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April at the BGC

This month we are having a particularly interesting symposium on ex voto objects, those objects left on altars for help with with physical problems, as thanks for help received, and so forth.  They have existed since the beginning of time, in all cultures and religions, and this symposium on April 28 and 29 launches the first phase of a project that will end in an exhibition at the BGC now scheduled to open in 2015.  We also have pictures from our very successful Iris Awards luncheon, a listing of our lectures, and a gimpse of our upcoming exhibition on Knoll textiles that opens May 18 –Susan Weber, Founder/Director.

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Ex Voto Symposium
The Bard Graduate Center is hosting a symposium on April 28 and 29 entited "Ex Voto: Votive Images Across Cultures."  Ittai Weinryb, BGC assistant professor, has assembled scholars from the United States and abroad who will discuss these objects as they relate to the material culture of the human world.  Read an interview with Ittai Weinryb.
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Special Events
Iris Awards Luncheon
On April 6, the Bard Graduate Center honored outstanding contributions to patronage and scholarship in the decorative arts at the 15th Annual Iris Foundation Awards Luncheon. This year’s honorees were Donald and Shelley Rubin, John Harris, Juliet Kinchin, and Bernard Dragesco. Proceeds from the event support students through the BGC Scholarship Fund.  Click here for photos from the event.    
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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

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In the Main Gallery
Cloisonné: Chinese Enamels from the Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties
January 26, 2011–April 17, 2011

The exhibition, a collaboration between the BGC and Les Arts Décoratifs-musée des Arts décoratifs  in Paris, examines the enamel technique introduced into China during the Mongol Yuan dynasty (1279 -1368) to the end of the Qing dynasty (1644-1912).  It  is the first exhibition to bring cloisonné from this renowned French collection together with objects from important public collections in the United States. The curator of the exhibition is Béatrice Quette of the Musée des Arts décoratifs,  Read More

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In the Focus Gallery
Objects of Exchange: Social and Material Transformation on the Late Nineteenth-Century Northwest Coast
January 26, 2011–April 17, 2011

Featuring the collection from the American Museum of Natural History.   Drawing on a wide variety of objects from the museum’s remarkable collection—ranging from decorated clothing and containers, to ceremonial masks and trade goods—this exhibit reveals the artistic traces of dynamic indigenous activity whereby objects were altered, repurposed, and adapted to meet the challenges of  the times. Read More

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Gallery Programs
Lecture: Seeking the Beginnings of Chinese Cloisonné
Thursday, April 14, 6 to 8 pm (conversation and exhibition-viewing reception) with François Louis, associate professor at BGC, and, author most recently of "The Yuan Synthesis: Material Culture in Yuan China," in Genghis Khan and the Mongol EmpireRead More.
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Academic Programs Seminar Series
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, April 13
David J. Hancock
History, University of Michigan
The Body in the Library: Structure and the Collection of Useful Material in Early-Modern England and America

Wednesday, April 20
Lynn Meskell
Anthropology, Stanford University
Heritage as Therapy: The Materiality of Uplift in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures on 18th- and 19th-Century French Decorative Arts and Culture
Wednesday, April 27
Susan Taylor-Leduc
Trinity College, Global Learning Site, Paris, France
The “Pleasures of Surprise” in the French Picturesque Garden

April 28 and 29
Symposium:
Ex Voto: Votive Images Across Cultures        

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