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May at the BGC

As another academic year closes, we celebrate the outstanding achievements of our graduating students— our master's degree students who presented their qualifying papers and our doctoral candidates who successfully completed their dissertations. We wish them success as they embark on the next phase of their lives, whether it be further study or a professional career.

Our Spring exhibitions have opened. In the Main Gallery, Waterweavers explores Colombian contemporary visual and material culture, while Carrying Coca, the Focus Gallery project, 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 Research Institute's most recent initiatives, including David Jaffee's Mapping New York Symposium and a joint workshop with the Chipstone Foundation. In addition, learn about the accomplishments of our alumni.  The spotlight this month is on Ayesha Abdur-Rahman.

News
BGC At 20
Degrees Granted May 2014
The third annual Qualifying Paper Symposium took place on May 2 at the Bard Graduate Center.  Read more.

Symposium: Mapping New York
This symposium explored visual representations of New York over past centuries and into the future. Read more. 

Workshop: History and Material Culture: World Perspectives 
Conducted jointly by the BGC and the Chipstone Foundation, this two-day workshop featured discussion of 32 pre-circulated draft papers and abstracts that will form the basis of the Oxford Handbook of History and Material Culture. Read more.

Field Trip to Newport
Ulrich Leben and the students in his class on French furniture collecting "From Versailles to Fifth Avenue" made an excursion to Newport, Rhode Island.  Read more

Students Participate in Conferences and Lectures
PhD and MA students are taking part in conferences and lectures around the world.  Read more.

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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:
Interior Design magazine, April 2014

El Tiempo newspaper, April 2014

Cover magazine, April 28, 2014 

Universes in UniverseApril 2014

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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.

Curator Nicola Sharratt talks about the exhibition. Read more

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Gallery Programs
Design for a Better World
Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 6 pm
Design writer Paul Makovsky moderates a discussion with Lucy Salamanca and other designers who will discuss their philosophies and approaches to ethical design, reducing consumption of non-renewable resources, and creating healthy, sustainable environments. Read more and register.

Sonidos amazónicos: An Evening of Colombian Music and Poetry
Thursday, May 29, 2014, 6 pm
Juan Carlos Galeano will read from his works, which are inspired by Amazonian indigenous cosmologies and the modern world and embody themes of transformation, violence, and rebirth. Guitarist Francisco Roldán and soprano Olfary Gutiérrez will perform traditional songs from various regions of Colombia that express the variety and beauty of its people, and guitar solos by composers including Porros and Pasillos. Read more and register.

Two Rivers: An Evening with Filmmaker Peter Hutton
Thursday, June 5, 2014, 6 pm
As arteries of commerce, culture, and history, rivers have been central to the work of avant-garde filmmaker Peter Hutton for more than 40 years. This program will feature a screening of Two Rivers (2001–2002), a poetic, comparative portrait of the Hudson and Yangtze that speaks to the rise of China in relation to the decline of a post-industrial American region. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Peter Hutton and film curator Joshua Siegel. Read more and register.

Family Day: ¡Tejamos! Let's Weave!
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 1 to 4 pm
Explore the fascinating weaving traditions of South America from Colombia to Peru! Create your own treasure bag on a loom with unusual materials including recycled plastic, wool, and plant fibers. Discover the inventive textiles used for many purposes on a journey through the Waterweavers and Carrying Coca exhibitions. Read more and register.

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 crises of water and the ways in which artists and scientists are involved in solving these problems.  Read more and register.

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Research
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.

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Keynote: Majolica: A World View
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center
38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-942.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Symposium: Majolica: A World View
Friday, May 16, 2014, 9:30 am to 5 pm
Bard Graduate Center
38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-943.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu. 

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Faculty News
Aaron Glass will introduce the screening of Edward S. Curtis's 1914 film, In the Land of the Head Hunters, at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association in Austin, Texas on May 29-31.

Hanna Hölling will present "Made in Switzerland: Between Concept and Materialisation of Paik's Video installations in Basel and Zurich" at the conference organized by the Lausanne University in cooperation with University Neuchâtel and the Bern University on May 24. 

Ulrich Leben is on the committee for the organization of the symposium  "Les progrès de l’industrie perfectionnée: Ateliers et manufactures de la Révolution française au Premier Empire (France, 1789-1815) "  to be held June 13-14 at the Institut national d'histoire de l'Art (INHA) in Paris.

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Alumni News
Meet some of the BGC alums—and read about the contributions they are making far beyond the classroom. Read more

Alumni Spotlight:
Ayesha Abdur-Rahman

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2014 Iris Awards
On April 9, the Bard Graduate Center honored outstanding contributions to patronage and scholarship in the decorative arts at the 18th Annual Iris Foundation Awards Luncheon. Proceeds will support the Scholarship Fund. Click here for photos.



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