Plan your visit.




Hours

The BGC Gallery will reopen on March 25 for the Spring 2022 Focus Project Exhibitions, Conserving Active Matter and Richard Tuttle: What is the Object?.


Admission
Admission is by timed ticket only. This policy helps us stay within capacity limits that allow for appropriate social distancing in the gallery. Please arrive at the time noted on your ticket, as our limited lobby space does not allow us to accommodate visitors who are waiting to enter. Tickets are valid for entry to BGC Gallery for the particular date and time reserved. For refunds and exchanges, please contact gallery@bgc.bard.edu.

A limited number of same-day tickets may be available at the door for contactless purchase with a major credit card.

General Admission: $15
Discounted Admission for Seniors and Students: $12
Complimentary Admission for

BGC also offers complimentary need-based community tickets by request to all ticketed events. To learn more or make a request, email public.programs@bgc.bard.edu.

Getting Here

Bard Graduate Center Gallery
18 West 86th Street
(between Columbus and Central Park West)
New York, NY 10024


Click here to see a map of the area. BGC Gallery is easily accessible by public transportation. Use the information below as a general guide, or use MTA’s Trip Planner to get the most current information about the best route for you.

By Bus
Uptown: M10, M7 or M11 to 86th Street.
Downtown: M10, M7 or M11 to 86th Street.
Crosstown: M86 to Central Park West and 86th Street.

By Subway
B or C train to 86th Street and Central Park West; walk a half block west.
1 train to 86th Street and Broadway; walk two and half blocks east

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) offers reduced fares on its subways, buses, and commuter railroads to visitors with disabilities. Consult The MTA Guide to Accessible Transit for information about reduced fare programs, accessible stations, large print maps, and a variety of other ADA-accessible services MTA agencies provide.

By Car
On-street parking in the area is extremely limited. Several garages in the area charge hourly rates, including ones located at 87th Street and Columbus Avenue, 84th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, and 83rd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.
Visitor Policies and COVID Safety
Bard Graduate Center (BGC) Gallery’s policies reflect our commitment to create a safe environment for everyone who visits our buildings in accordance with CDC guidance and all applicable federal, state, and local laws. All of our students, faculty, and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and to protect our ability to study, teach, and conduct research on-site, we require all visitors to be fully vaccinated, to wear a mask, and to follow the safety guidelines and policies outlined below. BGC reserves the right to ask visitors who do not follow these guidelines to leave. If you are unable to visit us in person, please enjoy our online exhibitions complete with links to virtual resources, activities, and programs that you can enjoy from home. We will be here to welcome you when you are able to return.

Stay home if you feel sick
Please do not visit BGC Gallery if you have a fever or any COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days, or have had close contact with anyone who is confirmed to have or suspected of having COVID-19.

Vaccination required
All visitors to BGC Gallery must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Unvaccinated visitors, including children under the age of 12, are not allowed inside BGC buildings. BGC follows CDC guidance regarding when someone is considered fully vaccinated:

  • Two weeks or more after the second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or

  • Two weeks or more after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Visitors must show a physical vaccination card, a legible photograph of the card, or a digital app/certificate, such as New York State’s Excelsior Pass, along with a photo ID that corresponds with the name on their vaccination card, to enter.


Masks are required, even if you are vaccinated
CDC-recommended face coverings that cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against your face are required in the BGC Gallery.

Social distancing is encouraged
Keep at least six feet from others not in your party when possible. Adhere to the capacity limits posted on each floor. To maintain social distancing, you may need to wait to enter parts of the exhibition.

Follow signs and directions from BGC staff members
Follow the guidance of BGC staff, who are monitoring visitor traffic throughout the building. They are there to help keep everyone safe and comfortable. Visitors who do not follow posted capacity limits, safety guidelines, circulation routes, and instructions from our staff will be asked to leave.

Cover your coughs and sneezes and wash your hands frequently
Hand-sanitizing stations are available throughout the gallery.

Risk of exposure
While BGC Gallery is implementing enhanced health and safety measures for our visitors and employees, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. By visiting BGC Gallery, you acknowledge and voluntarily assume all risk to any potential exposure to COVID-19.

Contactless transactions
To minimize contact, we do not accept cash payments for admission or purchases. Use a debit or credit card. Plexiglass barriers at the visitor services and security desks provide a protective shield between visitors and staff.

General policies
Please do not touch the objects on display.

Food, drink, smoking, e-cigarettes, weapons, and firearms are strictly prohibited.

Oversized items (larger than 17x15x5 inches), including luggage, backpacks, large purses or tote bags, garment bags, wrapped gifts, strollers, bicycles, scooters, and camera extension poles, are not permitted in the gallery.

Unless otherwise noted, you may take photographs in the gallery for personal, non-commercial purposes only.

As a visitor to BGC Gallery, you may be photographed, videotaped, or otherwise recorded. By attending, you grant BGC Gallery permission to use photographs and/or audiovisual recordings in which you appear for archival, documentary, publicity, advertising, or other purposes.

BGC staff and visitors have the right to an environment free from abusive, threatening, or inappropriate behavior. BGC reserves the right to remove any person acting in an unacceptable or inappropriate manner.

Accessibility
Bard Graduate Center Gallery’s exhibition spaces are sites for understanding, thoughtful questioning, and enjoyment for all people, and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

In the lobby of our gallery, staff are available to answer any questions about accessibility. Visitors may also email info@bgc.bard.edu or call 212.501.3011 for more information.

Visitors with disabilities are welcome to pay as they wish. Care-partners and aids are always given complimentary admission when attending Bard Graduate Center with an individual with a disability.

Visitors with Limited Mobility

The main entrance to Bard Graduate Center Gallery is located at 18 West 86th Street. A wheelchair lift is available to transport visitors from the street level to the lobby of the gallery.


Inside the gallery, an elevator brings visitors to all four floors of exhibition space and the public spaces on the lower level. A standard manual wheelchair (requires a companion to push) and portable stools are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email us at gallery@bgc.bard.edu to reserve a wheelchair or ask for one on arrival.

Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located on the lower level, where there are also lockers for coats and valuables, and a water fountain.

Visitors Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Assistive listening devices are available for all programs that take place in our lecture hall.


American Sign Language interpretation and CART captioning is available for Bard Graduate Center programs by request with two weeks notice.

To place a request for additional services, email gallery@bgc.bard.edu or call 212.501.3011. These services are provided free of charge.

Visitors with Vision Loss

One-time use large-print labels are available at the Gallery admission desk and also can be downloaded from our website. Verbal description tours of exhibitions are available by request with two weeks notice. Join a Bard Graduate Center Gallery educator in conversation and explore a selection of objects through detailed verbal description and touch.

Service Dogs

All service dogs are welcome.
Amenities

Coat Check

Bard Graduate Center Gallery does not staff a coat check; however, visitors to the gallery may hang their coats in the coat closet on the lower level. BGC Gallery is not responsible for loss or damage.

WiFi
Connect to the BGC Gallery free WiFi network to access the audio guide and engage with digital content.
Tours

Bard Graduate Center is delighted to offer in-person and virtual tours to groups of 10 or more. These tours require advance reservations. Free for public schools; all other tours start at $85 per group.


K-12 Tours
These virtual student-centered tours are led by graduate student educators who engage young people in lively discussion and activities that promote critical thinking and visual literacy skills. Tours are adaptable to your school’s curriculum and build thoughtful object-based inquiry and powerful learning experiences.

In-Person and Virtual Tours
Our gallery educators lead one-hour in-person and virtual tours. In-person tours can accommodate small groups of five to ten people, ages 12 and older and fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Virtual tours take place on Zoom and can accommodate groups of up to 50 people.

Tour Booking
212.501.3013
tours@bgc.bard.edu

About Bard Graduate Center

Bard Graduate Center is a research institute in New York City that studies the human past through objects, from those created for obvious aesthetic value to ordinary things that are part of everyday life. Faculty members are drawn from the fields of art history, history, anthropology, archaeology, and materials science. Alumni of BGC’s highly regarded MA and PhD programs hold curatorial and academic positions at important institutions around the world. And BGC’s summer programs for teens and advanced undergraduate students expose emerging scholars to its interdisciplinary, object-based approach.


Bard Graduate Center Gallery occupies a six-story townhouse at 18 West 86th Street steps from Manhattan’s Central Park. A second townhouse at 38 West 86th Street houses our academic programs, lecture hall, and library. To learn more about BGC’s academic programs, visit bgc.bard.edu.

Contact Us
212.501.3023
gallery@bgc.bard.edu

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