A Bus Trip to The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts
by Mickey Myers
On behalf of the Gallery, we’ve got to admit, we’re smitten. Last fall’s trip to the Chagall exhibit in Montreal proved the grass can be greener, if only for a day. Travel to art destinations has been a particular proclivity of art institutions for decades, as it combines the expertise of curators who often serve as trip hosts, with specialized viewing arrangements, often organized by those curators. The romance of an archeological dig, a cruise, a private collection can make a vacation not just any vacation.
When we realized a once in a lifetime exhibit of Chagall’s work was mounted just 2 hours to our north in Montreal, we plunged in, and never regretted it. We were still talking about the joys of what we saw, and looking for the next place to go. . . when we found Georgia.
Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image and Style, organized by the Brooklyn Museum, was
opening in Brooklyn, and traveling this winter to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. It’s a little farther away than Montreal, but it’s Georgia, who lives in our hearts, as the trailblazer for women artists in the 20th century. Besides, this exhibit was offering a side of Georgia we did not know, as a stylist, seamstress and fashion icon.
So we hereby offer Bryan Memorial Gallery’s second foray into travel. It’s still only a day trip, and we have yet to spend the night anywhere. But if the excitement about going as a group of art aficionados gains strength from this experience, we’ve got a few ideas up our collective sleeves for the next trip.
Bryan Memorial Gallery in cooperation with Goodspeed and Bach Travel (of Burlington and NYC) presents Georgia O’Keeffe Art, Image, Style, a day trip to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts for a traveling exhibit of art, photographs and fashion by and about the legendary painter, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986.)
Leaving from four locations in Vermont (Burlington, Jeffersonville, Montpelier and White River Junction) on Tuesday, March 27, the bus will depart in the morning, with Bryan Gallery Executive Director Mickey Myers providing an orientation to O’Keeffe’s artwork on route. Upon arrival in Salem, Massachusetts, lunch will be served at the iconic Hawthorne Hotel, after which travelers will walk over to the Peabody Essex Museum.
Private guides will lead the participants through the exhibition, the first exhibition to explore the art, image and personal style of one of America’s most iconic artists. O’Keeffe’s understated and carefully designed garments, many never before exhibited, are presented alongside photographs of her, and paintings by her, illuminating O’Keeffe’s unified modernist aesthetic and distinctive self-styling.
For more than 70 years, O’Keeffe shaped her public persona, defied labels and carved out a truly progressive, independent life in order to create her art. Her aesthetic legacy — compact masses, organic silhouettes, minimal ornamentation, and restrained color palettes — continues to capture the popular imagination and inspire leading designers and tastemakers of our day. Organized by the Brooklyn Museum, this multi-disciplinary exhibition is the first to focus on the relationship between O’Keeffe’s art and her personal style, including how she was captured on film by the outstanding photographers of her day (including Ansel Adams and O’Keeffe’s husband, Alfred Stiglitz.)
There will be time to explore the exhibition after the tour, and to visit other parts of the museum, including the Peabody Essex Museum’s famed Chinese House: Yin Yu Tang. The return trip to Vermont will have participants home in the evening.
Goodspeed and Bach Trip Director Deb Flanders will manage the trip which includes entrance to the Peabody Essex Museum, lunch at historic Hawthorne Hotel: appetizer, entrée, dessert and coffee; private guided tour of the exhibition; ticket entrance to the entire museum; tour host and tour manager, luxury motor coach transportation with departures from Burlington and Jeffersonville; gratuity for bus driver and trip manager.
For those interested in giving this trip as a gift, Bryan Memorial Gallery has specifically designed gift certificates available.
To register, go on line to www.bryangallery.org/events.