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Join BGC for upcoming events and learn about research with MacArthur “Genius” Award winners, study French fashion history with leading voices in the field, and enjoy jazz and conversation in the Gallery.

MacArthur x BGC: What is Research?
Thursday, October 3, 2019
6–8 pm
Bard Graduate Center Lecture Hall, 38 West 86 Street

Join biomedical researcher Elodie Ghedin, photographer and filmmaker An-My Lê, theater director and writer Annie Dorsen, and BGC dean and historian Peter Miller, all MacArthur “Genius” Award winners, for a wide-ranging discussion about research. According to Dean Miller, research may well be the key word in our contemporary knowledge culture, and yet the idea of research, the practice of research, and the social life of research is not a subject of reflection. To begin the task of understanding research, Bard Graduate Center has gathered a group of artists, scientists, and humanists—all MacArthur “Genius” Award winners—for three evenings of discussion (subsequent discussions will take place November 5 and November 19).  

Supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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New Perspectives on French Fashion History
Mondays, October 7–November 4, 2019
7–9 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86 Street, Classroom 538

This course highlights new research in French fashion history and is taught by emerging thought leaders in the field. Drop in for one session or take all five and learn about vital new research in fashion studies. Classes will explore the history of fashion display in department stores in Paris and in presentations at World’s Fairs, the transformative impact the First World War had on the French fashion industry, the cultural shifts brought about by the introduction of ready-made fashion in the 1950s and 60s, and much more.

Individual classes: $100 Adults; $85 Students and Educators; $75 BGC Members
Take All Five Sessions and Save!
$450 Adults; $375 Students and Educators; $350 BGC Members
Space is limited.

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BGC Late: Jazz & Conversation in the Gallery
Women Designers: Chanel, Lanvin, Boué Soeurs and Jeanne Paquin
Thursday, October 10
6–8 pm

Bard Graduate Center Gallery, 18 West 86 Street
FREE, but space is limited

Join us for BGC Late: Jazz & Conversation in the Gallery (the series formerly known as First Wednesdays)! Enjoy cool jazz, warm vibes, and a glass of wine; see the exhibition and learn from provocative conversations inspired by the objects on view. Gene Perla and the fantastic musicians he brings together start playing at 6 pm. At 7 pm, fashion scholars Waleria Dorogova, Rhonda Garelick, Mellissa Huber and Jan Glier Reeder lead a conversation about women designers, including Gabrielle Chanel, Jeanne Lanvin, Boué Soeurs and Jeanne Paquin.

Music Provided by:
Troy Roberts (Sax)
Rachel Z ( Piano)
Gene Perla (Bass)
Clarence Penn (Drums)

Meet the Speakers
Waleria Dorogova
is a historian and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Bonn, where she studied Art History and Classical Archaeology. Now based in Vienna, she currently works at the interdisciplinary project Austrian Center for Fashion Research at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. The subject of her dissertation is the history of the Franco-American fashion house Boué Sœurs (1897-1957).

Rhonda Garelick is the Dean of the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons/The New School.  She is the author of Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History (Random House, 2014); Electric Salome: Loie Fuller’s Performance of Modernism (Princeton University Press, 2007); Rising Star: Dandyism, Gender, and Performance in the Fin de Siècle (Princeton University Press, 1998); and co-editor of Fabulous Harlequin: ORLAN and the Patchwork Self (University of Nebraska Press, 2010). 

Mellissa Huber is assistant curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute and specializes in twentieth-century fashion. Since joining the Museum in 2012, she has assisted the department with research and content development for numerous special exhibitions, including Punk: Chaos to Couture (2013); Charles James: Beyond Fashion (2014); Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire (2014); China: Through the Looking Glass (2015) and more.

Jan Glier Reeder is a fashion historian and consulting curator for the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Music for BGC Late: Jazz & Conversation in the Gallery is guest curated by musician Gene Perla. Perla was raised in New Jersey where he studied classical piano and trombone. After attending Berklee School of Music, he moved to New York and began his musical career as a jazz bassist. He has performed and/or recorded with Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Elvin Jones, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Joni Mitchell, Buddy Rich, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, Stone Alliance, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, and others. In the early 1970s he formed music publishing and record companies, and his group “Stone Alliance” traveled to South America and Europe, through which he developed experience in management and booking. Perla is also a Broadway sound designer (Tony Award for City of Angels), has expertise in recording studio operations, and is the webmaster for the Jazz Education Network.


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On View in the Gallery
French Fashion, Women and the First World War
September 5, 2019 – January 5, 2020 Learn More Button
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