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Jewish Material Culture

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Active Objects
Rethinking Mobility, Geography, and the Museum
January 24, 2018

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A Digital Enlightenment
Experiments in the Teaching…
October 13, 2015

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After the Fall
The Treatment of Tullio Lombardo’s Adam
February 1, 2018



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A Multiplicity of Voices: The…
Seminar Series: Conservation Conversations
March 15, 2016

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‘And his raiment began shining,…
Investments in the Transfiguration
December 9, 2015

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A Parisian Residence of the…
A Singular Manifestation of Early…
November 9, 2016

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A Passion for Gems

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Apple iMac G3 (Bondi Blue)
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Archaeological Science in Museum Collections
Re-examining Ethnological Materials and Ethnographic Accounts
November 13, 2017

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A Reverence for the Past:
Influences from Chinese Antiquity

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“Are we getting closer? Are we there yet?”
Mapping the Spaces of Poetic Inquiry
November 29, 2017


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Arunta Tobacco Pipe
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A Short History of the…
The Paul and Irene Hollister Lectures on Glass
March 22, 2018

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A Short History of the…
The Paul and Irene Hollister Lectures on Glass
March 22, 2018

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Athénienne, or Washstand
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A. W. N. Pugin and…
Excerpted from the Gallery publication:…

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Bag Fragment
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Behind the Seams
Women, Fashion, and Work in Nineteenth-Century France
April 19, 2017

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Between Bukh and Sefer: Holocaust…
Leon Levy Foundation Lectures in Jewish Material Culture
March 29, 2018

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Between China, Iran, and Byzantium
The Türks in Inner Asia…
December 2, 2015

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Between Construction and Invention
Theories of Ornament in Eighteenth-Century Architecture
November 15, 2016

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Between Object and Concept: Authenticity…
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Beyond the Temple, Lecture 1
Leon Levy Foundation Lectures in Jewish Material Culture
October 10, 2017

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Beyond the Temple, Lecture 2
Leon Levy Foundation Lectures in Jewish Material Culture
October 17, 2017

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Beyond the Temple, Lecture 3
Leon Levy Foundation Lectures in Jewish Material Culture
October 24, 2017

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Blending Handwork and Thought
Henry Wilson’s Designs for Silver
October 7, 2014

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Blue Chip Artists, Glassy Thinkers, and Boro Boys
Navigating Contemporary Glass
April 13, 2017

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‘Bold design and bolder ornaments’:…
The Majolica International Society Lecture
May 4, 2016

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Book Launch — In Space We Read Time
On the History of Civilization and Geopolitics
January 24, 2017

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Broadway. New York, From the…
Object of the Month

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Brongniart as Taxonomist and Museologist:
The Significance of the Musée…


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Cabinetmakers of German Origin in Eighteenth-Century Paris
A Chapter in European History…
October 9, 2017

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Canadian Inuit Art
Variation Over Space and Time
November 1, 2017

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Carnegie, Capital, and the Kaiser
An Intellectual History of Financing Scholarship
December 6, 2017

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Case Study: Sir Thomas Hanmer’s…
October 6, 2015

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Cast of a Buddha head from Takht-i-Bahi
Object of the Month

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Charles and Ray Eames
The Hollywood Connections
December 7, 2016

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Chatham Square
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Children’s Kicksled
Object of the Month
February 20, 2017

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Chinoiserie Panel, Possibly From a Sedan Chair
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Class Divides
Reading, Writing, and Jewish Daily Life through Graffiti
October 18, 2017

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Climate and Commodities
Material Exchanges between West Africa and Europe, 1000–1300
March 21, 2016

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Coca Bag
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Collecting European and Asian Art…
March 23, 2016

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Conservation and the Future
Seminar Series: Conservation Conversations
March 31, 2015

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Conserving an Alutiiq Kayak
Cultures of Conservation ‘Keyword’ Panel
October 27, 2015

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Conserving Indigenous Objects and Cultures
Seminar Series: Conservation Conversations
February 25, 2015

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Crossing Boundaries
Adventures in Art, Craft, and Design History
May 1, 2018

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Cultures of Conservation “Keyword” Panel
Digging into Central Park’s Layered Past
November 1, 2016

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Cutlass-shaped Club
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Dala Horse
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Dangerous Relic
‘The Bloody Shirt’; A Material…
April 12, 2016

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David Bomford and Carlo Ginzburg
Seminar Series: Conservation Conversations
September 10, 2013

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Death Camps: The Example of Auschwitz
Symposium: Extreme Conservation
March 20, 2015

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Designing Legacy
Marie-Antoinette and Josephine as Garden Patrons
February 7, 2018

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Desk Chair
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Detailed Project Description
The Distributed Text: An Annotated…
March 2, 2017


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Dog Soldiers Don’t Need Picasso
October 8, 2014

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Egyptian Room at Duchess Street,…
Object of the Month

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Egyptian Slave Candlesticks
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Elephant in the Room? Majolica…
April 14, 2015

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Embroidered Miniature of King Charles I
Object of the Month

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E. W. Godwin as an Antiquary
Excerpted from the Gallery publication:…

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Exoticizing in the Enlightenment
A Global History of Switzerland in Objects
February 19, 2018

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Extreme Conservation
March 20, 2015

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Fashioning the Body
March 27, 2015

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Fellows Talk:
Spanish Fashion During the Reign of Philip IV

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Fellows Talk:
Looms Are Good To Think With!

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Fellows Talk:
Two Months on West 86th Street
November 3, 2017

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Fellows Talk:
Crystalizing the Concept

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Fellows Talk:
The Books They Carried With Them
June 8, 2017

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Fellows Talk:
Creative Writing on 86th Street

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Fellows Talk:
Tracings: How Did We Get Here?
October 11, 2017

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Film as Scholarship
My Beautiful Anthropological Dissertation
January 17, 2018

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Fish-skin Coat
Object of the Month

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Folding and Wrapping the Sacred
Living with Late Medieval Relics…
April 9, 2018

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Francesca Bewer and Laurent Olivier
Seminar Series: Conservation Conversations
February 11, 2014


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Fresco, Architecture, and the Lithic…
September 20, 2017

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Friede DeMarlo Frog Head and Costume
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From Maiolica to Majolica: The…
The Majolica International Society Lecture
May 3, 2017

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From the Antipodes to the Met
Transformative Processes in Yolngu Art
February 21, 2017

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Frontier Shores
Collection, Entanglement, and the Manufacture…
April 25, 2016

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Fustat and the World in the Year 1000
November 6, 2015

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Gender, Sexuality, and Modern Design
September 22, 2016

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Giedion Wohnbedarf and Palag
A Prehistory of Artek

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Giorgio Riello and Sarah Scaturro
Seminar Series: Conservation Conversations
November 12, 2013

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Glazier Codex
Object of the Month

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Global Things
Trade and Material Culture in…
April 5, 2016

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Going Universal
November 11, 2015

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Greek Parthenon Marbles? Elgin Marbles?…
November 8, 2017

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Hanbok in Modern and Postmodern Times
Fashion, Counter-Fashion, and Anti-Fashion
March 28, 2017

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Heritage, Secrecy, and Failure
The Atomic Project Huemul
October 31, 2017


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How America Met the Jews
Leon Levy Foundation Lectures in Jewish Material Culture
March 22, 2018

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“In a Man’s World”
Women Industrial Designers

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Indigenous Ontologies of Active Matter
April 18, 2018

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Inessential Colors: A History of…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
October 3, 2017

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Is a Crocodile a Work…
April 8, 2015

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Jacques Doucet
Couturier of the Belle Époque Stage
October 24, 2017

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Jail Carpet
Object of the Month

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Jamestown and Beyond
Using Digital Technologies to Visualize…
September 28, 2016

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Jar with Depiction of Human Face Chewing Coca
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Jewish Material Culture
Project Overview

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Jock Peters and the Varieties of Modernism
February 16, 2017

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John Lennon Remembered
Object of the Month

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Journey into a French Material…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
May 8, 2017

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Judith Olszowy-Schlanger and Michelle Chesner
Seminar Series: Conservation Conversations
April 24, 2014

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Kala Rahu Attempts to Devour the Moon
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Keep the Research on Your Right
Teaching, Writing, and Curating as Tributaries
March 21, 2017

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Kent and Italy


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Keys to the H Blocks
The Materiality of Conflict and…
February 22, 2017


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Knowledge in the Making: Reconstructing…
Seminar Series: Conservation Conversations
March 3, 2015

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Lady Burlington’s Flower Garden, Chiswick
Object of the Month

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Lamak (shrine hanging or offering cloth)
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Loam
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Making Faces
New York Type Ephemera and…
April 13, 2017

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Making Space
Museums and Craft in the Twenty-First Century
February 2, 2016

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Man’s Stomach Belt
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Mapping Mat ~ Con
April 20, 2017


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Material Culture and Rabbinic Isolation
A Cultural Ecology Perspective
October 25, 2017

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Messages Across Time
Inupiaq Drawings from the 1890s
October 21, 2015


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Minimalist, Post-Minimalist, and Conceptual Art
Cultures of Conservation “Keyword” Panel
February 23, 2016

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Model for the Effigy of…
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Mountain Jar (shanlei)
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“Mr. Sage, Proprietor of the…
Object of the Month

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My Late Friend Mr. Robert Adam
January 26, 2017

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My Late Friend Mr. Robert Adam
January 26, 2017

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Netherlands Institute for Conservation Art and Science
An Integrated Approach Towards Understanding…
October 19, 2016

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New Discoveries in American Majolica
The Majolica International Society Lecture
May 2, 2018

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New York on Display
1853 New York Crystal Palace
March 24, 2017

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Non-Human Aesthetics
A Trans-Species Perspective
May 9, 2017

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Number 1 “Standard” sewing machine
Object of the Month

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On Not Becoming an Artifact
October 4, 2017

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On the Emergence of Jewish…
October 11, 2017

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Ordinary Safety Pin
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“Ornässtugan i Dalarne” (Ornäs…
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“Oyster stands in Fulton Market.”
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Pack-saddle and Frame
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Pair of Gloves with Emblematic Decoration
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Panel for a Decorative Frieze…
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Paper is Part of the Picture
March 2, 2016

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Parasols and Pagodas
Lacquer Furniture and East West…
November 10, 2015

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Paying for the Sultan’s Pouf
March 27, 2017

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Percier’s Ring
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Pitcher
Object of the Month
March 30, 2017

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Portrait of John Lockwood Kipling
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(Post)musings from the Edge
Being an Indigenous Curator in Pacific Paradise
May 6, 2015

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Proximity to Power
Craft Capabilities and Material Empowerment…
March 1, 2018

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Prudently Abandoning Wonder
On Changing the Governing Concept…
November 8, 2017

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Puffed-Out Chests and Paunched Bellies
The Broadening of Men’s Bodies…

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Putto Sculptural Element from a Sideboard
Object of the Month
July 11, 2017

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Quantifying Kissinger
Computational Analysis and Data Visualization in Historical Interpretation
November 15, 2017

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Real and Metaphoric Spaces
Perspectives and Positions in the…
October 19, 2016

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Relay and Delay
Triumphal Processions in the Era of the Post
February 4, 2015


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Revitalizing University Museums
April 7, 2015

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Rococo for the Spanish Court
The Interiors of Mattia Gasparini…
May 4, 2016

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Russia’s Revolutionary Art School
The Moscow Vkhutemas
November 15, 2017

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Savonnerie Carpets: Stages of Power
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
February 6, 2018

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Scotch Myths
The Furniture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh Re-appraised
April 7, 2016

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Settee for Wanstead House
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Shoe
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Sinclair ZX81 Desktop Computer
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Sketch to Explore the Topography…
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Straddling Worlds
Working Across Art and Craft,…
April 7, 2015


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Sun King to Moon King
Emulating the Grand Siècle in…
January 26, 2016

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Symposium—Bali and Beyond
Culture, Power, and Indonesian Textiles
February 26, 2018

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Symposium—Conserving Active Matter
A Cultures of Conservation Research Project
November 27, 2017

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Symposium—Disrupting Distance
Evolving Connections and Disconnects in…
April 6, 2018

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Symposium—Early Codices
Production, Destruction, and Modern Conservation
February 23, 2018

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Symposium—John Lockwood Kipling
The Legacy
September 15, 2017

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Symposium—Percier: Antiquity and Empire
January 16, 2017


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Symposium—Visualizing 19th-Century New York
September 29, 2014

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Teaching Game Design for Museums
March 27, 2017

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Technology, Wondrous or Fatal
Seventy Years of Giedion’s Mechanization Takes Command
April 3, 2018

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Ten Meters Down
Antiquarian Geologics in Song China
February 28, 2018


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Textiles in the Historic Interior
A Look at Curatorial, Conservation, and Interpretive Issues
November 30, 2016

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Texts and Textiles
April 4, 2017

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The Afterlife of Hope
Designers, Collectors, Historians

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The Analysis of Organic Colorants in Art Objects
Case Studies from the Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 7, 2015

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The Archaeology and History of Colonial Peru
The Case of Magdalena de Cao Viejo
February 23, 2017

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The Art of Encryption
April 15, 2015

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The Art of the Jewish Family, Lecture 1
Leon Levy Foundation Lectures in Jewish Material Culture
March 14, 2018

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The Art of the Jewish Family, Lecture 2
Leon Levy Foundation Lectures in Jewish Material Culture
March 28, 2018

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The Art of the Jewish Family, Lecture 3
Leon Levy Foundation Lectures in Jewish Material Culture
April 12, 2018

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The Art, Praxis, and Power of Oral History
February 24, 2016

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‘The best Rubarbe is that…
Rhubarb and the Imagination of…
March 29, 2016

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The Birth of Italics
April 8, 2015


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“The Emperor in His Ceremonial Chariot”
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The Five Senses and the…
Object of the Month

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The Future of Making and Knowing
February 10, 2015



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‘The Magnificent Seven’
The Great Fāṭimid Rock Crystal Ewers
March 5, 2015

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The Making of Americans
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond…
September 26, 2017

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The Making of the Early…
March 2, 2015

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The Material Culture of Trade and Diplomacy
October 23, 2017

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The Meaning of Glass
What Do People Think When…
April 22, 2016


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The New York Graphic Design…
November 17, 2014

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The Other Modernism
Finnish Design and National Identity

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The Past as a Foreign Country:
Thomas Hope’s Collection of Antiquities

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The Postdigital Museum
January 28, 2015

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The Protection of Cultural Heritage in Italy
A Short History and Some Current Issues
November 2, 2016

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The Return of Curiosity
What Museums Are Good for…
April 21, 2015


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The Shock of the Old
Pearson|Shanks Staging Evidence
January 31, 2017

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The Sovereign Artist
Charles Le Brun and the…
October 10, 2017

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The Spanish Farthingale
Women, Fashion, and Politics in Baroque Spain
November 5, 2014

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The University Art Museum as…
November 7, 2017

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The Visibility of Islands
On Imagination, Seduction, and Materiality

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Thinking About Cultural Heritage Now
The Work of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center
March 21, 2017

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Thomson, Cage Crinoline
Object of the Month

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“Too Poor to Paint, Too…
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond…
January 30, 2018

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Turned on by a Touch
The Light Switch and Everyday Life
December 3, 2014

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Type, Paper, Glass, and Screws
Reading Surfaces and the Materialities of Communication
March 12, 2018

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Uncanny Materiality: The Spoiled Trophies of Taxidermy
Symposium: Extreme Conservation
March 20, 2015

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Unexpected Trajectories: Tracing the Evolution…
Symposium: Extreme Conservation
March 20, 2015

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Upper Cover of Morgan MS M.569
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Walking with Whitman
Mobile Learning in Brooklyn Heights
November 29, 2016

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Weaving Modernism
Postwar Tapestry between Paris and New York
August 24, 2016

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Wedding Chest
Object of the Month

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What is Distance ?
An Examination of the 2017–18 BGC Research Theme

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What’s the Matter with Johannes Kepler?
March 30, 2017

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When Muslims Die in China
October 18, 2017

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Why Should We Care About…
January 25, 2017

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Wine, Women, and the Glory of Venice
Masterpieces of Renaissance Glass
April 28, 2016

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Woman’s Bonnet
Object of the Month