24th Annual Iris Foundation Awards The Online Edition Event Program
Founded on the belief that the decorative arts, design history, and material culture comprise a unique academic field, Bard Graduate Center is committed not only to research in, but also advocacy for and visibility of the field. To that end, in 1997 Susan Weber launched the annual Iris Foundation Awards to honor individuals whose work has advanced the understanding of this important field among scholars, collectors, professionals, and the general public. The 24th Annual Iris Awards celebrate four outstanding individuals who have contributed to the study and appreciation of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture: Dr. Stephen K. Scher, Outstanding Patron; David Revere McFadden, Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship; Sanchita Balachandran, Outstanding MidCareer Scholar; and Cristina Grajales, Outstanding Dealer.
Co-Chairs Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia
Sponsors Michele Beiny-Harkins Nancy and Michael Druckman Philip D. English Cristina Grajales Vivian Haime Barg Holly Hotchner Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown Isabelle Kirshner David Mann Vera Mayer
Deborah Miller Zabel Barbara Nessim and Jules Demchick Frank E. Richardson and Kimba Wood Dr. Stephen K. Scher and Janie Woo Scher Judy Steinhardt Deedee and Barrie Wigmore
24th Annual Iris Foundation Awards The Online Edition Wednesday, April 28, 2021 Premiering at 7 p.m. Welcome Dr. Susan Weber Founder and Director, Bard Graduate Center Opening Remarks Nancy Druckman Chair, Bard Graduate Center Board of Trustees Iris Foundation Awards Presentation Dr. Stephen K. Scher Presented by Dr. Susan Weber Founder and Director, Bard Graduate Center David Revere McFadden Presented by Dr. Deborah Krohn Associate Professor and Chair of Academic Programs, Bard Graduate Center Sanchita Balachandran Presented by Dr. Peter N. Miller Dean and Professor, Bard Graduate Center Cristina Grajales Presented by Nina Stritzler-Levine Professor of Curatorial Practice, Director of Focus Project Exhibitions, Bard Graduate Center Remarks Dr. Leon Botstein President, Bard College Closing Remarks
Scholarships and Financial Aid From the beginning, Bard Graduate Center has attracted talented students who are passionate about the decorative arts, design history, and material culture. They are enthusiastic about enrolling in a program that offers both an intellectually challenging curriculum and practical experience. Uniting scholarly rigor with substantive internships and the opportunity to work on exhibitions in the Bard Graduate Center Gallery, our MA and PhD programs have benefited over 400 alumni— affording them unprecedented opportunities to learn, grow, and further their careers. Our students’ success is due in no small part to the many individuals who support scholarships and financial aid. Over 75% of students at Bard Graduate Center qualify for need-based scholarship support. Your donation ensures that financial aid continues to be available for all students who qualify. Named scholarship funds and named fellowships can be established with contributions of $10,000 or $30,000. For more information call 212.501.3071.
A salute to DAVID MCFADDEN
For his historic exhibitions, scholarly writings, and thorough knowledge of our beloved field
Outstanding Patron, Dr. Stephen K. Scher An avid contributor to the art world, Dr. Stephen K. Scher has lectured and published extensively on medieval and Renaissance art. He taught in the Brown University art department from 1961 to 1974 and was president and chief executive officer of Scher Chemicals, Inc. until his retirement in 2004. He has organized exhibitions at the Frick Collection, the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), and the National Galleries of Scotland. Dr. Scher also assembled a significant collection of commemorative portrait medals, the bulk of which was donated to the Frick in 2017. He currently serves as a member of visiting committees at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Collection and as an associate trustee of the Yale Library. For his service, Dr. Scher received the Yale Medal (2015) and the British Art Medal Society’s President’s Medal (2018).
Outstanding Lifetime Achievement, David Revere McFadden David Revere McFadden is chief curator emeritus at the Museum of Arts and Design. Before his retirement, he was curator of decorative arts and assistant director for collections and research at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum from 1978 to 1995. In his distinguished career, McFadden has organized more than 150 exhibitions on decorative arts, design, and craft, including Hair (1980), Scandinavian Modern 1880–1980 (1982), Wine: Celebration and Ceremony (1985), and Slash: Paper Under the Knife (2009). For his work in cultural affairs, he has been named Knight, First Class of the Order of the Lion of Finland (1984); Knight Commander of the Order of the Polar Star of Sweden (1988); and Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France (1989). McFadden has received the Presidential Design Award for Excellence three times (1994, 1995, 1997).
Outstanding Mid-Career Scholar, Sanchita Balachandran Sanchita Balachandran is associate director of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum and senior lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Trained as an objects conservator specializing in archaeological materials, she uncovers traces of past peoples and cultural practices on objects. For a recent exhibition, Who Am I? Remembering the Dead through Facial Reconstruction (2018), Balachandran collaborated with specialists to reconstruct the faces of two ancient Egyptian women. She teaches courses on the technical study of ancient objects and the history and ethics of museum conservation. Balachandran is a fellow of the American Institute for Conservation and founder and director of Untold Stories, a non-profit organization that represents and preserves a fuller spectrum of human cultural heritage in art conversation.
Outstanding Dealer, Cristina Grajales Hailed as one of the most respected experts in the design field, Cristina Grajales founded her eponymous gallery in New York in 2001. She previously served as director of 1950 Gallery from 1990 to 2000, developing it into a premiere source for mid-century design. Cristina Grajales Gallery is at the forefront of the design world, specializing in contemporary and twentieth-century design and the cultivation of emerging designers. With over thirty years of experience, Grajales has served as an advisor to a number of collectors, assisting them in building valuable collections. In 2001, she founded the lecture series “Dialogues with Design Legends” at the 92nd Street Y. Grajales is a frequent guest lecturer, panelist, and contributor to various publications, and she maintains a full program of exhibitions at international art and design fairs.
Congratulations on this well deserved recognition of your talents, energy and intellect. You make me proud every day. I’d go to the ends of the earth with you. With love, Isabelle
Congratulations to Dr. Stephen K. Scher, David Revere McFadden, Sanchita Balachandran & Cristina Grajales
Luigi Lucioni (1900-1988) Irises, 1928 oil on panel 20 x 16 inches
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To David McFadden, A brilliant mind, innovative thinker, pioneer of new studies and a wonderful friend and colleague. It’s been a great pleasure to have you in my life! —Holly Hotchner
WE PROUDLY SUPPORT BARD GRADUATE CENTER IRIS AWARDS IN HONOR OF DR. STEPHEN K. SCHER DAVID REVERE MCFADDEN SANCHITA BALACHANDRAN CRISTINA GRAJALES 2021
Majolica Mania Transatlantic Pottery in England and the United States, 1850–1915
On View September 22, 2021– January 2, 2022
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exhibitions.bgc.bard.edu/majolicamania/ Organized by Bard Graduate Center Gallery and the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Special thanks to the Majolica International Society. James Wardle or Wardle & Co. Vase, design registered 1868. Earthenware with majolica glazes. Rena and Sheldon Rice. Photograph: Bruce White.
Award Recipients 1997–2019 1997 Harold M. Williams* Sir Geoffrey de Bellaigue* 1998 Jayne Wrightsman* Graham Hood Pamela Robertson 1999 Lord Rothschild Peter Thornton* Ellen Lupton 2000 James Biddle* Anne L. Poulet Edward S. Cooke, Jr. 2001 The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire* Jules David Prown Craig Clunas 2002 James R. Houghton Geoffrey Beard* Valerie Steele 2003 Hélène David-Weill Simon Jervis Thomas P. Campbell 2004 Lily Safra Hugh Honour* Paola Antonelli 2005 Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Jane C. Nylander Evelyn Welch
2006 John H. Bryan* Jonathan Fairbanks Dianne Harris The Fine Art Society
2013 Richard Jenrette* Morrison H. Heckscher Glenn Adamson Adrian Sassoon
2007 Liliane M. Stewart* Henry Hawley* Barry Bergdoll Eric N. Shrubsole*
2014 Iris Cantor Dame Rosalind J. Savill Finbarr Barry Flood Martin Levy
2008 Phyllis Lambert Robert Hillenbrand David Crowley Philippe de Montebello
2015 Barbro S. Osher Sir Mark Jones Nicholas Thomas Deedee Wigmore
2009 Dr. Mortimer Sackler* and Dame Theresa Sackler Sir Hugh Roberts Daniel Miller Alexis Kugel and Nicolas Kugel
2016 Sir Paul Ruddock Harold Koda Giorgio Riello Michele Beiny-Harkins
2010 Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Neil Harris John Styles 2011 Shelley and Donald Rubin John Harris Juliet Kinchin Bernard Dragesco 2012 The Koç Family Hans Ottomeyer Alisa LaGamma Mark McDonald
2017 Sir Nicholas Goodison Marie-Louise B. Nosch Alvar González-Palacios Titi Halle 2018 John C. Waddell Dr. Aileen Ribeiro Dr. Jason Sun Benoist F. Drut 2019 Marina Kellen French Jeffrey Munger Dr. Laurie Wilkie Alessandra Di Castro
Bard Graduate Center Board of Trustees Originally formed in 1996 as the Executive Planning Committee, the Board of Trustees serves as an advisory body responsible for helping Bard Graduate Center to fulfill its mission with an overall focus on direction, strategy, and support. It assists senior administration in ensuring that programs align with its mission and that the resources needed to achieve goals and objectives are in place. Michele Beiny-Harkins Nicolas Cattelain Verónica Hernández de Chico Brandy S. Culp (MA ’04) Hélène David-Weill Nancy Druckman Philip D. English Philip Hewat–Jaboor Ana Horta Osório Holly Hotchner Fernanda Kellogg Dr. Wolfram Koeppe Trudy C. Kramer Dr. Arnold L. Lehman Martin Levy David Mann Jennifer Olshin (MA ’98) Melinda Florian Papp
Lisa Podos Ann Pyne (MA ’07) Linda Roth Sir Paul Ruddock Gregory Soros Luke Syson Dr. Charlotte Vignon Shelby White Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Philip L. Yang, Jr. Ex-Officio Dr. Leon Botstein, President, Bard College Dr. Susan Weber, Founder and Director, Bard Graduate Center
Image credit: George Jones. Jugs, shape no. 2509, designed ca. 1868–70. Earthenware with majolica glazes. Aviva and Gerald Leberfeld.