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Good Afternoon,

All of us at Bard Graduate Center hope you are well and in good spirits. Thank you for your support of the 25th Annual Iris Foundation Awards. We very much look forward to seeing you. 

As planned, the luncheon will be held in-person at the Colony Club, 564 Park Avenue, on Wednesday, April 27, from noon to 2:30 pm. 

Given the recent rise in COVID cases here in the New York City area, I wanted to let you know about our current policies and answer any questions you might have. 

Please know that our primary concern lies with the health and safety of our guests. We have asked the Club to ensure that their staff is fully vaccinated and wearing masks during the event, and we are requesting the following adherence from our guests:

  • We will require that all our guests be fully vaccinated. Depending on your situation, this may vary. For some this may include the initial two vaccination shots, for others it may comprise the initial protocol plus one or two booster shots. 
  • We encourage everyone to wear a mask when not actively eating or drinking.  
  • If you are not feeling well on the day of the event, please stay home. We will be videotaping the event and will make it available to stream from the comfort of your home.

If you are unable to attend for other reasons, we ask you to notify us as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions. I can be reached through this email and at 212-501-3038. 

Thank you again for supporting the 25th Annual Iris Foundation Awards and the BGC Scholarship Fund. 

We look forward to seeing you next week! 

Best Wishes,
Minna M. Lee
Associate Director of Development
Bard Graduate Center

The Iris Foundation Awards Lecture
Making Ornamental Africa: An Enlightenment Process
April 26, 2022 6–7:30 pm Dr. Lafont’s talk will focus on some objects whose material, form, argument, use, and reception invite us not only to historicize the notion of African art, but also to identify the registers of categorization specific to this pivotal eighteenth-century moment, when both anthropology and aesthetics were invented. Learn More Button
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