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Dear Alumni,

Many thanks to everyone who attended the past two sessions in the series of BGC Alumni Dialogues. A transcript of the first session is available here, and a transcript of last night’s session will sent around shortly for those of you who weren’t able to participate. 

Please remember that the next session, the BGC Alumni Involvement Discussion, will take place on Tuesday, December 8 at 5:30 EST. Find more information and register here.

As usual, we have several career opportunities, including multiple fellowship openings, and select virtual events for you to consider down below. I hope you find something of interest.

All the best,
Grace Reff (MA ’17)

BGC Alumni Dialogues

BGC Alumni Involvement Discussion
Tuesday, December 8, 5:30–7 pm EST
In this session, BGC alumni will discuss how they would like to engage with BGC’s DEAI initiatives moving forward. This session is for alumni only.

Select Career Opportunities

Bard Graduate Center and the Brooklyn Museum seek a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Arts of Africa, beginning August 2021.  The deadline to apply is December 1.

The American Philosophical Society Library & Museum (Philadelphia, PA) invites applications for its two-year Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship, beginning July 2021.

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery seeks a Fine Art Cataloger.

The American Association for State and Local History is now accepting proposals for sessions and workshops for its 2021 Annual Meeting, to be held in Little Rock, AR, September 22–25, 2021. The theme of the Annual Meeting is “Doing History/Doing Justice.”

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery in Washington, DC is now accepting applications for a number of fellowships that will begin in 2021. The deadline for most is November 15.

The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University is hiring an Exhibitions Manager/Registrar

The Mingei International Museum in San Diego seeks applications for the position of Assistant Curator

Tudor Place seeks a Curator to advance the organization’s new mission and supervise the care and preservation of more than 18,000 objects and 300 linear feet of archival material.

Historic Deerfield is seeking a creative and strategic professional to serve as its next President and Chief Executive Officer.

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

Virtual Events Out In The World

Seizo Sugawara, Eileen Gray’s Enduring Collaborator
Thursday, November 12
12 pm ET

This virtual BGC presentation will consider influence of the Japanese sculptor and lacquer specialist, Seizo Sugawara (1884 – 1937) on Eileen Gray (1878 – 1976) in the context of the pervasiveness of Japonisme. Gray is best known for her pioneering work in early modernist architecture. Less well known is her acclaimed earlier career as a lacquer furniture designer. The presentation reveals Gray’s fine appreciation of the unique characteristics of Japanese lacquer.

Essential Work in the Cultural Field: Preserving Community Culture
Friday, November 13
12 pm ET
The Museum Association of New York will hold a virtual conversation highlighting how the Creative Justice Initiative and Alternate Roots are advocating for the preservation and support of community cultural spaces created and led by Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. These organizations make meaningful connections between the communities they represent and their offerings.

Made in America: Crafting a Southern Identity
Sunday, November 15
4:30 pm EST
Museums like Bayou Bend and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts collect and celebrate American-made objects.  But what does “American-made” really mean?  And how do these objects reflect the development of a unique American, and Southern, identity?  Drawing on examples from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and Bayou Bend, as well as resources like the MESDA Craftsman Database and the William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive, speaker Daniel Ackermann will look at iconic southern objects and explore the many ways that immigration, migration, faith, race, and place influenced the creation of American objects and a unique southern identity.  

College Career Chats: Behind the Scenes at the Morgan Library & Museum
Thursday, November 19
3 pm EST
Who works at a museum and research library? How does an exhibition come together?  What is the difference between a curator, a conservator, and a collections manager? Who oversees the budget, engages with the public, and re-shelves the rare books?
Join this virtual conversation series and meet staff representing various departments at the Morgan. Participants can ask questions, get career inspiration, and discover behind-the-scenes insights. BGC alum Ann Bell (MA ‘14), Assistant Manager of School Programs at the Morgan, will participate as a panelist during the program.