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Greetings Alumni,

This past weekend I made a pan of focaccia for the first time–and of course the recipe called for a bigger pan and oven than what I was working with. In spite of the olive oil and brine sizzling on the floor of my oven, I enjoyed the process immensely: leaving the yeast and flour to ferment overnight, the tenderness of folding and pouring the dough into the pan, and gently stretching and prodding the dough baby in a slick of olive oil. It felt like a fitting activity for an indoor season of slow cooking, warm cups of tea, and cozy couches. Wishing you all more of the same!

As always, please don’t hesitate to send me your news, either by email or through the online form.

With Care,
Rachael Schwabe (MA ‘20)

Alumni Spotlight

Elizabeth Essner (MA ‘06) has joined the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as its Windgate Foundation Associate Curator in the Department of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design. Congratulations, Elizabeth!

Sarah Scaturro (PhD candidate) curated an exhibition about the conservation and life story of the Four Seasons tapestry suite in the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cycles of Life: The Four Seasons Tapestries opened February 13 and will run through February 19, 2023.

Select Career Opportunities

The University of Connecticut has opened a search for a Curator and Director of the Contemporary Art Galleries, who would also serve as an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Department of Art and Art History. They are especially interested in candidates whose curatorial activities, research, and teaching actively confront the dehumanizing legacies of racism and colonialism in relation to the arts and visual culture. Inquiries can be directed to Emily Larned (Search Chair,, or Charlene Haukom (Department Administrator,

The Corning Museum of Glass seeks to hire one or two part-time consultants for three to six months to conduct research and interpret glass beads from Southeast Asia and West Africa in the Museum’s permanent collection. Interested individuals should send a current CV to Katherine Larson, Curator of Ancient Glass, at by February 28, 2022.

The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation has issued the first in a series of open calls, giving curators, academics, and art historians a platform to stage an exhibition in their gallery and event space. Application materials are due by March 30.

The Institute for Studies on Latin American Art has opened a search for an Editorial Program Manager. Please send a resume and cover letter to, attn: Lucy Hunter.

 Bonhams is seeking a Junior Specialist for Chinese Art.

The University of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History are accepting applications for a Lecturer in Museum Studies.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is hiring a Curator of Decorative Art.

The Department of Interior Design at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts invites applications for an Assistant Professor, Interior Design History. Please direct questions about the position to the Search Committee Chair, IDES Assistant Professor Emily Smith (

The Foundation Department at Pratt Institute has opened a search for an Assistant Chairperson. Application materials are due by March 21.

Columbia College Chicago is hiring a Director of Exhibitions.

The University of Delaware Library, Museums, and Press seeks a Director of Special Collections and Museum.

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah is hiring a Senior Curator. Application materials are due by March 4. 

The Utah Valley University Museum of Art has opened a search for a Museum Education Manager.The position is open until filled but applications will start to be reviewed by February 18.

The Museum of Science in Boston is seeking an Associate Director, Leadership & Planned Giving.

Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, MA invites proposals for its eighth annual symposium on Early New England Architecture, “Case Studies in Building Preservation,” to be held July 9, 2022. Proposal deadline is March 1.

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

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Select Events at BGC

Reckoning with Erasure
Friday, February 18
12:15–1:15 pm ET
The triad of cultures that make one Dominican are muddled. As a young immigrant, speaker Lissy Mineo-Gonzalez lost out on learning her ancestral history on the small Caribbean island. This talk outlines how she uses her artistic practice to trace her roots, celebrate the matriarch that brought her to New York City, and examine both the personal and historical loss of culture caused by multiple forces.

Fatimid Wood Networks: Production, Consumption, Circulation
Monday, February 21
12:15–1:15 pm ET
Although it was a rare local resource, wood was a prized material for decoration in Egypt, from the Predynastic periods through the Ottoman era. The Fatimids (909-1171) transformed the art of woodcarving, adorning the interiors of their mosques, palaces, churches, and synagogues with delicately carved figural scenes and intricate foliate motifs and geometric patterns. As a result of their often-unclear archaeological origins, and in the absence of written sources and epigraphic evidence, the provenance and function of these works remains enigmatic. Combining art historical and technical investigation, Ariel Fein’s talk explores the ways in which wood was conceived and consumed in Fatimid Egypt.

Indigneous Theories of Indigenous Arts in Transition
Tuesday, February 22
6–7:30 pm ET
In Aotearoa, New Zealand, debates in art history, anthropology, museum studies, and curatorial writing have circled around the changing forms of “Māori art”: from “traditional”/customary practices such as weaving and carving; to “Māori modernism”; to “contemporary Māori art.” Conal McCarthy’s lecture considers two moments in this dynamic history. The first was in the 1920s when Māori politician and intellectual Apriana Ngata led a strategic engagement with museums and fieldwork anthropology and developed a community-based arts and crafts movement through the revival of the arts and practices of the marae (communal meeting ground). The second was a century later, when Māori art historian, curator, and arts administrator Anna Marie White curated a widely admired exhibition of the work of leading sculptor Brett Graham, Tai Tangata Tai Moana, at the Govett Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth in 2021. Both case studies reveal Indigenous ideas of arts in transition: in the first, whakapapa (genealogy, relatedness) is materialized across a range of visual culture: netting, lattice work, weaving, carving, and house building; and in the second, contemporary art is seen as taonga (ancestral treasures).

The Color of Modernism
Thursday, February 24
12:15–1:15 pm ET
One of the most enduring and pervasive myths about early modernism is that it was white. This was never true anywhere in Europe, least of all in Germany, where Bruno Taut published his famous “Call to Coloured Architecture” in 1919 before leading a motley effort to invent new ways of using color in architecture and urban design. Deborah Ascher Barnstone’s talk, based on a new book with the eponymous title, will dismantle the myth of whiteness by examining five different theoretical interpretations of scientific and artistic color theory advanced by members of the German avant-garde.

Rebuilding the City of Ceramic: Projects for the Renovation of the Sèvres Museum
Tuesday, March 1
6–7:30 pm ET
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. Charlotte Vignon’s 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. 

“It is, Indeed, a Sister’s Form”: Black Feminist Pictorial/Poetic Imperatives in an Abolitionist Friendship Album
Wednesday, March 2
12:15–1:15 pm ET
The paintings and drawings made by Black women in nineteenth-century friendship albums represent the earliest signed artworks by African American women, and Elizabeth Smith’s album offers two of the most compelling examples: this work by Sarah Mapps Douglass and a stunning “remix” of abolitionist emblem and verse by Sarah Forten. This talk examines how both artists created sophisticated pictorial-poetic texts that wed word and image to extraordinary effect, radically transforming popular discourses of genteel femininity and hackneyed antislavery tropes.

Select Virtual and In-Person Events Out in The World

MCNY Moonlight and Movies: Summer of Soul
Friday, February 18
6:30 pm ET (In Person)
Celebrate Black History Month at a screening of Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised), Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s Oscar-nominated documentary featuring the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The concert film includes dazzling performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, the 5th Dimension and more. Festivalgoer and “Harlem Ambassador” Musa Jackson will introduce the screening with Harlem community arts activist Yvette Russell.

Mortality & Me: Green-wood’s Book Club
Tuesday, February 22
6–7:30 pm ET
Author Leila Taylor joins Green-wood Cemetery’s book club session for a discussion of her 2019 book Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul. Described as “a fascinating journey into the dark heart of the American gothic,” Darkly analyzes the relationship between the “gothic” and race in American culture. The evening will begin with a conversation between Taylor and moderator Josie Wells and then open discussion with the group.

New York Public Library Album Spotlight: John Coltrane’s Giant Steps (1960)
Friday, February 25
2–3 pm ET 
This disc discussion will focus on John Coltrane’s 1960 album, Giant Steps. NYPL offers a monthly music club via Google Hangouts/Meetup; each session focuses on a classic album with a distinct cultural impact. To create an intimate setting for discussion (like a book club for music!), they are limiting the number of people for each session. This is your chance to deepen your knowledge of these essential albums, and to share your reactions with other music fans.

Dressing Up: The Women Who Influenced French Fashion
Monday, February 28
6–7:30 pm ET
Join the Victorian Society in America for a conversation with Elizabeth L. Block, PhD, author of Dressing Up: The Women Who Influenced French Fashion. French fashion of the late nineteenth century is known for its allure, its ineffable chic—think of John Singer Sargent’s Madame X and her scandalously slipping strap. For Parisian couturiers and their US customers, it was also serious business. In Dressing Up, Elizabeth Block examines the couturiers’ influential clientele—wealthy women in the United States who bolstered the French fashion industry with a steady stream of orders. Countering the usual narrative of the designer as solo creative genius, Block shows that these women—as high-volume customers and as pre-Internet influencers—were active participants in the era’s transnational fashion system.

Tanya Bentham on Medieval Embroidery and the Creation of Opus Anglicanum
Wednesday, March 2
1 pm ET
Tanya Bentham interprets contemporary subjects into expressions of historical embroidery with a delightful sense of fun, adding such details as a goat with a bow tie and a Cadbury cream egg. She teaches medieval embroidery as well as historical interpretation. She will discuss process, inspiration, and creation of the book Opus Anglicanum.

The History of Black Women in Graphic Design
Wednesday, March 2
6:30–8 pm ET
Poster House is thrilled to welcome Dr. Cheryl D. Miller and Tasheka Arceneaux-Sutton for an evening celebrating the contributions of Black women in the field of graphic design. Accomplished designers in their own right, Miller and Arceneaux-Sutton will join forces to lift up the legacy of Black women designers, paying special attention to those that have shaped poster history. They’ll shed new light on these important graphic artists, highlighting their rightful place in design history while honoring the continued legacy of Black women in the field. This talk is for everyone, from those new to design history to the seasoned professional—all attendees will learn something new, and questions are strongly encouraged!


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