BGC Past Events Archive


February 21, 2017

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

"In Enemy Hands: Captive Bodies in Ancient Mesoamerican Art"
Caitlin Earley
Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno; Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

February 8, 2017

Artist in Residence, Evening Lecture

"From the Wunderkammer to The Museum of Nature: Exhibiting the Anthropocene"
Mark Dion
Bard Graduate Center, Artist-in-Residence
Joanna Ebenstein
Co-founder of Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum
David Harvey
AMNH Consultant
Earle Havens
Nancy H. Hall Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, John’s Hopkins University

February 1, 2017

"Keyword" Panel

"Conserving 9/11"
Zainab Bahrani
Edith Porada Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Art and Archaeology, Columbia University
Jan Seidler Ramirez
Senior Vice President of Collections and Chief Curator, National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Mark Wagner
Associate Partner, Davis Brody Bond, LLP
Steven Weintraub
Conservation Consultant, Art Preservation Services

January 25, 2017

Artist in Residence

An Evening with Mark Dion
Mark Dion
Bard Graduate Center, Artist-in-Residence
Big Dance Theater
Brooklyn-based performance ensemble
Ruth Erickson
ICA, Boston
Jason Simon


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

"Textiles in the Historic Interior—A Look at Curatorial, Conservation, and Interpretive Issues"
Deborah Lee Trupin
Principal and Textile/Upholstery Conservator, Trupin Conservation Services, LLC

November 2, 2016

Evening Lecture

"The Protection of Cultural Heritage in Italy: A Short History and Some Current Issues"
Salvatore Settis
Former Director, Getty Research Institute; Former Director, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa; Chairman, Scientific Council, Louvre Museum

November 2, 2016

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

"Issues of Conservation and Display in the American Museum of Natural History's Hall of Northwest Coast Indians"
Jessica Walthew
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Cultures of Conservation, Bard Graduate Center

November 1, 2016

"Keyword" Panel

"Digging into Central Park's Layered Past"
Hilary Ballon
University Professor and Professor of Urban Studies and Architecture, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University
Richard W. Hunter
President, Hunter Research, Inc.
Christopher J. Nolan
Vice President for Planning, Design, and Construction, Central Park Conservancy
Nan A. Rothschild
Professor of Anthropology, Barnard College, Columbia University

October 19, 2016

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

"Netherlands Institute for Conservation Art and Science: An Integrated Approach Towards Understanding and Preserving Cultural Heritage"
Robert van Langh
Head of Conservation and Scientific Research, Rijksmuseum

October 5, 2016

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

"Luxury Object Artisans in the Ancient Andes: Coca and Metal Producers in Northern Peru, AD 200–1532"
Alicia Boswell
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cultures of Conservation, Bard Graduate Center

March 15, 2016

Conservation Conversations

“A Multiplicity of Voices: The Structure of Preservation at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum"
Gabrielle Berlinger
Assistant Professor of American Studies and Folklore and Tanenbaum Fellow of American Jewish Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
David Favaloro
Director of Curatorial Affairs, Tenement Museum

March 14, 2016

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

"Museum’s Role in Helping Sustain and Revitalize Indigenous Peoples’ Cultures and Traditions"
Vera A. Solovyeva
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Cultures of Conservation, Bard Graduate Center

March 2, 2016

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

"Paper is Part of the Picture"
Margaret Holben Ellis
Eugene Thaw Professor of Paper Conservation, New York University; Director, Thaw Conservation Center, Morgan Library and Museum

February 23, 2016

"Keyword" Panel

"Minimalist, Post-Minimalist, and Conceptual Art"
Francesca Esmay
Conservator, Panza Collection, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Sherri Irvin
Presidential Research Professor or Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Oklahoma
Jeffrey Weiss
Senior Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Adjunct Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Glenn Wharton
Clinical Associate Professor, Museum Studies, New York University


December 7, 2015

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

"The Analysis of Organic Colorants in Art Objects: Case Studies from the Metropolitan Museum of Art"
Nobuko Shibayama
Associate Research Scientist, Department of Scientific Research, Metropolitan Museum of Art

November 19, 2015

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

"Textile Conservation at Historic Royal Palaces: A 100-Year History"
Charlotte Gamper
Textile Conservator, Historic Royal Palaces
Mika Takami
Textile Conservation Supervisor, Historic Royal Palaces

November 4, 2015

Work in Progress Series

"Color Matters: Synthetic Dyes in Early Meiji Japanese Prints"
Stephanie Su
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cultures of Conservation, Bard Graduate Center

October 27, 2015

"Keyword" Panel

"Conserving an Alutiiq Kayak"
Sven Haakanson Jr.
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Curator of North American Anthropology, Burke Museum, University of Washington
T. Rose Holdcraft
Senior Conservator, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Judith Levinson
Director of Conservation in the Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History
George Nicholas
Professor of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia; Director, Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage (IPinCH) Project

March 31, 2015

Conservation Conversations

"Conservation and the Future"
Salvador Muñoz Viñas
Departamento de Conservación y Restauración, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Paul Eggert
Martin J. Svaglic Endowed Chair in Textual Studies, Department of English, Loyola University, Chicago

March 25, 2015

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

“Hiding in Plain Sight: The 20th-Century Apartment House in New York”
Andrew S. Dolkart
Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia University

March 20, 2015


Symposium—Extreme Conservation
"The Object in Extremis"
Matthew Battles
Associate Director, metaLAB, Harvard University
"Death Camps: The Example of Auschwitz"
Friedemann Hellwig
Professor Emeritus, University of Applied Sciences, Cologne
"Unexpected Trajectories: Tracing the Evolution of Hardware Used in Space Exploration to Revered Museum Artifacts"
Malcolm Collum
Chief Conservator, Smithsonian, National Air and Space Museum
"Curating the Container — the Museum as Museological Object"
Stephen Rustow
Professor of Architecture, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
"Uncanny Materiality: The Spoiled Trophies of Taxidermy"
Petra Lange-Berndt
Lecturer, University College London
"From Back of House to Front: The Performance of Conservation as Public Programming"
Matthew Siegal
Chair, Conservation and Collection Management, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
"Mistakes and Controversial Treatments on Wall Paintings"
Isabelle Brajer
Senior Research Conservator, The National Museum of Denmark

March 16, 2015

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

"Two Royal Kitchens: Discovery, Conservation, Interpretation"
Lee Prosser
Historic Buildings Curator, Historic Royal Palaces

March 3, 2015

Conservation Conversations

"Knowledge in the Making: Reconstructing Historical Materials and Techniques"
Pamela H. Smith
Seth Low Professor of History, Columbia University; Director, The Making and Knowing Project
Andrew Lacey
Sculptor and Independent Scholar

February 25, 2015

Conservation Conversations

"Museum Conservation Responding To Indigenous Perspectives: Changes, Challenges, and Common Ground"
Miriam Clavir
Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia Museum Conservation
"Collaborative Collection Management: Host Museum and Source Community Responsibilities"
Jim Enote
Executive Director, A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center

January 26, 2015

Videoconference Series: Technical Art History

"Technical Art History and Materials as Markers, a 16th-Century Material Travel Log"
Erma Hermens
Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Senior Lecturer in Technical Art History, History of Art Department, University of Glasgow

January 21, 2015

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

"Trouble the Water: Superstorm Sandy and the Preservation of Place"
Christopher Mulé
Folk Arts Director, Brooklyn Arts Council

January 12, 2015

Videoconference Series: Technical Art History

"Technical Art History and its Relation to the Conservation of Art on Paper"
Georg Josef Dietz
Kupferstichkabinett, SMB, Berlin


December 15, 2014

Videoconference Series: Technical Art History

Ivan Gaskell
Professor, Curator and Head of the Focus Gallery Project, Bard Graduate Center

December 8, 2014

Videoconference Series: Technical Art History

"A Farewell to the Humanities?"
Arjan de Koomen
Department of Art History, Universiteit van Amsterdam

November 17, 2014

Videoconference Series: Technical Art History

"'Held up to the light': Material Mimesis and Cross-Cultural Technologies in Italy, c.1400-c.1600"
Marta Ajmar
Head of V&A/RCA History of Design Postgraduate Program, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

November 3, 2014

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

"Art History: Art and Science, a Marriage Made in Heaven?"
Erma Hermens
Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Senior Lecturer in Technical Art History, History of Art Department, University of Glasgow

October 27, 2014

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

"Unbinding Conservation: Observations on the Past, Present, and Future of Rare Book Treatment"
Alexis Hagadorn
Head of Conservation, Columbia University Libraries

September 8, 2014

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

"Conserving Royal Treasures: Secrets of the Workshop"
Yannick Chastang
Managing Director, Yannick Chastang Limited

April 24, 2014

Conservation Conversations

"Case Study in Collaboration: Conserving Thousands of Lost Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts"
Judith Olszowy-Schlanger
Directeur d'Études in the Historical and Philological Sciences Section, École Pratique des Hautes Études
Michelle Chesner
Norman E. Alexander Librarian for Jewish Studies, Columbia University

February 17, 2014

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

"Safeguarding Living Cultural Heritage—Around the World and Around the Corner"
Robert Baron
Folk Arts Director and Music Program Director, New York State Council on the Arts; Instructor, Masters Program in Cultural Sustainability, Goucher College

February 11, 2014

Conservation Conversations

"Material Matters: Early Scientific Inquiry in Archeology and Art"
Francesca Bewer
Research Curator, Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums
"Henri Hubert Between Durkheim and Mauss: The Visual Reconstruction of Archaeological Time"
Laurent Olivier
Curator-in-Chief of the Celtic and Gallic Department, National Museum of Archaeology, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France; Professor of National Antiquities, École du Louvre; Reader in the History and Theory of Archaeology, École Pratique des Hautes Études


November 12, 2013

Conservation Conversations

"Ghost of Fashion Past: Material Culture and the Debris of History"
Giorgio Riello
Professor of Global History and Culture, University of Warwick
"The Materiality of Fashion"
Sarah Scaturro
Conservator, Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art

September 10, 2013

Conservation Conversations

"Connoisseurship: The Rembrandt Paradigm"
David Bomford
Director of Conservation, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
"Small Differences: Ekphrasis and Connoisseurship"
Carlo Ginzburg
Professor of Italian Renaissance Studies, UCLA