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February at the BGC

In this issue of the BGC newsletter Kimon Keramidas, assistant director of the Digital Media Lab, talks about the exciting initiatives underway in his department, and Rebecca Allan, head of education, reports on a study day that focused on the influence of early fashion photographs on contemporary American milliners. This month our alumni spotlight is on Sarah Archer, chief curator of the Philadelphia Art Alliance.

In addition, not only is the BGC participating in the inaugural New York 20th Century Art and Design Fair, we take great pleasure in announcing the 2012 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.

BGC Gallery
In the Main Gallery
Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones
September 15, 2011 - April 15, 2012

Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones
—a collaboration between the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Stephen Jones, one of the world’s foremost hat designers—is at the Bard Graduate Center. It is the first venue in this country. The exhibition, which had over 100,000 visitors at the V&A, displays more than 250 hats chosen with the expert eye of the master milliner.

On display are hats ranging from a twelfth-century Egyptian fez to a 1950s Balenciaga hat and couture creations by Jones and his contemporaries. Read more


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In the Focus Gallery
Staging Fashion, 1880–1920: Jane Hading, Lily Elsie, Billie Burke
January 18  to April 8, 2012  Through printed ephemera, clothing, and accessories, Staging Fashion, 1880–1920: Jane Hading, Lily Elsie, Billie Burke and its accompanying catalogue explore the roles played by actresses as internationally known and influential fashion leaders at the turn of the twentieth century. This aspect of popular culture, which emerged more than a hundred years ago, has a long and fascinating historical trajectory, which resonates today in a society that has become infatuated with celebrities— actors and artists whose images are used for promotional purposes in all kinds of media and advertising. Read more.

BGC in the News

Eve Kahn, "Long-Ago Spokesmodels," New York TImes, January 19, 2012

Look for Staging Fashion and Hats: An Anthology on Channel Thirteen's NYC-ARTS (formerly Sunday/Arts):

News segment featuring Staging Fashion airs Thursday, February 2 at 8 pm (rebroadcast on Sunday, February 5 at Noon).

News segment featuring Hats: An Anthology airs Thursday, February 9 at 8 pm (rebroadcast on Sunday, February 12 at Noon).

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Gallery Programs
Lecture: "The Actress as Artist’s Muse: Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse, and Ellen Terry," with  Peter Trippi, Editor, Fine Art Connoisseur, and former Director, Dahesh Museum of Art
Thursday, February 9, 6 to 8 pm. Read more.

Study Day: "Fashion and Millinery for the Opera" with Barbara Cohen-Straytner, Lesley Weston, Janet Linville, and Tom Watson
Friday, February 10, 10 am to 2 pm. Read more.

"Seeing Cecil Beaton: New York Milliners, Part II," with Ellen Christine, Rod Keenan, Eugenia Kim, and Jennifer Ouellette
Thursday, February 16, 6 to 8 pm. Read more

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Study Day: Archives as Inspiration
Rebecca Allan, head of education, reports on a recent study day with Rod Keenan and Gretchen Fenston. Read more.
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Special Events
New York 20th Century Art and Design Fair
The Bard Graduate Center is honored to participate in the inaugural New York 20th Century Art and Design Fair (NYC20), produced by Dolphin Promotions in association with 1stdibs. NYC20 opens on April 12, 2012 with an early buying preview party to benefit the BGC Scholarship FundRead more.
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Iris Awards
The luncheon for the 16th Annual Iris Foundation Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the Decorative Arts will take place on April 18.  Read more.
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Academic Programs Seminar Series
Celebrating its tenth year in 2011-2012, 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.


Symposium: Anthropology of Expeditions: Travel, Visualities, After-Lives
Thursday, February 2 , 2012, 6 to 8 pm
Friday, February 3, 2012, 9:30 am to 6 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Henrika Kuklick
Department of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania
“Science as Adventure"

Laurel Kendall
Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History
"A Most Solitary Expeditionist: Berthold Laufer Collecting China"

Erick Mueggler
Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan
"Love, Lineage, and the Transmigration of Souls during the Gansu Adventure of Joseph Rock, Li Shichen, He Shuishan, Zhao Zhongdian, et al., 1924-1927"

Ira Jacknis
Phoebe A. Hearst Museum, University of California, Berkeley
“In the Field / En Plein Air:  The Art of Anthropological Display at the American Museum of Natural History, 1905–30"

Mark Elliott
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge
“Different Types: Dealing with Marguerite Milward’s Sculptural Odyssey"

Joshua Bell
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
“The Lives of 'Sweet' Things: Performances of the 1928 USDA Sugarcane Expedition Collections”

Mark Turin
Digital Himalaya Project and World Oral Literature Project
University of Cambridge and Yale University
“Orphaned Collections, Data Cemeteries and Himalayan Archives:
The Ebb and Flow of Digital Documents from the Field”

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at  www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-382.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.


Seminar in Comparative Medieval Material Culture (China, Islam, Europe)
Wednesday, February  8, 2012, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Andrew Watsky
Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
“Earth, Metal, Paper, and Silk: Assembling the Ensemble in Sixteenth-Century Japanese Tea”

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-383.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.


Trehan Lecture in the Arts of the Islamic World
Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Julia Gonnella
Museum of Islamic Art, Berlin
“From the Inside Out! The Mamluk Throne Hall of the Citadel of Aleppo, Syria”

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-399.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.


New Media Seminar
Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Robert Stein
Museum Information Systems, Indianapolis Museum of Art
“Conversation and Collaboration: Strategies to Cultivate Meaningful Engagement with Cultural Audiences”

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-394.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.


Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures on 18th- and 19th-Century French Decorative Arts and Culture
Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Kristel Smentek
Department of Architecture, MIT
“Encountering Asia in Eighteenth-Century France”

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at  www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-384.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.


Modern Design History Seminar
Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Lynn Spigel
Department of Radio, Television, Film, Northwestern University
“Designing the Smart House”

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at http://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/upcoming-events/-385.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu


PLEASE NOTE that our Lecture Hall can only accommodate a limited number of people, so please come early if you would like to have a seat in the main room. We also have overflow seating available; all registrants who arrive late will be seated in the overflow area.

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Digital Media Lab
Kimon Keramidas, assistant director for the Digital Media Lab, describes the lab and its impact on the work of faculty, students, and staff.  Read more.
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Alumni Spotlight
Sara Archer (MA, 2006)
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