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March at the BGC

This month we are pleased to announce the acquisition of Theodore Dell's library, which is a major resource on eighteenth-century French decorative arts. We also invite you to our Iris Awards luncheon and NYC20 Art & Design Show. Both of these events in April benefit our scholarship fund. There is also a listing of Gallery Programs, as well as our Academic Programs Seminar Series. In addition, our fabulous Hats exhibition, curated by Stephen Jones, continues in our Main Galley as does the lovely Staging Fashion in our Focus Gallery.

Come visit us and enjoy what we have to offer!

News
BGC Acquires Unique Research Collection
An extraordinary addition to the Bard Graduate Center's research capacity will result from the recent acquisition of the private library and archive amassed by Theodore Dell, an art advisor and historian noted for his expertise in eighteenth-century French furniture, porcelain and decorative arts.   Read more.

BGC Named IFDA "Circle of Excellence" Honoree
The New York Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association has announced that the Bard Graduate Center is the recipient of the 2012 Circle of Excellence Award for Education.   Read more.

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Special Events
New York 20th Century Art and Design Show & Sale
The Bard Graduate Center is honored to participate in the inaugural New York 20th Century Art and Design Show and Sale  (NYC20), produced by Dolphin Promotions in association with 1stdibs.  NYC20 opens on April 12 with an early buying preview party to benefit the BGC Scholarship Fund.  For information and to purchase tickets, click here.
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Iris Awards Luncheon
On April 18, the Bard Graduate Center will honor outstanding contributions to patronage and scholarship in the decorative arts at the Sixteenth Annual Iris Foundation Awards Luncheon. This year’s honorees are the Koç Family, Hans Ottomeyer, Alisa LaGamma, and Mark McDonald. Proceeds from the event will support students through the BGC Scholarship Fund.  For information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Read the press release

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BGC Gallery
In the Main Gallery
Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones
September 15, 2011 - April 15, 2012

Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones
—a collaboration between the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Stephen Jones, one of the world’s foremost hat designers—is at the Bard Graduate Center. It is the first venue in this country. The exhibition, which had over 100,000 visitors at the V&A, displays more than 250 hats chosen with the expert eye of the master milliner.

On display are hats ranging from a twelfth-century Egyptian fez to a 1950s Balenciaga hat and couture creations by Jones and his contemporaries. Read more


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In the Focus Gallery
Staging Fashion, 1880–1920: Jane Hading, Lily Elsie, Billie Burke
January 18  to April 8, 2012  Through printed ephemera, clothing, and accessories, Staging Fashion, 1880–1920: Jane Hading, Lily Elsie, Billie Burke and its accompanying catalogue explore the roles played by actresses as internationally known and influential fashion leaders at the turn of the twentieth century. This aspect of popular culture, which emerged more than a hundred years ago, has a long and fascinating historical trajectory, which resonates today in a society that has become infatuated with celebrities— actors and artists whose images are used for promotional purposes in all kinds of media and advertising. Read more.

BGC in the Press

"Pattern Recognition: New Books About Textile Design"
by Steven Heller, New York Times Book Review,
February 24, 2012 (featuring Knoll Textiles 1945-2010)

WNYC Channel 13/NYC-ARTS News: February 9
Featuring Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones

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Gallery Programs
Family Day: "There’s a Bird in My Hat!" artist Caroline Borderies has cre­ated a new bird-inspired shadow-puppet play just for us!
Saturday, March 10, Noon to 4 pm. Read more.

Gallery Talk and "Hat Walk": "Hats in Motion," with Oriole Cullen, curator of Modern Textiles and Fashion at the Victoria & Albert Museum and co-curator of the Hats exhibition.
Thursday, March 15, 6 to 8 pm. Read more.

Gallery Talk: "Staging Fashion: A Curator’s Perspective," with Michele Majer.
The Phoenix Quarter will present a concert following the talk.
Sunday March 18, 2 to 3 pm.  Read more

Clothed in Words: An Evening with Harriet Walter Introduced by Helen Willams Drutt English 
Tuesday, March 22, 6 to 8 pm.  Read more

Gallery Talk and Performance: "Hat Noir," with Melinda Wax
and Rebecca Allan
Thursday, April 5, 6 to 8 pm. Read more

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Academic Programs Seminar Series
Celebrating its tenth year in 2011-2012, 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.


Ravi and Seran Trehan Lecture in Islamic Art and Material Culture
Tuesday, March 13, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Sussan Babaie
Art History, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich
“Nadir Shah’s Delhi Loot and the Eighteenth-Century Exotics of Empire”

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at  www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-386.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.


Trehan Seminar in the Arts of the Islamic World
Wednesday, March 14, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Sheila Canby
Islamic Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
“Iranian Art at the Time of Shah ‘Abbas II (1642–1666)”

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-387.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.


Seminar In Cultural History
Wednesday, March 21, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Allessandra Russo
Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Columbia University
“Textual Threads: Crafting Ekphrasis in the Iberian Worlds
(15th–17th c.)
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RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-388.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.


Ravi and Seran Trehan Lecture in Islamic Art and Material Culture
Tuesday, March 27, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Rachel Ward
Independent Scholar
“The Courtauld Wallet: Metal, Marriage and Mongols in Medieval Mosul”

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at  www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-389.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.


Seminar in New York & American Material Culture
Wednesday, March 28, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Jenni Sorkin
Getty Research Institute
“Ancient Modernisms”

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at http://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/upcoming-events/-390.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu


PLEASE NOTE that our Lecture Hall can only accommodate a limited number of people, so please come early if you would like to have a seat in the main room. We also have overflow seating available; all registrants who arrive late will be seated in the overflow area.

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