MA/PhD
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Consortium

Students may take courses at our consortium partner institutions which include Columbia University (COL), Cooper Hewitt, Parsons School of Design (CH), the City University of …

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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 the BGC, the student, and the sponsoring institution. A wide variety of internships are available, including positions at museums, historic houses, …

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462
University Museums: Collections in Academia and Their Uses
Ivan Gaskell
5th Floor Classroom
TUE 9:30am – 12:00pm

This seminar offers an examination of a wide range of museums within universities, considering research, teaching, and public outreach, as well as their relationships with …

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463
Global Renaissance
Deborah L. Krohn, Andrew Morrall
2nd Floor Classroom
WED 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This course situates the culture of the European Renaissance (1400-1750) within a wider global context. It draws on the premise of recent scholarship positing that …

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464
African and African American Visual and Material Culture
Drew Thompson
5th Floor Classroom
WED 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Due in part to curatorial efforts and public interest, African, African-American, and Black Diaspora visual and material culture have garnered renewed academic interest and currency. …

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465
Object Lessons in Critical Social Theory
Arjun Appadurai, Peter N. Miller
5th Floor Classroom
WED 9:30am – 12:00pm

This course will take a deeper plunge into the theoretical literature surveyed at flying speed in both “Approaches to the Object” and “Unsettling Things.” From …

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466
Terracotta to Glaze: Ceramic Art in Africa from Antiquity to the Islamic Period
Annissa Malvoisin
2nd Floor Classroom
WED 9:30am – 12:00pm

African art transcends many objects, materials, regions, and interpretations. From early antiquity, civilizations and societies on the continent were creating objects using ground fragments by …

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467
“Thread of Victory”: American Fashion and World War II
Rebecca Matheson
2nd Floor Classroom
MON 9:30am – 12:00pm

This seminar takes its name from a 1945 publication explaining the United States government’s wartime program of conservation and rationing, emphasizing why dress and raw …

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468
In Focus: Fire! Staging the Hearth in Eighteenth-Century France
Jeffrey L. Collins
5th Floor Classroom
THU 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Eighteenth-century France has long been celebrated as a high point of domestic design, producing spaces and objects admired for their luxury, elegance, coordination, and craftsmanship. …

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469
What is the Object?
Richard Tuttle, Peter N. Miller
5th Floor Classroom
MON 9:30am – 12:00pm

This course coincides with the installation and opening of Richard Tuttle: What is the Object? The exhibition is a tool aimed at providing …

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471
Americana Redux: Materializing Multiculturalism in the Postwar United States
Catherine Whalen
5th Floor Classroom
FRI 9:30am – 12:00pm

This course investigates how individuals and groups have deployed material culture to challenge, redefine, and expand constructs of citizenship and belonging in the United States …

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481
Unsettling Things: Expanding Conversations in Studies of the Material World
Caspar Meyer, Aaron Glass
5th Floor Classroom
THU 9:30am – 12:00pm

Academic thinking has always been in active dialogue with changing social, cultural, and political contexts. Many current modes of scholarly thought, which are employed broadly …

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501
Objects in Context: A Survey of the Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture II
Jeffrey L. Collins
Lecture Hall
MON 5:00pm – 7:30pm

This two-semester, team-taught course introduces incoming students to major historical developments in decorative arts, design, and material culture from antiquity to the present. Monday evening …

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510
Writing Objects
Helen Polson
5th Floor Classroom
TUE 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This two-semester practicum on Tuesday afternoons develops techniques for effective graduate-level writing through practical exercises and workshop sessions. Drawing on the assignments and readings in 500…

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515
Seminar Series

All MA students are required, during the course of the two-year program, to attend in person at least 10 lectures, symposia, or talks given by leading …

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646
Domestic Interiors and Gardens in China
François Louis
5th Floor Classroom
FRI 1:30pm – 4:00pm

"Ah, when a man constructs a house, embellishes it with fine furnishings, and dwells therein, he finds it difficult to avoid an attitude of proud …

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648
Art and Ornament in Early China
François Louis
2nd Floor Classroom
TUE 9:30am – 12:00pm

In the early twentieth century Western collectors adopted from their Chinese counterparts a canon of collectable early Chinese antiquities. It includes the most refined material …

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693
Craft and Design in the USA, 1945 to the Present
Catherine Whalen
2nd Floor Classroom
MON 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This seminar examines the shifting boundaries of craft and design in the United States from World War II to the present. In the postwar era’…

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795
Exhibiting Culture/s: Anthropology In and Of the Museum
Aaron Glass
2nd Floor Classroom
FRI 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
2nd Floor Classroom
FRI 9:30am – 12:00pm

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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860
Qualifying Paper

Second-year MA students who will graduate in May must register for this final paper in the spring semester. 3 credits.

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883
Damage, Decay, Conservation
Ivan Gaskell, Soon Kai Poh
2nd Floor Classroom
THU 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Few human-made things last in their original form. Things change. Some are inherently unstable, whether physically or chemically. Some have been purposefully modified. Some have …

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