Bard Graduate Center/Brooklyn Museum Postdoctoral Fellow in the Arts of Africa

Working in partnership with, and under the direction of the Curator of African Arts, the BGC/BKM Postdoctoral Fellow will assist in all aspects of the development of the Museum’s installation of its renowned African Arts collection in a new dedicated gallery scheduled to open in 2025, with a particular focus on interpreting historical African art through a contemporary lens. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to curate dossier-style collection installations, at the Brooklyn Museum and/or at BGC, and additionally, will contribute to the planning of a 2023 State of the Field symposium on African art at Bard Graduate Center, to be held on the 100th anniversary of the Brooklyn Museum’s groundbreaking 1923 display of 1,500 works, which remains one of the largest exhibitions of African art ever mounted. The Fellow will also teach one graduate-level course each year on the Arts of Africa at Bard Graduate Center, on a topic to be determined in consultation with the Chair of the Academic Program.

Appointment to run 1 August 2021–30 June 2024


Responsibilities include:

At the Brooklyn Museum

  • Assist in the research and development of Museum’s 2025 installation: collection research and documentation, with a focus on provenance; assist in checklist development, object research and review with Conservation, preliminary layouts, and label text for new permanent gallery;
  • Curate dossier-style collection installations from the museum’s collection;
  • Assist with planning of a 2023 State of the Field symposium on African art at BGC.
At Bard Graduate Center
  • Teach one course per year on Arts of Africa; class meetings often to be held at the Brooklyn Museum;
  • Attend once monthly faculty meeting;
  • Potentially advise student Qualifying Papers.

Requirements

  • PhD in art history or a related discipline such as Africana studies, anthropology, or history, complete by 1 July 2021
  • Experience in public humanities desirable

Salary

  • $45,000
  • Housing is provided at Bard Hall, 410 W 58 Street, New York, NY
  • $1,500 travel & research funding (annually)
  • Medical insurance is provided

Reports to

  • Curator of African Art, Brooklyn Museum
  • Dean, Bard Graduate Center

To Apply

Apply here. All materials must be received by December 1, 2020. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Please direct questions to fellowships@bgc.bard.edu.


Bard Graduate Center, a division of Bard College located on West 86th Street in New York City, is a graduate research institute devoted to the study of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, material culture studies, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. Our MA and PhD degree programs, Gallery exhibitions, research initiatives, and public programs explore new ways of thinking about the cultural history of the material world. Bard Graduate Center is committed to exploring and expanding the sources, questions, practices, perspectives, practitioners and audiences of interdisciplinary humanities scholarship.

Founded in 1823 as the Brooklyn Apprentices’ Library Association, the Brooklyn Museum contains one of the nation’s most comprehensive and wide-ranging collections, enhanced by a distinguished record of exhibitions, scholarship, and service to the public. The Museum’s vast holdings span 5,000 years of human creativity from cultures in every corner of the globe. Collection highlights include the ancient Egyptian holdings, renowned for objects of the highest quality, and the American collections, which are unrivaled in their diversity, from Native American art and artifacts and Spanish colonial painting, to nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American painting, sculpture, and decorative objects. The Museum is also home to the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, which is dedicated to the study and exhibition of feminist art and is the only curatorial center of its kind. The Brooklyn Museum is both a leading cultural institution and a community museum dedicated to serving a broad audience. Located in the heart of Brooklyn, the Museum welcomes and celebrates the diversity of its home borough and city. Few, if any, museums in the country attract an audience as varied with respect to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, educational background, and age as the audience of the Brooklyn Museum.


Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.

Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.

Fields of the Future Fellowships, 2021-22

Bard Graduate Center (BGC) is pleased to announce its annual Fields of the Future fellowship and mentorship program, which aims to help promote diversity and inclusion in the advanced study of the material world. It reflects our commitment to explore and expand the sources, techniques, voices, perspectives, and questions of interdisciplinary humanities scholarship. BGC studies the past in its own terms in order to better understand where the future has come from. We invite applicants to submit projects that they think map the fields of the future. In an effort to promote necessary diversity and inclusion in the fields of decorative arts, design history, and material culture, we particularly wish to encourage applicants from historically underrepresented groups and/or projects of related thematic focus (see FAQ).

BGC invites scholars from university, museum, and independent backgrounds with a PhD or equivalent professional experience to apply for these funded research fellowships. Doctoral students of exceptional promise are also encouraged to apply. The fellowships are intended to fund collections-based research at Bard Graduate Center or elsewhere in New York City, as well as writing or reading projects in which being part of our dynamic research environment is intellectually valuable. Fellows will be paired with BGC faculty and research librarians to connect with human and material resources.

Bard Graduate Center is a graduate research institute devoted to the study of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, material culture studies, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. Our MA and PhD degree programs, Gallery exhibitions, research initiatives, and public programs explore new ways of thinking about the cultural history of the material world. We possess a specialized library of 60,000 volumes exclusive of serials and publish the journals West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture and Source: Notes in the History of Art, the book series Cultural Histories of the Material World (all with the University of Chicago Press), and the catalogues that accompany the exhibitions presented every year in our Gallery (with Yale University Press). Over 50 research seminars, lectures, and symposia are scheduled annually and are livestreamed around the world on Bard Graduate Center’s YouTube channel.

Apply here. All materials must be received by November 15, 2020. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Please direct questions to the Research Fellowship Committee via email at fellowships@bgc.bard.edu and see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

The stipend rate is $3,500 per month. Fellowships will be awarded for one semester (4 months in the fall or spring). Fellows will be given a workspace in our Research Center at 38 West 86th Street in New York City and accommodation at Bard Hall, located at 410 West 58th Street.

We do not reimburse fellows for travel, relocation, or visa-related costs in connection with this fellowship award. Also, please note that the fellowship stipend and the value of the provided housing may be subject to taxes for both US citizens and non-US citizens in accordance with US tax code.

Bard Graduate Center is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.

Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.

For the Fields of the Future Fellowship, what kinds of projects might be considered?

This initiative will consider a range of research proposals which may include (but are not limited to) design and disability studies, the material culture of the African, Asian, and Oceanic diasporas, indigeneity, design and climate change, design and public health, and the material culture of ethnic minorities and of LGBTQ communities.

Bard Graduate Center Visiting Fellowships, 2021-22
Bard Graduate Center (BGC) invites scholars from university, museum, and independent backgrounds with a PhD or equivalent professional experience to apply for non-stipendiary visiting fellowships, to be held during the 2021–22 academic year. BGC Visiting Fellowships, which are intended for scholars who have already secured means of funding, provide scholars with workspace in the BGC Research Center and enable them to join our dynamic intellectual and scholarly community in New York City. Visiting Fellowships represent our commitment to conversation and scholarly communication. We are happy to welcome scholars who similarly seek a serious but informal intellectual environment in which to pursue their work in the decorative arts, design history, and material culture. Visiting Fellowships may be awarded for anywhere from one month to the full academic year.

Bard Graduate Center is a graduate research institute devoted to the study of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. Our MA and PhD degree programs, Gallery exhibitions, research initiatives, and public programs explore new ways of thinking about the cultural history of the material world. We possess a specialized library of 60,000 volumes exclusive of serials and publish the journals West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture and Source: Notes in the History of Art, the book series Cultural Histories of the Material World (all with the University of Chicago Press), and the catalogues that accompany the exhibitions presented every year in our Gallery (with Yale University Press). Over 50 research seminars, lectures, and symposia are scheduled annually and are livestreamed around the world on Bard Graduate Center’s YouTube channel.

Apply here. All materials must be received by March 1, 2021. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Please direct questions to the Fellowship Committee via email at fellowships@bgc.bard.edu and see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

We do not reimburse fellows for travel, relocation, housing, or visa-related costs in connection with this fellowship award.

Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.

Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.
Maintainer/Porter

The Bard Graduate Center Facilities Department is seeking a full-time Maintainer/Porter who will report to the Director of Facilities and receive direction from the Operations Manager and the Facilities managerial team.

The Bard Graduate Center offers MA and PhD programs in the study of the cultural history of the material world and is committed to the encyclopedic study of things, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art and design history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology and cultural history.

The Maintainer/Porter is a full-time staff position with duties in the operations and maintenance areas at assigned institutional properties (18W 86th Street, 38W 86th Street, and Bard Hall). Duties include regular upkeep and day-to-day maintenance of the Bard Graduate Center’s facilities, including emptying trash, cleaning, vacuuming, sweeping, and other related tasks; instrumental in the preparation for events, meetings, classes, and functions at all BGC properties (room configuration/set-up, lay-out of catering supplies and materials, post-function clean-up, etc.); assist with the painting of walls, minor plumbing work, mechanical repairs and related projects as directed; performs other related duties as necessary, assigned, and/or directed.

The position requires the incumbent to have demonstrated timeliness, exhibit a customer-service orientation, and maintain a neat and professional appearance. The incumbent must be capable of lifting up to 65 lbs and must able to communicate using e-mail and radio. Incumbent must be flexible and able to work overtime when necessary. Some experience in facilities/maintenance related fields, including cleaning, painting, mechanical, plumbing or electrical work. Experience with facilities-related work in academic institutions and/or arts organizations desirable. Familiarity with building systems helpful.

To apply, please submit a brief cover letter and resume to: mailto:fmsearch@bgc.bard.edu fmsearch@bgc.bard.edu

The Bard Graduate Center is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity. AA/EOE.


Security Officers
The Bard Graduate Center has a full-time position available for Public Safety Officer. As a member of the BGC security team you will report directly to the Director of Security as your immediate supervisor and may receive other directives from the Chief Operating Officer.

Summary

The protection and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and property is our highest priority. The awareness of our community is invaluable - the quick response and reporting of incidents ensures thorough campus security procedures are being maintained. Our officers, all certified by the NYS Department of State, are trained annually, and are available twenty-four hours a day to assist you as needed.

To incorporate safety and security operations professionally and competently in accordance with Bard Graduate Center standards. The prime directive of our security force is to establish the confidence and trust of the Bard Graduate Center community and to maintain the good will of the general public through consistent positive performance and service.

Customer Service

It is important to remember that we are expected to meet or exceed the academic excellence of the Bard Graduate Center with the hands-on excellence of our security service. Officers must be flexible, adaptable, and never develop the “it’s not my job” attitude. A friendly smile and helpful mindset is expected of all officers as is necessary on any college campus. Students, faculty, and staff need to have confidence in our security force by consistent positive performance and service.


Requirements

High School diploma/GED or higher; Current New York State guard’s license, Fire Guard certification, and 3 plus years’ experience. Candidate must have multitasking skills, strong communication skills, basic computer skills, able to lift 45lbs minimum, a professional appearance, and a professional demeanor/mannerism. Send resume and cover letter to chandler.small@bgc.bard.edu. Please no telephone calls. The BGC is an AA/EOE employer