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February at the BGC

In this issue of the BGC newsletter we interview Paul Stirton, BGC faculty member and editor of our completely revamped journal, West 86th, who talks about the overall thrust of the BGC publication.  We also ask Dan Lee, the managing editor, to tell us about some of the upcoming material we will be reading.  In addition, Rebecca Allan, our head of education, talks about a unique —and very successful — schools initiative her department has undertaken, and we take great pleasure in announcing the 2011 recipients of the Iris Awards granted each year for outstanding contributions to the field.  I hope you will enjoy it.  – Susan Weber, Founder/Director

West 86th Launches
Bard Graduate Center and the University of Chicago Press are launching West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture  on Wednesday, February 9th with a talk by David Freedberg, the Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.  The reception will start at 7:00 p.m. and the lecture at 7:30 p.m.  Seating is limited and RSVP is required.  For more information click here.

Visit West 86th Online

Read more about West 86th

Read an interview with Paul Stirton, Editor-in-Chief

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BGC Gallery
BGC Suitcase Exhibitions: Taking the Gallery to New York City Schools
by Rebecca Allan, Head of Education
How does an artist transform copper and cadmium into a radiant cloisonné vessel?  Who splits and weaves cedar bark into baskets for gathering berries along the Pacific Northwest Coast? What is the symbolic meaning of the lotus blossom in Chinese decorative arts, and why is Raven considered a trickster figure in Tlingit Indian culture?  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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Special Events
Iris Foundation Awards Recipients Named
Susan Weber, Founder/Director, has announced the recipients of the Fifteenth Annual Iris Foundation Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the Decorative Arts.   This year’s honorees are Donald and Shelley Rubin,  John Harris, OBE, Juliet Kinchin, and Bernard Dragesco. The awards will be presented at a luncheon on April 6, 2011, at 583 Park Avenue, New York City. Read More.

Mid-Century Modern: Designs for New Lifestyles
Benefit 2011 Auction and Cocktail Party, January 19
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Cloisonné and Objects of Exchange
Opening Receptions, January 25
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Academic Programs Seminar Series
The Seminar Series at the Bard Graduate Center 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.

Tuesday, February 8
Tristan Weddigen
The Warp and Weft of History: Raphael and Le Brun Reflecting on the Textile Medium

Wednesday, February 9
David Freedberg
The Materiality of the Brain and the Material of Culture

Wednesday, February 16
Melissa Hyde
Needling: Embroidery and Satire in the Hands of the Saint-Aubins

Wednesday, February 23
Michael Shanks
Archaeology and Design History

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