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November at the BGC

This month, we offer reports on two of October's Academic Program events. In addition, Circus and the City  and The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot on view in our galleries continue to garner fantastic press.

Read on to learn more about the accomplishments of our students, see listings for upcoming academic seminar series and exhibition-related gallery programs, and find news about faculty and alumni. 

BGC Gallery
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 nouveau circuses 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.

Circus and the City in the Press
Sebastian Smee of the Boston Globe calls  Circus  ". . .one of the loveliest and most surprising shows on the East Coast this fall." 

Watch Circus  on Channel Thirteen's NYC-Arts November 8 - 22 

Circus is featured in the New Yorker: "Circus Time" Oct. 29 & Nov. 5, 2012

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In the Focus Gallery
The Islands of BenoƮt Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking
September 21, 2012 - January 27, 2013

Focusing primarily on the work of one of the most notable mathematicians of the twentieth century, The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking, explores the role of images in the development of what has become known as fractal geometry and chaos theory. Read More.

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Gallery Programs
Upcoming Events

Circus Posters: From Wood Type to “The Greatest Show on Earth”
Sunday, November 18, 2:00  – 2:45 pm
In this gallery talk, Paul Stirton will trace the development of the circus poster from early typographic sheets to the vivid scenes of animals and performers depicted using color lithography. Read more.

Songs from the High Wire, Introduced by Leon Botstein
Sunday, November 18, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
This concert musically evokes both the familiar and the mysterious aspects of circus, including clowns, the flying trapeze, menageries, and magic shows. Richard Gordon and Robert Osborne are joined by Mary Testa for a selection of songs by Richard Rodgers, Kurt Weill, Cole Porter, and others. A complimentary gallery talk precedes this concert at 2 pm. The concert begins at 3 pm. Read more.

Drawing from My Mind’s Eye: Dorothea Rockburne in Conversation with David Cohen 
Thursday, November 29, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Dorothea Rockburne will share memories of studying with mathematician Max Dehn at Black Mountain College, of meeting Mandelbrot, and discuss her recent work. Read more.

P. T. Barnum and Ralph Waldo Emerson: A Confluence of Influence
Thursday, December 6, 2012, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Gregory Volk will explore the surprising ways in which the work of both men is reflected in 19th and 20th-century art and spectacle. Read more.  

Practical Fractals: Chaos Theory in Architecture and Design with Paola Antonelli and Jimena Canales
Thursday, December 13, 6 - 8 pm  
Paola Antonelli and Jimena Canales will explore the impact of Mandelbrot’s elegant theories on architecture and design as they apply to the common problems of everyday life. Read more.

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Academic Programs
Final Open House of the Year
for Prospective Students

Sunday, December 2, 2012, 11 am to 1:30 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

One of the most useful ways to get a sense of the work that goes on at the BGC is for prospective students to attend one of our fall Open Houses. Hosted by the Chair of Academic Programs, Professor Jeffrey L. Collins, and by the Dean for Academic Administration and Student Affairs, Elena Pinto Simon, a BGC Open House offers the opportunity to hear about the work of the BGC, to listen to faculty talk about their methodological approaches, and to have general questions answered about admissions and financial aid. Included in each event is a tour of our facility.  In December, faculty in attendance will include Professor Aaron Glass, Professor Pat Kirkham, Professor Michele Majer, Dr. Nicola Sharratt, and Professor Elizabeth Simpson.

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at http://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/upcoming-events/-795.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Recent AP Special Events

Symposium and Scholars’ Day, Circus and the City: New York, 1793-2010
On Monday, October 15, the BGC held a very successful Scholars’ Day and Symposium in conjunction with the exhibition.  Read More.

The Distributed Text: An NEH Workshop on the Franz Boas Critical Digital Edition
The Franz Boas project was officially launched on October 12-13 at a workshop hosted by the BGC and funded by an NEH Digital Humanities Start Up grant.  Read more.  

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Upcoming AP Special Events

Symposium: Playing with Modernism: Historical Perspectives on Children and Design

Friday, November 16, 2012, 2 to 5:15 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street 
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

A new way of thinking about the child took hold around 1900 – one that questioned the mind-numbing traditional methods of learning by rote and treated children as active, rather than passive, learners. Inspired by early nineteenth-century educational theorists, above all Friedrich Froebel in Germany, progressive teachers of young children embraced singing, dancing, direct observation of nature, and, most importantly, open-ended play with real objects and materials.  This symposium, organized in conjunction with the recent exhibition, Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000 (on view at MoMA through November 5, 2012), explores the ramifications of new ideas about childhood, play, and progressive design at particular moments in the twentieth century.

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at http://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-841.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.


Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures on 18th- and 19th-Century French Decorative Arts and Culture
 
Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Laura Auricchio 
Art History/Humanities, The New School
“Hero and Villain: Lafayette’s Legacies”

 RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at http://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-804.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.


The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation Seminar in New York and American Material Culture
Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Laura Wexler
American Studies/Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University
“In Order to Form a More Perfect Likeness: Frederick Douglass, Photography and the Image of the Nation”

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at http://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-805.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.


Ravi and Seran Trehan Lectures in Islamic Art and Material Culture 
Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Heather Ecker 
Head of Curatorial Affairs, The Aga Khan Museum
“Tradition, Innovation, and Tradition Again in Hunting Practices in the Mediterranean Region, 10th-14th Centuries”

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at http://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-806.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.


Seminar in Comparative Medieval Material Culture (China, Islam, Europe) 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 6 to 8 pm 
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Aden Kumler
Art History, University of Chicago
“The Ordeals of Substance: Material Economies of Passion and Probation in the Middle Ages”

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at http://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-807.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu


Museum Conversations
Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu 

Jeffrey Quilter
William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University 
“Archaeology, Museums, and Tourism in Contemporary Peru”

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at http://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/upcoming-events/-808.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Student News
Metropolitan Museum of Art Fellows
PhD candidates Jonathan Tavares and Pengliang Lu are among the 52 graduate students and scholars welcomed into The Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2012 - 2013 class of fellows.  The program is one of the largest museum-based research programs in the world.

Jonathan was awarded a renewal of his Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowship to continue research and writing for his dissertation on the Victorian arms, armor, and curiosity dealer Samuel Luke Pratt (1805 - 1878) and to prepare portions for publication.

Pengliang was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship to conduct research towards a comprehensive study of bronzes from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).

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Behind the Scenes
Blog: Learning From Things: Behind the Scenes at the BGC
Keep up-to-date on the myriad activities of BGC faculty, students, and staff with the blog of Elena Pinto Simon, Dean of Academic Administration and Student Affairs  —  "Learning from Things: Behind the Scenes at the BGC"   Read more.
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Alumni News
Meet some 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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