles
A Benefit for the BGC Scholarship Fund
On January 19, 2011, the Bard Graduate Center hosted a Gala and silent auction featuring cocktail accessories, furniture, jewelry, tableware, textiles, fashion, and more in the timeless style of Mid-Century Modernism. All proceeds from this Gala supported the BGC’s Scholarship Fund. Click here for more photos from the event.
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