Posted in February, 2011

Faculty News

ESCRITURA by Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo


Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo

MARCH 1 – 31, 2011

OPEN DAILY: 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Sponsored by the Art History Department and Latin American Iberian Studies

FERNANDO RUÍZ LORENZO was born of Puerto Rican parentage in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan in 1978 and raised in the Highbridge section of The Bronx. Ruíz Lorenzo is a writer, artist, and  curator. His work has exhibited at the International Center of Photography (New York), The California Museum of Photography (Riverside), Photographic Resource Center (Boston) and Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art.

Notes from the Chair

Popular Culture in Early America

The Draper Organizing Committee presents:

“Popular Culture in Early America”
Thursday, March 24 – Saturday, March 26

The Fourth James L. and Shirley A. Draper
Graduate Student Conference in Early American Studies

Sponsored by
The Department of History, University of Connecticut
and the American Antiquarian Society

To register (no charge):


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.

Student Opportunities

Thomas Cole National Historic Site


The Cole Fellowship – 2011
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site (TCNHS) is now accepting applications for fellows to participate in the research and interpretation of the home and studio of Thomas Cole (1801-1848), founder of the first major art movement in the United States, now known as the Hudson River School of landscape painting. The site consists of Thomas Cole’s 1815 Federal-era brick home, his 1839 studio, and other historic structures on five landscaped acres with magnificent views of the Catskill Mountains. Each Cole Fellow is primarily engaged in interpreting the historic site for visitors, and also works closely with the Director, Education & Programs Coordinator and Visitor Center Manager to conduct primary research related to the interpretation of the site, update and maintain collection curatorial files, and create a significant paper or project based on her/his work at the historic site. Specific responsibilities for 2011 Cole Fellows will include leading tours, conducting visitor interviews, researching collection objects, and assisting with special events. A highlight of the Cole Fellowship program is the opportunity for behind-the scenes engagement with leading professionals at other institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum, Lindenwald, Olana, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the sites of Historic New England, the museums of Cooperstown, and others. Housing at the historic site is provided free of rent, and in addition, Fellows are paid a stipend of $500 for the season to cover miscellaneous expenses. Fellows are responsible for utilities, food, and other living expenses. The Fellowship runs from June 1 through November 1, and participation for the entire five months is required.

The TCNHS seeks graduating college seniors, recently graduated college students or graduate students, or current graduate students with specific interests in history, art history, material culture, museum studies and/or museum education, with career goals to work within these fields
and network among future colleagues. Applicants should be self-motivated leaders and have strong organizational abilities.

How to Apply:

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Thomas Cole National Historic Site, PO Box 426, Catskill, NY 12414.

For further information, contact
Melissa Gavilanes at 518-943-7465, ext. 5 or [email protected]. For general information about Thomas Cole National Historic Site, upcoming programming and exhibitions, and future events, please visit

Notes from the Chair

The American International University in London

While attending the CAA conference this February I had the pleasure of meeting Robert J. Wallis of Richmond: The American International University in London.

Richmond University logo

Headquartered in London Richmond has a number of programs that might be of interest to the art history student such as “Studying Visual Culture in London.”  One can study there for an entire semester or attend the summer programs.  Please see their website:

Notes from the Chair

There’s No Place like Rome!

The Classics Department presents Bard Ancient Studies Symposium!

Pantheon Dome

Prof. Diana Depardo-Minsky invites you to a visual and verbal reflection on the continuing relevance of Rome presented by Roma in Situ (Bard’s class with two weeks in Rome) on

Tuesday, 22 February 2011
7:00 pm
Olin 102

Rome-inspired Refeshments!

Student Opportunities

Eleanor Roosevelt 2011 Summer Intern

Eleanor Roosevelt at Val Kill Cottage

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site announces the 2011 Internship Program for students interested in the history and management of historic house museums.

This ten-week internship will be awarded to a college student with an outstanding academic record pursuing a museum related career.  Candidates should possess a broad background in history, American studies, history of decorative  arts, women’s studies, or museum studies.

The Summer Intern’s duties will include researching and documenting the collection following standard museum practices, working with·the archives, and assisting park staff in a variety of preservation projects. The Intern is expected to report to work as a full-time professional member of the museum staff.  A $2,000 stipend is available and made possible by a generous grant from the Honoring Eleanor Roosevelt: Preserving Her Val-Kill Home, an official project of the Save America’s Treasures Program. The stipend is awarded upon completion of the internship.

Application Procedure:
There are no application forms. A Candidate’s typed
application should include the following:
1. Name, home and school addresses, and telephone
2. One confidential academic letter recommendation sent
directly to the Curator.
3. A copy of  your transcripts (official copies not needed).
4. An essay of not more than 250 words describing the
applicant’s career goals, interest in museum work, and
reasons for applying to the Internship Program.
Send to:
Summer Internship Program
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites
4097 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538
Notifications will be mailed April 29, 2011.

Faculty News

Prof. Tom Wolf to lecture in Woodstock

Woodstock Artists’ Colony: Noguchi and Japanese-American Artists

Sunday, February 13, 2011 – 3:00pm

Noguchi: Death (Lynched Figure)

Tom Wolf, Professor of Art History at Bard College, discusses a group of Japanese artists, including Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and their influence on Isamu Noguchi’s early work. Many of these artists—who were somewhat older than Noguchi—spent their summers in Woodstock, New York, where the latter also spent time and where he created one of his major early sculptures, Death (Lynched Figure), of 1934. Wolf, who has written extensively about both Asian-American art and the Woodstock artists’ colony, will examine the attraction of Woodstock for these artists and explore the ways in which the political content of Noguchi’s early art echoed their work.

Notes from the Chair

The 2011 CAA Conference

The 2011 CAA Conference is here,  February 9th -12th (Hilton New York, 1335 Ave of the Americas, NY, NY 10019),  and there are a variety of free sessions and events available that would be the perfect option for students on a budget (in terms of time and/or money) who would still like to get a taste of what we have to offer. I have attached a list of sessions, covering topics from copyright to Latin American Art to Public Art and more that you and your students are more than welcome to attend free of charge and without a CAA membership. All events and sessions that are not included on this link and in the attached list will require payment.

Another exciting and free feature of this year’s conference includes a series of programs put together by ARTspace.  Initiated ten years ago by the CAA Services to Artists Committee, ARTspace has grown into one of the most vital and exciting aspects of the yearly meeting. A conference-within-the-conference, ARTspace presents programming designed by artists for artists and is free and open to the public. At the 2011 conference, Saturday, February 12, will be devoted to discussions and events on Art in the Public Sphere. In addition, ARTspace will present a variety of panels and discussions on issues facing studio practitioners today, including the popular [meta]Mentor series, which tackles professional-development issues; a session on artist residencies; a panel on health and safety issues facing artists; and the Annual Artists’ Interviews. Click here for more details.

Student Opportunities

The Princeton University Art Museum Internship

The Princeton University Art Museum offers a ten-week summer internship program for undergraduate and graduate students, running from June 6 to August 12. Interns have the opportunity to work in curatorial, education, development, information technology, marketing, office of the registrar, publications, or retail and wholesale operations. Undergraduate students are paid $13 per hour, work full-time and must be available to work the entire ten-week period, no exceptions.  Applications must include: a cover letter describing the applicant’s specific interest in the internship program and how a museum internship relates to the applicant’s larger educational or career goals; a C.V. or résumé; two letters of academic recommendation; and an official academic transcript. The deadline for receipt of all materials is 5 p.m. on Friday, February 25. Materials may be submitted electronically to [email protected] or via hardcopy to:Johanna G. Seasonwein, Ph.D., Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow for Academic Programs, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ 08544.  Applicants may be contacted for interviews, and accepted applicants will be notified by the end of March. For more information, including a list of frequently asked questions, please see our website at