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Boston Chapter Launches!

posted on 21 May 2015 19:24 by Elena Pinto Simon

Friday, May 15th was a big day for Bard Graduate Center – it marked the launch of the first gathering of BGC’s Boston Alumni Chapter. We came together at the Harvard Art Museum’s beautiful courtyard, and spent a wonderful afternoon in the new study center, looking and talking about a selection of objects from the collection These were selected by Professor Andrew Morrall, who led our afternoon discussion.


And what a wonderful afternoon it was – Prof. Morrall was terrific, as always, and from the expert to the neophyte among us, we spent two hours looking at his selection of early modern objects, from Albrecht Durer’s The Sixth Knot woodcut to a 16th century Spanish Catalonian Luster dish with a bird motif, to Michelangelo’s Goldsmith’s Designs/ Studies for the Magnifici Tomb in the Medici Chapel (1521), to a Persian Annunciation painting with calligraphy (1590), and carved German lindenwood memento mori sculptures of death from the first half of the seventeenth century — some twenty objects in all.


After our session, we all went to supper at GRAFTON STREET, just outside of Harvard Square, and spent some time catching up. The group included Ezra Shales, Virginia Spofford, Nina Cohen, Sophia Lufkin, Jeannie Ingram, Andrew Morrall and Elena Pinto Simon. Special thanks go to Jeannie Ingram for helping to make all the arrangements for our visit.

And so, the Boston Chapter is launched! Next spring, alum Michelle Tolini, Curator of Fashion at the MFA) has invited us to the MFA another gathering and visit. There are currently twelve BGC alums living in the greater Boston area, and we all look forward to re-connecting, staying in touch, and networking connections for all alums. Next stop in June? Chicago!

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Waddesdon Manor

posted on 21 May 2015 18:53 by Elena Pinto Simon

The Bard Travel Program is well underway, and we recently received this image from the students who were in England. (Half of the students went to London; the other half to Paris ) The program is centered in London, but does offer several day trips, and this one was to Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild Estate in Kent.


Along with faculty members Deborah Krohn and Ulrich Leben, who led the Waddesdon tour, are (bottom row, left to right) Andrew Taggert, Caitlin Dichter, Ulrich Leben, Summer Olsen. In the second row, left to right, are Marietta Klase, Garrett Swanson, Deborah Krohn, Cindy Kok, Caroline O’Connell. Third row includes: Lara Schilling, Christine Griffiths, Sarah Stanle, Amanda Thompson, Clara Boesch, Ana Estrades . On the top step are Kaitlin McClure and Shiela Maloney. The annual trip abroad, led by BGC faculty is for the first year students to study, in situ, many of the objects and kinds of objects they have been studying in the Survey class.

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