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Hello Alumni,

Below, please find this week’s round-up of alumni news, career opportunities, and events to attend at BGC and out in the world. As always, please share your news with us here.

I also wanted to let you know about a new reading group currently being organized by BGC PhD candidate Leonie Treier. The reading group will consist of students and alumni with a focus on issues regarding anti-racism and decolonisation, with the hopes of continuing conversations from last fall. Participants will meet virtually on a monthly basis to discuss a reading previously chosen. If you’re interested in joining the group, please sign up here, or send an email directly to

Grace Reff (MA ’17)

Alumni Spotlight

Mei Mei Rado (PhD ‘18) will give a talk titled “Decorative Arts or Fashion? Exhibiting Late Qing and Modern Chinese Dress” during the University of Chicago’s upcoming online symposium, East Asian Art in the West (June 4–6). Her talk will draw on archival materials and firsthand experience to examine how specific past exhibitions reflect the changing museological approaches to and scholarship on Chinese dress in two disciplines of Chinese art and fashion history. She will also address the new scholarship on Chinese dress and envision the future directions of its exhibitions in art museums. Her talk will take place on Friday, June 4 at 4:05 ET.

Select Career Opportunities

BGC has an opening for a Coordinator of Research and Academic Events. This is a new position working with the Academic Programs department and the Research Institute. 

The Art Institute of Chicago is hiring an Associate Curator in Applied Arts of Europe.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is seeking a scholar of American art with a focus in either nineteenth-century art or self-taught art for a curatorial fellowship funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. 

Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is accepting applications for a full-time, grant-funded Collection Assistant position.

The Museum of Modern Art has launched a search for an Curator of Modern Design

The Warhol, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is looking for an Assistant Curator

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University seeks an Associate Archivist.

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

Select Virtual Events at BGC

A Hat for Every Head: Children’s Workshop
Saturday, May 23
11 am ET
How do you like to accessorize? What do your hats say about who you are or what you like to do? Join us as we investigate ideas of identity and decoration through interactive activities designed for kids 8–11 and their caregivers. Inspired by the hats French women wore during World War I, build your own hat that communicates something about you during this virtual art-making workshop! All are welcome, including teaching pods and families learning remotely!

French Fashion Virtual Guided Tour in French
Wednesday, June 2
2 pm ET
Join Geoffrey Ripert, native French speaker and PhD student at Bard Graduate Center, for a tour of French Fashion, Women and the First World War en français! Ripert’s research interests center on eighteenth-century French decorative arts and the history of collecting. Before beginning his studies at BGC, he was the curatorial assistant for decorative arts at the Frick Collection and holds an M.A. from the École du Louvre, an M.A. from the École Pratique des Hautes Études, and a B.A. from the Sorbonne.

French Fashion Virtual Guided Tours
Through June 1
Various times
We invite you to explore an exhibition from BGC’s past, French Fashion, Women and the First World War, and delve into the dynamic relationship between fashion, war, and gender politics in France during World War I. These tours are conversational in nature and take place weekly.

Mind over Matter? Exploring Making: Color
Tuesday, June 8
6 pm ET
This three-part class fosters an understanding of objects by exploring the processes by which they are made. Do we always design and plan objects before making them? Or do forms and things emerge organically? Join BGC PhD students, Geoffrey Ripert and Nicholas De Godoy Lopes, as they take you on a deep dive into the ways that color, rhythm, and shape influence our understanding of objects. This first session explores what it means to think and work through the material nature of color. It looks at how designers and craftsmen have used different media as a means of manipulating color through matter. Alumni can take the course at a discounted rate with the promo code BGCCommunity.

Virtual Events out in The World

An Exclusive, Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Phillips Design Sale
Wednesday, May 26
5:30 pm ET
BGC will host Phillips Design specialists Kim Sørensen (MA ’11), Beth Vilinsky, and Ben Green, who will be giving short talks on some of the highlights of the Phillips June Design Sale. Pieces in the sale include a chair by Jean Prouvé, furniture by Marc Newson, and pottery by Lucie Rie. Register here to attend; the link to the event will be sent in advance.

Exhibiting East Asian Art in the West Online Symposium
Friday, June 4 – Sunday, June 6
Various times
The Center for the Art of East Asia at University of Chicago will present this free online symposium exploring the exhibition of East Asian art in the West. East Asian art has been exhibited outside its geographic area of origin since the early twentieth century. While these exhibitions have played an important role in the production and dissemination of East Asian art historical knowledge, scholars have not studied deeply the ways in which East Asian art was exhibited in relation to the understanding of the field in the West as representing East Asian artistic traditions and as an academic discipline. This conference calls for a more rigorous investigation of the history of East Asian art exhibitions in the West.


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