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What’s New at Bard Graduate Center

The past few months at Bard Graduate Center have been very eventful, from welcoming the new class of MA and PhD students, to the opening of BGC Gallery’s fall exhibition, French Fashion, Women, and the First World War.

Roberta Smith of The New York Times calls it an “encompassing exhibition, a feat of scrupulous, imaginative research,” while Will Heinrich, also of The New York Times, names it as one of the “100 shows that define the new season.” If you have not already seen it, please stop by before it closes on January 5, 2020.

The New York Times also interviewed BGC’s founder and director, Susan Weber, to learn about the role conservation plays in the BGC curriculum.

In this newsletter, we hear from BGC Gallery’s chief curator, Marianne Lamonaca, who attended the opening events for The Story Box: Franz Boas, George Hunt and the Making of Anthropology, at the U’Mista Cultural Center in Alert Bay, British Columbia. The Alumni Spotlight introduces Jessica Boven, who recently began a curatorial position at the Denver Museum of Art.  Read on for more Bard Graduate Center news.

  Research and Academic Programs
"The Story Box" Website Launched
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Professor Aaron Glass launched the exhibition website for The Story Box: Franz Boas, George Hunt and the Making of Anthropology, as part of an international project to create a new critical edition of Boas’s groundbreaking 1897 book, The Social Organization and the Secret Societies of the Kwakiutl Indians, that reassembles hundreds of pages of unpublished revisions. Check it out here.
BGC Teen Thinkers
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This summer, Daniel Lowe, a participant in BGC’s Lab For Teen Thinkers, served as exhibition intern for BGC’s curatorial department. Read his perspective on his summer internship here.
Faculty News
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BGC faculty are traveling around the world, publishing books, and giving talks and tours. Read about their activities here.
Alumni News
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Michelle Hargrave (MA ’00) was recently appointed executive director of the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa. Read more.
Alumni Spotlight
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This month’s Alumni Spotlight features Jessica Boven, who was recently hired as a curatorial assistant for architecture and design at the Denver Art Museum. Learn more about Jessica and her new position here.
Student News
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This summer, BGC students joined Professor Caspar Meyer on an archaeological excavation in Greece. Read Professor Meyer’s report on their trip here.
Meet BGC's 2019-20 Fellows
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Bard Graduate Center is thrilled to welcome our fellows for the 2019-2020 year, Soon Kai Po and Jan Eike Dunkhase. Learn more about their research here.

Open Houses
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One of the best ways for prospective students to learn about Bard Graduate Center is to visit. Learn more.

Fall Open House Dates
November 17, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
December 8, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

French Fashion, Women, and the First World War

On September 5, French Fashion, Women, and the First World War opened to the public. This exhibition represents an unprecedented examination of the dynamic relationship between fashion, war, and gender politics in France during World War I. French Fashion, Women, and the First World War is curated by Maude Bass-Krueger (PhD, Bard Graduate Center), a postdoctoral fellow at Leiden University, and Sophie Kurkdjian (PhD, Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne), a research associate at Institut d’Histoire du Temps Présent (CNRS).

BGC Gallery in the Press

New York Times
“Designs to Last”

New York Times
Fall Preview — “Don’t Miss These Art Shows and Events This Fall”

New York Times
Fall Preview —“Modernism Reboots at the Museums”

Women’s Wear Daily
“Fashion Offers a Lot to Learn in New Exhibitions in New York”
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On July 20 and 21, Marianna Lamonaca, BGC’s chief curator, attended the opening events of The Story Box: Franz Boas, George Hunt and the Making of Anthropology, at the U’Mista Cultural Center in Alert Bay, British Columbia. This exhibition, curated by Bard Graduate Center professor, Aaron Glass, was previously presented at BGC from February to July 2019, and ran at U’Mista from July to October 2019. Read more about Marianne’s experience here.
Buy the Book
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French Fashion, Women, and the First World War (2019), is a richly illustrated catalogue edited by Maude Bass-Krueger and Sophie Kurkdjian, designed by Irma Boom, and published by Bard Graduate Center Gallery. This fascinating exploration of French women’s fashion during World War I is the first in-depth consideration of the role that fashion played in the upheaval of French society between 1914 and 1918. Purchase your copy here.


  Upcoming Events

MacArthur x BGC: What is Research?
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
6–8 pm

Bard Graduate Center Lecture Hall, 38 West 86 Street
Free with Registration

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. These conversations launch a project on research that will culminate in an exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery in fall 2023. This conversation will include Tom JoyceHideo Mabuchi, and Sheila Nirenberg.

Register here.


Fashion and Justice Workshop
Saturday, November 9, 2019
9 am–5:30 pm

Bard Graduate Center Lecture Hall, 38 West 86 Street

Fashion forms part of a society’s rich tapestry and can stimulate awareness of how marginalized and racialized communities understand themselves and their place in the world. Fashion and Justice is a one-day workshop curated by Kim Jenkins and Jonathan Square that examines the role of fashion in contending with and challenging inequality through sartorial ingenuity. The workshop includes analysis of artistic work and projects, partial film screenings, review of related literature, conversations with guest speakers, and a look at how contemporary designers, artists, journalists, curators, photographers, and academics explore fashion’s role with a critical lens. Register here.

  Become a Member

Your love of objects and your appreciation for the varied programs and activities at Bard Graduate Center mean a great deal to us. In appreciation of your commitment to the institution, we would like to invite you to join our Membership Circle. As a member, you’ll receive invitations to openings and exclusive events; scholarly publications and catalogues; a 10% discount on items in our gift shop; early access to select public programs; and many opportunities for learning and exploring. Your support strengthens our programs and ensures the ongoing success of the institution. Join today, and help us celebrate BGC’s 25th Anniversary. Learn more.