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Research programming is a major component of intellectual life at Bard Graduate Center. Organized by our faculty, the seminars, lectures, and symposia scheduled throughout the semester broaden our curricular vision and help further the institution’s goal of promoting research in the areas of decorative arts, design history, and material culture—what we call the “cultural history of the material world.” Advance registration is strongly encouraged. Please click through for full descriptions and to register.

 
  Lectures and Seminars
 
Tuesday, October 15, 6–7:30 pm 

Crafting Cosmopolitanism in Tang China (618–907)

BuYun Chen
Assistant Professor, Swarthmore College

From the sixth to eighth century, trade along the Silk Roads and imperial expansion into Central Asia filtered new goods, technology, and people into the frontier towns and interior cities of the Tang empire (618–907). The trade yielded a profound impact on the local production of luxury goods by introducing Tang artisans to a new stock of patterns, colors, and techniques from visual and material cultures west of the empire. Focusing on silk design and production, this talk explores the central role ornament played in exchanges between empires and their subjects and, also, in the aesthetic play of fashion during a dynamic period of global history. Read more.
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Tuesday, October 22, 6–7:30 pm 

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Wednesday, October 23, 6–7:30 pm 

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Tuesday, November 5, 6–8 pm 

Research may well be the key word in our contemporary knowledge culture, with global investment in research across all industries estimated at $1 trillion, and its importance acknowledged by governments, industry, and academia around the world. Yet, the idea of research, the practice of research, and the social life of research is not a subject of reflection. To begin the task of understanding research, Bard Graduate Center has gathered a group of artists, scientists, and humanists—all MacArthur “Genius” Award winners—for three evenings of discussion moderated by Dean Peter Miller, himself a MacArthur Fellow. These conversations launch a project on research that will culminate in an exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery in fall 2023. Read more.

 
  Around the Center
 
ON VIEW IN THE GALLERY
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This exhibition represents an unprecedented examination of the dynamic relationship between fashion, war, and gender politics in France during World War I. Garments by Coco Chanel and Jeanne Lanvin, two of many French women leading fashion houses during the period, will be displayed in the United States for the first time. Learn more and visit.
RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
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Bard Graduate Center is pleased to announce its Fields of the Future Initiative, a funded research fellowship and mentorship program aimed to help promote diversity and inclusion in the advanced study of the material world. Read more.
 
FALL OPEN HOUSES
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Learn more about Bard Graduate Center’s MA and PhD programs at a fall open house. Read more.
Conserving Active Matter
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This symposium focuses on how humans have accepted and exploited inherent instability, which is a property of all materials, in the face of the tension that so frequently arises between acceptance of mutability and attempts to arrest it. Read more.