News
BGC Gallery
Gallery Programs
Research
Faculty News
Alumni News
Donate
June at the BGC

The close of one academic year means the start of another. During the summer, faculty are working on research projects, writing books, and giving talks around the world.  In the Gallery, staff are busy preparing for the fall season's exhibitions.

In the Main Gallery, the Google Glass Pilot Project has launched in conjunction with Waterweavers— the current exhibition exploring Colombian contemporary visual and material culture. In the Focus Gallery Carrying Coca examines how two components of Andean life—coca leaves and handwoven textiles— are brought together in the small woven bag called a chuspa.

Read on to learn about the visit of Colombian dignitaries to the Gallery, the opening of Swedish Wooden Toys in Paris, and upcoming public programs (earlier this month film maker Peter Hutton talked about his 2001 film Two Rivers).

In addition, we are pleased to announce the new holders of the BGC/AMNH Fellowship in Museum Anthropology and the Fellowship in Islamic Art.  The alumni spotlight is on Natasha Schlesinger.

News
BGC At 20
Google Glass App
The BGC Google Glass Pilot Project has launched with Waterweavers, the exhibition on view in the Main Gallery. Read more.

Colombian Dignitaries Visit Waterweavers
Earlier in June, the Colombian Ambassador and other dignitaries toured the Gallery. Read more.

Swedish Wooden Toys Opens in Paris
Organized by the BGC, the exhibition opens this week at Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. The accompanying book is available from Yale University Press. Read more.

Back to top
BGC Gallery
In the Main Gallery
Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Colombian Visual and Material Culture
Through August 10, 2014 
Using the trope of the river as a conceptual device to explore the intersections in Colombian contemporary culture of art, craft, and design, Waterweavers reveals the intricate ways culture and nature are intertwined across disciplines. The curator is José Roca, the Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art at Tate, London, and Artistic Director of FLORA ars+natura, an independent space for contemporary art in Bogotá.  Read more. 

In the press:
Waterweavers has been featured on  NYC-Arts in segments airing May 29 and June 12.  The show airs on Thursday nights at 8 pm on Channel Thirteen in New York City (visit their  website for other times and stations). Be sure to watch the interview with Gallery Director Nina Stritzler-Levine on June 26.

Back to top


In the Focus Gallery
Carrying Coca: 1,500 Years of Andean Chuspas
Through August 3, 2014
Carrying Coca considers how two components of Andean life—coca leaves and handwoven textiles—are brought together in the small woven bag called a chuspa— and examines this traditional object in changing cultural and economic contexts. Read more.

Back to top
Gallery Programs
BGC public programs foster a deeper engagement with exhibitions in the Gallery by connecting visitors with scholars, curators, artists, designers, and other specialists in the decorative arts and design history.  On June 5, avant-garde filmmaker Peter Hutton screened his film Two Rivers (2001), a magnificent comparative portrait of the Hudson River and Yangtze River.  After the screening, film curator Joshua Siegel joined him in conversation.

Upcoming Programs

Restoring Troubled Water: Andrew Revkin in Conversation with Mary Miss and Charles Vörösmarty
Thursday, June 19, 2014, 6 pm
In this forum, scientist Charles Vörösmarty will discuss the challenges facing Northeast waterways, followed by environmental artist Mary Miss, who will discuss her many years of work linking art with sustainability to redefine how we use water resources. Environmental writer Andrew Revkin will then provide a context for understanding the global crisis of water and the ways in which artists and scientists are involved in solving these problems.  Read more and register.

Delineating Colombia: Contemporary Artists Re-tracing Nature with Monika Bravo, Georgia de Havenon, José Roca
Thursday, June 26, 2014, 6 pm
This forum will focus on the responses of artists to the Colombian landscape and their desire to document specific aspects of the natural world in personal terms.  Curator José Roca and artist Monika Bravo will talk about the varied interpretations of landscape in the Waterweavers exhibition and the artist’s process of retrieving cultural memory and recording its loss. Art historian Georgia de Havenon will discuss the impact of Humboldt’s scientific ideas on earlier generations of landscape artists in Colombia. Read more and register.

Chronicles of the Chuspas
Thursday, July 17, 2014, 6 pm
In 1955 a group of politically engaged Peruvian scholars embarked on a journey to a remote region of the Andes to explore the life of the Q’ero peoples, the alleged last untouched descendants of the Incas. This exploration resulted in the collection of several objects, among them textiles, looms, and musical instruments. In this collection, housed today at the American Museum of Natural History, two woven bags for carrying coca—chuspas—stand out for their stylistic features and their apparent ancient manufacture.  Antonio Sánchez-Gómez will explore how these chuspas provide a rich trove of information that ranges from the relation of the bags to the Inca culture and to the colonial and contemporary meanings embedded in their visual and material characteristics.  Read more and register.

Back to top
Research
Research Fellows Announced 
Shawn Rowlands and Rachel Parikh are the new  postdoctoral fellows in Museum Anthropology and Islamic Arts and Material Culture. Read more.

Back to top
Faculty News
From New York to Ankara, from Paris to Bulgaria– BGC faculty are busy this summer, giving talks, furthering their research, and writing books. Read more.
Back to top
Alumni News
Meet a few of the BGC alums—and read about the contributions they are making far beyond the classroom. Read more

Alumni Spotlight:
Natasha Schlesinger

Back to top
Donate
Since the BGC's core mission is providing rigorous, comprehensive graduate study in the decorative arts and material culture, raising money for scholarships and fellowships is our highest priority. These awards attract the finest students to our degree programs and allow us to base admissions decisions on merit rather than financial circumstances. To learn more about making a gift click here


Back to top
This email was sent by:
Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture
18 West 86th Street, New York, New York 10024
Click here to unsubscribe.