BGC at 20
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2014 Iris Awards
High Tea
April at the BGC

Spring arrives at the BGC Gallery with two exciting exhibitions opening this week. In the Main Gallery, Waterweavers, explores Colombian contemporary visual and material culture. Carrying Coca, the Focus Gallery project, examines how two components of Andean life—coca leaves and handwoven textiles—are brought together in the small woven bag called a chuspa. 

We also report on a visit by students from the University of Cambridge and the recent accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alumni.

BGC at 20
University of Cambridge Visit
Over the course of the past few months, a class taught by Professor Andrew Morrall has interacted via video-conference with a parallel graduate-level course at the University of Cambridge.  On March 25, eight Cambridge students and their professors visited the BGC. Read more.
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Colonial Williamsburg Visit
BGC students attended the annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Colonial Williamsburg. Read more
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BGC Gallery
In the Main Gallery
Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Colombian Visual and Material Culture
April 11 through August 10, 2014 
Using the trope of the river as a conceptual device to explore the intersections in Colombian contemporary culture of art, craft, and design, Waterweavers reveals the intricate ways culture and nature are intertwined across disciplines. The curator is José Roca, the Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art at Tate, London, and Artistic Director of FLORA ars+natura, an independent space for contemporary art in Bogotá.  Read more


Gallery Programs
Friday, April 11, 2014, 6:30 pm
Figure/Ground: Curating Waterweavers
In this conversation, moderated by art critic Gregory Volk, curator José Roca and Waterweavers artists Susana Mejía and Jorge Lizarazo will discuss the unique curatorial strategy and the challenges of contextualizing a diversity of artworks within the distinctive spaces of the BGC Gallery. Read more and register

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 6 pm
Design for a Better World
In this panel discussion design writer Paul Makovsky moderates a discussion with Lucy Salamanca and other designers who will discuss their philosophies and approaches to ethical design, reducing consumption of non-renewable resources, and creating healthy, sustainable environments.  Read more and register.  

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In the Focus Gallery
Carrying Coca: 1,500 Years of Andean Chuspas
April 11 through August 3, 2014
Carrying Coca considers how two components of Andean life—coca leaves and handwoven textiles—are brought together in the small woven bag called a chuspa— and examines this traditional object in changing cultural and economic contexts. Read more.


Gallery Programs
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6 pm 
Reflections of Rulership in Wari Tapestry-woven Tunics
Between AD 600 and 1000, the Wari people of ancient Peru forged a society so complex that many regard it as South America’s first empire. Because the Wari did not use writing, our understanding of their accomplishments is based on analyses of their material culture, including a corpus of artistically complex tapestry-woven tunics that were the raiment of Wari rulers and other elites. In this lecture, Susan Bergh will examine two groups of tunics to reveal what they suggest about the singular nature of Wari rulership. The program will conclude with a response from Carrying Coca curator Nicola Sharratt.  Read more and register.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 6 pm
Containing Many Meanings: Chuspas, Coca Leaf, and Andean Culture
In this lecture, Catherine Allen will discuss the enduring significance of chuspas to the people who make and use them. Read more.

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Degree Programs
Accepted Students Day
On March 20, prospective MA and PhD students who have been accepted to the BGC had the opportunity to visit classes, participate in a museum visit, hear presentations on academic initiatives and faculty work and research, and meet with current students and faculty. It was a busy, informative, and useful day. We very much look forward to welcoming these students formally to the BGC community at the new student orientation in August.
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Research Institute
Upcoming Seminars
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.

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Iris Foundation Awards Lecture
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Finbarr B. Flood
Institute of Fine Arts and Department of Art History, New York University
“Twelfth-Century Architecture as Incipient Globalism: Egypt, India, and Medieval Ethiopia”

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/twelfth-century-architecture.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Indigenous Arts in Transition Seminar
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Glenn Wharton
Museum Studies, New York University
“The Painted King: Art, Activism, and Authenticity in Hawai'i”

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-955.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Symposium: Objects and Power: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Medieval Islamic Material Culture
Friday, April 11, 2014, 9:30 am to 4:45 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at http://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-940.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Symposium: Woven Worlds: The Social Lives of Andean Textiles
Monday, April 14, 2014, 1:30 to 4:45 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

RSVP is required.
Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-956.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Seminar in Cultural History
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Nathan Schlanger
Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Preventives
“‘Material Culture’: The Concept and its Use in Historical Perspective” 

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at http://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-951.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Conservation Conversations
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center,
38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Judith Olszowy-Schlanger
Historical and Philological Sciences, École Pratique des Hautes Études

Michelle Chesner
Norman E. Alexander Librarian for Jewish Studies,
Columbia University Library


“Case Study in Collaboration: Conserving Thousands of Lost Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts”

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-957.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

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Symposium: Mapping New York
Friday, April 25, 2014, 9 am to 5 pm
Bard Graduate Center
38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-953.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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The Paul and Irene Hollister Lectures on Glass
Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center
38 West 86th Street 212.501.3019
academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Ines Rotermund-Reynard
Art History, University of Cologne
“Beads and Buttons from Briare: A Global Industrial Success Story from 19th-Century France”

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-919.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Symposium: History and Material Culture: World Perspectives Day 1
Friday, May 9, 2014,9:30 am to 6:15 pm
Bard Graduate Center
38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019,academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at bgc.bard.edu/news/events/history-and-material-1.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Symposium: History and Material Culture: World Perspectives, Day 2
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 9:30 am to 5 pm
Bard Graduate Center
38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at bgc.bard.edu/news/events/history-and-material-2.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Keynote: Majolica: A World View
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center
38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-942.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Symposium: Majolica: A World View
Friday, May 16, 2014, 9:30am to 5pm
Bard Graduate Center
38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-943.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu. 

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Faculty News
Ivan Gaskell has been awarded a fellowship at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg (Institute of Advanced Study), University of Göttingen. From May 15 through July 30, he will research the university collections, advise on their future uses, and continue work on a book manuscript on philosophy of museums. 

Aaron Glass will introduce the screening of Edward S. Curtis's 1914 film, In the Land of the Head Hunters, at the Portland Art Museum (Oregon) on June 8. On April 22, he will give a public lecture on totem poles as part of the programming for a small Northwest Coast exhibit being held at the Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania.

David Jaffee was among the historians discussing their work at the New York Public Library's New York City History Day on April 5.

Kimon Keramidas presented "Interactive Development as Pedagogical Process: Digital Media Design in the Classroom as a Method for Recontextualizing the Study of Material Culture" as part of the MWX: The New Interactives panel at Museum and the Web 2014 held in Baltimore in April.

Pat Kirkham is moderating a panel on the impact of design and music on popular material culture from the 1960s to the 1980s at the Harvard Club on April 24. 

Deborah Krohn  and Ivan Gaskell are moderating sessions of "Materiality in Japan: Making, Breaking and Conserving Works of Art and Architecture" at NYU Institute of Fine Arts on April 11.

Peter Miller gave a talk on "Goitein as a Scholar of the Mediterranean" at a conference on Goitein in Perspective at Brandeis University on April 1.

Paul Stirton is giving a talk on "The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain" at the Centennial Decorative Arts Symposium of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto on April 11.

Ittai Weinryb is presenting "Astrology and its Objects in the Middle Ages" with Sarah Guérin at the International Congress of Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo in May.  At the conference, he will also give a paper on "The Regensburg Astrolabe and the Formation of the Gazing Community."

Catherine Whalen is participating in the Consortium for American Material Culture, convened by the University of Delaware at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington from May 1 - 2. 

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Alumni News
Many BGC alumni are advancing their careers as educators, curators, writers, and gallerists; others are furthering their scholarship with fellowships and entering prestigious programs at institutions around the world. Read more.
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2014 Iris Awards
The Eighteenth Annual Iris Foundation Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the Decorative Arts  honorees are Iris Cantor, President and Chairman, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation; Dame Rosalind Savill, DBE, FBA, FSA, Curator Emeritus and former Director, the Wallace Collection, London; Finbarr Barry Flood, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities at the Institute of Fine Arts and Department of Art History, New York University; and Martin Levy, FSA, the fourth generation of his family with the London antique dealer H. Blairman & Sons.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon on April 9, 2014 at the Colony Club, New York City. For more information, please call (212) 501-3058 or email bass@bgc.bard.edu.

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High Tea
On March 27, several of the BGC's closest supporters were joined by a group of MA students and faculty for an afternoon High Tea in the penthouse of the academic building at 38 West 86th Street. The event provided patrons the opportunity to learn about the exciting research projects our students have been pursuing in their classes and for their qualifying papers, and to hear about their ambitions and plans beyond the BGC.

In addition to learning about the students' wide-ranging accomplishments and contributions to the study of decorative arts and material culture, the intimate gathering connected donors with the students whose studies they have generously helped to fund. The tea was a great success and we hope to make it an annual event.




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