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February at the BGC

In this issue, we are pleased to report the launch of our "Cultures of Conservation" initiative and our new Gallery season.

In addition, read about the wonderful Family Day—complete with shadow puppetsthat complemented the recently-closed Circus exhibition, and discover a special student "pop-up" exhibition. Our alumni spotlight features Roisin Inglesby (MA 2012). 

News
Cultures of Conservation
On Friday, January 25, the BGC launched its newest curricular initiative, “Cultures of Conservation,” a five-year project supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Read more
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BGC Gallery
Fall Season Ends
Continuing to enhance its identity as a unique cultural venue in New York City and as a place for learning and teaching, the Gallery witnessed another successful season with its exhibitions. Our commitment to new scholarship and the highest levels of quality in display were clearly evident in the critically acclaimed Circus and the City, New York: 1793-2010 and The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking.

Descriptions, images, installation views, videos, and press items are on our website.

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Upcoming Exhibitions
Salvaging the Past: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art
In the Main Gallery
April 4 - August 11, 2013


Focusing on a remarkable but little-known collection that entered The Metropolitan Museum of Art as a gift of J. Pierpont Morgan in the early twentieth century—indeed, it precipitated the building of a new wing—this exhibition features medieval art and French eighteenth-century paneling, furniture, metalwork, textiles, paintings, and sculpture, as well as late nineteenth-century art pottery, most of which have rarely been viewed since the 1950s. Read more.  

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Confluences: An American Expedition to Northern Burma, 1935
In the Focus Gallery
April 4 - August 3, 2013


In January 1935, the Vernay-Hopwood Chindwin Expedition set out from Rangoon to explore the upper reaches of the “mighty Chindwin River” on behalf of the American Museum of Natural History. The exhibition explores the complex social life of this extraordinary enterprise through an assortment of objects that were both carried into the field and collected en route. Read more.

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Gallery Programs
Rebecca Allan, head of education, reports on “Carnival of the Elephants: A Family Day," which included a special play by master shadow-puppet artist Caroline Borderies. Read more.


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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. 

Seminar in Cultural History
Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 6 to 8 pm 
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Jessica Goldberg
History, University of Pennsylvania
"Mining Medieval Sources: Documents as Texts, Documents as Objects in the Cairo Geniza"

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-811.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu


Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures on 18th- and 19th-Century French Decorative Arts and Culture
Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Tobias Locker
Art History, Saint Louis University-Madrid
"Paris—Potsdam—Paris: Gilt Bronzes ‘à la française’ in Prussia and the Circulation of Knowledge"

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-812.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.


Museum Conversations
Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Christopher Brown
Director, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford
"The New Ashmolean"

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-813.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.


Seminar in Cultural History

Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Béla Kapossy
History, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
"Rousseau’s, and Other Relics: Material Memories in Later Eighteenth-Century Switzerland"

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-814.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.


The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation Seminar in New York and American Material Culture
Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Karin Roffman
English, The United States Military Academy at West Point
"The Double Dream of Things: John Ashbery as a Poet and Collector in his Hudson Home"

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/upcoming-events/-815.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.


Modern Design History Seminar
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Matilda McQuaid
Deputy Curatorial Director/Head of Textiles, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institute
"Textile Variations"

RSVP is required
. Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/upcoming-events/-816.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Student Activities
Making a World with One Hundred Things—a "pop-up" exhibition
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Faculty News
Dr. Susan Weber, Founder and Director, will speak at the 37th Annual Symposium of the Furniture History Society in London on March 9. The title of her talk is "The Furniture of William Kent."

An interview with Professor Pat Kirkham aired on KTEP 88.5 FM (NPR El Paso) on February 2. Author of Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design (Laurence King, 2011), she talked about the designer responsible for the memorable opening titles of films such as Psycho, Vertigo, and West Side Story.

Keep up-to-date on the myriad activities of faculty, students, and staff with the blog of Elena Pinto Simon, dean of Academic Administration and Student Affairs—"Learning from Things: Behind the Scenes at the BGC"

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Alumni Spotlight
Roisin Inglesby (MA 2012)
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