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Charlotte Vignon, our next scholar-in-residence, will join us in-person from Monday, February 28 to Friday, March 4. She will meet with students and faculty, visit a course, and present an informal seminar to the BGC community, in addition to delivering the Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures on Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century French Decorative Arts and Culture. 

Charlotte Vignon is Director of the French National Museum of Ceramics located at Sèvres, just outside Paris (Musée national de céramique de Sèvres). Previously, she was Curator of Decorative Arts at The Frick Collection in New York for more than ten years. She has held fellowships at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and The Frick Collection, where she was an Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow. Vignon organized several exhibitions at The Frick Collection: Exuberant Grotesques: Renaissance Maiolica from the Fontana Workshop (2009); Turkish Taste at the Court of Marie-Antoinette (2011); White Gold: Highlights from the Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain (2011); Gold, Jasper, and Carnelian: Johann Christian Neuber at the Saxon Court (2012); Precision and Splendor: Clocks and Watches at The Frick Collection (2013); Pierre Gouthière: Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court (2016); Fired by Passion: Masterpieces of Du Paquier Porcelains from the Sullivan Collection (2017); Masterpieces of French Faience: Selections from the Sidney R. Knafel Collection (2018); and Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at The Frick Collection (2019). She is the author of numerous articles and essays on European decorative arts, including sixteenth- to nineteenth-century ceramics, tapestries, furniture, and architecture, as well as the history of the art market and collecting in the United States. Vignon is also the author of Duveen Brothers and the Market for Decorative Arts, 1880−1940, as well as Gouthière’s Candelabras, with Edmund de Waal, both published in 2019.


The Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures on Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century French Decorative Arts and Culture
“Rebuilding the City of Ceramic: A New Project for the Sèvres Museum”

Tuesday, March 1, 6–7:30 pm
38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall

The Sèvres Museum was created in 1824 by Alexandre Brongniart (1770-1847), then the director of the Porcelain Manufactory of Sèvres. At its beginning, it was considered as a technical resource, a conservatory of materials and techniques intended to inspire craftsmen and artists working at the prestigious French manufactory by providing them with varied examples of ceramic from many periods and places. Thanks to further acquisitions from the second half of the nineteenth century, the collection gradually became an encyclopedic museum offering a comprehensive overview of the history of ceramics.

Today, the Sèvres Museum brings together a collection of more than 50,000 ceramic objects from prehistory to the present, principally from Europe but also including important examples from Asia, America, Africa, and Oceania. This lecture will unveil current plans for a major renovation of the museum, which will both transform its displays and highlight its historical and physical links to the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory. A true national treasure, Sèvres seeks to contribute to the world of tomorrow by balancing today’s quest for instantaneity and start-ups with a new art of living that affirms the values of artistic creativity, scientific experimentation, and cultural diversity.

This talk will be accessible via Zoom in addition to being held in-person at 38 West 86th Street.  

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Brown Bag Lunch
“Sculpture at Sèvres: A Collaboration between BGC and the Sèvres Museum”

Thursday, March 3, 12:15–1:15 pm
38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall

BGC and the Sèvres Museum are currently collaborating on a major exhibition on Sèvres sculpture that will open in the fall of 2024 in New York and in the fall of 2025 in France. This will be the first exhibition focusing on sculpture produced at the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory from 1740 until the present. Sculpture represents a significant but now little-known segment of the Manufactory’s production—more than 3000 discrete models during the last 270 years—that played an important role in the decor of French royal and imperial palaces and in the homes of upper-class families and art collectors. Sculpture made at Sèvres followed broader artistic styles and movements seen in France over the last three centuries, reflecting the Manufactory’s close collaboration with major artists and its careful attention to changing fashion. The exhibition will tell this story through material that has never been displayed to the public, including drawings, plaster molds, and terra-cotta models kept in the archives of the Sèvres Manufactory and in the Musées nationaux, as well as by presenting finished sculptures in Sèvres porcelain designed by Étienne-Maurice Falconet, François Boucher, Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, Auguste Rodin, Louise Bourgeois, and Giusseppe Penone, to name only a few.

This talk is only open to the BGC community and will be accessible via Zoom in addition to being held in-person at 38 West 86th Street.  

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Classroom Visit

Thursday, March 3, 1:30–4 pm
38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall

Charlotte Vignon will join “In Focus: Fire! Staging the Hearth in 18th-Century France” with Professor Jeffrey Collins.

Coffee Hour with Students and Faculty

Thursday, March 3, 4–5 pm
38 West 86th Street, Lobby

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend an informal gathering with Charlotte Vignon. Light refreshments will be served.

Bard Graduate Center is grateful for the generous support of the Selz Foundation.

Upcoming 2021-22 Residencies

Monday, March 14 to Friday, March 18, 2022: Paul Basu

Monday, March 21 to Friday, March 25, 2022: Lothar von Falkenhausen

Monday, March 28 to Friday, April 1, 2022: Mónica Domínguez Torres

Monday, April 4 to Friday, April 8, 2022: Alison Clarke

Monday, April 11 to Friday, April 15, 2022: Bénédicte Savoy

Monday, April 18 to Friday, April 22, 2022: Carlo Ginzburg