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January at the BGC

We are thrilled to report that between September and the end of 2011, a record 10,000 visitors were drawn to our galleries for our fabulous on-going Hats exhibition and the charming American Christmas Cards, 1900 -1960,  In December, our first-ever Holiday book sale was an enormous success.  Over 700 titles from our back-catalogue list found new homes: proceeds will go toward a curatorial assistantship as well as benefit the BGC scholarship fund.

This month,  Michele Majer, curator of  Staging Fashion, 1880 - 1920: Jane Hading, Lily Elsie, and Billie Burke, talks about this latest Focus Gallery exhibition and its accompanying catalogue. 

In addition, note the listings for our Academic Programs Seminar Series  and read about the continuing accomplishments of our alumni.

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, one of the world’s foremost hat designers—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


Listen to Jacki Lyden's interview with Stephen Jones on NPR's Weekend Edition, Saturday, December 31, 2011

Watch American Christmas Cards, 1900 -1960 on SundayArts, WNET Channel 13, December 11, 2011

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In the Focus Gallery
Staging Fashion, 1880–1920: Jane Hading, Lily Elsie, Billie Burke
January 18  to April 8, 2012 

Through printed ephemera, clothing, and accessories, Staging Fashion, 1880–1920: Jane Hading, Lily Elsie, Billie Burke and its accompanying catalogue explore the roles played by actresses as internationally known and influential fashion leaders at the turn of the twentieth century. This aspect of popular culture, which emerged more than a hundred years ago, has a long and fascinating historical trajectory, which resonates today in a society that has become infatuated with celebrities— actors and artists whose images are used for promotional purposes in all kinds of media and advertising. Read more.

The exhibition is curated by Michele Majer, BGC assistant professor and research associate at Cora Ginsburg LLC, in collaboration with BGC graduate students.   Read an interview.  

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Gallery Programs
Evening For Educators
Thursday, January 26,  4:00 to 6:30 pm. Read more.

Lecture: "The Actress as Artist’s Muse: Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse, and Ellen Terry," with  Peter Trippi, Editor, Fine Art Connoisseur, and former Director, Dahesh Museum of Art
Thursday, February 9, 6 to 8 pm. Read more.

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Academic Programs Seminar Series
Celebrating its tenth year in 2011-2012, 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.

An Iconology of the Textile in Art and Architecture: Review of a Project at the Art History Institute, University of Zurich, a workshop with members of the ERC Project Textile at the University of Zurich.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center,
38 West 86th Street

Anna Bücheler
"Ornament Matters: Medieval Books and Material Metaphors"

Mateusz Kapustka
"Clothes as Remnants: Pictorial Values of the Fabric"

Tabea Schindler
"Virtue and Virtuosity. The Representation of the Textile in Dutch Painting of the Golden Age"

Tristan Weddigen
"Textile Spaces, Interior and Exterior"

Barbara Caen
"Tapestries in the 19th Century. Renaissances of a Historical Medium"

Katharine Wells
"Tapestries and Tableaux in the 20th Century"

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at or contact

Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures on 18th- and 19th-Century French Decorative Arts and Culture
Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street

Isabelle de Conihout, Curator of Rare Books,
Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris
"Cardinal Mazarin: A Great Collector of Art and Books in XVIIth Century France"

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at or contact

Seminar in Cultural History
Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street

D. Graham Burnett, Professor of History, Princeton University and Editor, Cabinet Magazine, Brooklyn
Sal Randolph, Artist
"The Order of the Third Bird: Documents and Considerations"

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at or contact

PLEASE NOTE that our Lecture Hall can only accommodate a limited number of people, so please come early if you would like to have a seat in the main room. We also have overflow seating available; all registrants who arrive late will be seated in the overflow area.

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Alumni News
Meet the Alumni
Meet some of the alumni of the Bard Graduate Center—and read about the contributions they are making far beyond the classroom.
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