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September at the BGC

This month we welcome not only our new and returning students but also open our season of gallery exhibitions. Our Main Gallery features a spectacular hats retrospective organized by Stephen Jones and the Victoria and Albert Museum and our Focus Gallery presents American Christmas Cards, 1900-1960.  David Jaffee tells us about the very successful NEH Summer Institute held here at the BGC.  You will also learn about our Gala benefitting our scholarship fund and our upcoming academic seminar series as well as find listings for our exhibition-related gallery programs.  Please enjoy what we have to offer. – Susan Weber, Founder/Director

News
BGC NEH Summer Institute
by David Jaffee, Professor and Director of the 2011 NEH Summer Institute
The Bard Graduate Center hosted a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Teachers this past July. These institutes bring faculty from throughout the United States together in the summer to work with leading scholars and teachers in a particular field in order to advance their teaching and research. Read more.

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Special Events
BGC Scholarship Fund Gala
On Tuesday, September 13, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Bard Graduate Center is holding their Scholarship Fund Gala in honor of Stephen Jones to celebrate the opening of Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones.

The evening includes a cocktail party and a silent auction featuring hats designed by some of today's most innovative tastemakers in the art and design world.

Click here for more information.    

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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, the world’s foremost hat designer—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
American Christmas Cards, 1900-1960
September 21 to December 31, 2011

The Bard Graduate Center presents American Christmas Cards, 1900–1960 in our Focus Gallery. The exhibition has been organized by Dr. Kenneth L. Ames, member of the BGC faculty, working in collaboration with graduate students. This is the first exhibition to study the images on American Christmas cards of the twentieth century, and it serves as an introduction to a large artifactual and aesthetic field that until now has been largely unexplored.  Read more.

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Gallery Programs
Christmas Gifting: Rituals of Affection and Commerce
Thursday, October 6, 6 to 8 p.m.  Drawing upon prescriptive literature, trade journals, diaries and letters, historian Ellen Litwicki explores the emergence of Christmas gift-giving at the turn of the twentieth century, highlighting the role of gifts as symbols of family (and other) relationships, as well as how gift customs were influenced by commercial interests.  Read more.

Evening for Educators, Thursday, September 22, 6 to 8 p.m. Teachers, teaching artists, school administrators, and parents are invited.   Read more.

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Academic Programs Seminar Series
Celebrating its tenth year in 2011, 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.

Wednesday, September 7
Anthony Grafton
History, Princeton University
How Jesus Celebrated Passover: Some Early Modern Readings of the Last Supper

Wednesday, September 21
Chris Gosden
Archaeology, Oxford University
Being English: An Exploration of Identity through the Collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

Wednesday, October 5
Donald Albrecht
Curator of Architecture and Design, Museum of the City of New York
and
Tom Mellins
Independent Curator and Author
Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and the Islamic Arts  

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