Claudia Rankine and Garnette Cadogan in Conversation -- Bard Graduate Center

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Claudia Rankine and Garnette Cadogan. Photo credit: Anastasia Taylor-Lind

Bard Graduate Center’s inaugural Focus Festival, April 8-9, 2017, brings thinkers and artists together for a weekend of interdisciplinary programming that draws inspiration from the key themes of our two spring Focus Project exhibitions: New York Crystal Palace 1853 and Design by the Book: Chinese Ritual Objects and the Sanli tu.

Complementing our mission as an institute devoted to studying the cultural histories of the material world, the two-day Festival invites visitors to join in conversations across history that explore how ideas raised by the two exhibitions, notably ritual and capital, resonate in our contemporary moment.

Join us for the keynote conversation "Ways of Seeing the City" with 2016 MacArthur Fellow, poet, essayist, and author Claudia Rankine and essayist Garnette Cadogan on April 8 at 7 pm. Additional programs include a talk by Michael Puett, author of the New York Times bestseller The Path; walking tours of the Seneca Village site in Central Park with archaeologist Cynthia Copeland and the New York ports with Jack Tchen, co-founder of the Museum of Chinese in America; and a performance of Aaron Landsman’s critically acclaimed Love Story, a theatrical piece about a disappearing city, two people navigating it, and a fidgety, obsessive follower. Curators will offer spotlight tours of the exhibitions and kids can participate in family-friendly workshops.

Click here for information, tickets, and the full schedule of events.The Focus Festival takes place at Bard Graduate Center Gallery at 18 West 86th Street, New York.

The ground floor of the Gallery will feature a Reading Room that promotes community engagement with artists' books and periodicals curated by Brooklyn-based literary organization Wendy’s Subway.


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