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Dear Alumni,

I’d like to start by thanking Rachael Schwabe (MA ’20) for introducing me in the March 28 newsletter! I’m grateful to Rachael for her dedicated newsletter writing in the last years, and I look forward to taking over the role starting with this edition.

I’m Julia Carabatsos, and I graduated from BGC’s MA program in 2022. Currently, I’m finishing my second year in the art history PhD program at Columbia—wish me luck as I wrap up my last semester of coursework! This term, I’ve been working on an independent study on fashion plates that wouldn’t be possible without the wonderful BGC courses I took with Michele Majer.

Though my BGC cohort first met not on 86th Street, but on Zoom, I feel so grateful for the BGC community. In it, I’ve found some of my dearest friends and trusted mentors. I’m excited to expand my BGC community going forward by corresponding with you in these biweekly notes.

As usual, you can send updates through our online form. I look forward to hearing your news!

All best,
Julia Carabatsos (MA ’22)

Please Share: Summer School for Undergraduates at BGC

BGC associate professor Freyja Hartzell (BGC MA ’04) will teach Designing Utopia, this summer’s course for undergrads. Applications are due May 1. Please spread the word to your students, interns, and mentees!

Alumni Spotlight

Ann Marguerite Tartsinis (MA ’11) contributed the essay “Haute Bohème: Dressing the Left Coast” to the recent exhibition catalogue Fashioning San Francisco: A Century of Style. She also participated in the exhibition’s opening day panel, “A Conversation on Appropriation and Appreciation in Fashion.” A recording of the panel can be found on YouTube. Congratulations, Ann!

Select Career Opportunities

The Yale University Art Gallery seeks an emerging scholar with an interest in contemporary craft, wood turning, and related subjects for the Marcia Brady Tucker Curatorial Fellowship in American Decorative Arts.

Boston University is hosting a session of lightning talks titled “Collecting Her Thoughts: Lightning Talks on Women Art Collectors Across Time.” Abstracts are due on April 26.

The Addison Gallery of American Art is hiring a Charles H. Sawyer Curatorial Fellow. More information can be found on the linked page.

The St. Louis Art Museum is looking for a Research Assistant in Decorative Arts & Design. The Research Assistant provides research to support an active program of exhibitions and permanent collection installations in progress and in development with their accompanying publications, checklists, and interpretive texts, including digital media and audio guides.

For more job listings please visit the BGC job board.
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BGC Events

Collaboration and Camaraderie: Pioneering Women in the Circle of Sonia Delaunay
Friday, April 19
1:30 pm
Artists, photographers, gallerists, entrepreneurs, and collectors—Sonia Delaunay’s universe was studded with women who gave rise to lasting innovations throughout the art world. They reshaped the way the international art market developed, expanded the potential of self-promotion, and redefined the role of fashion and photography on the global artistic stage. This symposium will present new research on important, underemphasized figures from Delaunay’s personal and professional milieu—Germaine Krull, Thérèse Bonney, Marie Cuttoli, and Nelly van Doesburg—each of whom proved essential in different ways at key moments in the artist’s life. Through their bold initiative and a deep commitment to art, Sonia Delaunay and the women around her created new opportunities for their contemporaries and changed the course of modern art and design for the century ahead.

Sonia Delaunay: Sparking Joy; A talk by Laird Borrelli-Persson (Vogue)
Wednesday, May 1
6 pm
The work that Sonia Delaunay created in the 1910s and 1920s has had a lasting impact on fashion designs, even today. In this talk, Vogue senior archive editor Laird Borrelli-Persson will explore how the artist’s cross-genre practice and use of color express an unflagging and infectious optimism.

Save the Date! QP Symposium
Thursday, May 23
This year’s MA graduates will present their Qualifying Papers at the QP Symposium on Thursday, May 23. Stay tuned for more information on how to watch!

Select Virtual and In-Person Events in the World

Public Opening of The Word-Shimmering Sea
The Hispanic Society
Thursday, April 18
5 pm
Join us for the public opening of this exciting new exhibition at the Hispanic Society Museum & Library. The Word-Shimmering Sea will be an immersion into Martínez Celaya’s childhood notebook. The setting will facilitate a dialogue about the conditions and imagination of childhood, exile, the promised land, the flow of time, the refuge offered by language, and the nature of painting. What does this dialogue consist of? A series of juxtapositions and pairings: past and present, fifty-three years of distance and the immediate moment, childhood and maturity, lost paradise and longing, words and memories, to name a few. Naturally, these pairings engage with each other in an ongoing conversation. Velázquez’s Portrait of a Little Girl is the confidante in this exchange. And painting, with its material presence and elusive relationship to truth, is the witness.

Parallel Walk: Advancing by turning and turning
Tree of Hope, Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard
Friday, April 19
5:30 pm
In parallel with this year’s United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII 2024), we will accompany each other on a walk through ancestral Lenape territory focused on land protection and reclamation, with the historical dispossession and current gentrification of Harlem paralleling land invasions in the Amazon. Opening a narrow path through the trees by walking is the way Indigenous communal boundaries are marked in the rainforest. This mode of advancing by turning and turning is also the guiding energy of the Shipibo design system.

The Met Cloisters Plant Sale
The Met Cloisters
Saturday, April 20
10 am
Join us for the Met Cloisters Plant Sale! Meet the Met Cloisters gardeners and horticulturists who’ll be on-hand to help you select a medieval garden-inspired plant for your outdoor garden, cultivated on-site in the Met Cloisters greenhouse. Then, create garden art of your very own to take home.

Art and Science: A Shared Enlightenment with Roald Hoffmann, Enrique Martínez Celaya, and Krista Tippett
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sunday, April 21
2 pm
Hear from renowned artist and former physicist Enrique Martínez Celaya and Nobel Prize-winning chemist Roald Hoffmann as they come together for a conversation exploring the multifaceted relationship between art and science. Gain insight into the commonalities and divergences between both fields, delve into their creative processes, and explore how art and science can inform and inspire each other. Moderated by award-winning journalist Krista Tippett, their conversation also addresses topical issues such as ethics, communication, and the tension between simulation and understanding.


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