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April at the BGC

This month, we are pleased to announce that the BGC has received a grant from the NEH Start-Up Program in Digital Humanities. Aaron Glass, assistant professor, is the project co-director.

In addition, to reading about the continuing accomplishments of our alumni, you will find information on this month's Iris Awards luncheon and the NYC20 Art and Design Fair, a listing of Gallery Programs as well as our Academic Programs Seminar Series. And, don't miss the pictures from our First Annual Edible Book Festival!

If you haven't been by, please note that our fabulous Staging Fashion exhibition closes this Sunday, and the last day to see Hats is April 15.

News
BGC Receives NEH Grant for Digital Humanities Project
On March 29, the Bard Graduate Center received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Start-Up program in Digital Humanities. One of 22 grants awarded nationally, the funding will initiate development of an annotated digital edition of Franz Boas's 1897 text, The Social Organization and the Secret Societies of the Kwakiutl Indians. Read more.
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Special Events
New York 20th Century Art and Design Show & Sale
The Bard Graduate Center is participating in the inaugural New York 20th Century Art and Design Show and Sale  (NYC20), produced by Dolphin Promotions in association with 1stdibs.  NYC20 opens on April 12 with an early buying preview party to benefit the BGC Scholarship Fund.  For information and to purchase tickets, click here.  
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Iris Awards Luncheon
On April 18, the Bard Graduate Center will honor outstanding contributions to patronage and scholarship in the decorative arts at the Sixteenth Annual Iris Foundation Awards Luncheon. This year’s honorees are the Koç Family, Hans Ottomeyer, Alisa LaGamma, and Mark McDonald. Proceeds from the event will support students through the BGC Scholarship Fund.  For information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Read the press release

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BGC Gallery
In the Main Gallery
Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones
September 15, 2011 - April 15, 2012

Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones
—a collaboration between the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Stephen Jones, one of the world’s foremost hat designers—is at the Bard Graduate Center. It is the first venue in this country. The exhibition, which had over 100,000 visitors at the V&A, displays more than 250 hats chosen with the expert eye of the master milliner.

On display are hats ranging from a twelfth-century Egyptian fez to a 1950s Balenciaga hat and couture creations by Jones and his contemporaries. Read more

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In the Focus Gallery
Staging Fashion, 1880–1920: Jane Hading, Lily Elsie, Billie Burke
January 18  to April 8, 2012  Through printed ephemera, clothing, and accessories, Staging Fashion, 1880–1920: Jane Hading, Lily Elsie, Billie Burke and its accompanying catalogue explore the roles played by actresses as internationally known and influential fashion leaders at the turn of the twentieth century. This aspect of popular culture, which emerged more than a hundred years ago, has a long and fascinating historical trajectory, which resonates today in a society that has become infatuated with celebrities— actors and artists whose images are used for promotional purposes in all kinds of media and advertising. Read more.

BGC in the Press
WABC, Eyewitness News, April 4, 2012
with reporter Kemberly Richardson

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Gallery Programs
Hat Noir: Gallery Talk and Performance 
Melinda Wax and Rebecca Allan
Thursday, April 5, 5 to 9 pm.  Read more.

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Academic Programs Seminar Series
Celebrating its tenth year in 2011-2012, the seminar series has made the Bard Graduate Center a major venue for advanced intellectual discussion in New York City and an expression of the range of methods and approaches for studying the cultural history of the material world. The seminars function in counterpoint with course offerings to present to our students the possible scope of their own research and future work.


New Media Seminar
Wednesday, April 11, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu 

Steven Lubar
Brown University: John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage; Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology
“Connecting Collections to Curriculum” 

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at  www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-395.html 


Iris Foundation Awards Lecture
Tuesday, April 17, 5 to 7 pm 
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Alisa LaGamma
Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
“Always Something New Out of Africa: Fresh Perspectives on the Art of a Continent”  

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at http://www.bgc.bard.edu/research/bgc-in-house/-428.html  


Seminar in Cultural History
Wednesday, April 18, 6 to 8 pm 
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

David Kraemer 
Talmud and Rabbinics, The Jewish Theological Seminary 
“Legislating Space and Re-placing God: Rabbinic Spatiality after the Destruction of the Jerusalem Temple”

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at http://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-392.html  


The Joan Stacke Graham Lecture
Tuesday, April 24, 6 to 8 pm 
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street 
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu 

Timothy Wilson 
Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford 
“Majolica and Collecting in 19th-Century Britain” 

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at http://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-396.html  


Focus Gallery Conversations
Wednesday, April 25, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street 
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu 

Jonathan Prown 
Chipstone Foundation
“Object Lab: Chipstone’s 21st-Century Curatorial Initiative” 

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at http://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-435.htm


PLEASE NOTE that our Lecture Hall can only accommodate a limited number of people, so please come early if you would like to have a seat in the main room. We also have overflow seating available; all registrants who arrive late will be seated in the overflow area.

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Edible Book Festival
On March 27, "books" created by BGC faculty, students, and staff were displayed, judged, and subsequently eaten at the BGC's First Annual Edible Book Festival. Read more
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Gallery Media
Video from past exhibitions is now available on our Website.  Watch 
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Alumni News
Meet some of the alumni of the Bard Graduate Center—and read about the contributions they are making beyond the classroom. Read more 
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