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Hello Alumni,

Happy to meet you on this side of the Barbenheimer opening weekend! While I plan to see Oppenheimer, I also hold tickets for a second(!) viewing of Barbie this coming weekend. Summer movies are always a treat, but two films with a high level attention to material detail (especially Barbie) is cause for special celebration. 

Speaking of which, I’d also like to celebrate the newest members of the alumni network—the class of 2023! I hope you join me in giving them a very warm welcome. 

For the recent inductees—you will find an issue of this newsletter in your inbox every other Thursday. Please feel free to send me your news (big or small!) either by the alumni email account listed in my signature or through the online form. It’s always a pleasure to hear from you!

Best wishes,
Rachael Schwabe (MA ‘20)

Alumni Spotlight

Claire McRee (MA ‘15) curated the exhibition Fashion as Experiment: The 60’s, on view through September 24, 2023 at the Allentown Art Museum. The exhibition features over 120 garments and accessories that range in style from mod to counterculture, exploring how 1960’s youth mobilized fashion as a laboratory for debate, imagination, and activism. Congratulations, Claire!

Alexis Romano (MA ‘10, PhD Courtauld Institute of Art ‘16) co-curated Staten Island Mode: Identity, Memory, Fashion at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. The opening day reception will be held on July 29 and the exhibition will be on view through December 31. Congratulations, Alexis! 

Select Career Opportunities

The Royal Museums for Art and History and Ghent University has an opening for an assistant professor for the project, “The Fashion and Textile Collection at the Royal Museum of Art and History, Brussels.” The job is 50% curator of the fashion-textile-lace-tapestry collection of the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels and 50% research professor at Ghent University in the art history department. A PhD is required, as is 2 years of postdoctoral experience. The hiring committee, which includes Maude Bass-Krueger (PhD ‘15),  is looking for someone to help grow fashion and textile studies in Belgium. Applications are due Sept. 15. Interested candidates can write to Maude for more information at

Global Legacies of Arts and Crafts, a research project directed by Antonia Behan (MA ‘14, PhD ‘20), has issued a call for papers for a symposium supported by a SSHRC Connections Grant and BGC taking place at BGC this December. Abstracts and CVs are due by September 1.

Yale in London has eight open positions for freelance faculty. Application materials are due by October 2.

The V&A is hiring a curator of furniture and product design since 1900. Application materials are due by August 10. 

Registrations for the conference Educating the Interior Designer are open! This conference organized by the University of Antwerpen and University of Leuven, supported by the Flemish Science Foundation (FWO), will take place in Ghent, Belgium on September 8, 2023. Deadline for registration is August 6. 

The Boston Athenaeum is accepting applications for a Polly Thayer Starr fellow in American art. Application materials are due by August 31. 

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is hiring a collections assistant

The Center for Craft is hosting an information session for the 2023 cycle of their Craft Research Fund Project on August 8, from 4-5 pm ET. 

Maine Historical Society is seeking to hire a director of stewardship and public relations.

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

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Select Virtual and In-Person Events in the World

Turkey and Syria After the Earthquakes: Mid-Term Relief & Transitional Programs
Center for Architecture/AIA New York
Saturday, July 29
9:30 am (Online and In Person)
This is the second panel in the Collective Action for Readiness, Recovery, and Resilience‘s four-part series. This panel will examine the challenges that arise from the extended occupancy of temporary disaster shelters, including housing, community spaces, and settlements. The speakers will address conventional post-disaster planning strategies and building techniques, and focus on alternative approaches developed for Turkey and other countries. These approaches will include transitional building techniques in short to mid-term developments, as well as alternate and innovative, traditional building techniques. Special attention will be paid to designs that retain a community’s sense of place and identity within social and environmental ecologies.

Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning: Changing Women’s Fashion on the Indonesian Island of Sumba
George Washington University Museum–The Textile Museum
Saturday, July 29
11 am ET (Online)
The weavers of the small island of Sumba in eastern Indonesia produce some of the finest warp ikat and supplementary warp textiles in Southeast Asia. They are mostly known for their dramatic pictorial men’s blankets (hinggi). But their tube skirts for women (lau), whose designs are remarkkably varied and complex,  have gained much less attention. In this virtual talk David and Sue Richardson will show a range of different lau, using historical images to illustrate how styles have changed over time. The Richardsons will also discuss some of the techniques used to produce these intricate textiles.

Conversation: Remedios Varo–Science Fictions
Art Institute of Chicago
Saturday, July 29
2 pm CT (In Person)
Join exhibition co-curators Caitlin Haskell and Tere Arcq as they discuss the making of Remedios Varo: Science Fictions, the first US museum exhibition in over 20 years dedicated to the Spanish-born, Mexico-based Surrealist. Bringing together more than 60 of Varo’s paintings, drawings, and sketchbooks from 1955 until her death in 1963, this show considers the artist’s practice of combining science, alchemy, magic, and mysticism with Surrealist automatic techniques.

The Dignity of Our Breathing: A Disability Pride Month Poetry Reading
Whitney Museum of American Art
Saturday, July 29
7 pm ET (Online)
This Disability Pride Month, join us for a poetry reading facilitated by Joselia Rebekah Hughes featuring poets Kay Ulanday Barrett, Dan Schapiro, and Jackie Torres, in conjunction with the thirty-third anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Taste of Art: Le Piquenique
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
Thursday, August 10
4 pm PT (In Person)
Discover the history of the picnic while viewing French and British paintings and decorative arts in The Huntington’s collection with Maite Gomez-Rejón of ArtBites. After the tour, sip spritzes in the kitchen garden with Thomas Smith, manager of the experiential and teaching garden, share information on seasonal planting. Harvest fresh herbs and prepare seasonal salads and desserts suitable for a summer picnic.


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