NEH Summer Institute on American Material Culture

American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York
NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers

At the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture
New York City, July 1-26, 2013

Objects matter. Material culture scholars use artifactual evidence
such as consumer goods, architecture, clothing, landscape, decorative
arts, and many other types of material.

The Bard Graduate Center will host a four-week NEH Summer Institute on
American Material Culture. The institute will focus on the material
culture of the nineteenth century and use New York as its case study
because of its role as a national center for fashioning cultural
commodities and promoting consumer tastes. We will study significant
texts in the scholarship of material culture together as well as in
tandem with visiting some of the wonderful collections in and around
New York City for our hands-on work with artifacts. The city will be
our laboratory to explore some of the important issues of broad impact
that go well beyond New York.

We welcome applications from college teachers and other scholars with
some experience doing object-based work, as well as those who have
never taught or studied material culture. Application materials and
other information about content, qualifications, stipends, housing,
etc. is available at

The application deadline is March 4, 2013.

David Jaffee, Project Director
Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture

For more information, please contact:

Katrina London
Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture
38 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024
212.501.3026 /


Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: