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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, November 19, 6 – 8 pm

MacArthur x BGC: What is Research?

With An-My Lê and Terry Plank, moderated by BGC dean, Peter N. Miller

Research may well be the key word in our contemporary knowledge culture, with global investment in research across all industries estimated at $1 trillion, and its importance acknowledged by governments, industry, and academia around the world. 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 moderated by Dean Peter Miller, himself a MacArthur Fellow. These conversations launch a project on research that will culminate in an exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery in fall 2023. Read more.

Tuesday, November 26, 12–2 pm 

  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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Bard Graduate Center is pleased to announce its Fields of the Future Initiative, a funded research fellowship and mentorship program aimed to help promote diversity and inclusion in the advanced study of the material world. 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.