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Research programming is a major component of intellectual life at Bard Graduate Center. Weekly seminars and lectures are curated by faculty and bring into our midst scholarly conversations on relevant subject matter or methodological debate, broadening our curricular vision and helping to 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 27, 6–7:30 pm

Field Notes: How the Harvard Art Museums are Responding

Martha Tedeschi
Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director, Harvard Art Museums

As a first-time museum director and a relative newcomer to the university art museum and its varied constituencies, Tedeschi is reflecting on the unique characteristics of the Harvard Art Museums and also on the responsibilities it shares with other types of museums. In a moment when object-based teaching is helping faculty and students across a wide curriculum find innovation, passion, and new direction in their disciplines, university museums must also take seriously their potential as the place where the university and the world connects. 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.

Wednesday, December 5, 6–7:30 pm

Artists as Consumers: A Picture, a Snuffbox, a Teacup, a Carriage, an Umbrella, and a Bath

Katie Scott
Professor of Art History, The Courtauld Institute of Art

This paper is part of a collaborative research project into the material culture of eighteenth-century French artists. It focuses not on the studio, however, but on the domestic interior and on the diverse stuffs of social life. It asks how prominent artists such as Nicolas de Largillière, Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, and Jacques-Philippe Le Bas responded to the range of consumer goods, both luxury and every-day, flooding the Parisian market in which they lived and worked. Read more.

  Around the Center
On View in the Gallery
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Faith is common to all human societies. By focusing on the material artifacts produced with the intention of being offered as acts of faith, Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place will provide a perspective on why humans across the globe create these material objects. Learn more and visit.
Curator's Spotlight Tour
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Join Ittai Weinryb, curator of the exhibition Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place, for an in-depth tour that will give audiences a behind the scenes look at this expansive exhibition. Learn more and register.
Apply to Our MA & PhD Programs
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Bard Graduate Center is the home for advanced study of the cultural history of the material world. We offer the MA and PhD degrees in Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture. Applications due January 4. Apply now.
Symposium, February 1
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“Khipus: Writing Histories In and From Knots,” brings together eight Andean scholars to discuss and debate the question of whether or not, and if so how, we might draw on knotted cord accounts from the pre-Inka Wari, the Inka empire, and those from Andean subjects of the Spanish Colonial state in order to begin to understand how Andean peoples constructed representations of their own societies. Learn more and register.