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September News

This Month at Bard Graduate Center

The long-awaited Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place opens in the Gallery on September 14. This groundbreaking exhibition—the first to provide a broad perspective on the practice and history of votive giving—will be on view through January 6, 2018.

As the new academic year begins, Bard Graduate Center is welcoming our new and returning PhD and MA students and visiting and research fellows to West 86th Street—we will be introducing them in upcoming newsletters. This month, we are pleased to announce another NEH grant for the ongoing Franz Boas project and the winner of BGC’s first Horowitz Book Prize. Read on for more BGC news.
  Research and Academic Programs
Bard Graduate Center has received additional NEH funding to support the transcription, translation, and interpretation of a large portion of Franz Boas’s field notes relating to the Kwakwa̱ ka̱’wakw (Kwakiutl). Read more.
First Horowitz Book Prize Winner
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Book Prize—for the best book on the decorative arts, design history, or material culture of the Americas published in 2017—has been announced. Read more.
Faculty News
Read about the activities of some of our faculty here.
Open Houses
Each fall, Bard Graduate Center hosts open houses for prospective students. Read more.
  Upcoming Events

Agents of Faith: The Conference
September 14, 11 am–4 pm

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place, a one-day symposium on September 14 will look at what humans have chosen to offer in their votive transactions. Speakers will explore how votives mark the most intimate moments in human existence and question the nature, role, and function of one of the most fundamental aspects of the relationship between people and things—the imbuing of objects with sentiment. Learn more.

Acts of Faith: Film Series
Series begins September 28, 6:30 pm

Acts of Faith features films that depict a wide variety of religious rituals across cultures, from individual acts of devotion to community-wide sacred practices. Selections include ethnographic documentaries, fictional narratives, and experiments in cinematic form. Guest curated by Ed Halter, Critic in Residence at Bard College, and founder and co-director of Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic arts in Brooklyn. The series premieres on September 28 with Jai Santoshi Maa. Learn more.

Public Education Course: Materials and Making
Classes begin October 2, 7 pm

Bard Graduate Center’s fall course for the general public opens our extensive Study Collection for hands on workshops. Materials and Making is a five-week object handling course taught by our world-renowned faculty and alumni. Each session will focus on a different material, allowing participants to discover different histories of materials, making, and production through tactile engagement with objects. Learn more.
  Become a Member of Bard Graduate Center

This year, Bard Graduate Center celebrates its 25th Anniversary. You can commemorate this significant milestone with us by joining our Membership Circle. Through membership, you are invited to participate in our discussions, share our scholarship, and explore the wide world of material culture. You will receive invitations to openings, copies of scholarly publications, early access to select public programs, and many opportunities for learning and exploring. Your support strengthens our programs and ensures the institution enjoys another quarter century of success and beyond. To learn more about the benefits of membership, click here.