Bard College ART HISTORY and VISUAL CULTURE PROGRAM

Faculty News

Best Art Books of 2021

The art critics of The New York Times have selected their favorites from this year’s crop of art books.  Among Roberta Smith’s favorites is

Doris Lee (1905-1983) worked simultaneously as a fine and a commercial artist, illustrating “The Rodgers and Hart Songbook,” while exhibiting paintings with the still-extant AAA Galleries in Manhattan. The paintings, which combined Grandma Moses with the textured color fields of Milton Avery cheerfully reflect this duality. This catalog, by Melissa Wolfe, and a traveling show at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa., (through Jan. 9) should begin to end her obscurity. (Westmoreland Museum of Art and Giles Ltd., London)

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Alex Penn wins the Jean French Travel Award

 

 

Congratulations to Alex Penn, Class of 2022 for winning the Jean French Art History and Visual Culture Travel Award, an award given annually to a student working on their senior project in the Art History and Visual Culture Program for expenses relating to their senior project.

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Historic Deerfield Fellowship Program

Historic Deerfield Now Accepting Applications for 2022 Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program in Early American History and Material Culture
Tuition-free program gives college students the opportunity to explore history and material culture studies, conduct original research, and experience working at a museum.
Deerfield, Mass. (December 3, 2021)—Historic Deerfield, Inc., invites applications from college juniors and seniors to take part in an intensive, nine-week Summer Fellowship Program in History and Material Culture. College juniors (graduating in 2023), and seniors who expect to graduate in 2022 are eligible for 7 openings in the program, which is designed for undergraduate students in American Studies, Architecture, Archaeology, Art and Art History, Design, History, Material Culture, Preservation and Museum Studies.
This unique residential living-and-learning opportunity takes place at Historic Deerfield, in Deerfield, Massachusetts. Each participant receives a full fellowship that covers all expenses associated with the program, including tuition, room and board, and field trips. A limited number of stipends are awarded to students with demonstrated need to help cover lost summer income. Financial aid awards are need blind and application for assistance has no impact on the program application.
The 2022 program begins June 6 and ends August 8. Applications are now being accepted online at www.historic-deerfield.org/sfp.  The application deadline is February 8, 2022. Notification of acceptances will be announced in March.
For More Information:
Contact: Barbara A. Mathews, Public Historian and Director of Academic Programs
Phone: (413) 775-7207

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Senior Poster Session and Alum Night

Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 at 5:30 in RKC Lobby, the Class of 2022 exhibited posters reflecting their work to date on their senior projects.
Two Alum, Hannah Sage Kay ’17 and Liam Nolan ’19 talked about their experiences since graduating from Bard.
The event was an opportunity for seniors to become familiar with each other’s subjects and to visualize their project at midpoint.
The evening event was well attended and a good time was had by all.

Faculty News

Congratulations Alex Kitnick on your new book!

Marshall McLuhan (1911–1980) is best known as a media theorist—many consider him the founder of media studies—but he was also an important theorist of art. Though a near-household name for decades due to magazine interviews and TV specials, McLuhan remains an underappreciated yet fascinating figure in art history. His connections with the art of his own time were largely unexplored, until now. In Distant Early Warning, art historian Alex Kitnick delves into these rich connections and argues both that McLuhan was influenced by art and artists and, more surprisingly, that McLuhan’s work directly influenced the art and artists of his time.

 

Faculty News

Congratulations to Katherine Boivin on the publication of her book!

Riemenschneider in Rothenburg
Sacred Space and Civic Identity in the Late Medieval City
Katherine M. Boivin, Assistant Professor at Bard College
Penn State University Press, 2021

“Riemenschneider in Rothenburg” should be of great interest to art historians and others. It sheds light on a major figure of the Northern ‘Renaissance’ and also on issues of civic contextualization that are of current interest. The scholarship is thorough and careful. It is, in short, an excellent book.” —Richard Kieckhefer, author of Theology in Stone: Church Architecture from Byzantium to Berkeley

 

Student News

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Special congratulations to the winner of the Jean French Travel Award:
Maya Frieden ’22 and
Tatiana Alfaro and Vita Sherin-Jones winners of the Alexander Klebanoff Award!!!!

Faculty News

Congratulations to Olga Touloumi!

Olga Touloumi, Assistant Professor of Architectural Historyhas been awarded the National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Stipends Award to support her scholarly humanities book project, specifically, “The Global Interior: Modern Architecture and the Ordering of the World.” 
–   Professor Touloumi joins other NEH Summer Stipends Awardees in pursuing advanced, new research recognized to be of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. In the last five competitions, the NEH Summer Stipends program received an average of 834 applications per year, and made an average of 77 awards per year, for a funding ratio of 9 percent.

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Education Coordinator at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site: New Job Opportunity

Education Coordinator

The Thomas Cole National Historic site is now seeking a full-time Education Coordinator. They will work across the Education department to coordinate visitor and programmatic operations. This is a full time, year round position. Work schedule from May-October is Wednesday-Sunday; and Monday-Friday from November-April. In addition, special projects/events may take place on weekends year round. Reports to the Manager of Visitor Engagement. Compensation includes benefits and salary of $32,000 per year.

Coordination of Administrative Aspects of the Seasonal Touring Operations:

·   Ensure that the visitor experience runs smoothly. Guide the “Go-To Person” to solve problems.

·   Assist the Manager of Visitor Engagement with the interviewing/hiring of new guides for each season.

·   Train new and returning educators on logistical aspects of touring operation

·   Schedule guides so that the site is adequately staffed. Problem-solve when guides cancel their shift. Distribute the schedule to all staff who need to see it.

·   Oversee group tour reservations and scheduling staff. Problem-solve the way groups are guided through the site

·   Prepare for the opening and closing of each tour season. Tasks include setting up the seasonal staff office space, updating the tour manual, updating the Site’s phone messages and website regarding hours/offerings, and assisting the Manager of Visitor Engagement with other preparations

·   Lead daily tour staff meetings

·   Become a trained member of the tour staff and provide support, including filling in for last minute guide cancellations. For the first year, approximately 3 days per week. [See Museum Educator position description]

Coordination of School/Youth Programs:

·   Oversee multi-year project to create an online experience for youth audiences. Schedule meetings, oversee research, and be a key member of the project team

·   Oversee visit reservations and scheduling staff. Problem-solve the way students are guided through the site

·   Teach lesson plans/activities to students, both during on-site visits and by making trips to school classrooms

·   Be the primary contact for schools and teachers. Nurture newly formed relationships with schools and other youth organizations and develop new ones.

·   Maintain the Education tab on the TCNHS website

·   Lead group tours around the Site that consist primarily of children or students

·   Maintain a record system that summarizes relationship with schools/educators.

·   Train Educators how best to engage younger students, and how to lead lesson plans in classrooms and on site

·   Explore potential ways to connect with schools and youth audiences.

 Implementation of Educational Events/ Programs:

·   Work collaboratively with curatorial and interpretive teams to organize and implement various educational events and programs, such as lectures, public panels/talks with guest curators and presenting artists, and other educational programs. Create checklist of tasks for each and ensure all tasks are completed.

·   With Site Curator and Fellowship Director, plan and coordinate an annual meet and greet welcome Fellows event, Fellow’s public presentation event, and help with arrangements for monthly educational and professional site visits for the Cole Fellows.

·   Along with entire staff, assist with other events throughout the year as needed (such as fundraising events).

Happenings at Bard

Tonk Cokes Artist Talk, February 25th at 6pm

Tony Cokes Artist Talk Thursday February 25th 6pm
Presented by Art History and Visual Culture, Film and Electronic Arts, and Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College
In a series of videotapes and installations produced since the mid-1980s, Tony Cokes engages in cogent investigations of identity and opposition. His works question how race influences the construction of subjectivities (personal, cultural and historical), and how race, gender and class are perceived through what he terms the “representational regimes of image and sound,” as perpetuated by Hollywood, the media and popular culture.
Tony Cokes was born in 1956. He received a B.A. from Goddard College, Vermont, participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, and gained an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. He has received grants and fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Getty Research Institute. Cokes’ video and multimedia installation works have been included in exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum Soho, The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Documenta X, Kassel, Germany, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. Recent solo exhibitions and screenings have taken place at REDCAT, Los Angeles, the Gene Siskel Film Center at the University of Chicago, and Greene Naftali Gallery, New York. Cokes is Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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