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May at the BGC

This month we have two pieces of good news. First of all, we are very much looking forward to our second Cisneros Seminar in the Material Cultures of the Ibero-American World. The topic: Folk Art and Craft in Latin America, 1950-2000. Complete details are listed below, and it is open to the public with an rsvp. The second is our extraordinary group of MA and PhD candidates who will join our program this coming August. They come from institutions ranging from Harvard to NYU to Colorado College to University of Chicago to Jesus College, Oxford. We look forward to welcoming them into the BGC family.   And now read on to to find out what else is happening at the BGC.

News
Folk Art and Craft in Latin America, 1950-2000
Folk Art and Craft in Latin America, 1950-2000, the second edition of the “Cisneros Seminar in the Material Cultures of the Ibero-American World at the Bard Graduate Center,” will take place on May 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Bard Graduate Center:  This seminar, created in conjunction with the Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros,  will feature speakers Paul J. Smith, director emeritus of the American Craft Museum (now the Museum of Arts and Design), documentary filmaker Calogero Salvo, and Cándida Fernández de Calderón, director of Fomento Cultural Banamex, Mexico City. Read more.
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New Students Welcomed
The BGC is pleased and excited about the group of students selected to join Academic Programs this August.  We look forward to welcoming these newest members of our community. Read More.
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BGC Gallery
Upcoming Exhibition
Knoll Textiles, 1945-2010
May 18 - July 31, 2011
The Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture is presenting Knoll Textiles, 1945-2010, the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to a leading producer of modern textile design. The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue consider the individuals and ideas that helped shape Knoll Textiles from its founding to 2010, with the goal of bringing the sartorial dimension of the Knoll brand and the under-recognized role of textiles in the history of modern interiors and design to the forefront of public attention. Read more

An article about Knoll Textiles, 1945-2010, appeared in the Sunday, May 2 edition of  The New York Times Style MagazineRead more

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Gallery Programs
Education
Weaving Prestige: A Study Day with Evelyn Vanderhoop
by Rebecca Allan, Head of Education
On April 8, master weaver Evelyn Vanderhoop from Haida Gwai, an island archipelago along the north coast of British Columbia, led "Twine and Braid: Origins, Materials, and Meaning of the Chilkat Robe,” a study day planned by the education department in conjunction with the Focus Gallery exhibition Objects of Exchange: Social and Material Transformation on the Late Nineteenth-Century Northwest Coast, which closed in April. Read more  
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Upcoming Programs
Thursday, May 19
Working Fabric: Innovation in Design at KnollTextiles
Dorothy Cosonas in conversation with Jhane Barnes
Moderated by Brooke Hodge
6 pm - 8 pm

Thursday, May 25
Suzanne Tick and Hazel Siegel: Material Thinking
Moderated by Matilda McQuaid
6 pm - 8 pm

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Alumni News
Meet the Alumni
Meet some of the alumni of the Bard Graduate Center—and read about the contributions they are making far beyond the classroom. Read More
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Academic Programs Seminar Series
The Seminar Series at the Bard Graduate Center 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.

Wednesday, May 18
Cisneros Seminar in the Material Cultures of the Ibero-American World
Folk Art and Craft in Latin America, 1950-2000

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