BGC at 20
BGC Gallery
Gallery Programs
Research Institute
Faculty News
2014 Iris Awards
Alumni Spotlight
January at the BGC

This month, read a profile of Dr. Susan Weber, Founder and Director, appearing in the current issue of Metropolis.  If you have not had a chance to visit the galleries, time is running out to see William Kent and An American Style, which continue to garner outstanding reviews.  

The alumni spotlight is on Katie Hall Burlison (MA 2006) who is currently curator of decorative arts at Louisiana State Museum. Read on to learn more about all BGC's activities, including  listings for upcoming academic seminar series and exhibition-related gallery programs.

BGC at 20
Game Changer 2014
Metropolis magazine has named Dr. Susan Weber, Founder and Director, a Game Changer for 2014 calling her "an educator and historian who has elevated the study of material culture, design history, and curatorial practice to fresh levels of depth and understanding."  Read more
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BGC Gallery
In the Main Gallery
William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

CLOSING SOON!
February 9, 2014


Featuring elaborate drawings for architecture, gardens, and sculpture, along with furniture, silver, paintings, illustrated books, and new documentary films, William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain is the first major exhibition to examine the life and career of one of the most influential designers in eighteenth-century Britain.  Read more. 

In the press:  
Read the New York Times Review:
"Putting His Stamp on England"
by Karen Rosenberg, The New York Times, January 2, 2014

Rome Revived
by Robert Carver, The Tablet, December 14, 2013  

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William Kent and Georgian England: A Grand Tour
June 1 – 7, 2014
Visit the houses, parks and gardens that Kent created, and study his greatest achievements with leading experts in the field. Dine in William Kent-designed rooms, and even stay in bedrooms created by him. This program offers unique private access to some of the greatest treasures of eighteenth-century Britain.  Read more.

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In the Focus Gallery
An American Style: Global Sources for New York Textile and Fashion Design, 1915–1928

FINAL WEEKS!
February 2, 2014


This remarkable exhibition examines the efforts of the American Museum of Natural History to educate and inspire New York textile and fashion designers during and after World War I. Featured are rare textiles and garments ranging from a 1920’s hand-batiked caftan-style dress and mass-market hand-blocked silks to Native American and other indigenous dress.  Also included are never-before-seen photographs, objects, and design manuals. Read more.

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Gallery Programs
Thursday, January 16; 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Eighteenth-Century Architectural Drawings in Context: A Study Day at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT
Read more and register

Thursday, January 23; 6:00 pm – 8 pm
"Intimately and Unquestionably Our Own": A Curator’s Perspective on An American Style with Ann Marguerite Tartsinis
Read more and register 

Sunday, February 2; 1 pm – 4pm
Family Day: Let’s Print Global Textiles!
Read more and register


Friday Gallery Tours 
Complimentary guided tours are offered every Friday at 12:30 pm. Free with gallery admission ($7/$5).  

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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.

Museum Conversations
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 6 to 8pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Michael Conforti
Director, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
“The Clark—Next”

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-950.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Conservation Conversations
Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 6 to 8pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Francesca Bewer
Research Curator, Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums
“Material Matters: Early Scientific Inquiry in Archeology and Art”

Laurent Olivier
Celtic and Gaulic Archaeology, Musée d'Archéologie Nationale, Saint-Germain-en-Laye
“Henri Hubert Between Durkheim and Mauss: The Visual Reconstruction of Archaeological Time”

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-944.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Seminar in Cultural History
Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 6 to 8pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

William Stenhouse
History, Yeshiva University
“Conserving Relics of the Classical Past: Civic Bodies and the Preservation of Antiquities in the Renaissance”

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-945.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Faculty News
Peter N. Miller lectured on "Trevor-Roper and the Erasmian Tradition" as part of a conference honoring the centenary of Hugh Trevor-Roper at Oxford University on January 10.  Earlier in the month, he gave a talk on "Peiresc and the Merchants of Marseille: A Well-Documented Example of Scholarly Collaboration" at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Washington DC.

Catherine Whalen has launched the online archive for the BGC Craft, Art, and Design Oral History Project featuring interviews with contemporary craftspeople, artists, and designers.

In January, Nicola Sharratt presented "Pottery Production and Ceramic Circulation during the Middle Horizon: LA-ICP-MS analyses of Tiwanaku pottery from the Moquegua Valley, Peru" at the Institute for Andean Studies, Berkeley, California. 

For more faculty doings, click here and keep up with the myriad 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
Katie Hall Burlison (MA 2006).   Read more



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