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Dear Alumni,

I hope you all are well, and that those of you in the Northeast have stayed warm and dry during the snowstorm over the last few days. This week, I want to point out a couple items of note in the newsletter. 

This semester, BGC has launched a new research fund for students and alums. The “Student and Alumni Fund” section below has details about this exciting initiative and a link to more information and directions on how to apply.

BGC has also announced a full slate of spring research programs open to the public. These include seminars, lectures and symposia with faculty and visiting speakers. We will be sure to include these upcoming events in the Alumni Newsletters moving forward, along with other events out in the world. 

I hope you find something of interest!

Grace Reff (MA ’17)

Student and Alumni Fund

The Fields of the Future fund is intended to provide current BGC students and alums with financial support to pursue projects that align with the mission and values of the Institute: bringing new voices or narratives into the study of decorative arts, design history, and material culture. This is an open call, but all proposals must result in a finished product, for example, a panel discussion, a digital exhibition, or a resource or guide.

According to Dean Miller, “The Fields of the Future fund aims to encourage you to direct your work towards what we might call the edges of the known disciplinary universe: to new realms of sources and new kinds of questions unsettling familiar topics. The work that you do will be the future of our fields, so we want it to be as rigorous and as imaginative as possible.”  

Awards will be made up to $1,000 and there is a short application form due on February 15. Awardees will be notified by February 20, and research must be completed by June 30 of this year.

Select Career Opportunities

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has multiple fellowship opportunities open across several departments. The application deadline for all fellowships is March 1. 

The Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research seeks candidates for its Resident Collections Fellow. The focus of the two-year position is the decorative arts collection that is part of Cranbrook’s recently acquired Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Smith House (a 2017 gift to the Center).

The Victorian Society New York invites student historians and recent graduates to submit proposals for its annual “Emerging Scholars” event, to be held by Zoom in May. Send 200-word proposals (preference given to American/New York topics) and CVs by March 10 to

The New England Museum Association is accepting session proposals through March 12 for its 2021 Conference, Re/Create, Re/Charge, Re/Imagine. 

The Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History is accepting applications from those interested in its 2021 Summer School: Cultures of Science and Art in Rome (May 13-24). During this program, students will discuss and research the connections between science and art in Rome from 1400–1900. The deadline to apply is February 15.

The William Clements Library at the University of Michigan is hiring a Librarian for Instruction and Engagement. This position does not require an MLIS, but is intended for someone with experience working with early American print, manuscript, and graphic materials and putting them to use in teaching, research, and public outreach.

The Newport Restoration Foundation is hiring a Collections Consultant to help with their exterior restoration project at Rough Point, the summer home of heiress, philanthropist, and preservationist, Doris Duke.

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

Select Virtual Events at BGC

Making Disability Modern, Roundtable Discussion
Thursday, February 11
12:15pm ET
In this roundtable, speakers will each present and discuss a unique object through the lens of disability. We will ask how disability has helped shape the modernist project? How might a disability studies lens be useful for understanding issues of embodiment or an imagined mind of the user? What assumptions do scientific and technological artifacts make about what constitutes “skill,” “success” or “personal fulfillment” in STEM settings and beyond? What do these objects reveal about our assumptions of “skill,” “success,” and the process of knowledge production?

Modern Design History Seminar
Wednesday, February 17
6pm ET
During this seminar, Director of National Museums Scotland, Christopher Breward, will present, “Between the Gallery and the Academy: Adventures in Art, Fashion, and Design.” Following his talk, independent fashion and design curator, Michelle Tolini Finamore, will present, “Negotiating Contemporary Relevance: Fashion Exhibitions in a Changing Landscape.”  The talks will be followed by a Q&A. 

Virtual Events out in The World

From Conquest to Colony: The Early Colonial Period in Peru
Thursday, February 4
6pm ET
Former BGC Fellow, Jeffrey Quilter, will give a lecture on findings of the first in-depth archaeological and historical study of a colonial Peruvian town documented in his new book, Magdalena de Cao (Peabody Museum Press, 2021), highlighting how they are advancing our understanding of encounters between Spaniards, Andeans, and others. 

Bringing Eileen Online: Reimagining Bard Graduate Center’s Eileen Gray Exhibition during the Pandemic
Thursday, February 11
10am ET
Join Emma Cormack (MA ‘18), Associate Curator at BGC, and Jesse Merandy, Director of Digital Humanities and Digital Exhibitions at BGC, for this program during the 6th Annual New York Digital Humanities week. They will discuss how they devised a plan to bring BGC’s Eileen Gray exhibition to life online following the closing of the gallery in March due to the pandemic.

Brilliance, Color, and the Manipulation of Light in Andean Textile Traditions  
Wednesday, February 17
12pm ET
As part of a new interview series for The Textile Museum Journal, contributing scholar Elena Phipps and guest editor Mary Dusenbury will discuss the Andean predilection for textiles that reflect light. Browse a list of all upcoming interviews here.


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