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Dear Alumni,

I hope this finds you all well. Here’s your bi-weekly roundup of alumni news, career opportunities, and a selection of virtual events happening out in the world.

Also, a quick note that a blended virtual and in-person Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 will happen next Saturday, August 22. The event will be available to stream online, if you’re interested in viewing. Many congratulations again to our 2020 BGC grads!

Grace Reff (MA ’17)

An Update from Susan Weber and Peter Miller:

Following guidance from the CDC and other public health officials, we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure that the campus is safe for everyone in our community. Access to the gallery and academic facilities, including the library, is limited to students, fellows, faculty, and staff until further notice.

BGC will offer in-person classes this fall. Students, faculty, and staff will return to 86th Street, following strict social distancing and hygiene protocols, and students will have the option of taking classes remotely if they prefer. The Eileen Gray exhibition will remain in the Gallery through October 28, and plans are under way for it to re-open with timed entry and reduced capacity.

BGC continues its efforts to increase diversity, equity, access, and inclusion. We are grateful for the input we have received from many of you, and we look forward to continuing this dialogue. Among other avenues, we will be providing monthly updates in the BGC newsletter starting in September. In the meantime, please contact us should you have any specific questions or concerns. You can reach us at and

Alumni Spotlight

Antonia Behan (MA 2014, PhD 2020) has begun her new job as Assistant Professor of Design History and Material Cultures in a Global World in the Department of Art History and Art Conservation at Queen’s University, Canada. Congratulations on this new appointment, Antonia!

Select Career Opportunities

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada is accepting applications for its 2021 Isabel Bader Fellowship in Textile Conservation and Research.

The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation seeks applications for its Thoma Scholar- Art of the Spanish Americas. The scholar’s time will be devoted to research, documentation, and analysis of the existing collection, as well as expanding awareness of the collection and networking with museums, dealers, and auction houses. 

The American Folklife Center in Washington, D.C. is hiring an Archivist.

The Archives of American Art is seeking an independent contractor to manage an upcoming project in their Oral History Program. The work will include organizing and overseeing the transcription of approximately 218 interviews (277 hours of audio).

The Stanford Archaeology Center announces a postdoctoral position in cultural heritage and material culture collections, with preference given to African history and culture and/or collections-based scholarship complementary to faculty interests and priorities. 

IKEA Museum in Älmhult, Sweden is looking for an Archives & Collection Manager

The Akron Art Museum in Ohio is hiring a Chief Curator

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

Virtual Events Out In The World

Eileen Gray: Issues in Research and Architecture
Thursday, August 27
12 pm
Please join us for this online discussion with Eileen Gray curator Cloé Pitiot and Eileen Gray project director Nina Stritzler-Levine about Eileen Gray as an architect. Gray developed numerous projects throughout her long career, but her architectural work began in the early 1920s when she designed a series of hypothetical projects and built works. Among these were private houses for leisure retreat, public leisure facilities, social projects, and urban structures. New discoveries about several projects from this period suggest Gray’s involvement in previously unattributed designs. Join us for a discussion of this new research and the many remaining unanswered questions about Gray’s architecture.

Texas Deco: Constructing a Modern Identity in the Lone Star State
Sunday, August 30
1 pm
This online presentation will explore how Texas began to shed its rural agrarian past and develop an economy based on manufacturing, shipping, and oil in the 1920s and 30s. Learn how state and city leaders worked to build an appropriately modern image for the Lone Star State, with Art Deco proving to be the ideal design language. See how Texas built Deco skyscrapers, courthouses, and railroad stations; modernistic schools and hospitals in smaller towns; and a statewide movement to mark the centennial of Texas independence from Mexico resulted in the construction of Fair Park in Dallas, which today is one of the world’s only surviving 1930s-era exposition grounds.