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Art History Majors’ Event

The Art History Faculty invites majors and prospective majors
to an Information Session:

THE ANNUAL MAJORS’ EVENT

Meet the art history professors, fellow majors and students, and hear about next semester’s courses!

Wednesday, October 26th,
6:00 pm
Faculty Dining Room

Refreshments served.
Please rsvp to Jeanette at x7158 or arthistory@bard.edu

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China Institute

Along the Yangzi River:
Regional Culture of the Bronze Age from Hunan
China Institute in America

25 East 65th St, between Lexington and Park Avenues

Review by Patricia Karetzky
January 27, 2011 – June 12, 2011

Bronze Elephant

The China Institute is once again hosting a marvelous exhibition of the most precious objects lent from China. These ancient bronzes from the Hunan Provincial Museum are over three thousand years old. Beautiful and skillfully crafted, the bronze vessels, which represent a regional culture of the south, are a unique interpretation of local beliefs and decorative preferences. The rare elephant-shaped container, nearly 9 inches tall, is encrusted with a design comprising dozens of animals, making it especially fit for ritual use–it is a sort of gravy boat fashioned to hold liquids in its wide body with a lid and its trunk is the spout. A square bronze vessel nearly 16 inches tall has on each of its long sides, the image of a human face that menacingly looks out at the viewer. In addition there are dozens of finely crafted articles for the heating, mixing and drinking of wine as well as an assortment of tripods and large bowls for the preparation and serving of food. Several large size bells are also on view.  In the darkly lit gallery, these ritual articles provide a real insight into the nature of sacred rituals in ancient China.

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Art History Program Field Trip to the MET

Dated: Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Art History Program will have its deparmental field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art this Saturday, February 26th.  We have two school buses leaving Kline parking lot at 9:00 am to go to the MET and leaving the MET to return to Bard at 5:00 pm.  We are opening the trip up to the Bard community as there are available seats on the bus.  If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, please come to the Art History Department main office, Fisher Annex 112, today or tomorrow, with $15.00 and secure a seat.  It is a very affordable and convenient way to visit the MET and NYC.

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