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March at the BGC

This month, we report on a symposium that focused on inscribed texts and announce our membership in the ARIAH consortium. We also are pleased to highlight the accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alumni.

Spring is coming to the BGC Gallery with two new exhibitions opening on April 11. With an emphasis on Colombian contemporary visual and material culture, Waterweavers is in the Main Gallery. Carrying Coca, examining how two components of Andean life—coca leaves and handwoven textiles—are brought together in the small woven bag called a chuspa, is featured in the Focus Gallery.

BGC at 20
Symposium: The Material Text in Pre-Modern and Early Modern Europe
Held on March 5, this symposium explored the topic of inscribed texts from antiquity to the modern period. Read more.  
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2014 CAA Conference
Faculty and alumni were well represented among the presenters at the annual Conference of the College Art Association in Chicago. Read more.
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Membership in ARIAH
The BGC is proud to announce that it has been accepted as a member of the Association of Research Institutes in Art History (ARIAH).  An international consortium, its purpose is to "promote scholarship by institutes of advanced research in the history of art and related disciplines; to provide general information about the scholarly activities of its member institutes; and to develop cooperative projects and programs." Among ARIAH's members are the Yale Center for British Art, Harvard's Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, the Frick Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Winterthur, Dumbarton Oaks, and the Getty Research Institute.
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BGC Gallery
Upcoming Exhibitions
Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Colombian Visual and Material Culture
In the Main Gallery April 11 through August 10, 2014 
Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Colombian Visual and Material Culture.  Using the trope of the river as a conceptual device to explore the intersections in Colombian contemporary culture of art, craft, and design, the exhibition 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


Gallery Program
Friday, April 11, 2014, 6 pm
Figure/Ground: Curating Waterweavers

In this conversation, moderated by art critic Gregory Volk, curator José Roca and Waterweavers artists Susana Mejía and Jorge Lizarazo will discuss the unique curatorial strategy and the challenges of contextualizing a diversity of artworks within the distinctive spaces of the BGC Gallery. Read more and register

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Carrying Coca: 1,500 Years of Andean Chuspas
In the Focus Gallery April 11 through August 3, 2014
Carrying Coca: 1,500 Years of Andean Chuspas 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.  More information will be on the website. Read more.


Gallery Program
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6 pm 
Reflections of Rulership in Wari Tapestry-woven Tunics

Between AD 600 and 1000, the Wari people of ancient Peru forged a society so complex that many regard it as South America’s first empire. Because the Wari did not use writing, our understanding of their accomplishments is based on analyses of their material culture, including a corpus of artistically complex tapestry-woven tunics that were the raiment of Wari rulers and other elites. In this lecture, Susan Bergh will examine two groups of tunics to reveal what they suggest about the singular nature of Wari rulership. The program will conclude with a response from Carrying Coca curator Nicola Sharratt.  Read more and register

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Academic Programs
Accepted Students Day
The annual Accepted Students Day will take place on March 20 at 38 West 86th Street. Prospective students who have received offers of admission to the MA and PhD programs for Fall 2014 will be able to meet with faculty, students, and staff, and to attend several classes.

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to show the accepted students the myriad ways in which the BGC is an exciting, lively, creative place to study—small enough in size to allow for a very close community, yet large enough to be part of the many wonderful cultural and intellectual resources of New York City.

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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.

The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation Seminar in New York and American Material Culture
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Bess Williamson
Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
“Problems in Design History Research: The Body, Disability, and Modern Industrial Design”

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-952.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Seminar in Renaissance and Early Modern Material Culture
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu 

Alexander Marr
History of Art, University of Cambridge
“Early Modern Instrument Aesthetics”

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-946.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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The Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures on 18th- and 19th-Century French Decorative Arts and Culture
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Max Tillmann
Research Associate, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
Les derniers goûts de France – Elector Max Emanuel and French Decorative Arts about 1715”

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-948.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Seminar in Cultural History
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu 

Susan Heuck Allen
Classics, Brown University
“Classical Spies: American Archaeologists with the OSS in World War II Greece” 

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-954.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

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Symposium: Material Reformations: Towards a Material Culture of Protestantism
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 10am-5:30 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/symposium-1.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Iris Foundation Awards Lecture
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Finbarr B. Flood
Institute of Fine Arts and Department of Art History, New York University
“Twelfth-Century Architecture as Incipient Globalism: Egypt, India, and Medieval Ethiopia”

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

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Indigenous Arts in Transition Seminar 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 6 to 8 pm 
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street 
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

 Glenn Wharton 
Museum Studies, New York University
“The Painted King: Art, Activism, and Authenticity in Hawai'i”

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-955.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Symposium: Objects and Power: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Medieval Islamic Material Culture
Friday, April 11, 2014, 9:30am to 4:45 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at http://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-940.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Symposium: Woven Worlds: The Social Lives of Andean Textiles
Monday, April 14, 2014, 1:30 to 4:45 pm 
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu
RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-956.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Faculty News
Ivan Gaskell participated in the Painting Contingencies lecture series and criticism sessions and gave a talk entitled "Material Realities" at the Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, in February. 

Aaron Glass introduced the screening of Edward S. Curtis's 1914 film, In the Land of the Head Hunters, with Brad Evans (Rutgers) at the New Jersey Film Festival in New Brunswick on March 1. 

Peter N. Miller lectured on "Peiresc and Marseille: A 'Knowledge Community' in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean" at the Institut national d'histoire de l'art in Paris on March 6. 

Susan Weber is speaking on "The Well of Inspiration: Sources for William Kent’s Furniture Designs" at Sir John Soane's Museum, London on March 25. 

Catherine Whalen will take part in the panel "Nation-state Consumption" at the University of Delaware's 2014 Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars at Winterthur on April 12. 

For more faculty news, click here

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Alumni Accomplishments
Many BGC alumni are advancing their careers as educators, curators, writers, and gallerists; others are furthering their scholarship with fellowships and entering prestigious programs at institutions around the world. Read more.
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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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