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, fashion scholar Nancy Green leads a conversation about fashion, war, displacement and immigration.

Music Provided by:
Billy Harper (Tenor saxophone)
Amina Figarova (Keyboard)
Gene Perla (Bass)
Ari Hoenig (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, November 7
Jazz at 6 pm
Conversation at 7 pm
Fashion and Female Suffrage
Organized by Alexis Romano of Fashion Research Network

Nancy Green is the director of studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and is a historian specializing in the comparative history of contemporary migration. Green has applied the comparative history method to the study of migration. In her book Rethinking Migration, she defines the comparative method, that is to say, to rethink migration through three aspects: metaphors of the past, women who were hitherto ignored in migration studies, and finally the comparison according to different scales. Within the Group of Geography and History of the Territories and the Environment, Resources and Societies (Ggh-lands), Nancy L. Green directs the researches in Comparative History: methods and practices; in Comparative History of Contemporary Migration and in Social History of France and the United States, 19th-20th Century.

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.