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 Studies

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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200
Orientation

This two-and-a-half week August session includes introductions to resources at Bard Graduate Center, as well as required digital and writing seminars, and language classes, if …

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429
The Arts of the Kitan-Liao Empire (907-1125)
2nd Floor Classroom
FRI 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Right after the fall of the glorious Tang Empire (618-907 CE), the rise of the nomadic Kitans not only reshaped the multipolar geopolitical system of …

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430
Relic, Reliquary, Materiality: Sacred Art as Design History
Ittai Weinryb
2nd Floor Classroom
TUE

This seminar aims to revisit the role and function of sacred arts in the three Abrahamic faiths, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, in order to bring …

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431
Black Internationalist Movements and the Material World, 1850 to Recent Times
Drew Thompson
5th Floor Classroom
WED 9:30am – 12:00pm

From the mid-nineteenth century through the contemporary moment, Black populations living in Africa, the Americas, and other diasporas have led significant socio-cultural and political movements, …

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432
Screen: Medium, Representation, and Global History
Mei Mei Rado
5th Floor Classroom
TUE 9:30am – 12:00pm

The screen is a versatile object with multivalent functions and meanings. At once a piece of furniture and an artistic medium, a screen structures a …

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433
Rococo Beyond Borders: From Style to Object
Jeffrey L. Collins, Mei Mei Rado
5th Floor Classroom
THU 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Today, the term rococo denotes a distinctive visual style that developed in France in the 1730s and quickly appealed to patrons, makers, and designers worldwide. …

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454
From the Arctic to Oceania: Overseas Visitors in Early Modern Europe
Ivan Gaskell
5th Floor Classroom
THU 9:30am – 12:00pm

Early modern Europe has been dubbed the “Age of Exploration” or the “Age of Discovery,” but exploration and discovery included people from the Americas, Africa, …

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475
Art and Ecology in the Pre-Modern World
Ittai Weinryb, Caspar Meyer
5th Floor Classroom
THU 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Over the past twenty years the mounting environmental crisis of global scale has led many scholars to question the dominant anthropocentric models of interpretation inherited …

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500
Objects in Context: A Survey of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture I
Meredith B. Linn
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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502
Approaches to the Object
Catherine Whalen, Ivan Gaskell
Lecture Hall
WED 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This course is required for entering students who have not taken a course deemed comparable. Drawing on the expertise of BGC faculty, it introduces incoming …

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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 students are encouraged to attend the rich program of lectures, symposia, seminars, performances, lunches, and talks organized by Bard Graduate Center’s Public Humanities + …

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693
Craft and Design in the USA, 1945 to the Present
Catherine Whalen
2nd Floor Classroom
THU 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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793
The Grand Tour
Jeffrey L. Collins
5th Floor Classroom
TUE 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Beginning in the sixteenth century and peaking in the eighteenth, increasing numbers of affluent travelers from northern Europe, along with their tutors, artists, chaperones, and …

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926
Bauhaus, Before, and Beyond: German Design from Gründerzeit to Ulm School
Freyja Hartzell
5th Floor Classroom
FRI 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Decades before the opening of the Bauhaus School in 1919, German design asserted its remarkable power and presence, endowing everyday things with a unique agency within …

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959
Curatorial Thinking: Exhibition as Medium
Deborah L. Krohn
5th Floor Classroom
MON 1:30pm – 4:00pm

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

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968
Polychrome Revolutions: Artists’ New Media, Conservation, and Environmental Justice
Jennifer L. Mass
2nd Floor Classroom
WED 9:30am – 12:00pm

The nineteenth century saw a revolution in the materials and technologies available to artists for their representation of the natural world. These innovations also facilitated …

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991
Archaeologies of American
Meredith B. Linn
5th Floor Classroom
FRI 9:30am – 12:00pm

Colonization, enslavement, urbanization, immigration, industrialization, westward expansion, community—these are complicated and contested topics central to the history and identity of the United States. People …

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995
Craftscapes in Action: Makers and Making in the Ancient World
Caspar Meyer
5th Floor Classroom
MON 9:30am – 12:00pm

The standard textbooks of ancient art tend to present its history either in narratives concentrating on great artists and their inventions or as a succession …

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