Looking forward to 2016

Mark Your Calendars!

Although the Decorative Arts Trust’s yearly schedule always includes five signature events, new programming and a growing list of exciting destinations for 2016 have created more opportunities to participate in Trust events than ever before!

  • The annual New York VIP Weekend coincides, as always, with Americana Week. In addition to the highly anticipated tour of the Winter Antique Show at the Park Avenue Armory, this year’s schedule includes a visit to the brand new exhibit Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as an excursion up to Harlem to see a fantastic private collection of early-19th-century furniture and decorative arts and the recently restored Hamilton Grange. January 22-23, 2016. This event is currently sold out. Please inquire about placement on the wait list.
  • The Spring Symposium, Winston-Salem and the North Carolina Piedmont will to mark not just the 50th anniversary of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts but also the recent renovation and expansion of its galleries. Participants will discover there is more to the region than Moravian culture. Architectural and collection gems from the gilded age to the jazz age will be on the schedule, as well as an exciting roster of expert speakers. April 21-24, 2016. This event is currently sold out. Please inquire about placement on the wait list.
  • Poland: At the Confluence of European Cultures turned out to be so popular, we had to add a second trip! Focusing sites in and around Wroclaw, Krakow, and Warsaw, this trip is a rare opportunity to see fantastic houses and collections in a country little visited by American groups. The tour also includes an optional extension, The Splendors of Gdansk and Pomerania. Spaces available for the second tour, June 5-14, 2016, and optional extension May 31-June 3. Click here to view schedule.
  • Yorkshire in the Age of Chippendale, our autumn Study Trip Abroad, will be lead by renowned furniture expert and Trust Governor Brock Jobe, who in conjunction with our colleagues in London has put together a tour of unprecedented access to both public and private collections in museums and stately homes in this northern region of England. During an optional extension, Behind the Scenes in London, participants will visit some of the city’s great museums as well as the homes and galleries of conservators, dealers, and collectors, including the unique Dennis Severs’ House. September 9-17 and September 23-October 1, 2016, optional extension September 17-20, 2016. Both tours and the extension are currently sold out. Please inquire about placement on the wait list.
  • Our fall symposium will focus on the region around Winchester, in Virginia’s Lower Shenandoah and Upper Potomac River Valleys. New research into the life and art of inhabitants of the inland south will be combined with special access to houses built by members of the Washington family. October 20-23, 2016. Registration will open in February.
  • Thanks to the enormous popularity of the 2015 one-day symposium at the Wilton House Museum, we are pleased to announce a similar event in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Alexandra Kirtley, the Montgomery-Garvan Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts and a Trust Governor, is helping us plan this event in conjunction with her upcoming exhibition, Classical Splendor: Painted Furniture for a Grand Philadelphia House. Focusing on a set of exquisite furniture designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe for the now-demolished Waln house, historians and decorative arts experts will examine the beginning of classical revival taste in America and its influence on popular fashion during the early decades of the 19th century, including Latrobe’s subsequent work for the Madison White House. Dates and Registration to be announced in 2016.


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