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Happy Spring! Enjoy new programming at BGC including guided tours, adventures in culinary experiments and sound, and explorations in Polaroid photography. As a BGC Member, you receive priority access and complimentary registration!

If your membership has lapsed, renew today to enjoy free programming, and, as always, unlimited free admission, discounts at our store, and invitations to special events.


Join a Thursday Tour and explore the Staging the Table and Shaped by the Loom exhibitions with a Bard Graduate Center gallery educator. These tours are not comprehensive studies of the exhibitions; rather they offer an opportunity to experience various ways of studying objects alongside BGC students and scholars. Tours last 40 minutes and focus on a curated selection of objects. You are invited to stay and explore the rest of the exhibition at your own pace after the tour ends.

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Wednesday, March 29
6 pm ET

When is asparagus not asparagus? When it is ice cream, of course! In this three-course foodless dinner party, Ivan Day explores culinary slapstick, the changing role of dining utensils, and other subjects from early modern dining. These mini-lectures are interwoven with interludes of music played on period instruments by Sonnambula.

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Instruments of Dining: A Research Symposium
Friday, March 31
1:30–4:45 pm 

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Staging the Table in Europe 1500–1800, this symposium brings together historians of food, culture, and print to further explore the themes of performance on and around the table. Talks will consider English coronation feasts, German court carvers, musical accompaniments to dining, and more. Evelyn Lincoln will join exhibition curator Deborah L. Krohn and the speakers for a discussion following the presentations. For those unable to join us in person, this event will be live-streamed. The video will be available on this page the morning of the symposium. Registration not required to view the livestream.

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In 1970, Black employees at Polaroid discovered their employer’s equipment was being sold to the South African government to create ID cards and passbooks under the apartheid system and organized as the Polaroid Revolutionary Workers Movement. In this presentation, educator and activist Caroline Hunter recounts her experiences as a co-organizer of a grassroots boycott that forced the Polaroid Corporation to withdraw from South Africa.

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There’s so much to look forward to at Bard Graduate Center when you’re a member! Members enjoy free admission, receive invitations to member events, priority reservations for public programs, and discounts on gifts, books, and select programs. Please see BGC Membership for a complete list of benefits. We look forward to welcoming you to our exhibitions and programs! Thank you.