Event/Speaker

Symposium:Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick

Date

Monday, October 19, 2009

Time

2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Place

Lecture Hall, 38 West 86th Street

COST

FREE General Admission
FREE Students and Seniors

RSVP required to 212.501.3019, academic-events@bgc.bard.edu

Description

Presented in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage of discovery and celebrating the lasting legacy of Dutch culture in New York, this exhibition (and catalogue) explore(s) the world of a fascinating woman, her family, and the possessions she accumulated over an eventful lifetime. Margrieta van Varick was born in 1649 in the Netherlands, but she spent many years at the extremes of the Dutch world-in Malacca on the Malay Peninsula and in Flatbush, now part of Brooklyn. She arrived in New York in 1686 with her husband, a Dutch Reformed minister, and set up a textile shop, bringing with her an array of objects from the Far East and Europe. Her shop goods, along with her household furnishings, were meticulously recorded in an estate inventory made after her death in 1695. The inventory lay forgotten for more than two hundred years but was rediscovered in the twentieth century, pointing the way to new research into the histories of New York City, the Dutch overseas trading empire, women, and material culture. Although to date it has been impossible to link specific objects to the items in Margrieta's inventory, representative objects serve as springboards to discussions by a group of more than thirty leading curators and scholars. The intense investigation of the past by this wide group of scholars holds up a mirror to present-day New York and serves as a reminder of a vanished world.

2:00 pm – Symposium
Lecture Hall, 38 West 86th Street, New York, NY

2:00 pm – Welcome: Deborah L . Krohn
Associate Professor and Coordinator for History and Theory of Museums, Bard Graduate Center

2:15 pm – John Guy
Curator of South & Southeast Asia, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"Textiles, Spices and Luxury Goods: The Dutch Experience in 17th Century Southeast Asia"

3:00 pm – Karina Corrigan
H.A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art, Peabody Essex Museum
"Asia in Amsterdam"

3:45 pm – Joyce Goodfriend
Professor of History, University of Denver
"The Dutch in British New York"

For additional information contact Alex Phelan, phelan@bgc.bard.edu.


Academic Programs, Symposia