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Dear Alumni,

Welcome to 2021! As you continue to cocoon indoors, take a look at the wonderful alumni news, interesting job opportunities, and virtual events below. 

We greatly appreciate any time you share job openings and events with us. iI you hear of anything that may be of interest to your fellow alumni, please email or share via the BGC Facebook or LinkedIn pages. 

Grace Reff (MA ’17)

BGC Alumni Spotlight

Laura J. Allen (MA ’20) recently won a Founding Presidents Award from the Textile Society of America for a paper she delivered at their October 2020 symposium. Her paper investigated artistic and social aspects of a unique nineteenth-century Tlingit textile.

Debra Schmidt Bach (PhD ’15), curator of decorative arts at the New-York Historical Society, was featured in the New York Times’ article “What We Found in Robert Caro’s Yellowed Files”, on acquiring the archives and records of the journalist and author. She is planning a permanent Caro exhibition to open in September.

Sophie Pitman (MA ’13) will become the Rowland Distinguished Director of the Center for Design and Material Culture in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall of this year. She will further the development of the center’s textiles collection through curatorial research and programming, teaching and educational programs, and outreach to users both on and beyond campus.

Michelle Hargrave (MA ’04), executive director of the Figge Art Museum, is featured in an article in the Quad-City Times in which she discusses how the museum has adapted to the pandemic over the past year and is now preparing for its upcoming exhibition, For America, featuring more than 90 paintings by American artists from 1810 through 2010, drawn from the collections of the National Academy of Design in New York.

Select Career Opportunities

The Emilio Ambasz Institute in the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA is hiring its inaugural Director and Curator.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is seeking an Associate Director of Digital Media.

The School of Art + Art History at the University of Florida invites applications for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor in Museum Studies

The American Folk Art Museum is taking applications for its Warren Family Curatorial Fellowship. The role’s central focus will be on an upcoming 2023 exhibition—Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in Early American Vernacular Art (working title)—exploring African American representation and marginalization in early American art and material culture.

The Rubin Museum of Art seeks applications for the position of Senior Specialist, Himalayan Arts & Culture

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is hiring its next Director who will work with the Cooper Hewitt Trustees, team, and design community to craft a vision for its role as the country’s national design museum, strengthen its engagement with stakeholders, and build and lead an outstanding team.

The Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum seeks a part-time Manager of Collections and Interpretation to coordinate all aspects of registration and collections management functions for the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and incoming and outgoing loans.

The Oklahoma Museum of Natural History at the University of Oklahoma is hiring a Collections Manager for the Native American Languages Collection , who is responsible for maintaining the collection, both in terms of its current holdings and new accessions, namely in the processing, loaning, digitization, and preservation of print, audio, and video collections.

For more job listings: please visit the BGC job board.
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Watch at Home

Featuring BGC Associate Professor Deborah Krohn as historical guide, Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles follows Israeli-English chef Yotam Ottolenghi and a star-studded team of the world’s most innovative pastry chefs as they put together a Versailles-themed culinary gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Released to Hulu earlier this month. Directed by Laura Gabbert, 1 hour 15 mins.

Virtual Events out in The World

Fifth Annual Emerging Scholars Colloquium with the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust
Monday, January 25
12:30 pm ET
In conjunction with the Decorative Arts Trust, the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust (CAHPT) presents its fifth annual Colloquium for Young Scholars in the decorative arts field. The first pairing features Mary Fesak, PhD candidate in American Civilization at the University of Delaware, and Jeffrey E. Klee, Vice President and Senior Director of Architecture at CAHPT, who will discuss the history of nineteenth- and twentiethth-century stables with particular attention to CAHPT’s stable at Millford. The second pairing spotlights Allie Cade, Senior Curator and Director of Woodwind Studies at the Sigal Music Museum, and Grant Quertermous, Curator and Director of Collections at CAHPT, who will share a fascinating conversation on musical instruments and associated seating furniture.

Sneakers x Culture: Collab
Friday, January 29
7 pm ET
Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, explores the collaborative culture that surrounds sneakers. This talk charts the history of sneaker collabs beginning in the 1930s and will explore how complex cultural politics and shifting ideas of gender have led a wide range of people, from musicians and athletes to high fashion designers and blue-chip artists, to participate in sneaker collaborations.

The Vernacular Architecture of Early New England
March 3, 10, 17, 24
6–8 pm ET
Join Eric Gradoia, Historic Deerfield’s Director of Historic Preservation, as he explores the early roots of New England domestic architecture and its development through the ensuing centuries in this four-part webinar series.


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