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Consortium

Students may take courses at our consortium partner institutions which include Columbia University (COL), Cooper Hewitt, Parsons School of Design (CH), the City University of …

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IND
Independent Study

Independent study offers students the opportunity to pursue research in areas beyond the range of the standard curriculum. Through independent study, students further their knowledge …

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200
Orientation

This two-and-a-half week August session includes introductions to resources at Bard Graduate Center, as well as required digital and writing seminars, and language classes, if …

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483
Arts of Albion, 1500-1900
Andrew Morrall, Jeffrey L. Collins
2nd Floor Classroom
WED 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This seminar studies the decorative and applied arts in Britain from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, a period that saw its transformation from an island …

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484
Metalwork: Technology, Value, Reception
Ittai Weinryb, Caspar Meyer
5th Floor Classroom
MON 9:30am – 12:00pm

From works of ancient mythography (Hesiod’s Works and Days) to modern archaeology (Thomsen’s Three-Age system), metals have long been considered a central feature …

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485
Medical Materialities
Meredith B. Linn
5th Floor Classroom
TUE 9:30am – 12:00pm

This course will draw from the fields of medical anthropology and material culture studies to consider the importance of materiality in healing practices in a …

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486
The Science Behind the Sparkle
Jennifer L. Mass
5th Floor Classroom
FRI 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Glasses, ceramics, rock crystal, glazes, enamels, gemstones, and smalts are just some of the aluminosilicates that have brightened our lives from the Bronze Age to …

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487
Athens: Material Culture Approaches to the Classical City
Caspar Meyer
2nd Floor Classroom
THU 1:30pm – 4:00pm

For much of antiquity Athens was one of the foremost cities of the Mediterranean world, famed for its power and creativity. Modern accounts tend to …

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488
What is Research?
Peter N. Miller
5th Floor Classroom
THU 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This course explores the history of research, its meaning and its places. Some distinction will be made, as part of the story, between the broad …

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500
Objects in Context: A Survey of Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture I
Jeffrey L. Collins
Lecture Hall
MON 5:00pm – 7:30pm

This two-semester, team-taught course introduces incoming students to major historical developments in the decorative and applied arts, design, and material culture from antiquity to the …

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502
Approaches to the Object
Meredith B. Linn, Freyja Hartzell
Lecture Hall
THU 9:30am – 12:00pm

This fall-term course is required for entering MA students, and for PhD students who have not taken a course deemed comparable. Drawing on the expertise …

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510
Writing Objects
2nd Floor Classroom
TUE 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This two-semester practicum on Tuesday afternoons develops techniques for effective graduate-level writing through practical exercises and workshop sessions. Drawing on the assignments and readings in 500…

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515
Seminar Series

All MA students are required, during the course of the two-year program, to attend in person at least 10 lectures, symposia, or talks given by leading …

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539
Mode and Manners in the Eighteenth Century, 1675–1804
Michele Majer
2nd Floor Classroom
MON 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This seminar examines eighteenth-century fashionable dress within the context of the social, cultural, and political history of the period. The emphasis is on France as …

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548
Women Designers in the USA, 1900–2000: Diversity and Difference
Catherine Whalen
2nd Floor Classroom
FRI 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This seminar surveys the emergence of women designers and their contributions to American design from 1900 to 2020. It draws upon Pat Kirkham’s groundbreaking edited volume, …

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621
The Renaissance Discovery of the World: Collecting and Collections in the Early Modern Era
Andrew Morrall
5th Floor Classroom
FRI 9:30am – 12:00pm

This course explores habits of collecting in Europe from about 1500 to 1650, and traces the development of the Kunstkammer and the cabinet of curiosities in the …

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627
Foreign Luxuries and Chinese Taste
François Louis
5th Floor Classroom
WED 9:30am – 12:00pm

This seminar explores the intercultural dimensions of China’s material culture. Starting from the premise that cultural change is driven in part by intercultural exchange, …

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748
The Sea Inside: Art and Material Culture of the Mediterranean World 1050-1250
Ittai Weinryb
5th Floor Classroom
THU 5:00pm – 7:30pm

In the past century scholarship in art and material culture have benefited greatly from the discussion of the materials and ideas relating to the Mediterranean …

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845
American Craft, Design, and Folk Art in the 1920s and 1930s
Catherine Whalen
WED 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This seminar explores the intersection of craft, design, and ‘folk’ art in the United States during the years between World War I and II, specifically …

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912
Curatorial Practice and American Art at the Metropolitan Museum: A Chipstone Foundation-Bard Graduate Center Collaboration
Ivan Gaskell
2nd Floor Classroom
WED 9:30am – 12:00pm

Over the last six years, building on past strength, the American Wing has gained a reputation for its innovative initiatives. Without neglecting established areas of …

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931
News from Nowhere: Design and Utopia
Freyja Hartzell
5th Floor Classroom
FRI 9:30am – 12:00pm

What is the purpose of design? All design aspires, at some level, to change the world in which we live, and with it, our experience …

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959
Exhibition as Medium: Curatorial Thinking
Deborah L. Krohn
5th Floor Classroom
MON 1:30pm – 4:00pm

The temporary exhibition, where objects are grouped together for a limited time to elucidate a particular thesis or argument, has been a key curatorial practice …

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