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Hello Alumni,

By now, I trust you all received and have read Dean Peter Miller’s letter from last week regarding your concerns about BGC’s initial response toward creating a more diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive institution. If you missed it, please read it here and keep an eye out for upcoming opportunities for alumni involvement.

There is a lot to share in this issue, including several exciting programs and initiatives led by our fellow alumni.

Many jobs have also recently been shared with BGC that I am passing along to you in case you’re in the market for a new position.

Finally, I know our calendars are filled with virtual events, but maybe you’ll find one listed below that piques your interest and fits your schedule. 

As always, please continue to share your news with me; I love hearing from you!

All the best,
Grace Reff (MA ’17)

Alumni Spotlight

Michael H. Dewberry (MA ‘17) used his time in quarantine to record and launch a new podcast called Artroverted. Each week he speaks with leaders and change-makers in the arts, from artists to museum directors and everyone in between. He’s excited to share it with the world and looks forward to inviting fellow BGC grads on future episodes. Head over to his website to listen and subscribe! 

Daniella M. Ohad (Ph.D. ‘06) will be directing the upcoming AIA program, Collecting Design: The Legends this fall. The series, offered online for the first time ever, will provide a rare opportunity to explore historical, mid-century, and contemporary design; to discover the world of collectible design and its sustainable impact; to look and analyze the finest interiors—all with prolific experts who have defined this field and shaped its culture. The program runs from October 6 through December 16. Read the recent article in Cultured Magazine highlighting the program!

Marie Warsh (MA ‘07), Central Park Conservancy historian, will present an exploration of Central Park’s pre-history conception, construction, and more on an upcoming virtual program through the New York Historical Society. The program, Treasures from the Library: The Origins of Central Park, will dive deep into various documents, including unrealized plans for Central Park; maps and surveys documenting Seneca Village, the African American community that existed before the park was built; and photographs of the park under construction.

Select Career Opportunities

The Wharton Esherick Museum seeks a Curatorial Assistant for a two-year position beginning in November 2020, funded by a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation. 

The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø is seeking candidates for a PhD Fellow in Social/Cultural Anthropology interested in the social lives of materials and infrastructures. The position is affiliated with the research project “Arctic Silk Road: Imagining Infrastructures and Community Boundaries in Sápmi and the Russian North” funded by the Norwegian Research Council. 

The Jewish Museum is looking to hire a Development Officer, Education to manage funding for a diverse portfolio of school, public, family and access programs.  

The Royal Ontario Museum seeks a Curator of Japanese Art and Culture. The ROM’s collection of Japanese Art and Culture is the largest in Canada with more than 10,000 objects. The Edo and Meiji periods predominate, though the collection also includes archaeological artifacts from more than 1,400 years ago up to contemporary works by Japanese-Canadian artists.

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America seeks a Special Projects Coordinator to join the team at Dumbarton House. This role spans the three mission areas of the SCDA— preservation, history education, and patriotic service—and will focus primarily on long-term and recurring programs associated with each area.

The American Public Gardens Association seeks a part-time Communications Assistant

Metalsmith Magazine, a magazine published by the Society of North American Goldsmiths, is accepting applications for a six-month paid Publications Internship position.

For more job listings: please visit the BGC job board.
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Virtual Events Out In The World

American Folk Art Museum Virtual Insights: Judith Scott
Wednesday, September 16
1 pm
Wrapped, wound, and interwoven, Judith Scott’s cocoon-like sculptures offer viewers a powerful experience of intimacy, enhanced by the enigma of the artist’s intentions. Born deaf and mute with Down syndrome, Scott began creating at age forty-three, after being introduced to the Oakland-based non-profit, Creative Growth Art Center. Reflecting on the thirtieth anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act this year, Valérie Rousseau, American Folk Art Museum senior curator, and Tom di Maria, director of External Relations at Creative Growth, will explore Scott’s groundbreaking life and work.

Eileen Gray: Painter, Photographer, Sculptor
Thursday, September 24
12 pm
Join one of the foremost experts on Eileen Gray’s career and work, Jennifer Goff (curator at the National Museum of Ireland) in conversation with Emma Cormack (MA ’18), associate curator at BGC, for a fascinating journey into the lesser-known aspects of Gray’s artistic practice. Though she is celebrated primarily for her furniture designs and architecture, Gray’s prolific career also included creations in many different mediums, including painting, photography, and sculpture. 

Do Museums Still Need Objects?
October 5- 16
Various times
Once perceived as static “cabinets of curiosities,” museums are now evolving their missions to meet the needs of their ever-changing communities. As we think about how museums will look in the future, we also need to think about how collections serve diverse audiences. The question remains: Do museums still need objects? Across a span of 10 days, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Annual Conference will examine this question in its entirety.