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December at Bard Graduate Center

This month at Bard Graduate Center, we continue to celebrate the exhibition, French Fashion, Women, and the First World War, and reflect on the many fascinating conversations it has provoked. The photograph above is from one of those conversations at last month’s Fashion and Justice Workshop. WAG Magazine called the exhibition “glamorous and thoughtful … creating an informative journey into this earlier time.” If you haven’t already stopped by, do so before the exhibition closes on January 5, 2020.
In this newsletter we are delighted to announce the inaugural BGC Summer School for advanced undergraduates. Applications are due March 1, 2020, and we will be circulating information to colleauges soon. Also, we are pleased to share that the exhibition catalogue, Agents of Faith, edited by BGC professor, Ittai Weinryb, won the 2019 Art + Christianity Book Award. The alumni spotlight is on Alyssa Velazquez, assistant curator of decorative arts and design at the Carnegie Museum of Art, in Pittsburgh, PA. Read on for more Bard Graduate Center News.
  Research and Academic Programs
Announcing BGC Summer School for Advanced Undergraduates

Bard Graduate Center is thrilled to launch its inaugural summer school for college juniors and seniors, in summer 2020. Each year, the two-week intensive will examine a different topic, providing students of diverse backgrounds with unique exposure to research and practice in the decorative arts, design history, and material culture. Course credit will be provided through Bard College.
This summer’s topic (Dress—Design—Material Culture) introduces students to the major issues and debates that inform the history of fashion and design, and to the practices of museums, dealers, and collectors in shaping our conceptions of the material past. Morning seminars and tutorials with BGC faculty and special guests will be followed by afternoon visits to New York City collections, often in the company of curators and conservators who will provide insights into the ways in which dress and designed objects are interpreted.
More information and applications will be available by December 13. To sign up to receive additional information, email
Agents of Faith Wins Esteemed Award
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2018 Exhibition Catalogue, Agents of Faith, wins esteemed Art + Christianity Book Award. Read More.
Student News
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From winning first place symposium awards, to getting coverage in Vogue Magazine, see what BGC students have been up to here.
Faculty News
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From publishing articles to attending conferences, read about BGC faculty’s activities here.
Alumni Spotlight
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This month’s Alumni Spotlight features Alyssa Velazquez, who works as the curatorial assistant for decorative arts and design at the Carnegie Museum of Art, in Pittsburgh, PA. Learn more about Alyssa and her position here.
French Fashion, Women, and the First World War

Until January 5, French Fashion, Women, and the First World War will be on display in our Gallery. 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

WAG Magazine
“A Step Back into French Fashion History”

“In Pictures: How World War I Changed Women’s Fashion”

The Wall Street Journal
“What to Give: Books on Design”
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BGC Assistant Curator Emma Cormack, BGC Professor Michele Majer, The Met Costume Institute Head Conservator Sarah Scaturro, and moderator and FIT Professor Lourdes Font spoke at TEFAF New York, on how clothing carries narrative. Read more here.
Artist in Residence Open Calls
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Bard Graduate Center is now accepting applications for a Digital Artist in Residence and a Library Artist in Residence. Find more information 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. Wall Street Journal calls it “immensely thoughtful as well as entertaining”. Purchase your copy here.

Buy The Tote
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Created by Irma Boom, the award-winning designer of the French Fashion, Women, and the First World War exhibition catalogue, the tote bag is a beautiful and practical reminder of BGC’s exhibit French Fashion, Women, and the First World War. Hyperallergic names the tote on its “Art-Inspired Gift Guide to Make Your Holidays Shine Bright”, as “both eye catching and unique”. Purchase here.
  Upcoming Events

Holiday Viewing of French Fashion, Women, and the First World War
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Bard Graduate Center Gallery, 18 West 86 Street

Come in from the cold to ring in the holiday season with Gallery Director Nina Stritzler-Levine and staff for an evening viewing of French Fashion, Women, and the First World War and Ellen Sampson’s  pop-up exhibition, Emotional Objects.  Enjoy light refreshments and holiday discounts on our gallery publications.

Register here.


Fashion, Anxiety and Society: Subversion
Thursday, December 12, 2019
6:30–8 pm

Bard Graduate Center Lecture Hall, 38 West 86 Street
Adults $8; Seniors/Students $5; Free for Members

Fashion, Anxiety, and Society is a conversation series curated by Kristen J. Owens. Organized in conjunction with Bard Graduate Center Gallery’s fall exhibition, French Fashion, Women, and the First World War these monthly conversations explore contemporary questions of gender, labor, justice, and subversion as they relate to fashion. This conversation features Lucia CubaFawn Kriegerand Otto von Busch.

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.