Workshop: Applying to PhD Programs
Monday, September 19, 12:00–1:15 pm

In this workshop intended for current students and alumni, Andrew Morrall, Professor and Chair of Academic Programs, will speak on the ins and outs of applying to PhD programs.

38 West 86th Street, Seminar Room

Alumni Workshop: Basic WordPress
Monday, October 17, 5:15–6:15 pm

WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System) that powers nearly a quarter of the Internet’s websites. With humble beginnings as a blogging platform, WordPress has become a flexible tool for the production of a wide range of web-based projects. This workshop, geared towards alumni, will provide an introduction to WordPress, and will lead attendees through the process of creating sites, posting content, and managing media. If you are looking to create or manage a project website, blog, or other online digital work, this workshop will give you the foundation necessary to get started.

38 West 86th Street, DML

Alumni at Work
Thursday, October 20, 12:00–1:30 pm

Shax Riegler, MA 2007, MPhil 2009, PhD Candidate
Executive Editor, Architectural Digest Magazine
“Beyond Words: How Editors Make Magazines”

Shax Riegler is the executive editor at Architectural Digest, published by Conde Nast. Prior to joining AD in January 2016, he spent a year as the content lead for the Home & Appliances group at Consumer Reports, where he managed a team of editors, reporters, and product testers in developing a content strategy that would bridge the brand’s print, digital, and video platforms. Before his tenure at CR, he was the executive editor of House Beautiful and held editorial positions at House & Garden, Martha Stewart Living, Travel & Leisure, and Vogue. Riegler earned a BA in English and history from Kenyon College (1992) and both his MA and MPhil from Bard Graduate Center, where he is currently a PhD Candidate. In 2011, he published the book Dish: 813 Colorful, Wonderful Dinner Plates.

In this talk, Riegler will speak about the editor’s role at a national consumer-oriented magazine. Topics he will address include: How do stories get proposed, assigned, produced, packaged, and polished for publication? What are some of the skills involved in writing for a general audience? And, in this time of massive technological upheaval, how do a magazine’s print and digital expressions differ from each other?

38 West 86th Street, Seminar Room

Alumni Book Series
Thursday, October 20, 6:00–7:30 pm

We are delighted to launch what we hope will be an ongoing series for alumni to showcase newly-published books. We open the series with Sarah Archer and Brian Gallagher. Our faculty convener for the evening will be Paul Stirton. Join us to hear about the research journey each author undertook, purchase a book, and toast their accomplishments! And if you are an alum with a bookpublished, or about to be published, get in touch with Dean Simon about a future evening panel!

Sarah Archer, MA 2006
Independent Curator
Midcentury Christmas: Holiday Fads, Fancies, and Fun From 1945 to 1970

Brian Gallagher, MA 1999, MPhil 2012
Curator of Decorative Arts, The Mint Museum
British Ceramics 1675–1825: The Mint Museum

38 West 86th Street, Seminar Room

Alumni Workshop: Auction and Provenance Research
Monday, October 24, 6:00–7:30 pm

Please join the Library for a workshop geared towards alumni doing advanced auction and provenance research. This program will feature a selection of auction catalogs from our collection and discuss online resources for provenance research. We will look into the history of collecting and also delve into the intricacies of auction research in the decorative arts.

38 West 86th Street, Reading Room

Career Explorations: Auction Houses
Wednesday, October 26, 6:00–7:30 pm

Thinking about a career in an auction house? Join us for a panel with BGC alumni who are professionals at some of the leading auctions houses. Take advantage of this opportunity for professional enhancement and to learn about how best to prepare for this career track. Hear about the professional journeys of our guests and their thoughts and recommendations for those starting out.

Panelists include:

Csongor Kis, MA 2006
Assistant Vice President, Specialist, Sotheby’s

Malcolm MacNeil, MA 1997
Vice President, Director, 19th and 20th Century Decorative Arts, Doyle

Jennifer Pitman, MA 2000
Specialist, Senior Account Manager, Rago Arts & Auction Center

38 West 86th Street, Seminar Room

Workshop: Submitting a Conference Paper
Monday, November 14, 6:00–7:30 pm

Please join us for an alumni workshop on archives and special collections in New York City and beyond. We will discuss the best resources for locating archival collections and the growing amount of online digitized content. We hope this program will help you uncover hidden treasures or connect with exciting primary source materials for your research!

38 West 86th Street, Reading Room

Alumni at Work
Thursday, December 8, 12:00–1:30 pm

Monica Obniski, MA 2006
Demmer Curator of 20th and 21st Century Design, Milwaukee Art Museum
“Making Design Relevant”
Bard Graduate Center Alum (MA 2006) Monica Obniski will speak in the Alumni at Work series on Thursday, December 8 from 12 to 1:30 pm. Her talk is entitled “Making Design Relevant.”

Monica Obniski is the Demmer Curator of 20th and 21st Century Design at the Milwaukee Art Museum. She was the inaugural Ann S. and Samuel M. Mencoff Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago and a Research Assistant in the Department of American Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She received her MA from Bard Graduate Center and her PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she wrote the dissertation “Accumulating Things: Folk Art and Modern Design in the Postwar American Projects of Alexander H. Girard (1907-1993).” Obniski has published a number of scholarly articles and contributed to publications, including Apostles of Beauty: Arts and Crafts from Britain to Chicago (2009); For Kith and Kin: The Folk Art Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago (2012); and Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe (2016). She is working on several special exhibitions, including one on postwar living in America that incorporates her doctoral research, and an exhibition examining the influence of Scandinavian design on American design from the 1900s through the 1970s.

The Milwaukee Art Museum reopened to the public in November 2015 after a multi-year renovation project. In this presentation, Obniski will discuss the process of reinstalling a collection, life post-reinstallation, and current projects, which include building a modern-contemporary design collection, developing patronage, and planning several special exhibitions. The discussion will also deal with the role of decorative arts and design in museums, the importance of networking, and the necessity for mentoring in the field.

38 West 86th Street, Seminar Room