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Hello everyone!

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful Fall season. Here is the BGC Alumni Newsletter for November 6th27th. This newsletter is full of updates on alumni achievements, career opportunities, and upcoming event highlights at BGC and where our fellow alumni are living and working around the world. I would love your feedback and look forward to hearing about any important events or publications that you would like to share alumni. We are always looking for more exciting content.

BGC has a limited number of regular passes to Salon Art+Design Fair, November 8th12th at the Park Avenue Armory.  Passes are available on a first come, first served bases while supplies last.  Please email before 11/9/18.

Best wishes,

Sasha Nixon (MA ’18)


BGC Alumni News

Sarah Reetz (MA ’18) presented her MA thesis considering the significance of spindle whorls in the interpretation of ancient textile works at the University of Liverpool conference “Textile and Textile Working in Prehistory in Prehistory to AD 500” on October 29, 2018.

Wednesday, November 7
Dr. Daniella Ohad (PhD ’06) will be joined in conversation with Gallerist David Gill discussing their collecting practices and ideologies at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum celebrating the publication of David Gill: Designing Art. Read more.

Select Career Opportunities

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Connecticut is looking for an Curatorial Administrator/Curatorial Assistant. Read more, and more.

The Jewish Museum in New York, NY is looking for a Curator/Associate Curator of Judaica. Read more.

Princeton University Library (PUL) in Princton, NJ is looking for an Exhibitions Registrar & Gallery Operations Manager. Read more.

Valli Art Gallery is looking for an arts writer with social media experience (PT) Read more or contact Zoe Groomes-Klotz for further information at

The British Museum in London, UK is looking for a Head of Collections Care. Read more.

The Tate in London, UK is looking for a Curator of International Art – Middle Eastern Art. Read more.

The Center for Craft has opened applications for the following grant programs: 2020 Curatorial Fellowship, 2019 Materials-Based Research Grant, 2019 Windgate Museum Internship – Host Institution Grant. Deadline to apply is February 8, 2019 at 5:00 pm EST. Read more.

For more job listings please visit the BGC job board.
password: BGC-careers-2017

Select Events at BGC

Wednesday, November 7
Alain Schnapp will present (University of Paris, Pantheon-Sorbonne) “What is a Ruin?”
Email to RSVP.

Wednesday, November 7
Severin Fowles will present at the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Seminar on New York and American Material Culture, titled “Iconohistories of the American West.” In this talk, Fowles draws upon a decade-long archaeological survey of the rock art of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument to map out the major transformations in image production in northern New Mexico over the past 5,000 years. Livestream here.

Wednesday, November 7
Join us for First Wednesdays Jazz in the Gallery. Museum admission and gallery programs will be free from 6 – 8 pm on the first Wednesday evening of the month (except September and January). Visitors will have access to the exhibitions, enjoy live jazz, free drinks, and have the option to participate in a curated conversation with Patricia Llosa at 7 pm around an exhibition object.
Contact to RSVP.

Thursday, November 8
Liat Naeh (The Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Bard Graduate Center) will present “The Ivory Throne of the Levantines.”
Email to RSVP.

Friday, November 9
Symposium – Revivalism in the Age of Modernism Design Revivals in the Twentieth Century. Topics to be addressed will include National Romanticism, Colonial Revivalism, Craft as national identity and living tradition, the Neo-Baroque, and revivalism and nationalism in a post-colonial world. Read more and livestream here.

Tuesday, November 13
Charmaine A. Nelson will present at the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Seminar on New York and American Material Culture. Her talk is titled “Of a Remarkably Down-Cast Countenance, and a Black and Copper Coloured Mixt Complexion”: Fugitive Slave Advertisements and/as Portraiture in Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Canada. In this talk, Nelson proposes the study of Canadian (Nova Scotia and Quebec) and Jamaican fugitive slave advertisements, alongside portraiture and genre studies as a means of comparing the visual dimensions of creolization in slave minority and slave majority sites of the British Atlantic world. Livestream here.

Wednesday, November 14
Kiki Karoglou (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) will present “Dangerous Beauty: Medusa in Classical Art.”
Email to RSVP.

Wednesday, November 14
Ex Voto NYC is a series of programs designed to explore votive practice today. Memorial Walls as Votive Sites: Tribute, Activism, and Collective Memory is inspired by the question, “Can graffiti be seen as a sacred act?” This conversation brings together graffiti artists, wall muralists, and activists, to explore the history of graffiti and wall murals in the South Bronx, its links to activism and a community’s commemoration of loss. Speakers include Majora Carter of Sustainable South Bronx, Hector “Nicer” Nazario of TATS Cru, and Janet Braun-Reinitz, an NYC based muralist and civil rights activist.
This program will take place at 940 Garrison Ave. Bronx, NY.
Contact to RSVP.

Thursday, November 15
Freyja Hartzell (Bard Graduate Center; MA ’05) will present “Cell or Soul?  Riemerschmid’s Patterns as Embodied Perception.”
Email to RSVP.

Friday, November 16
The next installment in the Acts of Faith film series which showcases films that depict a wide variety of religious rituals across cultures, ranging from individual acts of devotion to community-wide sacred practices. Adults $8 / Students and Seniors $5. Read more.

Tuesday, November 20
Vera-Simone Schulz (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut; Bard Graduate Center) will present “Giotto, Gold, and the Global Trecento: Transcultural Perspectives on the Fourteenth Century.”
Email to RSVP.


Select Events Out in the World

Exhibition on view: CurrentlyJanuary 27, 2019
The Victoria & Albert Museum in London is currently has “Fashioned from Nature” on view. This exhibition presents fashionable dress alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics and dyeing processes. Read more.

Friday, November 9, 2018; 57pm
The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota will hold its exhibition reception for “The Decorated World: Asmat Art and Daily Life.” This exhibition explores the ways Asmat artists celebrate everyday life through the adornment of functional objects and portrayal of daily activities. Read more.

Exhibition on view: Monday, November 12, 2018–Sunday, February 24, 2019
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will present “Jewelry: The Body Transformed,” one of the largest jewelry exhibitions ever seen. It will traverse all time periods and explore how jewelry acts upon and activates the body it adorns.

Tuesday, November 13
Seth Bernard will present “Architecture, technology, and society in Mid-Republican Rome” at the University of Texas at Austin. Read more.

Wednesday, November 14
Christopher M. S. Johns
, (Goldberg Professor of History of Art, Vanderbilt University) will present “Artistic Patrimony and the Public Museum in Eighteenth-Century Rome” at the Frick Collection. To prevent its sale abroad, Pope Clement XII purchased the superlative Albani collection of antiquities and installed it in the Capitoline Museums in Rome, which opened to the public in 1734. Successive popes followed suit, presenting masterworks in museums specifically created to preserve the region’s cultural patrimony. This lecture examines the early histories of these pontifical institutions, which became the model for art museums around the world. Read more. Livestream here.



Keep an eye out for updates on the annual Art History Symposium at the Frick Collection in April 2019. Until then you can watch videos of past symposia on their site. Read more.