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Happy Mother’s Day from Bard Graduate Center Gallery!  Our current exhibitions have won rave reviews.  Bring the mom in your life this weekend or any time through July 7 to learn more about how contemporary jewelry artists draw on ancient jewelry making techniques, the vital role designer Jan Tschichold played in creating “a new visual vocabulary for graphic communication,” and the story behind one of the most influential books in anthropology, The Social Organization and the Secret Societies of the Kwakiutl Indians (1897) by Franz Boas and his Indigenous collaborator George Hunt.  One recent visitor remarked, “I really enjoyed viewing three very interesting, beautifully presented, substantive exhibitions in less than two hours.  BGC Gallery is the perfect place for an intimate, meaningful experience.”

Read the reviews and learn more about the exhibitions below.

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A View from the Jeweler’s Bench
Ancient Treasures, Contemporary Statements

The Wall Street Journal called The Jeweler’s Bench “a glittering education in the jeweler’s craft” and continued, “the exhibition … is a dialogue between past and present on the essential subjects of mastery and imagination [that juxtaposes] the work of 12 contemporary jewelry artists with a number of definitive historical pieces.”

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Jan Tschichold and the New Typography
Graphic Design Between the World Wars

“For decades throughout the 20th century, many curators of modern art didn’t see graphic design as worthy of the limelight. While that mindset has shifted, there are still many works that have gone unseen or have always been lost within bigger design-focused shows. Many have yet to make their debut within a cohesive whole, but that’s exactly what’s occurring at the new Bard Graduate Center show The New Typography: Graphic Design Between the World Wars.”—Metropolis magazine

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The Story Box
Franz Boas, George Hunt, and the Making of Anthropology

The Washington Post says The Story Box is “full of surprises about an anthropologist, his complex legacy, and a Native Canadian tribe” and continues, “the exhibition … supplements [anthropologist Franz] Boas’s work while highlighting the culture it portrayed.  It features ceremonial Kwakwaka‘wakw objects, photos, drawings and manuscripts.  Also included are revisions by [Native Canadian linguist and ethnographer George] Hunt, who wanted to correct the book but whose additions were never published.”

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