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January at the BGC

This month, we are pleased to announce a National Endowment for the Arts - Art Works grant and the recipients of our Seventeenth Annual Iris Foundation Awards. In addition, if you have not had a chance to visit our galleries, time is running out to see our popular Circus and the City and Mandelbrot exhibits.

Read on to learn more about our activities, and we hope you will consider a contribution towards the BGC Scholarship Fund. Click here for details.

News
BGC Receives NEA Grant
The BGC has received one of 832 Art Works grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The award will support the presentation of Salvaging the Past: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.   Read more.
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Iris Awards Announced
Dr. Susan Weber, BGC Founder and Director, has announced the recipients of the Seventeenth Annual Iris Foundation Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the Decorative Arts. This year's honorees are Richard Jenrette, Morrison H. Heckscher, Glenn Adamson, and Adrian Sassoon.  Read more.
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BGC Gallery
In the Main Gallery
Circus and the City: New York, 1793–2010

CLOSING SOON!
Through February 3, 2013


From the seminal equestrian displays of the late eighteenth century through the iconic late nineteenth-century American railroad circus to the nouveau circuses of today, Circus and the City: New York, 1793–2010 uses New York City as the lens through which to explore the history of the circus. Photographs, prints, wood carvings, toys, books, and posters are among the over two hundred objects and ephemera on display. Read More.

In the Press
NYC-Arts Curators Choice, WNYC-Channel 13
Interview with Matthew Wittmann, curator, December 13, 2012

The Approval Matrix:
New York Magazine, week of December 31, 2012

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In the Focus Gallery
The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking

FINAL WEEKS! 
Through January 27, 2013 

Focusing primarily on the work of one of the most notable mathematicians of the twentieth century, The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking, explores the role of images in the development of what has become known as fractal geometry and chaos theory. Read More.   

In the Press
"Visionary Images: The Lost Fractals of Benoît Mandelbrot"
Wired, January 3, 2013

"Mandelbrot: A new exhibit displays previously unpublished images from the father of fractals"
Scientific American, December 21, 2012

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Gallery Programs
Upcoming Events
The Circus In America
Thursday, January 17, 2013, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Susan Weber, BGC Founder and Director, will explore how the European circus was transformed in America into an immense multimedia phenomenon that was eventually billed as the “The Greatest Show On Earth." Read more.

Drawing on Mandelbrot: A Conversation with Artists James Siena and Joan Waltemath, Moderated by Brett Littman
Thursday, January 24, 2013, 6 - 8 pm  
Brett Littman, James Siena and Joan Waltemath—who are inspired by sacred architecture, mathematical algorithms, and illuminated manuscripts—will discuss the role of drawing as a path for generating and clarifying ideas. Read more

Family Day: Carnival of the Elephants
Saturday, January 26, 2013, 11 - 4 pm
Join us for a day dedicated to one of the largest and most intelligent animals in the world. 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 Renaissance and Early Modern Material Culture
Wednesday, January, 23 2013, 6 to 8 pm 
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Larry Silver
History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
"India Ink: Imagery of the Subcontinent in Sixteenth-Century Europe"

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-809.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu


Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures on 18th- and 19th-Century French Decorative Arts and Culture
Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Daniel Harkett
History of Art and Visual Culture, Rhode Island School of Design
"The Studio and the Salon: Artists, Masculinity, and Sociability in the Early Nineteenth Century"

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-801.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.


Seminar in Cultural History
Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Daniel Smail
History, Harvard University
"An Anthropology of Goods in Mediterranean Europe, 1330-1450"

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-810.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.


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/upcoming-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/upcoming-events/-813.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Degree Programs
Behind the Scenes
Blog: Learning From Things: Behind the Scenes at the BGC
Keep up-to-date on the myriad activities of BGC 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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