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Learn what’s interesting now in the field of decorative arts, design history, and material culture. Engage with BGC faculty and guest scholars and artists. Enjoy lectures, discussions, film screenings, and live performances. Join us Wednesdays@BGC and engage in our shared practice of research.

All events begin at 6 pm at 38 West 86th Street.
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January 18, 6 pm

Eureka, A Lighthouse Play

A live feed performance by Ellie Ga

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January 25, 6 pm

Can Art Be Evidence?

A mock-trial argued by Julia Weist with an introduction by Shannon Mattern (University of Pennsylvania)

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February 1, 6 pm

Military Material Culture

A lecture by Matthew Keagle (BGC PhD ’20; Fort Ticonderoga)

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February 8, 6 pm

Photography and the

Surveillance of Blackness

Reflections by Simone Browne (University of Texas at Austin) and American Artist, followed by a conversation with Drew Thompson (BGC)

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February 22, 6 pm

Weaving Stories, in Textiles

and Television

An intergenerational conversation with a family of Navajo weavers: Lynda Teller Pete, Barbara J. Ornelas, and Sierra Teller Ornelas

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March 1, 6 pm

Dyeing with Plants

A lecture by Diné ethnobotanist Arnold Clifford

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March 15, 6 pm

Poetics of Black Sociality

A close reading of Polaroids with Zun Lee and Dawn Lundy Martin (Bard College), followed by a conversation with Drew Thompson (BGC)

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March 22, 6 pm

Vajrabhairava Mandala and

Medium Specificity in the

Mongol Court

A lecture by Yong Cho (University of California, Riverside)

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March 29, 6 pm

Settings and Sounds

An exploration of early modern dining with food historian Ivan Day and music ensemble Sonnambula

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April 12, 6 pm

The Polaroid Revolutionary

Workers Movement

A lecture by Caroline Hunter, followed by a conversation with Drew Thompson (BGC)

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April 19, 6 pm

China and France in the

Intercultural Eighteenth Century

A Françoise and Georges Selz Lecture Duet on Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century French Decorative Arts and Culture with John Finlay and Kristel Smentek (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

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April 26, 6 pm

Scenes from Dinétah

An evening of music with Diné composer Connor Chee

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May 3, 6 pm

Not Native American Art?

Forgeries, Replicas and Other

Vexed Identities

A lecture by Janet Catherine Berlo (University of Rochester)

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May 17, 6 pm

The Way It Was

A screening of the film by Stephen Scher

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May 24, 6 pm

Weaving Worlds

A screening of the film by Bennie Klain

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