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September at the BGC

This year, the BGC celebrates twenty years of remarkable institutional growth and scholarly achievement.  We have worked hard to become an internationally admired graduate school with an acclaimed exhibition gallery devoted to enhancing knowledge and awareness of the material world. Here, we study the things that humans have made—whether they are of the highest aesthetic value or are the ordinary objects of everyday life.  

This month, two exhibitions (and their accompanying publications) debut—the highly anticipated William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain in our Main Gallery and An American Style: Global Sources for New York Textile and Fashion Design, 1915–1928 in our Focus Gallery. In addition, we are proud to publish History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400-2000, our landmark survey spanning seven centuries of global design.  

Read on to learn more about the activities of our students during the Bard Travel Program this past May, see listings for our upcoming academic seminar series and exhibition-related gallery programs, and find news about the accomplishments of our alumni.  

 

News
History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400-2000.
The BGC is pleased to announce the publication of the History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400-2000.  Edited by Professor Pat Kirkham and Founder/Director Susan Weber, this is a landmark survey featuring the work of twenty-seven leading authorities introducing the time periods 1400-1600, 1600-1750, 1750-1900, and 1900-2000 in the Americas, Europe, the Islamic World, India, China, Japan, and Korea. Heather Jane McCormick (MA, 1996) was the project editor.  The book will be available from Yale University Press this fall.  Read more.
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BGC Gallery
Main Gallery
William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain
September 20, 2013 - February 9, 2014

Featuring elaborate drawings for architecture, gardens, and sculpture, along with furniture, silver, paintings, illustrated books, and new documentary films, William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain, is the first major exhibition to examine the life and career of one of the most influential designers in eighteenth-century Britain.   Read more.




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Focus Gallery
An American Style: Global Sources for New York Textile and Fashion Design, 1915–1928
Through August 3, 2013

This remarkable exhibition examines the efforts of the American Museum of Natural History to educate and inspire New York textile and fashion designers during and after World War I. Featured are rare textiles and garments ranging from a 1920’s hand-batiked caftan-style dress and mass-market hand-blocked silks to native American and other indigenous dress.  Also included are never-before-seen photographs, objects, and design manuals. Read more.

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Gallery Programs
by Rebecca Allan, Head of Education
The 2013-14 school year begins with a flourish as the BGC Education Department introduces two new outreach suitcases and a range of exhibition-related lectures, study days, gallery talks, concerts and conversations in connection with the Main and Focus Gallery exhibitions. Read more

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Upcoming Gallery Programs
Thursday, October 3, 7 pm
Cesare’s Palace: Handel and the Music of Burlington House
with Christopher Dylan Herbert, Bradley Brookshire, and Katie Rietman. Read more and register:  

Thursday, October 10: 6 pm reception, 6:30 pm lecture
William Kent: Creating the Grand Tour Taste
A lecture by Julius Bryant. Read more and register:

Saturday, October 12: 1 to 4 pm
Family Day: Topiary Garden Dance! 
Read more and register

Friday Gallery Talks 
Complimentary guided tours are offered every Friday at 12:30 p.m. Free with gallery admission ($7/$5).

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Degree Programs
Bard Travel Program
Led by Professors Jeffrey Collins and Paul Stirton, in May eighteen students headed to London for eight days of intensive on-site study as part of the Bard Travel Program. Read more.
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Research Institute
Visiting Research Fellows
This fall sees the beginning of our new visiting research fellowship program. In 2013-14 the BGC will welcome 10 scholars from around the world who will be in residence, doing their own work and sharing with us the fruits of their learning. Along with the extensive series of seminars and symposia, the book series and the journal, the Fellows program rounds out the Research Institute’s ambition to promote serious study in the decorative arts, design history and material culture— what we refer to as the “cultural history of the material world.”  Read more.
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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.


Conservation Conversations
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

David Bomford
Director of Conservation, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
“Connoisseurship: The Rembrandt Paradigm”

Carlo Ginzburg
History, University of California, Los Angeles
“Small Differences: Ekphrasis and Connoisseurship”

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-922.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu  


BGC Fall Research Fellows Presentations
Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Sean Leatherbury
Research Fellow, Bard Graduate Center
Research Associate, "Late Antique Egypt and the Holy Land" Project, Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford
“Late Antique Inscriptions as Images”

Susannah Fisher
Research Fellow, Bard Graduate Center
“The Word Made Gold: Medieval Treasury Bindings”

D. Graham Burnett
Research Fellow, Bard Graduate Center
History, Princeton University
“Money, Teeth, and Language”

Hannah Rogers
Research Fellow, Bard Graduate Center
“The Intersections of Art and Science”

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-924.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.  


Modern Design History Seminar
Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Amy de la Haye
Dress History and Curatorship, University of the Arts London
“Objects of a Passion: Exhibiting Fashion and Dress in the Museum”

 RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-920.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.  


Symposium: Re–presenting William Kent
Monday, October 7, 2013, 1:30 to 5 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Susan Weber
Founder and Director, Bard Graduate Center 
“William Kent: A Historiography”

Julius Bryant
Keeper of Word and Image, Victoria & Albert Museum
“Exhibiting William Kent: Curation and Interrogation”

David Watkin
History of Architecture, University of Cambridge
“Changing Attitudes to Kent from Sustained Hostility to Acceptance in the Twentieth Century”

Matthew Hirst
Arts & Historic Collections, the Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth
“A Country House Repository of Design: William Kent in the Devonshire Collection”

David Jacques
Independent Scholar, Sugnall Hall
“William Kent and the Landscape Garden”

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-18.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.  


New York Silver Society Lecture
Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 6 to 8pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Allison Stielau 
History of Art, Yale University 
“Flux: On Silver and Time”

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-921.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Alumni News
Meet a few of the alumni of the Bard Graduate Center—and learn about the contributions they are making beyond the classroom.  Read more.   







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