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Furniture Society Seminar...

posted on 05 Feb 2014 15:37 by Elena Pinto Simon

Professor Jeffrey Collins shared his thoughts with me about the recent Research Seminar on British and Continental Furniture and Interiors, 1600-1930,held at the MMA this past week. He notes that four present and former BGC students addressed a packed room at the day-long session, sponsored by the Furniture History Society and hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art on February 3.


( Tilles, Rabie, D'Amato)

“They were among the eleven young museum and academic professionals to share their findings in this prestigious forum, which included multiple BGC faculty, senior Met curators, collectors, and current BGC students. Martina D’Amato (M.A. 2013, now in the BGC’s doctoral program) presented aspects of her ongoing work on “The Chabrière-Arlès Collection and Renaissance Furniture in France and America, 1875-1935”; Haneen Rabie (M.A. 2009, now in the doctoral program in art and archeology at Princeton) spoke about “Dazzling Pastiche: Decorative Art and Design in Second Empire Paris”; and Rebecca Tilles (M.A. 2007, now curatorial research fellow for decorative arts and sculpture at the the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) gave a talk entitled “Historicism or Modernism? Re-evaluating the Regency Revival, 1917-1930.” A fourth former BGC student, Leslie Klingner (now curator of interpretation at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.) spoke about “Vanderbilt at Biltmore: Building on British Traditions.” This very successful event was the first of what the FHS hopes will be further opportunities to encourage and showcase the work of emerging scholars on both sides of the Atlantic.” Congratulations to the students and alums who participated!

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