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March at the BGC

The interesting news this month is a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to BGC faculty member Elizabeth Simpson who has spent many years working on the conservation and reconstruction of the ancient wooden furniture and artifacts excavated at Gordion in central Turkey. There also is a listing of Gallery Programs and what’s going on in the Main and Focus galleries, as well as our Academic programs Seminar Series, and the upcoming Iris Awards. Come see us and enjoy what we have to offer. –Susan Weber, Founder/Director

NEH Fellowship
Elizabeth Simpson, professor of ancient art and archaelogy has received her third NEH fellowship. Dr. Simpson has spent years working on the wooden furniture and artifacts unearthed from the tombs dating from the eighth century BC—the period of King Midas and his predecessors—at Gordion, Turkey.  Read more
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Special Events
Iris Awards Luncheon
On April 6 the Bard Graduate Center will honor outstanding contributions to patronage and scholarship in the decorative arts at the 15th Annual Iris Foundation Awards Luncheon. This year’s honorees are Donald and Shelley Rubin, John Harris OBE, Juliet Kinchin, and Bernard Dragesco. Proceeds from the event will support students through the BGC Scholarship Fund. Read More.

Click here to download a pdf of the invitation

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BGC Gallery
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

Read the Reviews:
The New York Times, February 18, 2011
The Economist, February 10, 2011
The Wall Street Journal, February 2, 2011

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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
Conversation: Filled with Hidden Meaning: Sacred Iconography and Buddhist Ritual Objects in Cloisonné
Thursday, March 3, 6 to 8 pm (conversation and exhibition-viewing reception) with Karl Debreczeny and Terese Tse Barthlomew, Read More

Study Day, Friday, March 11, 9:30 am to 5 pm
The Persistence of Ornament: Cloisonné in Contemporary Jewelry

Lecture, Thursday, March 17, 6 to 8 pm
Cloisonné in Qing Imperial Interiors and in the Qianlong Garden, with Nancy Berliner

Conversation, Thursday, March 14, 6 to 8 pm
A Refined Eye: Important Collections and Connoisseurship of Chinese Metalwork, with curator Béatrice Quette, Philip Hu, and Roger Keverne. Moderated by François Louis

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Focus Gallery Programs
Conversation: Drawing on the Past: Activating the Legacies of Native Art from the North Pacific Coast
Thursday, March 10, 6 to 8 pm (conversation and exhibition-viewing reception) moderated by Aaron Glass, with Aldona Jonaitis and Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Haida), Read more

Study Day and Film, Friday, April 8, 10 am to 6 pm)
Twine and Braid: Origins, Materials, and Meaning of the Chilkat Robe, with Evenlyn Vanderhoop

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Academic Programs Seminar Series
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.

The Paul and Irene Hollister Lectures on Glass
Wednesday, March 2, Jeffrey Schnapp
The Crystalline Body: Fragments of a Cultural History of Glass

Modern Design History Seminar
Wednesday, March 16, Mary N. Woods
Eyes of the Flaneuse: Women Photographers and New York City, 1890s - 1940s

Seminar in Comparative Medieval Material Culture (China, Islam, Europe)
Wednesday, March 23, Valerie Hansen
Assessing the Nature of the Silk Road Trade: The Material Evidence

Half-day Symposium
Friday, March 25
Mapping New Media

Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures on 18th- and 19th-Century French Decorative Arts and Culture
Wedndesday, March 30, Mimi Hellman
Forms of Distraction: Towards a Decorative Imagination in Eighteenth-Century France

Half-day Syposium
Friday, April 1
Objects of Exchange: Social and Material Transformation on the Late Nineteenth-Century Northwest Coast

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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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