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Hello from the heat wave,

I hope this newsletter finds you keeping cool wherever you are! I have yet to visit a beach this summer, but I walk past Jackie Robinson Park nearly every day on my way to work, from which I can hear the reverberating shouts of kids splashing in the park’s public pool. It’s an oasis shielded by the arching trees along the steep ascension of Edgecomb Avenue. I continue to seek out green spaces on my weekends, from Tudor City to Fort Tryon Park. I hope you too are cultivating restoration where and when you can.

The Alumni Newsletter is on summer hours, which means the next time you’ll hear from me will be in mid-August, but don’t hesitate to get in touch between now and then! You can always share your news with me, either by email or through the online form

Best wishes,
Rachael Schwabe (MA ‘20)

Alumni Spotlight

Mei Mei Rado (PhD ‘18) has accepted a professorship in Fashion/Dress/Textiles at BGC. She will begin this role in January 2023 due to her ongoing commitments at LACMA where she has served as the Associate Curator, Costume and Textiles since 2020. Congratulations, Mei–BGC is lucky to have you!

Artistry in Iron: Blacksmiths of New Orleans, curated by Katie (Hall) Burlison (MA ‘06), won a 2022 Leadership in History Award of Excellence from the American Association of State and Local History. The exhibition originated at the Gallier House, traveled to two branches of the New Orleans Public Library, and was displayed in the Architectural Trades tent at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April 2022. Artistry in Iron explores the designs, inspiration, demography, and working conditions of blacksmiths of color whose work is integral to the fabric of New Orleans’s historic buildings and cemeteries. Congratulations, Katie! 

Select Career Opportunities

Historical New England is accepting applications for a Research Fellow in Historical Interiors or Archival Processing. Application materials are due by August 8. 

The Mahanz Collection has opened a search for a Gallery Director

The University of Groningen is offering 14 postdoc positions. Application materials are due by August 28. 

The Phillips Design department is seeking an intern for their fall season. Application materials are due by August 5.

The Whitney Museum of American Art is seeking applicants for their 2022 Academic Year Fall Internship. Application materials are due by August 8.  

Applications for the Other Art Fair are now open. Exhibitions will take place this fall in a number of cities including London, Dallas, Brooklyn, and Sydney.

The National Park Foundation invites proposals to participate in the Inclusive Storytelling Grant Program for the 2022-2023 year. Application materials are due by July 27. 

North Andover Historical Society seeks a part-time Curator and Archivist

The Paul Robeson Galleries is hiring an Associate Curator (Programs).

The Clark Museum of Art has an opening for a Research and Academic Program Assistant.

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

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Select Virtual and In-Person Events Out in The World

Disability Pride Author Talk: Keah Brown and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinh
Monday, July 25
12–1:30 pm ET
July is Disability Pride Month, a special time to honor the diversity and uniqueness of each person in the disability community. In this conversation, authors Keah Brown and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha will discuss their work and experience as  writers with disabilities. 

Lee Alexander McQueen: Contextualizing Scanners in Art History
Tuesday, July 26
Various Times PT
In conjunction with the exhibition Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse, renowned scholars will explore imagination, artistic process, and innovation in fashion and art to further examine the interdisciplinary impulse that defined McQueen’s career, legacy, and sources of inspiration. In response to the global pandemic, the Eighth Triennial R.L. Shep Symposium is presented on YouTube as a free video series, released from May through August 2022 on the last Tuesday of each month.

Science + Literature: Investigating Disease and Access
Wednesday, July 27
7 pm ET (In Person) 
Did you know the kissing bug has infected more than 300,000 people in the Latinx community living in the US with a rare and devastating illness? Join Daisy Hernández, author of The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation’s Neglect of a Deadly Disease, and Curator Jessica L. Ware of the Museum’s Division of Invertebrate Zoology for a conversation about the personal and political aspects of scientific research and access.  

Endangered Monuments
Thursday, July 28
12–1 pm ET
The monuments and rich cultural heritage of Kyivan Rus are currently endangered due to the ongoing war. This roundtable discussion engages with cultural heritage and its intangible aspects in times of conflict, underscoring key aspects of early Rus architecture and its development in a broader context, and the important monastic complex of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra.

Socrates x Noguchi Field Guide: Exploring a “New Nature” 
Saturday, July 30
11am–1pm ET (In Person)
Join Noguchi educator Luned Palmer at nearby Socrates Sculpture Park to make ephemeral works of art using water, stones, and sand, taking inspiration from Isamu Noguchi’s sculptures and the surrounding environment of the Park. All ages welcome. Participants will be given a free pass to visit The Noguchi Museum after the workshop. 

Una Tarde con The Great Tortilla Conspiracy
Thursday, August 4
3:30–7:30 pm PT (In Person)
Join Bay Area political performance collective The Great Tortilla Conspiracy for an irreverent night of screen-printed quesadillas, communal snacking, and graphics inspired by Diego Rivera’s America at SFMoMA!


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