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IND
Independent Study

Independent study offers students the opportunity to pursue research in areas beyond the range of the standard curriculum. Through independent study, students further their knowledge …

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INT
Internship

Internships are arranged through Bard Graduate Center, the student, and the sponsoring institution. A wide variety of internships are available, including positions at museums, historic …

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500
Survey of the Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture I
Elizabeth Simpson
Lecture Hall
MON 5:00pm – 7:30pm

This two-semester, team-taught course, required of all entering MA students, and PhD students who have not taken a course deemed comparable, traces major historical developments …

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502
Approaches to the Object
Jeffrey L. Collins, Abigail Balbale
Lecture Hall
THU 9:30am – 12:00pm

This fall-term course is required for all entering MA students, and PhD students who have not taken a course deemed comparable. Reflecting the Bard Graduate …

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565
Twentieth-Century Fashion
Michele Majer
5th Floor Classroom
FRI 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This seminar presents a cultural study of European and American women’s dress from the Belle Époque through the 1980s. Within a chronological framework that …

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679
Neoclassicism in Europe and America, 1750-1830
Jeffrey L. Collins
2nd Floor Classroom
WED 9:30am – 12:00pm

From the mid-eighteenth through the early nineteenth century, much European art, architecture, and design was animated by aesthetic principles and formal models derived from the …

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732
Design Reform in Britain: From Pugin to Mackintosh
Paul Stirton
5th Floor Classroom
WED 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Fired by a concern that British exports were suffering in the international market, the British government launched a campaign in the 1830s to improve the …

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740
In Focus: Native Arts of the Northwest Coast—Ethnography, Museums, and Conservation
Jessica Walthew, Aaron Glass
5th Floor Classroom
WED 9:30am – 12:00pm

This seminar surveys the Indigenous arts of the Northwest Coast of North America from historical and contemporary perspectives. We will look at a full range …

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748
The Sea Inside: Art and Material Culture of the Mediterranean World 1050-1250
Ittai Weinryb
2nd Floor Classroom
FRI 1:30pm – 4:00pm

In the past century scholarship in art and material culture have benefited greatly from the discussion of the materials and ideas relating to the Mediterranean …

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795
Exhibiting Culture/s: Anthropology In and Of the Museum
Aaron Glass
2nd Floor Classroom
MON 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Over the past two centuries, the museum has emerged as one of the primary institutional venues for intercultural encounter mediated by objects. Practices of both …

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851
The Occult and Its Artifact in the Middle Ages
Ittai Weinryb
5th Floor Classroom
THU 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Miracle, magic, apotropia, and efficacy are just a few of the terms that embedded the Middle Ages with supernatural activity. This seminar explores the place …

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866
Transalpine Renaissances
Andrew Morrall
5th Floor Classroom
THU 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Covering the period between 1400 and 1650, and with an emphasis on comparisons and interchange between Italy, Germany, France, England, and the Low Countries, this survey course …

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932
The American Civil War: Art and Material Culture
Ivan Gaskell
5th Floor Classroom
TUE 9:30am – 12:00pm

This course examines the intersection between 1861 and 1865 of internecine conflict, involuntary African immigration and enslavement, and Indian genocide. Discussion will focus on the role material …

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956
In Focus II: Fabricating Power in Twentieth-Century Balinese Textiles
Urmila Mohan
5th Floor Classroom
TUE 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This course will continue the themes of the first In Focus class (Fabricating Power), exploring the nature of cross-cultural exchange, colonial power relationships, and the …

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957
The Social Life of Islamic Textiles
Abigail Balbale
5th Floor Classroom
MON 9:30am – 12:00pm

Before the age of mass production, textiles could be worth their weight in gold. Their value dwarfed the containers used to transport them and the …

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958
Philosophy and Its Objects from Kant to Heidegger
Peter N. Miller
5th Floor Classroom
MON 1:30pm – 4:00pm

In this reading course we will work together to arrive at a basic understanding of the chief philosophical accounts of objects in the modern period. …

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959
Design and Curatorial Thinking
Nina Stritzler-Levine, Deborah L. Krohn
2nd Floor Classroom
TUE 9:30am – 12:00pm

The temporary exhibition, where objects are grouped together for a limited time to elucidate a particular thesis or argument, has been a key curatorial practice …

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960
From Artifact to History
Andrea Berlin
2nd Floor Classroom
TUE 1:30pm – 4:00pm

How do archaeologists transform artifacts into evidence about the past? We address that question through an examination of a range of quotidian material remains recovered …

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961
American Decorative Arts at the Brooklyn Museum
Kevin Stayton
The Brooklyn Museum
THU 1:30pm – 4:00pm

As a first step toward an eventual reinstallation of the collection, this class will examine and evaluate the Brooklyn Museum collections of decorative arts in …

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962
MoMA and Modern Living
Juliet Kinchin
5th Floor Classroom
FRI 9:30am – 12:00pm

The Museum of Modern Art has played a crucial role in narrating twentieth-century domestic design since its inception in 1929. Highlighting materials in the museum's design …

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963
Conservation Science for Non-Scientists: The Secret Lives of Decorative Objects
Jennifer L. Mass
2nd Floor Classroom
WED 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This course will explore the fundamental structures and properties of the materials used to construct the decorative environment. The objects that make up this environment …

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964
Excavating the Empire City: An Introduction to the Historical Archaeology of New York City
Meredith B. Linn
2nd Floor Classroom
FRI 9:30am – 12:00pm

This course will introduce students to the historical archaeology of New York City and to the material traces of the past that lie beneath our …

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