Jeffrey Collins contributed to the catalogue of the exhibition Casanova: The Seduction of Europe, opening August 27 at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, and traveling to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Collins’s essay, “Pleasures of the Road,” investigates the mechanics and motivations of Casanova’s incessant wanderings, asking what his nearly 40,000-mile journey—from Rialto to Riga, by way of Calais and Constantinople—meant for his evolving sense of self.

Ivan Gaskell returned in July from the Advanced Study Institute, Göttingen, Germany, where he is a permanent senior fellow, and participated in the NEH Summer Institute at BGC. Read more about his Göttingen fellowship here.

Urmila Mohan, along with master’s student, Jaime Ding, and Manager of Education and Engagement Carla Repice, lead participants in the BGC Lab For Teen Thinkers summer intensive on a fieldtrip to the American Museum of Natural on July 13. As part of a pilot program that includes a focus on material culture, these outstanding students from Bard High School Early College Program were introduced to museum practices and ethnographic collections in the museum.

Andrew Morrall presented a talk entitled “Io’s Hoof and the Origins of Letters. Ingenuity and Invention in the Champ Fleury of Geofroy Tory of 1529” at the conference Ingenuity in the Making: Materials and Technique in Early Modern Europe held at the University of Cambridge in May. His essay, “Urban Craftsmen and the Courts in Sixteenth-Century Germany,” has been published in Civic Artists and Court Artists (1300-1600): Case Studies and Conceptual Ideas about the Status, Tasks and the Working Conditions of Artists and Artisans, Dagmar Eichberger and Phillipe Lorentz, eds (Michael Imhoff Verlag, 2017).

Paul Stirton spent two weeks during August at the Getty Research Library, Los Angeles, as part of his fellowship researching the work of the German graphic designer Jan Tschichold, who will be the subject a spring 2019 Bard Graduate Center Focus Project.