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December at the BGC

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain and An American Style: Global Sources for New York Textile and Fashion Design, 1915–1928continue in our Gallery — please note our special December hours.  We hope you will visit us this Holiday Season and enjoy these marvelous exhibitions!   

This month, we feature an exciting new initiative: the Craft, Art, and Design Oral History Project, report on the accomplishments of our faculty, and take great pleasure in announcing the 2014 recipients of the Iris Awards granted each year for outstanding contributions to the field. 

As always, learn about our upcoming academic seminar series and find listings for our exhibition-related gallery programs.  

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Craft, Art, and Design Oral History Project Launched
Craft, Art, and Design Oral History Project, the BGC's online archive of interviews with contemporary craftspeople, artists, and designers, has launched.  Read more.
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History of Design
Our landmark survey, History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400-2000, now available from Yale University Press, is garnering fabulous press:   

“Magisterial. . . a stunning visual survey of 600 years of making, and an in-depth look at the evolution of the very idea of design itself.”
Books of the Year 2013: Art, The Independent 

"Exhaustive—not exhausting. Rather like walking through the front door of an imaginary museum of design and letting the artistic wealth of the ages overwhelm."
Norman Weinstein: Holiday Book Lists 2013, Designer and Books 

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BGC Gallery
In the Main Gallery
William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain
Through February 9, 2014

Featuring elaborate drawings for architecture, gardens, and sculpture, along with furniture, silver, paintings, illustrated books, and new documentary films, William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain is the first major exhibition to examine the life and career of one of the most influential designers in eighteenth-century Britain.  Read more. 

In the press:  

William Kent in New York
The Magazine Antiques, November 12, 2013

‘Designing Georgian Britain’ Explores
William Kent’s Oeuvre

Antiques and the Arts Weekly, December 6, 2013

Google Images can't spoil the fun — here are the most
gorgeous art books of the season
 
The Spectator, December 7, 2013 

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In the Focus Gallery
An American Style: Global Sources for New York Textile and Fashion Design, 1915–1928
 Through February 2, 2014

This remarkable exhibition examines the efforts of the American Museum of Natural History to educate and inspire New York textile and fashion designers during and after World War I. Featured are rare textiles and garments ranging from a 1920’s hand-batiked caftan-style dress and mass-market hand-blocked silks to native American and other indigenous dress.  Also included are never-before-seen photographs, objects, and design manuals. Read more.

Holiday Week Hours:
The Gallery will be open December 26–29
Tuesday–Sunday: 11 am–5 pm
Thursday: 11 am–8 pm
Admission will be free all day Thursday, December 26

The Gallery is closed December 2325, 30, 31, and January 1. Regular hours resume January 2.  


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Gallery Programs
Thursday, December  19;  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Men of Labor and Leisure: Defining Masculinity in Georgian Portraiture and Fashion: A Gallery Talk with Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell and Jason Kelly
Read more and register

Thursday, January 9;  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Village Vanguards: The Karasz Sisters, Djuna Barnes, and their Milieu: A Gallery Talk with Ashley Callahan and Drake Stutesman
Read more and register

Thursday, January 16;  9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Eighteenth-Century Architectural Drawings in Context: A Study Day at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT
Read more and register

Thursday, January 23; 6:00 pm – 8 pm
Intimately and Unquestionably Our Own”: A Curator’s Perspective on An American Style with Ann Marguerite Tartsinis
Read more and register 

Friday Gallery Tours 
Complimentary guided tours are offered every Friday at 12:30 pm. Free with gallery admission ($7/$5).  

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Degree Programs
Our Students Study the Cultural History of the Material World
Applications to the BGC MA and PhD Programs are due by January 10, 2014. For more information or to complete an online application, visit our Admissions webpage. If you have questions, please contact Dean Elena Pinto Simon via phone (212-501-3057) or email (simon@bgc.bard.edu).
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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.

Research Fellows Panel 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 6 to 8pm
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/-961.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

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Museum Conversations
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 6 to 8pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Michael Conforti
Director, The Clark
"The Clark - Next" 

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at http://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-950.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Faculty News
Pat Kirkham's Eva Zeisel: Life, Design, and Beauty (Chronicle, 2013) is among Designer and Books 17 Notable Design Books of 2013

Amy Ogata's book on toy and graphic designer Fredun Shapur was published in October by Éditions Piqpoq, France.  

Kimon Keramidas led the workshop "Using Prezi for Visual Composition and Dynamic Electronic Posters" at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Fordham University, on November 13.  

For more faculty doings, click here and keep up with the myriad activities of our community with Elena Simon's blog, Learning from Things: Behind the Scenes at the BGC.

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2014 Iris Awards
Dr. Susan Weber, Founder and Director, has announced the recipients of the Eighteenth Annual Iris Foundation Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the Decorative Arts.

This year’s 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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