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January at the BGC

I am pleased to tell you that, from now on, we will publish a newsletter at regular intervals to bring you up to date on what's happening at the BGC. This month the big news is the renovation and reopening of our Main Gallery and the addition of a Focus Gallery, as you will see below. You also will read about the very exciting NEH grant we have received as well as other news of our upcoming benefit and learn about the accomplishments of our alumni.  I hope you will enjoy it all.—Dr. Susan Weber, Founder/Director

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BGC-NEH Summer Institute
The Bard Graduate Center is hosting an NEH Summer Institute for College Teachers for four weeks in July of 2011. The topic is American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York.  David Jaffee, BGC professor and Institute project director, has assembled a faculty of leading practitioners from the multi-disciplinary material culture field who will focus on nineteenth-century artifactual materials with an emphasis on New York City. Read More
Read an interview with David Jaffee, Project Director

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Special Events
Mid-Century Modern: Designs for New Lifestyles
Benefit 2011 Auction and Cocktail Party
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The Bard Graduate Center will hold a cocktail party and silent auction to benefit the BGC Scholarship Fund, featuring cocktail accessories, furniture, jewelry, tableware, textiles, fashion, and more from the 1950s. Eva Zeisel is serving as Honorary Design Chair, along with Auction Stylists, Isabel and Ruben Toledo. Proceeds will provide vital financial assistance to our students, and enable the BGC to attract the most talented and promising students from around the world, regardless of financial need. Read more about the Benefit

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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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Gallery Programs
A Curator’s View: Chinese Enamels from the Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties
Thursday, January 27, 6 to 8 pm (tour and reception)
In this gallery talk, curator Béatrice Quette will discuss the issues and ideas associated with Cloisonné in both the imperial and sacred contexts. Read More for additional information and registration info. Read More.
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Alumni News
Meet the Alumni
Meet some of the alumni of the Bard Graduate Center—and read about the contributions they are making far beyond the classroom. Read More          
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Alumni Spotlight
Ronald T. Labaco
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