Julia Carabatsos (MA ’22) and Hadley Jensen (MA ’13, PhD ’19) presented on “Materiality & Resistance” at the American Philosophical Society’s conference on June 6.

Earlier this month, Ana Matisse Donefer-Hickie (MA ’17) and Susie Silbert (MA ’12) participated in a panel about German waldglas and slippage between media like glass and jewelry at the Whitney Studio. The discussion was organized by Elle Décor writer Camille Okhio to coincide with the debut of jeweler Jean Prounis’s new collection, Waldglas: A Study of Prunts.

Congratulations to Allison Donoghue (MA ’24) who began her role as the Met’s Tiffany & Co. Foundation Twelve-Month Curatorial Intern in American Decorative Arts this month!

Recent alum William Dunsmore (MA ’24) received the inaugural Jeffrey Kroessler Student Research Award at New York City’s Historic Districts Council Grassroots Preservation Awards ceremony for his qualifying paper, “A Winter Temperature in the Summer Time”: Preserving Nineteenth-Century Lagerkellers and German American Heritage.

PhD candidate Caroline Elenowitz-Hess and assistant professor Mei Mei Rado (PhD ’18) helped organize the first Fashion Studies Network Symposium. The conference, titled Unraveling Fashion Narratives, took place June 6–7 at Parsons. BGC students Vega Shah (MA ’25) and Amanda Thompson (PhD candidate) and recent alumna Antonia Anagnostopoulos (MA ’24) presented.

Associate professor Freyja Hartzell (MA ’04) and Karlyn Allenbrand (MA ’24) attended the University of Delaware’s Center for Material Culture Studies annual symposium. Hartzell said she was very proud to showcase student work from her course, In Focus: Dollatry, in the context of a lively discussion about current material culture work across a number of institutions. A video about material culture studies at BGC created by Bob Hewis (MA ’24) was also screened.

Hadley Jensen (MA ’13, PhD ’19)
was recently named curator of Santa Fe’s Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. Congratulations Hadley!

Current president of the Vilcek Foundation, Rick Kinsel (MA ’00) was recently featured in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s magazine, Preservation, for restoring the Detweiler House in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Kinsel’s effort to restore the house has been a massive architectural undertaking and ultimately led to the house being listed on the State Register of Historic Houses in Hawai’i. It garnered acclaim from the Historic Hawai’i Foundation and was an editor’s pick for The Architect’s Newspaper’s Best of Design Awards for 2023.

Assistant professor Meredith Linn announced the release of a living digital project about Seneca Village that she co-created. Envisioning Seneca Village imagines what the significant nineteenth-century village might have looked like around the year 1855, shortly before its destruction for the building of Central Park.

Sydney Maresca (MA ’24)
was nominated for an award for Outstanding Costume Design by the Outer Critics Circle for her work on the 2023 Broadway play The Cottage. Congratulations, Sydney, and see you at BGC this fall when you begin the PhD program!

Brielle Pizzala (MA
25) presented virtually at the Design History Society (London)’s Textiles and Masculinity Symposium on June 15.

Madeline Porsella (MA ’23)
and Mabel Capability Taylor (MA ’24) launched Mandylion Press to “unearth lost literary gems written by women and weirdos in the (very) long nineteenth century.” The press’s first publications, new editions of The Gadfly by Ethel Lilian Voynich and Other Things Being Equal by Emma Wolf, are now available at McNally Jackson, Stories (Los Angeles), Green Apple (San Francisco), and from their online store.

Bailey Tichenor (MA ’18)
hosted a pop-up exhibition of historic ceramics at current student Katrin Zimmermann’s Harlem brownstone through her online gallery, Artistoric. Many BGC alumni, staff, and students attended the opening on May 16.

Heather Topcik
, dean and director of libraries at Bard College and Bard Graduate Center presented Dr. Carla Hayden, the fourteenth Librarian of Congress, with an honorary degree at the Bard College commencement. Topcik said, “I have long admired Dr. Hayden for her unwavering commitment to putting equity, access, and intellectual freedom at the forefront of librarianship.”

Congratulations to associate professor Ittai Weinryb on the publication of Pigments, the second volume of his book series, Art/Work. He also co-organized the conference, Enslavement and Art: Forced Labor in the History of Art, in Berlin on June 17–18. The conference is accessible online.

The exhibition catalogue for Cooper Hewitt’s exhibition, A Dark, A Light, A Bright: The Designs of Dorothy Liebes, was awarded the 2023 George Wittenborn Memorial Award for best art book. Alexa Griffith Winton (MA 03) cocurated the exhibition and coedited the catalogue. BGC alumni John Stuart Gordon (MA 03) and Leigh Wishner (MA 01) wrote chapters and Stephanie Lake (MA 00, PhD 09) provided vital research support for the catalogue.