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“….by Way of Human Humus”

Curated by Patrica Manos ’12

Selected images from the works of Olin Dows (1904-1981)

Olin Dows Painting Mural in Private House, ca. 1935

This exhibit displays samples from a collection of photographs from the Estate of Olin Dows donated to the Bard College Archives .  Included are images of Dows’ murals in Rhinebeck and Hyde Park post offices, decorative wall murals, and WWII paintings completed as part of his military service. This display compliments the launch of a digital collection of Dows’ work viewable at or

Opening reception: August 28, 2012 at 11:00 am
August 28-September 28, 2012
The Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Library
Vitrine Display Cases

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Sex and Death: Interwar French Pulps

Curated by Luc Sante, May 12-August 4, 2012  On View at the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Library Vitrines. The populist avant-garde. In Paris in the 1920s and ’30s, highbrow and lowbrow met on the terrain of pulp publishing. Crime tabloids, skin magazines, and the flimsy pamphlets called ‘train-station novels’ were eye-catching and breathlessly modern. Employing photographs, photomontages, and an adventurous sense of page design, these very unrespectable publications echoed Soviet constructivism in creating an advanced visual culture for a public that was unschooled and not entirely literate.

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Senior Exhibits in the Vitrines


Curated by Keziah Goudsmit ’12
April 30-May 10, 2012

Illustration by P. L. Urban, 1935, from Geschichten Aus Sieben Ghettos

After Hitler’s book burning in 1933, many authors fled the country to continue their writing. Most writers found refuge in other European cities like Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Prague and Moscow. After war broke out all over Europe, writers had to continue their journey. They found safety in countries abroad like the United States and Mexico. The books written in between 1933 and 1945 are placed in a specific category called Exilliteratur (exile literature).  Some famous exile authors are Theodor Adorno, Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, Bertolt Brecht, Klaus Mann and Thomas Mann.

Two Dutch publication houses, Querido Verlag and Verlag Allert De Lange, played an important role for the exiled writers. They published many books and strongly supported the authors during this period. In this exhibition, famous writers like Joseph Roth, Max Brod, Stefan Zweig and Lion Feuchtwanger plus several lesser-known authors are represented by volumes published in Holland.  All the books are first editions from the Nazi era. Querido and Allert De Lange made it possible for these authors to keep writing and it is important for our generation to keep their work alive. For this reason, I decided to find first edition books and exhibit them to Bard students and the community. This show is dedicated to the exiled writers and their struggle.

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Expressionism, Two Generations

Hugo Steiner-Prag, lithograph, 1918, from Die Ahnfrau by Franz Grillpartzer

Works on paper by Alfred Kubin, Hugo Steiner-Prag and Sue Coe

From the collections of Susan Aberth and Tom Wolf

November 2-14, 2011
The Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Library Vitrine Display Cases

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The Presidential Election of 1912 in Cartoons

Edward W. Kemble, Harper's Weekly, March 30, 1912

Selections from

The Marc H. Miller Collection of
Theodore Roosevelt Cartoons

Charles P. Stevenson Library
Lobby Vitrine

September 14 – October 12, 2011
Opening Reception Wednesday, September 14, 6:00-7:30 pm

For a review of the show please visit:

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Peggy Bacon: Illustrator

Peggy Bacon: Illustrator

Show curated by the students in Tom Wolf’s seminar American Women Artists

Peggy Bacon, Kitten

Stevenson Library, Bard College
Faculty Advisor: Tom Wolf

Wednesday April 20-May 8

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 20, 5-7 pm

Peggy Bacon (1895-1987) was an American painter, printmaker, writer and illustrator.

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The Metamorphosis of Lincolnalia in the 20th Century
Curated by Hannah Becker
Faculty Sponsor: Tom Wolf

An Exhibition of Abraham Lincoln collectibles from the private collection of senior art history major Hannah Becker, on view in the vitrines in Stevenson Library:  March 29-April 7, 2011
Opening reception: March 29th 4:00-5:00 pm

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Memento Mori: Memorial Objects of the United States

"Popular 19th Century American Memorial Print"

Curated by seniors Daniel Peacock and Rachel Heidenry and  sponsored by the Art History Program the upcoming exhibit on view in the lobby of the Stevenson Library presents Professor Susan Aberth’s diverse collection  of memorial objects from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. With a focus on memorial hairwork jewelry, postmortem photography, and the Victorian experience of death, this exhibit explores the meaning and function of these mementos while tracing a history of how Americans have lived with the specter of death.

It will be on view in the Stevenson Library lobby vitrines from January 29th to February 27th.

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Nick Gorski ’10 christened the new display cases  (made possible by a generous donation from Barbara S. Grossman ’73, Michael and Willa Gross ’08)  last spring by featuring his collection of science fiction book covers which he examined in his senior project titled The Future to Behold: Science Fiction Cover Art from Paul to Powers. The Art History Program will continue to curate small exhibitions for the Vitrine Project.  All students and faculty interested in creating a display please contact Tom Wolf with a brief description of your intended project.