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Bard Graduate Center publishes award-winning exhibition catalogues, books, and journals focusing on scholarship in the decorative arts, design history, and material culture.

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Majolica Mania Transatlantic Pottery in England and the United States, 1850–1915

Majolica Mania: Transatlantic Pottery in England and the United States, 1850–1915 is the first comprehensive study of the most important ceramic innovation of the nineteenth century. Fully illustrated, the book is enlivened by new photography of pieces from major museums and private collections in the United States and Great Britain.

The Museum in the Cultural Sciences: Collecting, Displaying, and Interpreting Material Culture in the Twentieth Century

The Museum in the Cultural Sciences offers the first full English translations of Wilhelm von Bode’s controversial articles, which remain influential in conversations about the implications of art, historical, and ethnographic museums. They show how sophisticated the discussion of museums and museum display was in the early twentieth century and how much could be gained from revisiting these reflections today.

The Art of the Jewish Family: A History of Women in Early New York in Five Objects

In The Art of the Jewish Family, Laura Arnold Leibman examines five objects owned by a diverse group of Jewish women who all lived in New York in the years between 1750 and 1850.

* National Jewish Book Awards 2020 Winner

What is Research?

To begin the task of understanding research as a concept and practice, BGC gathered a group of artists, scientists, and humanists—all recipients of MacArthur “genius” grants—for three evenings of discussions moderated by Dean Peter N. Miller. What is Research? includes these conversations, all of which grapple with questions about the nature of research from their varied perspectives.

Ritual and Capital

Ritual and Capital is an expansive volume that collects an interdisciplinary range of voices and genres that reflect on ritual as a form of resistance against capitalism. The poems, essays, and artworks included in this anthology explore habits and practices formed to subvert, subsist, and survive under the repression of capital.

Eileen Gray

This volume chronicles Eileen Gray’s career as a designer, architect, painter, and photographer. The book’s essays, featuring copious new research, offer in-depth analysis of more than 50 individual designs and architectural projects, accompanied by both period and new photographs

* AIGA’s 2020 50 Books | 50 Covers Winner
* DAM 2020 Architectural Book Award Winner