Museum Travel Program

Join Princeton University Art Museum curators and leadership staff at some of the world’s foremost cultural destinations. These remarkable itineraries offer one-on-one connections with experts and include unique opportunities to view private collections, visit artists’ studios, and go behind the scenes at major museums. Travel will be in small groups with hosts dedicated to the art of fine service.

The program is limited to benefactors and members of the Princeton University Art Museum.
Not yet a member? Join now and begin enjoying membership benefits—including these exclusive travel opportunities—immediately!

UPCOMING TRIPS

Philadelphia
Pittsburgh
Connecticut

  • Byron Wolfe, Eadweard Muybridge’s horse and rider (with hat) at a fraction of a second, plus 132 years of accumulated time.
     
  • Emmet Gowin, Edith and Elijah, Danville, Virginia, 1971, printed 2005. Gelatin silver print.
     

Philadelphia
Studio Visits with Emmet Gowin and Byron Wolfe
February 19, 2019
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
$225 per person (bus transportation and lunch are included)

Join Katherine Bussard, the Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography, for a day of photography around Philadelphia, where we will visit the studios of two of the medium’s most esteemed practitioners, Emmet Gowin and Byron Wolfe. Each is the recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship with multiple monographs to his name, and both are noted for their far-ranging interests, including science, ecology, and history. Museum Members will enjoy intimate conversations with Gowin and Wolfe in front of their photographs.

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Frank Lloyd Wright, Fallingwater

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Pittsburgh
with Karl Kusserow, John Wilmerding Curator of American Art
March 17–21, 2019

Join Karl Kusserow for a deep dive into the art and culture of one of the country’s most vibrantly transformed and surprising urban centers. Once best known for its steel manufacturing, Pittsburgh is now a model for revitalization, its vibrant art scene a national magnet that also offers a rich historical narrative, striking outdoor spaces, exceptional private collections, and world-class restaurants.

  • A private curator-led tour of the Carnegie International, 57th Edition. The Carnegie International, held every five years, is the oldest North American exhibition of contemporary art from around the globe. It showcases work by thirty-two artists and artist collectives, inviting visitors to explore what it means to be “international” at this moment in time.
  • The Mattress Factory, a contemporary art museum that is internationally recognized as a leader, features such artists as James Turrell and Yayoi Kusama. Since its founding in 1977, the Mattress Factory has been a catalyst for community revitalization on Pittsburgh’s North Side.
  • Yayoi Kusama, Repetitive Vision, 1996Curator-led tour of the Andy Warhol Museum, the largest repository of Warhol art and archives in the world.
  • Special behind-the-scenes tours of Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob—two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most spectacular and innovative creations. We will explore the ways in which Wright used cantilevered balconies, terraces, and windows that capture tranquil views of the natural surroundings and blur the lines between interior and exterior spaces.
  • A private tour of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art with Chief Curator Barbara Jones. In its newly expanded space, the Westmoreland Museum houses one of the country’s preeminent collections of American art with a special focus on the region’s rich agrarian and industrial past.
  • Curator-led tour of Henry Clay Frick’s impressive home and visit to The Frick Pittsburgh. This meticulously restored twenty-two-room mansion is an exquisite example of Gilded Age architecture and one of the few intact homes remaining from Pittsburgh’s lost “Millionaires Row.” Both the house and the art museum feature an impressive collection of fine and decorative art objects and scenic gardens.

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Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #1131, Whirls and twirls, 2004, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Art in the Heart of Connecticut with Laura Giles and Mitra Abbaspour
April 24–25, 2019
$825 per person (bus transportation, meals, hotels, and all entrance fees are included)
$150 single supplement

Join Laura Giles, Heather and Paul G. Haaga Jr., Class of 1970, Curator of Prints and Drawings and Mitra Abbaspour, the Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, for a two-day excursion exploring Connecticut’s artistic treasures and rich cultural history.

Highlights include:

  • A visit to an important private collection of contemporary art in Fairfield County with Mitra Abbaspour, the Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
  • A tour of the New Britain Museum of American Art’s impressive collections provided by Director Min Jung Kim
  • A curator-led tour of The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art at the New Britain Museum of American Art
  • Curator-led tours at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, one of the oldest museums in America, with world-renowned collections of antiquities, baroque and surrealist paintings, Hudson River School landscapes, European and American Impressionism, and modernist masterpieces
  • Overnight accommodations at the Delamar West Hartford, the area’s newest luxury boutique hotel
  • Dinner at the award-winning Artisan restaurant

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For details, please contact Gabrielle Markand at gmarkand@princeton.edu.