Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture

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Founded in 1993, the center is a gallery and graduate institute affiliated with Bard College. In addition, BGC offers exhibitions and programs for schools and educators that explore works of art that have a particular function, including ceramics, textiles, furniture, jewelry, graphic design and architecture, as well as the ordinary objects of daily life. We foster an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts, history, science and language arts through a study of the decorative arts and design across all cultures and time periods.

School Tours:
Guided exhibition tours at the BGC enhance students’ knowledge in the arts, history, and sciences as they encounter material culture from around the world. Our tours emphasize careful observation and thoughtful conversation among students and BGC educators. On view during the winter and spring of 2011, exhibitions include Cloisonné: Chinese Enamels from the Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties and Objects of Exchange: Social and Material Transformation on the Late Nineteenth-Century Northwest Coast.

Suitcase Exhibitions:
Outreach programs that visit your classroom are available for the 2011- 2012 school year. BGC educators will travel to New York City schools to present one of two topics options: The Radiance of China, or Gifts from Our Ancestors: Native American Treasures. During the classroom visit, students will learn about each theme through a hands-on study of replica objects, inquiry-based discussion, and an art-making experience. Each presentation lasts approximately an hour, and is tailored to complement the teacher’s goals and interests. Scheduling preference is offered to schools that also plan a follow-up visit to the BGC.

Programs for Teachers:
Bard offers specially designed, professional-development sessions for educators who seek to enrich their teaching repertoire in the arts, language arts and history. Each session includes a dialogue with BGC educators, standards-based lesson plan development, an art-making experience, and assessment tools.

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