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Dear BGC Friends,

Happy December! We wish you a happy holiday season, and look forward to seeing you all back at 86th Street in January.

BGC’s Holiday Toast is this Wednesday, December 8! Goodies and surprises will now be delivered to your desk on the day of the event, and dropped off with Keith and Alec for students. At 5 pm join us on Zoom for an online toast. RSVP here, and find Zoom information at the bottom of this email.

As a reminder, until we return from the holiday break in January, please limit your visits to 86th Street to essential activities that can only be performed on-site. As always, if you are coming to 86th Street, fill out the daily health survey. If you aren’t receiving the daily reminders on Basecamp, please reach out to Maggie.

Your co-editors,
Nadia Rivers and Maggie Walter


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2021 Work Anniversaries
Help us congratulate the following staff and faculty members on their BGC work anniversaries!

25 years: Jose Olivera
20 years: Heather Topcik, Peter Miller, Deborah Krohn
15 years: Alexis Mucha
10 years: James Congregane, Artur Dibra
5 years: Benjamin Krevolin, Chantal Sulkow

Introducing BGC’s New Hires
Earlier this fall, BGC hired three visitor services associates in order to further develop the front desk experience in the gallery. Meet the new hires below, and say hello next time you are in the gallery!

Anthony Chassi
Anthony Chassi is a writer, curator, educator, and translator based in Queens, NY. The son of Colombian and Ecuadorian immigrants, Anthony received his BA in anthropology and film studies from CUNY Queens College, and his MA in film studies from Columbia University. He has written for notable publications such as Film Comment, Hyperallergic, and Screen Slate and has curated for spaces such as Spectacle Theater and the Lenfest Center for the Arts. Prior to working at Bard Graduate Center, Anthony worked at institutions such as Storm King Art Center, the Shed, and the Flaherty Film Seminar. 

Ema Furusho
Ema Furusho earned a BFA with a concentration in photography and sculpture at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She was born and raised in Queens and has had an interest in educational arts spaces from her involvement as a teaching assistant at the Queens Council on the Arts. Ema has experience in visitor-facing roles at galleries and art fairs including the Miller Institute of Contemporary Art and Silver Eye Center for Photography, which has led her to her current position at the BGC Gallery. Here, she is a part of the visitor services team and assists the marketing and communications department.

Bree Ann Klauser
Bree Ann Klauser (she/they) is an alumnus of CUNY, Brooklyn College, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting. Outside their work in the performing arts, Bree has worked extensively in visitor services for attractions and exhibitions across New York City. For much of their professional career, Bree has worked in the non-profit sector and the arts, with a particular interest in advocacy work for people with disabilities. Bree has used their platform as an arts administrator and performer to promote access and inclusion in the arts for marginalized communities.

Must-See NYC Exhibitions
Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room – The Met
Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room, like any of the Met’s period rooms, is a fabrication of a domestic space that assembles furnishings and objects to create a fiction of authenticity. Rather than affirm a fixed moment in time, however, this structure reimagines the immersive experience of the period room by embracing the African and African diasporic belief that the past, present, and future are interconnected.

Puppets of NYC – The Museum of the City of New York
Puppets of New York explores the extraordinary, surprising, and diverse history of New York City’s quirkiest residents. Puppets traveled with migrant communities from across the globe as they made their way to the city. Like other New Yorkers, they both enriched the metropolis and were transformed by it, as they encountered the heady mix of other puppetry traditions, practices, and languages that also made New York City home. From Punch and Judy to Oscar the Grouch; from Lamb Chop to The Lion King; from Lunar New Year to the Thanksgiving Day parade, the marionettes, shadow figures, and rod and hand puppets of New York have regaled our stages, studios, and streets. They have been broadcast all across the globe, and over time have reshaped the puppetry traditions of many cultures.  

Collaborative List
Take a look, and contribute to BGC’s Collaborative Resource List to get involved, learn, and take action in the fight for social justice.

BGC Holiday Toast Zoom Information
​​Zoom information:
Meeting ID: 845 3187 3371
Passcode: 967846