Focus Gallery Projects

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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:

The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity

Curated by Georgios Boudalis – Head of the Book and Paper Conservation Laboratory, Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki, Greece; Research Fellow, Bard Graduate Center, Spring 2015; and Visiting Professor, Bard Graduate Center, Fall 2016.

This exhibition examines the structural, technical, and decorative features of the major types of codices—the wooden tablet codex, the single-gathering codex, and the multigathering codex.

February 23 – July 8, 2018

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Fabricating Power in Balinese Textiles

Curated by Urmila Mohan – Bard Graduate Center/AMNH Postdoctoral Fellow in Museum Anthropology.

This exhibition considers the making and use of textiles as ceremonial objects that operate within a unique Balinese Hindu cosmology while exploring the role of textiles as symbols of cultural resilience and continuity.

February 23 – July 8, 2018

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Charles Percier: Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions

Curated by Jean-Philippe Garric, University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne – Professor of History of Architecture

November 18, 2016-February 12, 2017 at Bard Graduate Center, New York
March 18, 2017-June 19, 2017 at Château de Fontainbleau

Charles Percier: Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions surveyed the wide range of projects undertaken by the French architect and interior designer from the end of the eighteenth to the beginning of the nineteenth century.

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New York Crystal Palace 1853

Curated by the late David Jaffee, Bard Graduate Center – Professor and Head of New Media Research

March 24, 2017-July 30, 2017

Shedding light on a near-forgotten aspect of New York City’s cultural history, this exhibition explores the history and material culture of the first world’s fair held in the United States.

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Design By the Book: Chinese Ritual Objects and the Sanli tu

Curated by François Louis, Bard Graduate Center – Associate Professor, History of Chinese Design and Visual Culture

March 24, 2017-July 30, 2017

Design by the Book explores the medieval Chinese book Sanli tu (Illustrations to the Ritual Classics) and its impact on Chinese material culture.

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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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