Our fall course for the general public opens our extensive Study Collection for hands on workshops. 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, allowing participants to discover different histories of materials, making, and production through tactile engagement with objects.

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 2
Tuesdays 7–9 pm

$450 adults
$375 students and educators
Individual classes not for sale.
Space is Limited.

Week 1 (October 2)
With Antonia Behan, Bard Graduate Center Doctoral Candidate

Week 2 (October 9)
With Meredith Linn, Assistant Professor

Meredith Linn
is a new Assistant Professor of Historical Archaeology at the Bard Graduate Center. She has also taught at Fordham University, Columbia University, and, for the past seven years, at Barnard College. Meredith holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University, an M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in Art History from Swarthmore College. Her main research projects thus far have focused upon the health-related experiences of 19th-century Irish immigrants in New York City and Seneca Village, the primarily African American community that existed in what is now New York City’s Central Park. In addition to her archaeological fieldwork in New York City, she has also worked on sites in upstate New York and in the Southwest and has worked with artifacts from all of these sites.
Week 3 (October 16)
Paper and Print
With Paul Stirton, Associate Professor, Editor of West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture

Week 4 (October 23)
With Debra Schmidt Bach, Curator of Decorative Arts, New York Historical Society

Week 5 (October 30)
With Alexandra Ruggiero, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass, Corning Museum of Glass

We are also pleased to extend complimentary need-based community tickets by request to all ticketed events. To learn more, please email [email protected].

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