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Dear BGC Friends,
Be among the first to see BGC’s newly created Focus Project exhibitions by joining BGC’s membership circle today! Shaped by the Loom: Weaving Worlds in the American Southwest and Staging the Table in Europe 1500–1800 opens to the public next month. By becoming a member, you will be invited to a special preview and reception on February 16th and get priority access to programs during opening week and throughout the run of the exhibition.

Join now and you will also gain access to a very special Curator’s Tour on Saturday, February 18th at 4 pm. Availability is limited so reserve your spot today. Contact or call us at 212.501.3071.


Shaped by the Loom: Weaving Worlds in the American Southwest explore the world of Navajo weaving. This exhibition presents never-before-seen textiles created by Diné makers. These historic blankets, garments, and rugs from the American Museum of Natural History are situated alongside contemporary works by Diné weavers and visual artists, such as Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete.

Staging the Table in Europe 1500–1800 provides a window into the culinary spectacles created during Europe’s early modern period. The exhibition explores the dining customs and practices of the time through gloriously illustrated books used by servants in the wealthiest households. The manuals include instructions for carving meats, fishes, and fruits and folding napkins into elaborate sculptural forms. Images from the books are displayed alongside the material culture of the table: rarely seen table linens and carving knives and forks made of precious materials. Together, these words, pictures, and things provide a glimpse of the ephemeral world of the early modern table.


Member benefits include unlimited free admission, significant discounts at our store, special members-only programs, and more! Visit to learn more about our membership program and benefits.