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October at the BGC

This month we report on our hugely successful Gala benefitting our scholarship fund,  the openings of our blockbuster hats retrospective organized by Stephen Jones and the Victoria and Albert Museum in our Main Gallery and American Christmas Cards, 1900-1960, in our Focus Gallery,  along with the wonderful press both of  these exhibitions are beginning to receive.  In addition, read about the accomplishments of our alumni,  learn about our upcoming academic seminar series, and find listings for our exhibition-related gallery programs.  

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BGC Gala
The BGC Scholarship Fund Gala was held on September 13 to celebrate the opening of Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones and to honor one of the world’s foremost milliners, Stephen Jones. Over 250 people gathered at the BGC decked out in all types of wonderful hats, to enjoy a sneak preview of the exhibition and a cocktail reception.  Guests were further delighted by a silent auction of hats made by an array of artists, designers, writers, and celebrities including Yoko Ono, Frank Gehry, Amy Fine Collins, and Jonathan Adler. The auction was styled by Simon Doonan and guest DJs Au Revoir Simone provided the music.  Funds raised will give BGC students the financial help they need to pursue graduate degrees in the study of material culture. Click here for photos. 

On September 14, at the opening reception for Hats, guests again adorned themselves in a variety of toppers ranging from baseball caps to what appeared to be a replica of the Guggenheim Museum. Click here for photos.

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

"Stephen Jones knows a thing or two about toppers."  (Amanda Angel,  "Three Must See Fashion Exhibits,"  Time Out New York, September 15 - 21, 2011)

"Now, the oh-so-British flourish is taking Manhattan, as English milliner to the stars Stephen Jones's exhibition. . . travels stateside."  (Alexa Brazilian, "Hats, Hats, and More Hats,"  Wall  Street Journal, September 10 - 11, 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.

Eve Kahn,  "Cheery Christmas Cards? Bah, Humbug!," New York Times, September 15, 2011

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Gallery Programs
Christmas Gifting: Rituals of Affection and Commerce
Thursday, October 6, 6 to 8 p.m.  Drawing upon prescriptive literature, trade journals, diaries and letters, historian Ellen Litwicki explores the emergence of Christmas gift-giving at the turn of the twentieth century, highlighting the role of gifts as symbols of family (and other) relationships, as well as how gift customs were influenced by commercial interests.  Read more.

The Conservation of Historic Hats, Friday, October 14,10 am to 5 pm, (lectures, lunch, hands-on demonstrations)  Read more. 

A Mad Hatter's Logic: Stephen Jones in Conversation with Patricia Mears , Thursday, October 20, 6 to 8 pm, (conversation and reception)  Read more. 

An Evening for Cultural Colleagues , Thursday, October 27, 6 to 8 pm, (exhibition viewing and reception)  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.

The Paul and Irene Hollister Lectures on Glass
Tuesday, October 11
Florian Knothe
Curator of European Glass, Corning Glass Museum
Beyond the Old Silk Road: International Influences in Glassmaking in the 18th and 19th Centuries

Wednesday, October 12
Michele Bacci
Art History, University of Freibourg
On the Making of Holy Places Along the Sea Routes of the Eastern Mediterranean

Wednesday, October 19
Seth Rockman
History, Brown University
Implements Correspondingly Peculiar: Slavery, Plantation Goods, and the Politics of Design in Antebellum America

Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures on 18th- and 19th-Century French Decorative Arts and Culture
October 25
Sylvain Cordier
Independent Scholar
Bellangé, Ebénistes à Paris: A History of Taste in Early Nineteenth-Century France

Wednesday, October 26
Ellen Rosand
Music, Yale University
Poppea’s Fortune

October 28
Symposium:
Upholsterers and Decorators in 19th-Century France: Georges Hoentschel’s Predecessors

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Alumni News
Meet the Alumni
Meet a few of the alumni of the Bard Graduate Center—and read about the contributions they are making beyond the classroom.  Read more
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