New York City: Wright’s Urban Vision
July 8-10, 2017
Daily Itinerary (subject to change)
Saturday, July 8
Make your way to New York City and plan to arrive at The Warwick New York by early afternoon. Meet your Frank Lloyd Wright Trust trip leaders and depart for the upper west side, to the campus of Columbia University. Here, view a selection of original Frank Lloyd Wright drawings and plans with the Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Avery Library at Columbia University, the repository of the most comprehensive archival collection of the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, including 23,000 architectural drawings, extensive personal and professional correspondence as well as 44,000 photographs of both personal and architectural photography of Wright’s works, interview tapes, transcripts and films. Then, step back in time, to the decadent opulence of the gilded age, with a private, curator-led visit to the Park Avenue Armory. This opulent and massive fortress, built as both a military facility and social club for New York’s elite, was designed by the most prominent designers and artists of the day, including Louis Comfort Tiffany, Stanford White, Herter Brothers and Pottier & Stymus. Return to the hotel. In the evening, get to know your fellow travelers over a welcome dinner.
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Sunday, July 9
This morning, head to the Neue Galerie New York for a private VIP tour before the museum opens to the public. Devoted to early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design, contemporary to Wright’s work during his Chicago years, the second-floor galleries are dedicated to art from Vienna circa 1900, exploring the special relationship that existed then between the fine arts (of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, Richard Gerstl, and Alfred Kubin) and the decorative arts (created at the Wiener Werkstätte by such well-known figures as Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser, and Dagobert Peche, and by such celebrated architects as Adolf Loos, Joseph Urban, and Otto Wagner). After a lunch of Viennese specialties at the Fledermaus café, walk to the nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the largest and most visited museums in the world. Its vast permanent collection contains over two million works, but we will focus on two galleries: The Frank Lloyd Wright Room, originally the living room of the summer residence of Frances W. Little, designed and built between 1912 and 1914 in Wayzata, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis; and the Deedee Wigmore Gallery, which is divided into three distinct areas, dedicated to the Aesthetic movement, the Arts and Crafts movement, and the art of Louis C. Tiffany. Next, enjoy an architectural tour of the Guggenheim Museum. The free-flowing spaces of the museum, which recall the shape of a nautilus shell, comprise the form of an inverted ziggurat. Learn about the museum’s history, its construction methods, and the challenges of bringing Wright’s complete vision to life over a span 50 years. Return to the hotel. Your evening is free to explore New York’s vast dining and nightlife options.
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Monday, July 10
Depart the hotel and walk to the Museum of Modern Art to enjoy an art historian-led tour of the special exhibition, Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive. This exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of the architect’s birth with a retrospective of 450 works that includes artifacts that have never been seen by the public. Our exclusive, private tour will take place before the museum opens to the public. Then, cap off the weekend with a farewell brunch.