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BGC Gallery
Upcoming Exhibitions
Special Events
BGC Publications Win Awards
Alumni Reunion
May at the BGC

As we close our academic year, we are pleased to celebrate not only the outstanding achievements of our graduating students but also look forward to welcoming  the extraordinary group of MA and PhD candidates who will join our program in August.  They come from institutions ranging from Harvard, Yale, and Princeton to Johns Hopkins, the University of Colombia, Bogota, and the University of Toronto.

We also offer glimpses of our upcoming fall exhibitions, provide
listings of our summer suitcase program, and share photos from our recent special events.  And we are happy to report that our publications continue to receive recognition for their editorial and design excellence.

News
Degrees Granted, May 2012
This year, for the master's students, the BGC inaugurated the Qualifying Paper— a new capstone project replacing the traditional thesis. The QP derives from a seminar paper that the student then expands and refines to a length of about forty pages, excluding notes and bibliography. Read more.
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New Students Welcomed
After a recruitment season, which included three open houses in the fall and trips to more than twenty graduate school fairs all over the country, the admissions cycle ended with Accepted Students Day on March 21. The outcome of all this culminated in an entering class for the fall 2012 that will include three PhD students and twenty-one MA students. Work begins with new student orientation on August 20, 2012.  Read more
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BGC Gallery
Gallery Season Ends
Continuing to enhance its identity as a unique cultural venue in New York City and as a place for learning and teaching, the BGC Gallery had a year of unprecedented success with its exhibitions. Our commitment to new scholarship and the highest levels of quality in display were clearly evident in the diversity of the exhibitions from Hats, An Anthology by Stephen Jones to American Christmas Cards, 1900 - 1960 and  Staging Fashion, 1880–1920: Jane Hading, Lily Elsie, and Billie Burke.   Indeed, Hats, which closed on April 15, received international attention and attracted nearly 19,000 visitors, the Gallery’s largest attendance to date. 

Descriptions, images, installation views, and videos from the year's exhibitions are on our website.  

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Upcoming Exhibitions
In the Main Gallery
Circus and the City: New York, 1793-2010
September 21, 2012 to February 3, 2013
From the seminal equestrian displays of the late eighteenth century through the iconic late nineteenth-century American railroad circus to the Big Apple Circus of today, Circus and the City: New York, 1793–2010 uses New York City as the lens through which to explore the history of the circus. Photographs, prints, wood carvings, toys, books, and posters are among the over two hundred objects and ephemera that will be displayed. Read more  

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In the Focus Gallery
The Islands of BenoƮt Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking
September 21, 2012 to January 27, 2013
Focusing primarily on the work of Benoît Mandelbrot one of the most noted mathematicians of the twentieth century, this exhibition explores the role of images in scientific thinking.  Read more

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Summer 2012 Outreach Suitcases
This summer, BGC’s educators are ready to bring an exciting art-making adventure to your group with our unique Outreach Suitcases. Ideal for camp groups and library audiences or for adults in senior and community centers, each 2-hour visit includes a talk on one of four fascinating topics followed by a hands-on exploration with replica objects and an art-making activity. Discover history and global cultures through art, craft and design. Learn about the creation, use, and meaning of everyday objects. Create your own work of art! Read more
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Special Events
New York 20th Century Art and Design Show & Sale
The BGC participated in the inaugural New York 20th Century Art and Design Show and Sale April 12 - 15.  The show opened with an early buying preview party benefitting the BGC Scholarship Fund. Click here for photos
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Iris Awards Luncheon
On April 18, the Bard Graduate Center honored outstanding contributions to patronage and scholarship in the decorative arts at the 16th Annual Iris Foundation Awards Luncheon. This year’s honorees were the Koç Family, Hans Ottomeyer, Alisa LaGamma, and Mark McDonald. Read more
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BGC Publications Win Awards
San Francisco Book Festival

Knoll Textiles, 1945-2012, edited by Earl Martin; honorable mention, photography/art

2012 AAM Museum Publications Design Competition (within the category of institutions with budgets greater than $750,000)

Knoll Textiles, 1945-2010, designed by Irma Boom, first prize, exhibition catalogues

Calendars of Events, Gallery Programs, Spring 2011, designed by Laura Grey, first prize, gallery programs

West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, designed by Laura Grey, first prize, scholarly journals

Cloisonne: Chinese Enamels Press Kit, designed by Laura Grey, first prize, press kits

Knoll Textiles, 1945-2010 Press Kit, designed by Laura Grey, first prize, press kits

Mid-Century Modern: Designs for New Lifestyles Silent Auction Catalogue, designed by Laura Grey second prize, fund-raising/membership materials

Bard Graduate Center Year in Review 2010-2011, designed by Laura Grey, second prize, annual reports

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Alumni Reunion
On May 7, alumni and this year's graduating class gathered at the nearby restaurant Prohibition for the annual reunion.  Everyone had a great time catching up with old friends, making new ones, and talking about their accomplishments.  Click here for photos.



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