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Introducing our 2019 Artists in Residence!
Exhibition Artists in Residence – Native Art Department International

Bard Graduate Center Gallery is delighted to welcome Native Art Department International, a collaborative long-term project created and administered by Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan, who will take up residence on the fourth floor of the Bard Graduate Center Gallery from March 1 until July 7. During their residency, they will turn their studio space into a television set where they will shoot a program dramatizing sequences from the life of anthropologist Franz Boas, the subject of the spring exhibition The Story Box: Franz Boas, George Hunt and the Making of Anthropology. The media aesthetic of their project is loosely based on Potato Wolf TV, a series of fictional news segments and satirical takes on mainstream media developed by Lower East Side activist-artist collective Collaborative Projects (Colab) in the early 1970s.

Native Art Department International is a Brooklyn-based collaborative project of the wife-and-husband pair of artists Maria Hupfield (b. 1975) and Jason Lujan (b. 1971). Together they curate group exhibitions in which they sometimes show and occasionally make work together as a way to counter the pigeonholing of contemporary art by Native Americans and people of First Nations descent.

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Library Artists in Residence – JoAnne McFarland and Rachel Selekman

Bard Graduate Center welcomes its 2019 Library Artists in Residence, JoAnne McFarland and Rachel Selekman, who will be in residence with us until July 19, 2019.

The BGC Library AIR program invites visual or performance artists whose work is grounded in research to use our library collection as an incubator for new work.  Artists are invited to conduct research in subject areas relating to their work or to address the library itself as an organized collection of print material, utilizing the library’s reference staff as partners in this process.

JoAnne McFarland is a poet, painter, and curator from Brooklyn. She is the former Exhibitions Director of A.I.R. Gallery and the founder of Artpoetica, a project space in Gowanus Brooklyn that links literary and visual expression. Her latest poetry collection, Identifying the Body, was published in 2018 by The Word Works. Her artwork is part of many public and private collections, including the Library of Congress and the Columbus Museum of Art. In her practice McFarland treats violence and creativity as diametrically opposed: each act of making thwarts violence’s aim to destroy. Visit her website:

Rachel Selekman is a visual artist based in Brooklyn. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA, and group exhibitions at the Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn; Marc Straus Gallery, NYC; Brooklyn Academy of Music; Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Berlin; Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA; and Lesley Heller Workspace, NYC; to name a few. Selekman’s work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, Microsoft, the US State Department, and Montefiore Medical Center. Commissioned pieces can be found at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and the Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. Her catalogue, Rachel Selekman: Making Connections, which surveys her sculpture and works on paper,was published in 2014. Selekman received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received a full-tuition scholarship. Visit her website:

On View in the Gallery
Jan Tschichold and the New Typography: Graphic Design Between the World Wars
February 14 – July 7, 2019 Learn More Button
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The Story Box: Franz Boas, George Hunt and the Making of Anthropology
February 14 – July 7, 2019 Learn More Button
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