BGC at 20
BGC Gallery
Gallery Programs
Degree Programs
Research Institute
Ex Libris Day
Alumni Spotlight
November at the BGC

As the BGC continues to celebrate twenty years of achievement, this month, we report on the launch of the book, History of Design, destined to become the landmark survey in the field and our Anniversary Symposium.     

In addition, our two exhibitions — 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 — continue to garner wonderful press coverage.   Please note that the Gallery is open Friday, November 29 (the day after Thanksgiving) and admission will be free. 

Read on to learn more about our exhibition-related gallery programs and the library's special Ex Libris day.  Our alumni spotlight is on PhD candidate Maria Perers, who received her MA in 2004.

BGC at 20
History of Design
2013 marks not only twenty years of remarkable institutional growth and scholarly achievement for the BGC, it also celebrates the publication of our landmark survey, History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400-2000. Read more.  
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Research Institute Symposium
Exhibitions Research Teaching: The Bard Graduate Center at 20
Marking the occasion of the BGC’s twentieth birthday, this symposium, which took place on November 8, examined the elements of practice and theory that have come to define the Bard Graduate Center. Read more

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Champagne Toast
On October 16, the BGC opened its twentieth anniversary year with a cake and champagne toast. Read more.
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BGC Gallery
In the Main Gallery
William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain
Through 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. 

In the press:  

English Domesticity de Luxe
by Barrymore Laurence Scherer, The Wall Street Journal, October 30, 2013

NYC-ARTS: October 31
Philippe de Montebello in conversation with Susan Weber, the founder and director of Bard Graduate Center, and co-curator of William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain. 

NYC-ARTS: October 17 
featuring William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain and An American Style: Global Sources for New York Textile and Fashion Design, 1915–1928

"This exceptional volume is set to become the standard work on William Kent says Martin Levy" Apollo, Book Review,  November 2013.

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In the Focus Gallery
An American Style: Global Sources for New York Textile and Fashion Design, 1915–1928
Through February 2, 2014

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.

In the Press

An American Style: Found and Lost

by Kati Vereshaka, Epoch Times, October 8, 2013.



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Gallery Programs
Thursday, November 14;  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Fabric of Activism: The Design Works of Bedford-Stuyvesant: A conversation with Donald Albrecht, Phyllis Ross, and Seth Tillett
Read more and register

Thursday, November 21;  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Well of Inspiration: Sources for William Kent’s Furniture Designs: A Lecture by Susan Weber
Read more and register

Thursday, December 5;  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
An Evening with Laurie Olin, Landscape Architect
Read more and register

Thursday, December 12; 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Royal Court, Political Culture, and the Art of Friendship in the Age of William Kent: A lecture by Clarissa Campbell Orr
Read more and register

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

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Degree Programs
We think that 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 open houses in the fall. Hosted by the dean of our school, Professor Peter N. Miller, our chair, Professor Jeffrey Collins, and Dean for Academic Administration and Student Affairs, Elena Pinto Simon, a BGC Open House presents inquirers with the opportunity to hear about 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.

Our last Open House will take place at 38 West 86th Street in New York City on Sunday, November 24  from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The faculty panel will include Professors Jeffrey Collins, Michele Majer, Kenneth Ames, Elizabeth Simpson, Kimon Keramidas, and Ivan Gaskell.

For more information about Open Houses and to RSVP, please visit www.bgc.bard.edu/programs/admissions/bgc-open-houses.html.

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Research Institute
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.

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Seminar in Renaissance and Early Modern Material Culture
Wednesday, November 20, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Femke Speelberg
Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
“Towards Autonomous Design: The Ornament Print in the Early Modern Art World”

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-941.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures on 18th-and 19th-Century French Decorative Arts and Culture 
Tuesday, December 3, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Laura Kalba
Art History, Smith College
“Polychromatic Pleasures: Decorating with Color in Nineteenth-Century France” 

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place  www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-436.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Museum Conversations
Tuesday, December 10, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Marla C. Berns
Shirley and Ralph Shapiro Director
Fowler Museum at UCLA
“Fowler at Fifty: Museum Collections and the Challenge of the Contemporary”

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-929.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Indigenous Arts in Transition Seminar
Wednesday, December 11, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Shannon Dawdy
Anthropology, University of Chicago
“Patina: Object Trauma and Human Narrative”

RSVP is required.  Please reserve your place at www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-930.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Ex Libris Day
On October 23, the BGC celebrated its second annual Ex Libris day. Read more.
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Alumni Spotlight
Alumni Spotlight -Maria Perers. Read more.  



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