BGC at 20
BGC Gallery
Upcoming Exhibitions
Research Institute
Faculty News
2014 Iris Awards
Alumni Spotlight
February at the BGC

This month, we report on the activities of faculty and students including a workshop, a symposium, and a visit to the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee to discuss new collaborations.

In addition, we are pleased to announce the Spring Gallery exhibitions opening in April. With an emphasis on Colombian visual and material culture, Waterweavers in the Main Gallery continues to expand the exhibition program into the contemporary field while Carrying Coca in the Focus Gallery examines how two components of Andean life—coca leaves and handwoven textiles—are brought together in the small woven bag called a chuspa.

Our alumni spotlight features Jennifer Pitman (MA 2000). 

BGC at 20
Warburg as Curator Workshop
On January 30, seven scholars joined Dean Peter N. Miller in a day-long workshop devoted to “Warburg as Curator.”  The purpose of the event was to refine thinking towards a Focus Gallery exhibition in Fall 2016.  Read more.
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Furniture History Society
Four current and former BGC students addressed the Research Seminar on British and Continental Furniture and Interiors, 1600-1930, sponsored by the Furniture History Society and hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art on February 3. Read more.
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Collaborations with Chipstone
BGC faculty members Catherine Whalen and Ivan Gaskell met with the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee to discuss new collaborations. Read more.
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BGC Gallery
Fall Season Ends
The BGC Gallery continued to enhance its identity as a unique cultural venue in New York City and as a place for learning and teaching.  Our commitment to new scholarship and the highest levels of quality in display were clearly evident in William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain and An American Style: Global Sources for New York Textile and Fashion Design, 1915–1928

Descriptions, images, and press items are on our website.

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Upcoming Exhibitions
Opening April 11, 2014

In the Main Gallery through August 10, 2014 
Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Colombian Visual and Material Culture.  Using the trope of the river as a conceptual device to explore the intersections in Colombian contemporary culture of art, craft, and design, the exhibition 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

In the Focus Gallery through August 3, 2014
Carrying Coca: 1,500 Years of Andean Chuspas 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.  More information will be on the website. 

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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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Modern Design History Seminar
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 6 to 8pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Lara Penin
Transdisciplinary Design, School of Design Strategies, Parsons The New School for Design
“Design Futures: Service Design for Social Innovation”

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-947.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures on 18th- and 19th-Century French Decorative Arts and Culture
Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 6 to 8pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Birgitt Borkopp-Restle
Art History, University of Bern, Switzerland
“How To Do Things with Textiles: Marie Antoinette at the Courts of Vienna and Versailles”

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-949.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Symposium: The Material Text in Pre-Modern and Early Modern Europe
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 10am-5:45pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

RSVP is required.  For information on speakers and topics and to reserve your place visit www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/symposium-material.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation Seminar in New York and American Material Culture
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6 to 8pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Bess Williamson
Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
“Problems in Design History Research: The Body, Disability, and Modern Industrial Design”

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-952.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Seminar in Renaissance and Early Modern Material Culture
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 6 to 8pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.301 academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

Alexander Marr
History of Art, University of Cambridge
"Early Modern Instrument Aesthetics"

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-946.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Faculty News
Aaron Glass's Return to the Land of the Head Hunters: Edward S. Curtis, the Kwakwaka'wakw, and the Making of Modern Cinema will be published in April by the University of Washington Press

An article co-authored by Kimon Kiramides for The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy  has been nominated for a 2013 Digital Humanities Award under the category "Best DH blog post, article, or short publication". 

For more faculty news, click here and keep up with the varied 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
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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Alumni Spotlight
Jennifer Pitman (MA 2000).   Read more


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