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Dear Alumni,

This week’s issue is full of career opportunities, events at BGC and beyond, and alumni news. Thanks to all of you who continue to send in items to include. We have a new Google form where you can submit your news that is fast and convenient for you, and helps us ensure we promote it across all BGC platforms, including the website and social media. 

I’d also like to point out a special workshop on responding to harassment exclusively for BGC students, staff, and alums who identify as members of the Asian/American Pacific Islander community. This workshop is part of a series called “Inclusive BGC” for students, faculty, and staff; BGC will open these trainings to the alumni community as well as space permits. More information on this training is included below.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Grace Reff (MA ’17)

Training for BGC’s AAPI Community
Friday, May 14, 3–4 pm ET

As part of its spring series of trainings to make BGC a more just and equitable institution, BGC is offering this workshop, “How to Respond to Anti-Asian/American Harassment When It Happens to You,” exclusively for those in the BGC community who identify as Asian, Asian American, and/or Pacific Islander. During this one-hour, highly interactive training you’ll learn Hollaback!’s methodology for responding to harassment: 1) trust your instincts, 2) reclaim your space, and 3) practice resilience. You’ll learn how your identities can shape your experience of harassment and the impact that harassment has on you and your community as a whole. You will learn about what to look for when assessing your safety, and how to determine if responding in the moment is the right action or not. There will also be a deep dive into how to build your resilience on an individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, and societal front. You’ll leave with new tools on how to respond to harassment, whether your response is in the moment while that harassment is happening or long-term. Free; please register by Monday, May 10.

The 24th Annual Iris Awards
Wednesday, April 28, 7 pm ET

Support the Bard Graduate Scholarship Fund by contributing to the 24th Annual Iris Awards!

Bard Graduate Center Founder and Director Susan Weber created the Iris Foundation Awards in 1997 to recognize scholars, patrons, and professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the study and appreciation of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture. Give back and support current students by donating to the awards, in any amount, here.

Alumni Spotlight

Shannon Price (PhD ‘14) has been appointed dean of the Cilker School of Art and Design at West Valley College in Silicon Valley. She said, “This opportunity aligns with my goals of diversifying the art and design industries at all levels by starting with affordable, high-quality education. I plan to partner with my network for maximum impact, so please reach out!” Congratulations, Shannon!

Designing Motherhood, an exhibition co-organized by Amber Winick (MA ‘13) and Michelle Millar Fisher and in partnership with the Maternity Care Coalition, will open at the Mütter Museum on May 6, and at the Center for Architecture and Design in Philadelphia on September 10th. The book, Designing Motherhood: Things that Make and Break Our Births, published by MIT Press, is available for pre-order and will be in stores on September 7. Be sure to check out this fascinating and ambitious project that investigates designs that have defined the material culture and experience of maternity. 

Daniella Ohad (PhD ‘06) has been busy with multiple projects. Her new podcast, Designing the 21st Century, illuminates the work of visionaries forging the landscape of contemporary design and architecture. This spring, in partnership with AIA New York, Daniella will be presenting a program called The Story of Modern Design, an intensive five-session course providing an overview of mid-century modern design in America, France, Scandinavia, Italy, and Brazil. Session 1 begins on April 23 and is focused on mid-century modern design. Finally, all of the talks in Daniella’s bespoke program, “Collecting Design: The Legends” with the AIA, were published in Forum Magazine and are available to read online.

Select Career Opportunities

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has an opening for a Curatorial Assistant, Art of the Islamic Worlds

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are hiring a Curatorial Assistant.

The American Folk Art Museum seeks paper proposals for its Inaugural Elizabeth and Irwin Warren Folk Art Symposium, “Points of Interest: New Approaches to American Weathervanes.”

The Boston Athenaeum seeks applicants for its Polly Thayer Starr Fellowship in American Art

The American Museum of Ceramic Art is hiring an Exhibition Manager

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center has a call for proposals for its 12th Annual ReVIEWING Black Mountain College Conference.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts seeks applicants for its Regenia A. Perry Assistant Curator of Global Contemporary Art

The North Carolina Museum of Art is hiring a Chief Conservator

The Georgia Museum of Art has an opening for a Curatorial Assistant in Contemporary Art.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston seeks applicants for its inaugural Ellyn McColgan Assistant Curator, Native American Art.

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

Select Virtual Events at BGC

Marked in Clay: Interdisciplinary Methods to Re-imagine Ancient Greek Potters at Work
Tuesday, April 27
6 pm ET
While a primary interest of scholars has been in the painting of images on ancient objects such as the black-figure and red-figure Greek ceramics made in ancient Athens, this talk argues that other moments in the ceramics production process, specifically the drawing of preparatory images on unfired vessels prior to painting, and the firing of clay vessels into colorful ceramics, may offer us an intimate understanding of the lived experiences of the makers of these objects. Sanchita Balachandran will deliver this Iris Foundation Awards Lecture.

Archaeological Encounters Seminar: Ruth Tringham and Brian Boyd
Wednesday, April 28
5 pm ET
Ruth Tringham and Brian Boyd will each give a short paper followed by a moderated conversation and Q&A session. Tringham will explore the many different forms that afterlives of archaeological projects can take (including some recent experiments), keeping long dead projects alive and sustained, in her talk titled, “Do Baskets Speak? Creating Afterlives of an Archaeological Project at Neolithic Çatalhöyük.” In Boyd’s presentation, “Remains, Not ‘Ruins’: Archival Afterlives in Palestine,” he will focus on the roles of archives and “ruins” in the continuing injuries of colonialism and settler colonialism in Palestine.

Book Talk: Le musée, une histoire mondiale
Thursday, April 29
12:15 pm ET
Krzysztof Pomian and Dean Peter N. Miller will be in conversation about Pomian’s book Le musée, une histoire mondiale (Gallimard, 2020), the second in a series of three volumes which explore the political, social, and cultural history of museums. This volume carries the story through the French Revolution and the era of nationalism and the birth of national museums in the nineteenth century.

Curators on Curating: Conserving Active Matter
Friday, April 30
12 pm ET
Curators on Curating goes behind the scenes of upcoming BGC exhibitions to give a window into the curatorial process.In this presentation, Soon Kai Poh, the Conservation as a Human Science Fellow at BGC, will introduce Conserving Active Matter, an exhibition that explores the practice of conservation as seen through the lens of matter’s activity.

From Trauma to Tenderness: Following a “Middle Path” for Conservation Work at Memorial Sites
Monday, May 3
12:15 pm
Julie Brennan from Caring for Textiles will discuss how preserving materials that embody the traumatic experiences of individual victims heightens the emotional, cultural, and preservation challenges of the textile conservation profession and serves as a reminder that conservation is first and foremost about people. Using several case studies to illustrate how flexibility and resulting protocols supported what she calls the “middle path,” Brennan will share how conservation is humanitarian work, bringing something back to life, from trauma to tenderness.

Materiality and Politics: How Integrated Were Diaspora Jews in the Roman Empire? 
Lecture 1: The Problem of Asian Jewry
Tuesday, May 4
6 pm ET
Join us this spring for the Leon Levy Foundation Lectures in Jewish Material Culture. Seth Schwartz will deliver the three lectures in the series. In this first lecture, Schwartz will discuss how evidence for Jewish life in Roman Asia is in effect bisected chronologically. For the early and high Empire we have little archaeology but several important literary sources, most importantly the Jewish Antiquities of Josephus, Acts of the Apostles, Martyrdom of Polycarp, and Martyrdom of Pionius. Though these texts have been used to support an optimistic historiography, abundant evidence of maladjustment and even conflict lies just below the surface. After 250, there is a sudden and decisive shift to the material, and these material remains have been aggregated to produce a synthetic account of successful and stable Jewish adaptation.

The Global Middle Ages Seminar: Valerie Hansen and Morris Rossabi
Wednesday, May 5
1 pm ET
Valerie Hansen and Morris Rossabi will each give a short paper followed by a moderated conversation and Q&A session. In her presentation, “The World’s Most Active Sea Route Before 1492: From the Chinese ports of Quanzhou and Guangzhou to Basra (in Modern Iraq) and Sofala (in Modern Mozambique),” Hansen will discuss why this particular route, which Chinese ships began to voyage around the year 1000, isn’t better known. In his presentation, “The Golden Horde: Recent Discoveries in Russia,” Rossabi will provide the historical background and show samples of the latest archaeological and artistic discoveries in ceramics, textiles, and metal work from the Golden Horde period. 

French Fashion Virtual Guided Tours
Through June 1, 2021
Various times
We invite you to explore an exhibition from BGC’s past, French Fashion, Women and the First World War, and delve into the dynamic relationship between fashion, war, and gender politics in France during World War I. These tours are conversational in nature and take place weekly.

Virtual Events out in The World

Weavings of Nomads in Iran
Saturday, April 24
11 am ET
Warp-faced bands, containers, and covers are among the rarest and least studied of all weavings made by nomads in Iran. In this illustrated talk, collector and researcher Fred Mushkat will provide an introduction to these weavings, focusing on different warp-faced structures, how and why these structures were used, which nomads made them, and how to distinguish one nomadic group’s work from another. Mushkat will also explore design repertoire, function, and the importance of these textiles to the women who made them.  

Monuments And Memory: Deconstructing Power in Antiquity and the Contemporary
April 29 and May 6
6:30 pm ET
Join the Walters Art Museum and the Dallas Museum of Art for two panels of scholars and artists who will deconstruct the power of monuments—both traditional and impermanent—using examples from contemporary art and both museums’ collections.

Virtual Dialogue: Alec Cobbe and Leslie Fitzpatrick
Monday, May 10
1 pm ET
Join the Decorative Arts Trust for this discussion on ceramics from Ireland with artist, designer, and collector Alec Cobbe. Alec will share an illustrated talk about the creation, dispersal, and recovery of the ‘Peacock’ Worcester service of 1763, the largest mid-eighteenth-century service recorded from any British porcelain manufacturer. After his presentation, Cobbe will be joined in conversation with Leslie Fitzpatrick, who previously served as assistant curator in the Department of European Decorative Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago.


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