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September at the BGC

As a new year begins on West 86th Street, we are proud to announce our first-ever Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant in support of a new curriculum initiative. Two exhibitions debut this month— Circus and the City: New York, 1793-2010 and The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking.

Read on to learn more about the scholarship fund benefit on September 19, see listings for our upcoming academic seminar series and exhibition-related gallery programs, and find news about our faculty and alumni. 

News
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
First-time grant will create a new curriculum on conservation and material culture

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a grant of $490,000 to create a new curriculum, “Cultures of Conservation” at the BGC. In addition, it will support postgraduate Mellon fellowships open to professionals of any rank but with a preference for emerging scholars who wish to work with a conservator in the New York metropolitan area; the appointment of a Mellon visiting professor who will teach courses from the conservator’s point of view; and the creation of a new seminar series entitled “Conservation Conversations” that will be open to the interested public in addition to the BGC community of faculty and students. Read More

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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  

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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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Special Event
BGC Scholarship Fund Benefit
September 19, 2012 

Step Right Up! Celebrate the opening of Circus and the City: New York, 1793-2010 at an exclusive preview party. Spectacular live performances, delicious circus-inspired fare, and other surprises promise to entertain and delight. Read More

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Gallery Programs
Upcoming Events
Circus Amazons: The Culture of Female Equestrianism in New York City
Thursday, October 11, 6 to 8 p.m.
Kim Marra, professor of theatre arts and American studies at the University of Iowa and lifelong rider and former competitor in the cavalry-derived sport of Three-Day Eventing. Read more.

Evening for Educators
Thursday, October 4, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Teachers, teaching artists, school administrators, and parents are invited. Read more.

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Fall Outreach Suitcase Program
This fall, New York City educators and K-12 students will have the opportunity to preview the Circus exhibition in the form of our newest outreach suitcase: Big Top: The Circus in New York City.  This intriguing suitcase contains antique and vintage circus costumes, rare postcards, circus toys, and photographs of iconic trapeze artists, fire-eaters, and musicians. In addition, a set of five lesson plans inspired by the exhibition is available for educators who schedule a suitcase visit.  For more information or to schedule a school outreach visit, please contact Tracy Grosner, Gallery Outreach Educator at 212.501.3022 or e-mail tours@bgc.bard.edu
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Academic Programs Seminar Series
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. 

Symposium: Beyond Representation: an Interdisciplinary Approach to the Nature of Things
The past two decades have been marked by a renewed concern with the agency, presence, and ontological status of crafted things, witnessed in a shift of interest across several fields from questions of iconography and meaning to questions of affect and efficacy. These developments call into question some of the binary oppositions that are foundational to the epistemologies and ontologies of Enlightenment (and post-Enlightenment) thought and raise significant questions about the nature and operation of things in the world, their materiality, their ability to act or inspire action, and their relation to speech, texts, and words. This three-day symposium at the Bard Graduate Center (Thursday, September 27, 2012, 1:30-6pm) and the Institute of Fine Arts-NYU (Friday, September 28, 2012, 9am-6pm; Saturday, September 29, 2012, 9:30am-1:15pm) aims to examine the historical antecedents for these 'new' ways of thinking about the material world, to consider their implications, and to imagine the ways in which they might help us develop novel approaches to images, things, and words. For the full schedule of talks, please visit http://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-792.html.

RSVP is required; however, please note that registration is now closed for all sessions of this symposium. The BGC is maintaining a wait list for the Thursday afternoon session on September 27th; to be added to the list for this session, please e-mail academicevents@bgc.bard.edu with “Beyond Representation Wait List” in the subject line.

Seminar in Cultural History
Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 6 to 8 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Joan-Pau Rubiés
International History, The London School of Economics
and Political Science
“Ethnographic Images in the Late Renaissance, East and West”

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at http://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-796.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.


Symposium: Circus and the City: New York, 1793-2010
Monday, October 15, 2012, 1:30-4pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street 
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Brett Mizelle

California State University, Long Beach
Contesting the Circus in American History: Animal Exhibitions and the Emergence of Animal Welfare”
 
Janet M. Davis
 University of Texas at Austin
"Circus Queen in New York City: Flight, Spectacle, and the Fantastical Life of Tiny Kline"

RSVP is required. Please reserve your place at http://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-825.html or contact academicevents@bgc.bard.edu.

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Faculty News
International Committee of the History of Art
Andrew Morrall, Peter N. Miller, Ittai Weinryb, and Amy Ogata participated at the meeting of the International Committee of the History of Art (CIHA)— the paramount international venue for art historical discussion, held every four years.  Read more

Book Wins Awards
Pat Kirkam's book, Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design, won not only the prize for the best book on design but also the Prix D' Argent at FILAF (Festival International Du Livre D’Art & Du Film), the international festival of art books and films held June 27 – July 1, 2012 at Perpignan, France. 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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