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Research programming is a major component of intellectual life at Bard Graduate Center. Organized by our faculty, the seminars, lectures, and symposia scheduled throughout the semester broaden our curricular vision and help further the institution’s goal of promoting research in the areas of decorative arts, design history, and material culture—what we call the “cultural history of the material world.” Advance registration is strongly encouraged. Please click through for full descriptions and to register.

  Lectures and Seminars
Tuesday, December 3, 6 – 7:30 pm

Gottfried Semper: Architecture, Textile, and Memory

Isabelle Kalinowski
Research Director, C.N.R.S.; Professor of German Studies, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

In this lecture, Kalinowski will explore Semper’s theory of material memory and explicate the role of figuration and abstract ornamental décor in this process as well as the function of Stoffwechsel (metabolism) or migration from one material technique to another in its discontinuity and nomadic history. Read more.
BGCTV Logo BGCTV This event will be livestreamed. A link to the video will be posted to the event listing the day of the talk.

Tuesday, December 10, 6–7:30 pm 

Images: Writing a History of the Ho-Chunk Nation Through the Visual Archive, 1879–1960

Amy Lonetree
Associate Professor of History, University of California, Santa Cruz

BGCTV Logo BGCTV This event will be livestreamed. A link to the video will be posted to the event listing the day of the talk.

  Around the Center
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This exhibition represents an unprecedented examination of the dynamic relationship between fashion, war, and gender politics in France during World War I. Garments by Coco Chanel and Jeanne Lanvin, two of many French women leading fashion houses during the period, will be displayed in the United States for the first time. Learn more and visit.
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We are now accepting applications for our MA and PhD programs in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture. All applications due January 3, 2020. Read more.
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Learn more about Bard Graduate Center’s MA and PhD programs at a fall open house. Read more.
Horowitz Book Prize
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Bard Graduate Center welcomes submissions for the 2019 Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Book Prize, awarded annually to the best book on the decorative arts, design history, or material culture of the Americas. Learn more.