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Dear Alumni

I hope this message finds you keeping well on the other side of the Memorial Day weekend! New York City’s pools are officially open and I can’t wait to hear the splashes and shouts of the swimmers in the Jackie Robinson Park pool on my daily uphill walk to the subway. Even from a distance their delight ripples over me. 

This time of year is a revolving door of endings and beginnings. The annual QP Symposium for second year MA students took place last week on May 25. You can view the program and watch a recording of the presentations here

As we launch ourselves into the summer, please continue to send me your news either by email or through the online form. It’s always great to hear from you! 

Best wishes and Happy Pride to all,
Rachael Schwabe (MA ‘20)

Alumni Spotlight

Madeline Warner (MA ‘20) has joined the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum as the manager of sponsorship. Congratulations, Maddy!

Rebecca Tilles (MA ’06) has been appointed curator of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum, beginning in August 2023. She will be in touch with new contact details in the future, but for the time being, she can be reached at Congratulations, Rebecca!

Call for DEAI Working Group Members

Current Working Group members, Alexis Mucha ( and Freyja Hartzell ( invite your participation for the third iteration of BGC’s Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion Working Group.

At minimum they are looking for one incoming MA student to be recruited in the fall; one rising second-year MA student; and one alumnus who works outside of BGC. If you care about diversity, equity, inclusion, and access and would like to be a part of a BGC group pursuing these values, please fill out this form by Friday, June 16. We will follow up with everyone who signs up.

The basics:

  • This invitation is for new members – people who have not yet served on the DEAI working group before.
  • The working group is on a volunteer basis, but requires a commitment of 1–2 meetings per month.
  • The group benefits from having a wide variety of skill sets from all parts of the organization, so interest and commitment are the most valuable attributes of an ideal working group member.
  • Working group members are asked to commit to participating for the entirety of the term (2 years) and to make their very best efforts to attend all meetings.
  • The new working group will determine what areas they’d like to focus on. Past areas of focus include hiring, student recruitment and experience; curriculum; professional development; and gallery accessibility. 
  • The ideal working group will include representatives from a variety of departments at BGC. We are especially interested in alumni and student members (both MA and PhD).

The third working group will utilize funds from the newly confirmed DEAI working group budget. This budget line can be used for invited speakers, workshops, community social events, and an accessibility audit of BGC’s Gallery.

Select Career Opportunities

The History of Art and Visual Culture program at the California College of Arts has issued a call for papers for The Materiality of Resistance, a two-day symposium exploring the artistic deployment of materials as tools to imagine, promote, and enact resistance to the status quo in American art and visual culture. Application materials are due by August 15. 

The Society for the History of Collecting and The International Art Market Studies Association are pleased to announce a joint session chaired by Blair Asbury Brooks and Natasha Degen to be held at the 2024 CAA Annual Conference in Chicago. Hand and Glove: Art Market Studies and the History of Collecting explores the self-understanding of each subfield, their differences in subject matter and approach, as well as areas of overlap between the two subject matters and approaches, as well as areas of overlap.

The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is hiring a collections specialist to support the department’s work. 

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is seeking a contract collections assistant to provide curatorial collections management and administrative assistance services to the museum’s Drawings, Prints and Graphic Design Department. Application materials are due by June 8.

The Phillips Collection has an opening for an education coordinator. Application materials are due by June 17.

Olana House is accepting applications for a communications assistant. Application materials are due by June 14.

The V&A is offering a number of doctoral placements including Research into the Museum’s Pugin Drawings, Provenance of V&A South Asian Collections, Nineteenth-Century British Ceramic Transfer Prints and Designs, and Jewish Dealers and the V&A Ceramics Collection. Application materials for all doctoral placements are due between June 22 and 23. 

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

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Select Virtual and In-Person Events in the World

The Sassoons: An Architectural Heritage
Jewish Museum
Thursday, June 1

6:30 pm ET (In Person)
When persecution forced David Sassoon to flee Baghdad in 1832, he settled in India, inaugurating a flourishing business empire that in the century to come would span the globe from Asia to the family’s new home in Britain. The legacy of this extraordinary saga can be traced through the hundreds of magnificent buildings they built in Baghdad, India, China, and the United Kingdom ranging from synagogues, hospitals, schools, libraries, housing for the working classes, and a home for senior citizens. These buildings, erected during the heyday of colonialism, tell a tale not only of entrepreneurial success, but also of civic engagement and cultural philanthropy. Explore this architectural legacy in a lecture by Esther da Costa Meyer, Professor Emerita at the Department of Art and Archeology at Princeton University and co-curator of The Sassoons

The Clocks of David Rittenhouse
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Tuesday, June 6

6 pm CT 
Co-author Donald Fennimore previews the forthcoming book, David Rittenhouse: Philosopher-Mechanick of Colonial Philadelphia and His Famous Clocks. One of 18th-century America’s greatest scientists and engineers, David Rittenhouse was also a leading astronomer, mathematician, and clockmaker. 

Emerging Materials: Biotextiles
American Craft Council
Wednesday, June 14

2 pm ET
In this Textile Talk, Professor Susanne Goetz (FIT) will provide an overview of emerging textile materials, including fabrication, availability, and design challenges. If you ever wondered what all the talk about mushroom leather and algae yarn is about, this is for you!

Dig Deeper: Hot Glass Livestream with Katherine Larson
Corning Museum of Glass
Friday, June 15

5:30 pm ET 
Join the Hot Glass Team as they demonstrate ancient glassblowing techniques! As they work, Katherine Larson, curator of ancient glass, and curator of the Corning Museum of Glass’s exhibition, Dig Deeper: Discovering an Ancient Glass Workshop, will offer insights into the processes of ancient glassblowing and glassmaking.

Threads of Knowledge: Dindga McCannon and Aliyah Bonnette in Conversation
American Folk Art Museum
Friday, June 15

6 pm ET
Join McCannon and Bonnette for a dynamic conversation about the intuitive and improvisational art of quilting, moving across various techniques, materials and temporalities. Moderated by writer and curator Dessane Lopez Cassell, this conversation explores the unique role of fabric, needle and thread in the production and transmission of African-American experiences and histories. With a focus on Black feminist imagination, this program will examine the historical significance of quiltmaking while revisiting women portraiture.


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