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November at the BGC

This month we report on the third installment of  the "Cisneros Seminar in the Material Cultures of the Ibero-American World"  and the exciting launch of the expanded Focus Gallery website.  We also spotlight the work of an alumna who has reproduced a garden based on Thomas Jefferson's plans. 

In addition, our spectacular hats exhibition curated by Stephen Jones continues in the Main Gallery as does American Christmas Cards, 1900-1960 in the Focus Gallery.

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Women Designers of the 20th Century, Shaping National Artistic Identities in Latin America
Women Designers of the 20th Century, Shaping National Artistic Identities in Latin America,  the third edition of the “Cisneros Seminar in the Material Cultures of the Ibero-American World ” will take place on December 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bard Graduate Center. Featured speakers are Natalia Majluf, director of the Museo de Arte de Lima on “Elena Izcue: Precolumbian Design in Modern Life;"  Ana Elena Mallet, independent writer and curator on “Clara Porset: Inventing Modern Design in Mexico;” and Maria Cecilia Loschiavo dos Santos, associate professor of design, School of Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo on “Women And Brazilian Modern Design.”  The seminar series is created in conjunction with the Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.  Click here to register


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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

Read the Press
Master Milliner Stephen Jones a Pied Piper of Hats  (Leanne Italie, Associated Press, October 17, 2011)

" . . .[a] richly appointed, expertly orchestrated show. " (Roberta Smith, "Ingenuity Is a Thing With Feathers,"  New York Times, September 23, 2011)

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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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Expanded Focus Gallery Website Announced
The BGC is pleased to announce the expansion of our Focus Gallery website for the exhibition Objects of Exchange: Social and Material Transformation on the Late Nineteenth-Century Northwest Coast, that opened in January 2011. Conceived by BGC Professor Aaron Glass, who was the exhibition curator, the new site brings to public attention the on-going research Professor Glass has conducted with his graduate students on aspects of the Northwest Coast collections at the American Museum of Natural History that could not be included in the exhibition.  Read more.
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Gallery Programs
Hats: A Field Guide
Thursday, November 10, 6 to 8 p.m. On this special tour, milliner Melinda Wax will discuss a selection of iconic hats, revealing the significance of their makers and their wearers. Read more.

Study Day: Archives as Inspiration: Gretchen Fenston and Rodney Keenan, Friday, November 11, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Read more.

Lecture: Est-ce un chapeau? (The Surrealist Hat) with Dilys Blum, Thursday, November 17, 6 to 8 p.m. Read more.

Lecture: Women Designers and Greeting Cards of the Arts & Crafts Movement with Anne Stewart O'Donnell, Thursday, December 1, 6 to 8 p.m. 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.

Wednesday, November 16, Library Lecture
Ben Katchor
Artist, Parsons, The New School for Design
Reading in Public

Wednesday, November 30
Michael Cole
History of Art, Columbia University
Francesco Mochi: Stone and Scale

Symposium
The Cisneros Seminar in the Material Cultures of the Ibero-American World

Tuesday, December 6
Women Designers of the 20th Century, Shaping National Artistic Identities in Latin America

Ravi and Seran Trehan Lectures in Islamic Art and Material Culture
Tuesday, December 13
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
Rachael Salisbury (MA 2011)
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