This course has reached capacity. To be placed on the waiting list, please email

Photo by: Maria Baranova

​After a sold-out spring edition, our fall course for the general public will open our extensive Study Collection for the very first time. Bard Graduate Center’s History of Materials and Making is a five-week object handling course taught by our world-renowned faculty and alumni. Each session will focus on a different material in the Object Lab, allowing participants to discover histories of materials, making, and production through objects in our collection.

The purpose of the Bard Graduate Center Study Collection is to support pedagogy by providing hands-on, close examination of objects as part of the classroom experience and includes a number of rare, unusual, and delicate objects in a range of materials.

Classes begin ​October 5 ​
Thursdays 7–9 pm
Individual classes not for sale.

Week 1 (October 5)
Susie Silbert
Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass
Corning Museum of Glass

Week 2 (October 12)
Paper and Print
Paul Stirton
Associate Professor, Editor of West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture
Bard Graduate Center

Week 3 (October 19)
Urmila Mohan
BGC/AMNH Postdoctoral Fellow in Museum Anthropology

Week 4 (October 26)
Debra Schmidt Bach
Curator of Decorative Arts
New-York Historical Society

Week 5 (November 2)
Meredith Linn
Assistant Professor
Bard Graduate Center