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

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

Alexandra Ruggiero joined The Corning Museum of Glass in 2012. As Assistant Curator, Modern Glass, Ruggiero assists with acquisitions, exhibitions, cataloging and research of the Museum’s glass collections, with a focus on glass from 1850–1945. She curated the Museum’s current special exhibition, Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900–1937, a cooperation of the MAK and LE STANZE DEL VETRO, and co-curated the 2016 special exhibition, Fragile Legacy: The Marine Invertebrate Glass Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, with Dr. Marvin Bolt, curator of science and technology. Ruggiero received a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master’s in the History of Decorative Arts through the Corcoran College of Art + Design and Smithsonian Associates in Washington, D.C.

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