Our oldest relationship is with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is built around a series of collaborative exhibitions. A BGC Professor and MMA Curator establish a theme for the exhibition and then create a 3-semester long mini-curriculum, moving from general to particular and functioning as a survey of content, a writing seminar in the objects to be shown, and an introduction to the premises of exhibitions as intellectual and aesthetic phenomena. Students are involved in all stages of the exhibition and write for the catalogues, which are published with Yale University Press. Previous BGC-MMA projects have included Vasemania (2004), Aquamanilia (2006), Twixt Art and Nature: Seventeenth-Century English Embroidery (2008).
Our collaboration with the New-York Historical Society has begun with an exhibition project entitled Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick (opening 17 September 2009). This launched a mini-curriculum on the Dutch Atlantic world and material culture of New Netherland, and has involved student participation in questions of theme and content, as well as entry-writing for the catalogue, also published with Yale University Press.
Our relationship with the American Museum of Natural History is built around a joint post-doctoral fellowship in Museum Anthropology sponsored by the BGC and based jointly at the BGC and in the Anthropology Division of the Museum. Each of these two-year positions will focus on a different aspect of the Division's holdings and will explore their encyclopedic history. Thus, the current Fellow, Aaron Glass, will study Franz Boas's Northwest Coast Hall—from the planning that went into the expeditions, to the classification and analysis of the objects brought back, to the planning of the hall, to its successive re-designs, to the impact of both the findings and their display on the history of anthropology and the history of displaying anthropological materials. The Fellow will teach a themed course sequence at the BGC and curate a small exhibition and symposium at the conclusion of the fellowship period.
BGC’s new relationship with The Frick Collection will bring our students into close contact with the Curator of Decorative Arts in classes that will be held at both The Frick and our 86th Street Center. The Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick connects with our own History and Theory of Museums.
Our global campus will provide our students with the opportunity of immersing themselves in the parallel universes of three distinct, but complementary intellectual institutions.
The Royal College of Art/ Victoria & Albert Museum MA Course in History of Design is a two-year MA degree that roughly parallels our own. A BGC student in the first semester of their second year will be able to take Renaissance, Asian and Modern design history courses at the RCA and participate in the rich intellectual life of the institution.
The Art History Department, Humboldt University is a leading center for the study of art history as the history of images. A BGC student in the first semester of their second year will be able to follow courses and seminars in the range of their offerings, and be part of the extraordinary richness of the current transformation of Berlin's museological culture. Please check with the Academic Programs office for further information.
The Institut national d'histoire de l'art and BGC are launching in 2010 a two-year research project which will explore the genealogies of the decorative arts, design history and material culture from the Renaissance to the present. Workshops will meet alternately in New York and Paris.
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