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May at the BGC

As the academic year closes, we celebrate the outstanding achievements of our graduating master's students who presented their Qualifying Papers on May 3.  Indeed, we congratulate all of our students who will take part in this month's commencement and wish them success as they embark on the next phase of their lives, whether it be further academic study or a professional career.

Read on to learn about the Research Institute's initiatives this past semester, (Deborah L. Krohn talks about her April Kitchen and Table symposium) and find the wonderful press our Hoentschel exhibition has received (Roberta Smith in The New York Times).  

In addition we interview PhD candidate, Donna Bilak, who has received an exciting fellowship, and there are listings for our upcoming Gallery programs. We hope you will stop by!

News
Qualifying Paper Symposium 2013
The second annual Qualifying Paper Symposium took place on May 3 at the Bard Graduate Center. This event provided an opportunity for graduating master's students to give short presentations on their capstone projects. After the presentations, which were attended by students, faculty, staff, family, and friends, the students were treated to a celebratory reception in the penthouse at 38 West 86th Street. Read more.
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BGC Gallery
Main Gallery
Salvaging the Past: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 4 - August 11, 2013

Focusing on a remarkable but little-known collection that entered The Metropolitan Museum of Art as a gift of J. Pierpont Morgan in the early twentieth century—indeed, it precipitated the building of a new wing—this exhibition features medieval art and French eighteenth-century paneling, furniture, metalwork, textiles, paintings, and sculpture, as well as late nineteenth-century art pottery, most of which have rarely been viewed since the 1950s. Read more.

Read Roberta Smith's review in The New York Times.

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Focus Gallery
Confluences: An American Expedition to Northern Burma, 1935
Through August 3, 2013

In January 1935, the Vernay-Hopwood Chindwin Expedition set out from Rangoon to explore the upper reaches of the “mighty Chindwin River” on behalf of the American Museum of Natural History. The exhibition explores the complex social life of this extraordinary enterprise through an assortment of objects that were both carried into the field and collected en route. Read more.

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Gallery Programs
Rebecca Allan, Head of Education, reports on "Revelations in Conservation: A Study Day" held in April.  Read more.
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Upcoming Gallery Programs
Paris, circa 1900: A Musical Still Life
Sunday, May 19,  2:00 – 5:00 pm 
The Nouveau Classical Project will perform both traditional and contemporary works by such composers as Debussy and Kaija Saariaho, as well as music by emerging composer Benjamin Attahir. Guest artist Christopher Dylan Herbert will join the ensemble to perform songs by Reynaldo Hahn. A gallery talk precedes the concert at 2 pm. Register here

Gallery Talk: A Botanical Treasury: Plant Fibers, Forest Resources, and the Culture of Tea in Northern Burma 
Thursday, May 23, 6-00 - 8:00 pm
In this gallery talk, Charles Peters will offer his perspectives on the ethnobotany and resource management of forest resources—including bamboo, rattan, and timber—in northern Burma. Sebastian Beckwith will then discuss the rich history of tea production in this region. The program will conclude with a tea demonstration and tasting. Introduced by Erin Hassinoff.  Register here.

Burmese Dinner and Lecture: Listening as Knowing: The Significance of Sound Among the Nagas 
Thursday, June 6, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Sentienla Toy Threadgill will explain how affect is integral to understanding the sound of music. She will also discuss the sources of inspiration for the sound piece she created to accompany the Confluences exhibition. The lecture will be preceded by a special buffet dinner featuring traditional Burmese fare.  Register here. 

Conversation: Hoentschel’s Ceramics: Mysteries of Origin and Style
Thursday, June 13, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Martin Eidelberg will explore questions of origin, style, and collaboration in Hoentschel’s ceramics and discuss how they relate to his work as a decorator and cabinetmaker. Jason Jacques will recount his experiences as one of the formost dealers of French art potter. Register here.

Family Day: Carving Marvelous Mementos
Saturday, July 13, 11:30 - 4:00 pm
Join us for a day filled with carving tools and sawdust as we explore the art of fine woodworking. Work with an experienced carpenter to create your own carved object inspired by the marvelous chairs, ornaments, and sculpture of Georges Hoentschel’s collection.  Ideal for children ages 6 through 12 and their adult companions. Register here.

Gallery Talk: Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851–1939
Thursday, July 25, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Jason T. Busch will consider how objects at world’s fairs represented new and revived fabrication techniques, cross-cultural influences, nationalistic inspiration, and folkloric traditions, many of them introduced in Georges Hoentschel’s France. Register here. 

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Research Institute
Symposium: Hoentschel in Context 
On April 18 and 19, the Bard Graduated Center hosted an international symposium of scholars and conservators that examined the Hoentschel collection from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the context of the history of collecting in France and America.  Read more

Symposium: Kitchen and Table in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America 
On April 29, the Bard Graduate Center hosted a symposium on the kitchen and table in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America. Read more

Read an interview with Professor Deborah L. Krohn who organized the event.

Conference: Digital/Pedagogy/Material/Archives
With the aim of better preparing the Bard Graduate Center for the development of its own archive of student and faculty work, this conference was held on April 5 to examine how digital pedagogues currently consider questions of preservation and archiving, and to reimagine what resources, practices, and structures would be deemed necessary to develop an ideal archive of digital pedagogical materials. Read more.

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Special Events
French Heritage Society Dinner
On April 2, French Heritage Society’s New York Chapter partnered with the BGC to host an elegant French dinner and exclusive viewing of Salvaging the Past: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Click here for photos.
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Iris Awards Luncheon
On April 17,  the Bard Graduate Center honored outstanding contributions to patronage and scholarship in the decorative arts at the 17th Annual Iris Foundation Awards Luncheon held at the Colony Club.  Proceeds will support the Scholarship Fund.  Click here for photos 
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Student Spotlight
Donna Bilak
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