WE'RE WRAPPING UP 2019 WITH SOME SPECIAL TRIPS!
A CURATED ESCAPADE: THE GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM and THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN
Thursday, October 3, 2019
$150 Per Person
We travel to the famed Guggenheim Museum to enjoy a docent led tour of the first ever artist curated exhibition mounted at the museum. It celebrates the Guggenheim’s extensive collection of modern and contemporary art. Each of the six artist curators worked with museum curators to create discrete presentations, one on each of the museum’s six levels. The exhibit will feature both well-known and rarely seen works from the collection. We know you will enjoy lunch at Porter House Bar and Grill, a crowd favorite, located in the Time Warner Building. Following lunch we cross the street to the Museum of Arts and Design for our curator-led tour of the featured exhibit The World of Anna Sui. Anna Sui reinvented pop culture fashion with her signature rock-and-roll romantic label in the 1990s and has remained a design icon ever since. This exhibit features approximately one-hundred looks from the designer’s archive, presenting a roll call of twelve archetypes that are staples of the Sui aesthetic.
Thursday, November 7, 2019
$150 Per Person
This fall’s most anticipated art world event is the reopening of MOMA after extensive renovations and expansion. This is your chance to be there for a museum educator guided tour just days after the reopening. Stunning new galleries and spaces for performance and events will transform the Museum. Along with these physical changes, the collection will be shown in new and unprecedented ways to bring more voices and perspectives to the galleries. Every visit will be an opportunity to discover something new and to connect to art and ideas that spark curiosity, debate, and inspiration. Luncheon follows at a Brazilian Steakhouse, Fogo de Chao, which will provide a delicious and fun experience. After lunch we visit the newly opened Poster House, the first museum in the US dedicated to posters. The Museum’s exhibitions present a global view of posters from their earliest appearance in the 1800’s to their present day use. Blending design, advertising and art, posters reflect the place and time in which they were made. Again, we will be among the first to visit Poster House as we explore The Golden Age of Hand Painted Movie Poster’s From Ghana on a docent led tour.
OFF THE WALL: AMERICAN ART TO WEAR and THE MUMMERS MUSEUM
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
$150 Per Person
Travel with us to the Philadelphia Museum’s Perelman Building, a part of the museum we rarely visit. We enjoy a docent led tour of Off the Wall: American Art to Wear. Delight in the astonishing inventiveness and techniques of a generation of mixed-media artists who pioneered a new art form designed around the body. Coming of age during the dramatic cultural shifts of the 1960s and 70s, the artists in this distinctively American movement explored nontraditional materials and methods to create adventurous, deeply imaginative works. You decide, is it art or fashion or both? We depart the Perelman building for lunch at South Philadelphia’s Positano Coast. In the afternoon we visit a museum dedicated to a unique Philadelphia tradition, Mummery (a ridiculous, hypocritical, or pretentious ceremony or performance.) The Mummers Museum opened as part of Philadelphia’s celebration of the bicentennial in 1976 honoring the annual Mummer’s Parade held every New Year’s Day. With our docent we will view the costumes, oral histories, audio and video archives and even have the opportunity to learn how to “strut.”
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
$90 Per Person
Get into the holiday spirit as we enjoy the sights and sounds of Newark at Christmas with our favorite local guide, Liz Del Tufo. We start our day with a visit to the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the fifth largest cathedral in North America where we will enjoy a tour of the magnificent building as well as a mini organ concert. Next we visit another landmark Newark church, St. Lucy’s where we will view THE PRESEPIO. The wall size display depicts an Italian village preparing for the birth of Christ with handmade figurines dating back a hundred years. Luncheon will be served at DUTCH’S in Newark’s new Hotel TRYP. Do you know why it is called DUTCH’S? Join us and find out. Next stop is the Walker House, formally The New Jersey Bell Telephone Company. Built in 1929, the building has been converted to rental apartments, fortunately the art deco lobby has been preserved. We end our festive day on a high note at The Newark Boys Chorus School where we will view a rehearsal and enjoy a mini concert of holiday music performed by Newark’s finest ambassadors. Now that you are in the holiday spirit you do some of your holiday shopping at the Newark Museum’s Gift Shop when we return to the Museum at the end of our tour.