Located in a town house on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the Main Gallery is an intimate environment for viewing exhibitions. The Main Gallery presents three exhibitions annually, curated by members of
the faculty, staff, or curatorial consultants with specialized expertise.
William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain, on view at the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture from September 20, 2013 to February 9, 2014, is the first major exhibition to examine the life and career of one of the most influential designers in eighteenth-century Britain. Visitors will discover Kent’s genius, through nearly 200 examples of his elaborate drawings for architecture, gardens, and sculpture, along with furniture, silver, paintings, illustrated books, and through new documentary films. As most of his best-known surviving works are in Britain’s great country houses, the exhibition is rich in loans from private as well as public collections. Organized by the Bard Graduate Center in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the exhibition is curated by Susan Weber (BGC) and Julius Bryant (V&A).
An American Style: Global Sources for New York Textile and Fashion Design, 1915–1928 examines the efforts of the American Museum of Natural History to educate and inspire New York textile and fashion designers during and after World War I. The exhibition will be on view from September 27, 2013, to February 2, 2014, in the Focus Gallery at the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture.
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