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The Focus Gallery is a gallery space at the Bard Graduate Center that imagines new ways of exhibiting objects while promoting exhibition practices that enrich scholarly discourse.  The Digital Medial Lab works with the faculty and the students to facilitate the development of interactive elements for each exhibit, carefully selecting and building out components of the gallery that utilize digital tools to further convey the central argument of their scholarship. The following is a listing of some of the recent Focus Gallery Projects:

Frontier Shores: Collection, Entanglement, and the Manufacture of Identity in Oceania

Curated by Shawn C. Rowlands, Bard Graduate Center – American Museum of Natural History Postdoctoral Fellow in Museum Anthropology
April 22, 2016 – Spetember 18, 2016

Frontier Shores: Collection, Entanglement and the Manufacture of Identity in Oceania examines artifacts as the contested space of cross-cultural contact between European collectors and the native peoples of the region.

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Revisions – Zen for Film

Curated by Hanna B. Hölling, Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor, Cultures of Conservation, BGC
September 18, 2015 – February 21, 2016

How do works of art endure over time, facing aging materials and changing interpretations of their meaning? How do decay, technological obsolescence, and the blending of old and new media affect what an artwork is and can become? How can changeable artworks encourage us to rethink our assumptions of a work of art as fixed or static? Revisions—Zen for Film explores these questions through Zen for Film, one of the most evocative artworks by the Korean-American artist Nam June Paik (1932–2006).

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The Interface Experience

Curated by Kimon Keramidas, Assistant Professor and Director of the Digital Media Lab, BGC
April 2, 2015 – July 19, 2015

Computer technology provides us with constant opportunities to try new things, and with each new device we get a peek at what the future has in store. But the history of that technology is just as important as the future. The Interface Experience: Forty Years of Personal Computing tells the story of that past through tactile and interactive displays that will stimulate new questions about how we interact with and use computers.

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Visualizing 19th-Century New York

Curated by David Jaffee, Professor and Head of New Media Research, BGC, with BGC Students
September 19, 2014–January 11, 2015

Visualizing 19th-Century New York examines New York City—a spectacle for resident and visitor alike—through prints and photographs produced by cultural entrepreneurs who created a vast commercial market for their images of the booming metropolis.

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Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Colombian Visual and Material Culture

Curated by José Roca with Alejandro Martín.
April 10–August 10, 2014

The exhibition catalogue, Waterweavers: A Chronicle of Rivers, features a selection of visual and textual narratives about Colombian rivers across time, including an essay by the co-curators addressing the river in contemporary Colombian visual and material culture, illustrations of works by the seventeen artists in the exhibition, and excerpts from literary and historical texts, many published for the first time in English.

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Carrying Coca: 1,500 Years of Andean Chuspas

Curated by Nicola Sharratt
April 10–August 3, 2014

Carrying Coca: 1,500 Years of Andean Chuspas considers how two components of Andean life—coca leaves and hand-woven textiles—are brought together in the small bag called a chuspa and examines this traditional object in changing cultural and economic contexts.

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American Christmas Cards, 1900–1960

Curated by Professor Kenneth L. Ames and students
September 21, 2011 – December 31, 2011

The exhibition and accompanying book argue the central premise that examining the images on Christmas cards used in the United States from the late nineteenth century to the end of the 1950s enriches our understanding of not only the American Christmas but also significant aspects of American culture. These cards constitute a category of American material culture that is rich in documentary potential yet has been nearly invisible in the scholarly literature.

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Objects of Exchange

Curated by Professor Aaron Glass and graduate students
January 26, 2011–April 17, 2011

The late nineteenth century was a period of rapid colonization and dramatic change for the Indigenous peoples of North America’s Northwest Coast. Objects of Exchange approaches the material culture of the period as visual evidence of shifting intercultural relations.

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