Join us for BGC Late: Jazz & Conversation in the Gallery (the series formerly known as First Wednesdays)! Enjoy cool jazz, warm vibes, and a glass of wine; see our fascinating exhibitions and learn from provocative conversations about the objects on view. Gene Perla and the fantastic musicians he brings together start playing at 6 pm. At 7 pm, a consortium of early-career fashion scholars from Fashion Research Network leads a conversation about fashion and female suffrage.

Music Provided by:
Scott Robinson
Dave Stryker (Guitar)
Gene Perla (Bass)
McClenty Hunter Jr (Drums)


More BGC Late: Jazz & Conversation in the Gallery
Thursday, October 10
Jazz at 6 pm
Conversation at 7 pm
Women Designers: Chanel, Lanvin and Boué Sœurs
With Waleria Dorogova, Rhonda Garelick, Mellissa Huber and Jan Glier Reeder

Thursday, December 5
Jazz at 6 pm
Conversation at 7 pm
Fashion, War, Displacement, and Immigration
With Nancy Green


Fashion Research Network (FRN) is a collaborative venture set up to promote and share the work of PhD and early career researchers in fashion and dress studies. The network was started by PhD candidates from the Royal College of Art and the Courtauld Institute of Art in response to their own experiences of navigating the networks already open to fashion researchers.

Fashion and dress studies are interdisciplinary; researchers might be located within the disciplines of fashion design or business, history, art history, economics, anthropology, psychology, gender studies, cultural studies, or philosophy, for example. The broad-ranging scope of fashion research has, to date, mounted a communication barrier between scholars in different institutions, who have found few occasions to informally discuss their work or collaborate with peers from other disciplines. The cross-institutional FRN attempts to remedy this problem by initiating discussion between scholars with different approaches to the constantly evolving discipline of fashion research.

FRN’s cross-institutional and multidisciplinary approach encourages the recognition that definitions of fashion and dress research are determined by individuals’ academic and professional backgrounds. Within FRN’s collaborative framework, we seek to reinvigorate the relationship between contemporary, practice-based and historical fashion and dress studies. To date, the varied approaches of FRN’s participants have led to discussions about not only fashion research but the nature of fashion or dress itself, an entity that eludes concrete definitions.

Music for BGC Late: Jazz & Conversation in the Gallery is guest curated by musician Gene Perla. Perla was raised in New Jersey where he studied classical piano and trombone. After attending Berklee School of Music, he moved to New York and began his musical career as a jazz bassist. He has performed and/or recorded with Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Elvin Jones, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Joni Mitchell, Buddy Rich, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, Stone Alliance, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, and others. In the early 1970s he formed music publishing and record companies, and his group “Stone Alliance” traveled to South America and Europe, through which he developed experience in management and booking. Perla is also a Broadway sound designer (Tony Award for City of Angels), has expertise in recording studio operations, and is the webmaster for the Jazz Education Network.


Leading support for Public Programs at Bard Graduate Center comes from Gregory Soros and other generous donors.