Notes from the Chair

Leonora Carrington: Invitation, Invocation and Manifestation


Saturday, October 25, 2014
2pm – 3pm

Leonora Carrington: Invitation, Invocation and Manifestation
Prof. Susan Aberth (Bard College)

From her first widely exhibited work, Inn of the Dawn Horse (Self Portrait), executed while only twenty-one in 1938, the artist Leonora Carrington used the act of painting to invoke and harness unseen forces. Through the depiction of communion with and between animals, the presentation of altars containing ritual sacrifices, or the drawing of magic circles and other geometric patterns, Carrington’s work often serves as a perpetual summoning of the divine to manifest. Celtic goddesses, spirits of the departed, the Sidhe of the Tuatha Dé Danann, and other chthonic and ancient entities are called forth to serve unknown purposes or perhaps simply to demonstrate their continued existence and intervention in our supposedly secular times. This talk will focus on works in various media that best illustrate this aspect of Carrington’s oeuvre.

Vitrine Displays


packett is one of the most comprehensive and innovative international book series on contemporary art. Published biannually each volume focuses on three to four of the world’s most compelling artists, whose oeuvre is explored in three to four texts by renowned authors. At the same time each artist creates a limited edition work exclusively for the readers of Parkett. To date Parkett has published 94 volumes with a total of 240 artists collaborations.
This exhibit highlights a selection of some twenty of these collaborations from the last 30 years.


Curated by Kornelia Tamm
Courtesy of Dieter von Graffenried

September 4- October 10, 2014
Stevenson Library Atrium

Notes from the Chair

Majors’ Event


Cindy Sherman

The Art History Program will hold its Majors’ Event on Wednesday, November 5th in the Faculty Dining Room.  Art History faculty will meet with majors and interested students to discuss the Spring 2015 course offerings.  Three alumni will speak of their lives after Bard, their failures and successes, giving tips and networking advise to current students.

Refreshments will be served.

Happenings at Bard

“Sanctified Sandals” – Barry Flood to Lecture

Sanctified Sandals—Polemics and Prophetic Relics in an Era of Technological Reproducibility
Barry Flood, Professor of Humanities, Institute of Fine Arts and College of Arts and Sciences, NYU
Add. 27566

Monday, November 10, 2014
Olin, Room 102

5 pm
Although recent controversies about the historical representation of the Prophet Muhammad have focused on figural paintings, these were relatively rare and circulated in a limited milieu. More commonly, the Prophet was represented metonymically, by depictions of his footprint or sandal, for example. The most famous relic of the Prophet’s sandal was kept in Damascus; from the twelfth century onwards, images of this sandal relic were generated by tracing its outline. Such tracings were believed to circulate the blessings (baraka) conferred by this cherished vestige through contact with the body of the Prophet. The copying of the sandal relic continued into modernity, when new print technologies and photography were applied to the reproduction of its image. The deployment of modern technologies of mass (re)production to the circulation of the relic as an image may be related to debates within Islam about the acceptability of relics, shrine veneration and mediation, debates that continue until the present day. However, the ability of mass-produced images to transport and transmit the charisma of the original relic also raises interesting questions about the nature of images, copies and mediation.

Sponsored by: Art History Program; Middle Eastern Studies Program; Religion Program.

Student Opportunities

Metropolitan Museum Field Trip

Bard.ImageThe art history program will make its bi-annual program trip to the Metropolitan
Museum on Sunday, October 5th.  Faculty will meet students at the Museum
to discuss exhibitions and answer questions.  Tickets for the bus are available
at the Art History office, Fisher Annex 112.

Student Opportunities

MASS MoCA Internships



Spring 2014 Internships

MASS MoCA offers 11 internships for the upcoming season. Below you will find links to the full descriptions and application for the upcoming season.

Dates of internships – Monday, Jan 6th – Monday, May 27th

Application deadline: Friday, November 1st Apply here!

Website and Internship Descriptions:

  • (2) Performing Arts Administration
  • (2) Stage Tech / Production
  • (1) Marketing & Public Relations
  • (1) Visual Arts – Curatorial
  • (1) Visual Arts – Registrar
  • (1) Graphic Design
  • (1) Box Office
  • (1) Film Technican

Feel free to contact me with any questions

Meghan Robertson
Intern Coordinator from Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).

Student Opportunity


The BREESE LITTLE Prize for Art Criticism was designed to support young writers of art criticism with a £600 termly prize.

The Prize was established in 2010 and we are pleased to announce ArtQuarters Press as our new sponsor of Volumes IX – XI, culminating in a publication celebrating contributors to the first eleven volumes.

We aim to celebrate young critics whose approach to arts writing maintains intellectual rigour but privileges accessibility.

Submissions guidelines are available on our website here , along with previous winners and judges’ comments.

Deadline: Friday 20th September 2013

For more information:

Student Opportunity

Thomas Cole Internship Opportunity

The Thomas Cole Historic Site is looking for a college art history student to intern for the fall and winter. The opportunity is very flexible, the Cole House is looking for somebody to come in for a few hours a day, two days a week of the interns choosing. The intern would lead tours, conduct independent research and help with taking down the current exhibition. They would work closely with the staff and our head curator. Its a great opportunity for Bard students!
For more information:


New In-depth Exhibition Tours at Olana

The Olana Partnership is proud to announce special in-depth tours of the exhibition Maine Sublime: Frederic Edwin Church’s Landscapes of Mount Desert Island and Mount Katahdin. For the very first time, visitors are invited to join us every Saturday on the hour from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm through October 26th in the Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery at Olana (Hudson, NY) to explore Olana’s feature exhibition. These tours offer a rare opportunity to experience the Olana collection in a more traditional gallery context and learn about the artist’s special relationship to the Maine landscape. The tours are offered for a fee of $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students with a valid ID, and are free to children under 12 and members of The Olana Partnership. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 518-828-0135.
Maine Sunset OL.1980.1889
Curatorial Assistant Christopher T. Richards, Bard graduate 2012, will be leading the tours. “Mr. Richards leads a wonderful tour,” comments Associate Curator Valerie Balint. “He has worked very closely with us in the planning of Maine Sublime here at Olana. His enthusiasm and knowledge of the works will offer visitors the chance to engage with the art objects and their history, not to mention answer questions in great detail.”

For more information:

Notes from the Chair

Senior Project Presentations 2013

Art History Senior Presentations Thursday, May 16th: art history seniors presented their projects to their peers and faculty and then participated in a celebratory dinner.

Here is the Program, please enjoy!

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