Bard College ART HISTORY and VISUAL CULTURE PROGRAM

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.

Notes from the Chair, Uncategorized

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.

Notes from the Chair

Kobena Mercer to join Bard Faculty!

We are so pleased to announce that Kobena Mercer is joining the Bard faculty! Professor Mercer will begin his position in fall 2021 as the Charles P. Stevenson Chair in Art History and the Humanities. #bardcollege http://ow.ly/5dsS50DCBTY

Faculty News

Reiko Tomii in conversation with Alex Kitnick

Student News

2020 Art History and Visual Culture Program Awards

Congratulations to seniors Gabriella Goldberg and Shay Kothari, joint winners of The Alexander Klebanoff Award!

and to rising senior Mia Le, congrats on winning the Jean French Travel Award.

Well done.

Student News

Interview of Carolee Schneemann by Alum

During her senior year at Bard Gracie Hadland ’18 interviewed artist Carolee Schneemann during the final year of her life.

Read it here https://believermag.com/an-interview-with-carolee-schneemann/

 

 

Notes from the Chair

AHVC Poster Session and Alumni Night

The Art History and Visual Culture Program held its annual Poster Session and Alumni night, Wednesday, December 11th in RKC Lobby.
Seniors talked about their projects using posters, a succinct visual presentation,  that displayed their main idea, and images and objects they were working with.  Seniors were able to “see” and discuss their peer’s projects. Alumni Chris McCloskey ’08 and Ehm West ’19 discussed their lives since graduating and gave advice on improving skill sets and getting jobs.  Salvatore’s Grandma Pizza and Tivoli Bakery treats completed the very enjoyable event.

 

Happenings at Bard

Prof. Susan Merriam’s Curiosity Cabinet Class Displays in the Vitrines

The students in Professor Susan Merriam’s Curiosity Cabinet course have done some fascinating work at Montgomery Place this semester. They’ve been delving into the collection, which houses more than 8,000 objects, to research some of the most unique pieces. The course explores the historical phenomenon of the curiosity cabinet, a precursor to the modern museum. Yesterday, they opened an exhibition at the Stevenson Library showcasing their work. Well done! #bardcollege #arthistory #hudsonvalley

Happenings at Bard

Montgomery Place and Susan Merriam’s Cabinet of Curiosities Class

You never know what you’ll find in the Montgomery Place collection! Professor Susan Merriam’s Cabinet of Curiosities class met at the mansion this week, continuing their study of some of the fascinating objects in the collection. Check out the mechanical cat, dueling pistols, and chicken foot letter opener.

Students have been researching objects that illuminate the historical phenomenon of the curiosity cabinet. These collections of oddities, as small as a box or as large as a room, are precursors to the modern museum. Students gave presentations on their research into items in the collection, discussing such themes as shifting colonial structures in the era of the objects, the romanticism of nature and early American identity, and Victorian death culture. Some of the objects and their research will be on display in an exhibit at the Stevenson Library in December. #bardcollege #arthistory #montgomeryplace

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