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December at the BGC

This month, we offer interviews with Ivan Gaskell, who will be arriving in January to head the Focus Gallery project and Ken Ames who talks about American Christmas Cards, 1900 - 1960— not only the exhibition closing at the end of the month but also the charming book that accompanies it.  And  two of our alumni, Shax Riegler and Jennifer Scanlan, tell us about the exciting work they are doing.    

In addition, our fabulous Hats exhibition curated by Stephen Jones continues to draw record-breaking numbers to our Main Gallery.

In other news, we report on another award for one of our BGC publications and an interesting library event.

We hope you will visit us this Holiday Season and enjoy all that we have to offer!

News
Interview with Ivan Gaskell
The BGC is pleased to announce that Ivan Gaskell will arrive from Harvard in January to  take up his new duties as BGC professor, curator, and head of the Focus Gallery project.  Read more
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Ken Ames talks about American Christmas Cards, 1900 -1960
Professor Ken Ames talks about American Christmas Cards, 1900 - 1960, (scroll below),  the exhibition on view in the Focus Gallery and its accompanying book.  Read more.
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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, the world’s foremost hat designer—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

Note our Holiday Hours!



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In the Focus Gallery
American Christmas Cards, 1900-1960
September 21 to December 31, 2011

The Bard Graduate Center presents American Christmas Cards, 1900–1960 in our Focus Gallery. The exhibition has been organized by  Kenneth L. Ames, member of the BGC faculty, working in collaboration with graduate students. This is the first exhibition to study the images on American Christmas cards of the twentieth century, and it serves as an introduction to a large artifactual and aesthetic field that until now has been largely unexplored.  Read more.

The book— a wonderful Christmas gift— and a beautiful set of reproduction Christmas cards are available for purchase in the gallery.

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Holiday Book Sale
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Gallery Programs
Sunday, December 11, 2 to 5 p.m.
With Every Christmas Card I Write
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Thursday, December 15, 6 to 8 p.m.
The Hatmaker's Muse: New York Milliners, Part I
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Moderated by Phyllis Magidson
Museum of the City of New York.
Read more.

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Academic Programs Seminar Series
Celebrating its tenth year in 2011, 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 Lectures in Islamic Art and Material Culture
Tuesday, December 13, 6 to 8 p.m.
Donald Whitcomb
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago
Khirbet al-Mafjar or Qasr Hisham? Changing Perceptions of a Palestinian Monument

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Alumni Spotlight
Shax Riegler and Jennifer Scanlan
Read more about Shax Riegler

Read more about Jennifer Scanlan

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BGC Publications Win Awards
Dutch New York Between East & West: The World of Margrieta van Varick, edited by BGC professors Deborah L. Krohn and Peter N. Miller with the assistance of Marybeth De Filippis, former associate curator of American art at the New-York Historical Society, is the recipient of the 2011 Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalogues of Distinction in the Arts awarded by the New York State Historical Association.  Read more.
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In the Library
On November 29th, members of the local chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America were welcomed to the BGC for a private tour of the Hats exhibition. Nearly thirty area librarians from institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, FIT, and Columbia walked through the galleries guided by BGC graduate students.  A short reception followed, which provided an opportunity for networking and information sharing. As the BGC librarians are active in this organization, hosting these events helps us keep current with our colleagues at other libraries.— Heather Topcik, Chief Librarian
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