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Dear Alumni,

Just a reminder that the first in the series of BGC Alumni Dialogues is coming up this Tuesday, October 27 at 5:30 pm EST. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so here

During this event, alumni are invited to share their priorities regarding DEAI at BGC. If you are interested in speaking, please “sign up” by sending an email directly to Ama Codjoe, the facilitator of the series ( 

I also wanted to share the new BGC Podcast, Fields of the Future, which amplifies the voices and highlights the work of scholars, artists, and writers who are injecting new narratives into object centered-thinking is live on Spotify. The first episode features anthropologist Hadley Jensen in conversation with Diné photographer and curator Rapheal Begay about his life and work and what it means to pay attention to the things we take for granted. You can take a listen here

See you on Tuesday.

All the best,
Grace Reff (MA ’17)

BGC Alumni Dialogues

BGC Alumni Town Hall
Tuesday, October 27, 5:30–7 pm EST
In this session, BGC alumni will “have the mic” to speak to and from their priorities regarding DEAI at BGC; current BGC students, faculty, staff, and leadership are invited to listen.

DEAI Working Group Presentation 
Tuesday, November 10, 5:30–7 pm EST
BGC’s DEAI Working Group will share its research and findings from 2019–20 and its plans for continued work this fall; BGC alums, along with current BGC students, faculty, staff, and leadership are invited to attend.

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.

Alumni Spotlight

Congratulations to Darienne Turner (MA ‘17), Assistant Curator of Indigenous Art of the Americas at the Baltimore Museum of Art, on the opening of her exhibition, Stripes and Stars: Reclaiming Lakota Independence, which is on view now through March 28, 2021. The exhibition explores the multifaceted meanings of the American flag through nine beaded artworks created by Lakota women in the early Reservation Period.

Select Career Opportunities

The William Morris Society in the United States is calling for applications for the 2021 Joseph R. Dunlap Memorial Fellowship. The deadline is December 1, 2020.

The Pembroke Center at Brown University invites applications for residential postdoctoral research fellowships for the academic year 2021-22. For this year, the Center will award positions to scholars from any field whose research relates to the theme of “Color.”

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is hiring a Curatorial Assistant to organize, research, and develop several exhibitions as part of a major museum renovation project scheduled for completion in spring 2022.

The Drawing Institute at the Morgan Library & Museum is now accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2021-22 as well as for a Samuel H. Kress Predoctoral Fellowship. The deadline is November 30. 

The New-York Historical Society is now accepting applications for its fellowship program for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The North Carolina Museum of Art is hiring an Exhibitions Conservator

The Watts Gallery- Artists’ Village is hiring a Curator to develop exhibitions that engage audiences with the art and ideas of the Victorian and Edwardian era and increase global access to the work of George Frederic and Mary Watts.

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is hiring a Curatorial Assistant.

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

Virtual Events Out In The World

Painting Edo: Early Modern Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection
Tuesday, October 27
6:30 pm EST
Japan’s Edo period (1615–1868) was an immensely innovative time, during which painters belonging to lineages old and new produced a wide spectrum of visually alluring works. Their paintings both reflected and constructed the pivotal early modern era, and the vibrant city for which it was named. In this talk, Dr. Rachel Saunders, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Curator of Asian Art at the Harvard Art Museums, takes an in-depth look at some of the remarkable paintings from the Edo period.

Furniture History Society’s Article Club: “The Fairytale” (Granta 2016)
Thursday, October 29
5:30 pm EST
This will be the first meeting of the Furniture History’s Society’s article club—envisioned as a convivial space for early-career design and furniture historians to discuss diverse articles of interest and relevance to our field. The article to be discussed in this first meeting, “The Fairytale” (Granta 2016), examines the intersections of the International Style, American idealism, and Cold War espionage in the mid-twentieth century. The author Jennifer Kabat will join in discussion. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Kelly Konrad at for the registration link.

The Fabrics of Crime
Friday, October 30
5 pm EST
Join The National Arts Club for a glimpse into how 19th and early 20th century citizens, criminals, and police used dress to commit and detect crime, and how the fabric of everyday life could be fashioned into weapons, disguises, and serve as evidence in criminal trials.

The Making of Edith Heath: Philosophies
Thursday, November 19
4 pm EST
Join book editors Jennifer M. Volland and Chris Marino, designer Derek Barnett of Information Office, Heath Foundation Trustee Jay Stewart, and author and researcher Rosa Novak for a discussion centered around the making of the forthcoming Environmental Design Archives’ publication Edith Heath: Philosophies. The book explores the philosophical foundations and influences of one of the most significant creative forces in post-WWII America.