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Dear Members,

You are invited to join us on Thursday, February 16th, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm, for a preview and opening reception to celebrate BGC’s spring Focus Project exhibitions Shaped by the Loom: Weaving Worlds in the American Southwest and Staging the Table in Europe 1500–1800.

Your membership also gives you priority access to Staging the Table’s Curator Tour offered during opening weekend on Saturday, February 18th at 4 pm. Availability is limited so reserve your spot today. Contact or call us at 212.501.3071.

Members enjoy special previews, events, and receive priority access to programs during opening week and throughout the run of the exhibition. Renew now, if your membership has lapsed. For questions, please contact us at or 212.501.3071.

We look forward to seeing you at BGC this spring!


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.

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There’s so much to look forward to at Bard Graduate Center when you’re a member—free admission, special events, shopping perks and more! Please see BGC Membership for a complete list of benefits. For questions, please contact us at or 212. 501.3071. We look forward to welcoming you to BGC!