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Isabelle Kalinowski (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris) and Spyros Papapetros (Princeton University) will be holding a lunch time workshop on Wednesday, December 4, at 12:15 pm. The workshop is entitled, “Semper Studies Now.”

Gottfried Semper is a seminal figure in the later nineteenth century’s great leap forward in thinking about object studies, history, design, textiles, style, and collecting. The title of this workshop suggests the centrality of Semper for questions fundamentally associated with Bard Graduate Center. Based first in Dresden, then moving to London in time for the 1851 Great Exposition (he was a political refugee on the run for his liberal views in post-1848 Germany), and later returning to Germany, Semper offers us access to crucial debates all across Europe. He remains, however, just over the horizon of most Anglophone scholars. Join two of the foremost semper scholars working today Isabelle Kalinowski, visiting BGC to deliver Tuesday evening’s lecture, and Spyros Papapetros, BGC Research Fellow, for this workshop on the state of Semper Studies. They will offer the opportunity to explore the crucial role of Semper—and the questions about that role that remain to be asked—in the later nineteenth-century development of art and architectural history as well as museum studies.

This talk will take place in the Seminar Room at 38 West 86th Street and is open to the BGC community and invited guests. Please RSVP to