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German Design Publications

Join us as Professor Paul Stirton walks us through the Library’s collection of German design publications from the Weimar period, many of which informed his recent exhibition, Jan Tschichold and the New Typography. One of the highlights is the journal, Offset: Buch und Werbekunst (Book and Advertising Art), of which the BGC has the only run in any US library. This journal was made famous by a special issue of July 1926 devoted to the Bauhaus; the cover of that issue has become an icon of modernist graphic design. There are many other journals in our library that provide an insight into the design world of Central Europe between the two world wars.

Tuesday, November 5, 12:15–1:15 pm
38 West 86th Street, Reading Room



Repaired Objects

Soon Kai Poh, Bard Graduate Center Conservation as a Human Science Fellow, will lead this Object Hour centered on objects in the Study Collection that show signs of past repair. The session will frame the practice of restoring ceramics within broader contexts of conservation history, theory, and practice to explore shifting attitudes towards conservation activity. Through close looking, handling, and discussion, we will consider how conservators interact with objects that were previously repaired in both practical and ideological terms. Furthermore, we will discuss how the material evidence of these restorative actions can pose intriguing interpretive possibilities by contributing to, or superseding, the identity of the objects themselves.

Tuesday, November 19, 12:15–1:15 pm
38 West 86th Street, Object Lab