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Hello Alumni,

Welcome to June! We have another great round-up of alumni news, career opportunities, and events to attend at BGC and out in the world. I hope you find something of interest.

Ama Codjoe, BGC’s Consulting Director of Equity and Inclusion, asked me to invite you all to participate in an Alumni Dialogue on Thursday, June 24 from 5 to 6:30 pm to discuss how alumni and students can participate in furthering diversity, equity, access, and inclusion initiatives at BGC, including the DEAI Working Group. If you’re interested in learning more and in contributing ideas and feedback, please come. Your input, presence, and ideas are greatly valued. RSVP here.

I am also excited to share that Rachael Schwabe (MA ‘20) will be taking over as Alumni Newsletter Coordinator, starting with the next issue. Please help me welcome Rachael and continue to share items of interest through either email or through the online form, as usual. We appreciate your news!

Grace Reff (MA ’17)

Alumni Spotlight

Colin Fanning (MA ‘13, BGC PhD candidate) recently published a research article titled, “Constructed Pasts: Narratives of Home, History, and Otherness in LEGO” in The Public Historian. The article unpacks how LEGO’s product designs, marketing, and theme park operations have commodified historical inequities, giving tangible form to stereotypes of a racially unmarked European past, colonial encounters with the “uncivilized,” and the gendering of domestic space and construction play.

Several BGC alumni took part in the recent American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Annual Meeting in April. Christine Griffiths (MA ‘13, BGC PhD candidate) chaired a panel entitled “Material Manuals: making and Using Eighteenth-Century Instructional Books.” She also presented a paper “Distilling Gardens and (Re-)Materializing Eighteenth-Century Perfumes,” for which she created scent kits that were mailed to co-panelists and colleagues, so that they could experience raw materials and a reconstruction of a potpourri recipe from the circle of Horace Walpole. Cynthia Kok (MA ‘16) and J. Cabelle Ahn (MA ‘15) also spoke during the conference. 

A number of BGC alumni also presented papers at the recent Renaissance Society of America Annual Virtual Conference in April. Participants included Katherine Tycz (MA ‘13), Sophie Pitman (MA ‘13), Donna Bilak (PhD ‘14), Hannah Wirta Kinney (MA ‘14), and Martina D’Amato (MA ‘12, BGC PhD candidate).

Select Career Opportunities

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is accepting applications for its Ellyn McColgan Assistant Curator of Native American Art

The National Academy of Design seeks candidates for the position of Registrar, Collections & Exhibitions.

Fairfield Museum and History Center in Connecticut is hiring a Curator

The New Jersey State Museum is hiring a Registrar, Archaeology & Ethnography and an Assistant Curator of Fine Art

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art has launched a search for a Senior Curator.

The Toledo Museum of Art has an opening for its William Hutton Curator of European Art.

The Menil Collection in Houston is hiring an Exhibitions Manager.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts seeks candidates for its Regenia A. Perry Assistant Curator of Global Contemporary Art.

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

Select Virtual Events at BGC

Curators on Curating: Threads of Power
Thursday, June 10
12 pm ET
Curators on Curating goes behind the scenes of upcoming BGC exhibitions to give a window into the curatorial process. In this session, join Emma Cormack, Ilona Kos, and Michele Majer as they discuss Threads of Power, an exhibition scheduled to go on view at Bard Graduate Center in fall 2022, which will trace the development of lace from its sixteenth-century origins to the present, bringing more than 175 examples from the extensive collection of the Textilmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland, to the US for the first time. 

Chinatown Art Brigade: Collectively Imagining De-Gentrified and Abolitionist Futures
June 17, 2021
6 pm ET
As this nation confronts the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and structural racism, what does it mean to truly reckon with, reclaim, and re-envision a liberated future for all through a decolonized, de-gentrified, and abolitionist framework? Black, Indigenous, and all communities of color have been suffering from racialized capitalism since long before the pandemic, but COVID-19 has exacerbated land displacement, rent burden, economic inequality, and police violence. The past year has felt dystopian at times, compelling us to think outside of the box, to reimagine a radically different society that is more just and upholds our common racial, economic, climate, and social justice values. This program will highlight cultural collectives that are unleashing popular imagination and shared vision to build an abolitionist and de-gentrified future, and discuss concrete ways that we can enact this future together.

Events out in The World

The Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Conference: Power, Resistance, and Leadership
Tuesday, June 8 – Thursday, June 10
Various times
The Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, a division of the Association of College & Research Libraries presents this conference, which will critically examine the existing power structures that have shaped and continue to impact special collections and archives. The program will explore the power dynamics within our profession and the ways in which we experience, exert, and/or defy power.

Serving New York’s Collecting Institutions: The DHPSNY Initiative
Friday, June 25
12 pm ET
Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) is a collaboration between two long-running New York programs dedicated to service and support for archival and library research collections throughout the state. Across New York, historical records are held by a wide range of organizations, many of which operate on the margins of the profession. This session will consist of conversations with organizations, highlighting how DHPSNY has connected them with the tools they need to care for their archival collections.

Building in the Picturesque: Domestic Architecture in the Age of Industry, 1840-1870
Saturday, July 10
9 am–4 pm ET
Historic Deerfield’s seventh annual symposium on early New England architecture will focus on cottage and villa architecture, exploring design theory of the time, improvements in building technology, developments in domestic conveniences and related topics that initiated and fueled this phase of American architecture.

Emma Scully Gallery’s Cast Iron
Through June 25

Wednesday to Friday 10 am–6 pm; Saturday 12–5 pm

In this series, BGC alum Emma Scully has commissioned eight disparate voices to create work in cast iron; young designers making digital files materialized in a symbol of the nineteenth-century industrial revolution. A marriage of the material origins of industrial making and current digital hyper-connectively of design ideas. Learn more about the exhibition and how to attend on her website,


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