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Thursday, May 1
 

8:30am

DC Cemetery Tour
Two famous DC cemeteries will be featured on this tour. Please wear comfortable shoes for this walking tour. The Congressional Cemetery was the premier burial ground for prominent 19th Century Washingtonians, and includes such highlights as Benjamin Latrobe’s cenotaphs, the tombstone of John Philip Sousa, the giant catalog card tombstone of current Library of Congress reference specialist Thomas Mann, and the Lummi 9/11 memorial totem poles. The Cemetery has recently instituted a book club with a taste for the macabre called “Tombs and Tomes!”

The Oak Hill Cemetery, which is hilly with narrow paths was built in 1848 under the direction of William Wilson Corcoran, founder of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Many other prominent Washingtonians from the late 19th century are also interred here. They include James Renwick, Jr, one of the pre-eminent architects of the 19th century who designed the Cemetery’s chapel and iron gates, St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, and the original Smithsonian Institution building. Also buried here is Adolph Cluss, the architect of Eastern Market, Paul J. Pelz, architect of the 1897 Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, and many Senators and Representatives. From the Rock Creek Parkway below Oak Hill Cemetery several Gothic-style mausoleums can be seen tucked into the Georgetown hillside.

Maximum Participants: 20

Fee: $50

Accessibility: Hilly with narrow paths throughout, not wheelchair or walker device accessible.

Transportation: Transportation will be by bus. Loading and unloading takes place at the hotel’s 10th Street NW entrance, on 10th Street NW between H Street NW and G Street NW. The bus for this tour will leave at 8:30am. Please meet the tour shepherd near the 10th street hotel entrance 15 minutes prior to departure.


Thursday May 1, 2014 8:30am - 12:00pm
Congressional Cemetery and Oak Hill Cemetery 1801 E St SE, District of Columbia ‎

8:45am

Hey Hon: Baltimore's Best Arts and Culture
The American Visionary Art Museum features Outsider art, which is described as “art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative art itself.” The permanent collections and temporary exhibitions are a mecca for forward-looking artistic innovators, optimists, dreamers and doers. A docent-led tour of the AVAM will include time to explore the collections (or the unusual gift shop.) Browse the permanent collections, or view the current exhibition Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity! – a playful look at the impact of technology as seen through the eyes of 40+ visionary artists, cutting edge futurists, and inventors. Lunch will be on your own in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood, which has many quirky restaurants and stores including Atomic Books, where filmmaker John Waters picks up his mail. (His film Pecker was set and filmed in this area.) A list of restaurants and notable neighborhood finds will be distributed.

From there part of the group will visit the Baltimore Museum of Art and part of the group will visit the Walters Art Museum. Please note: you will be asked to specify which museum you wish to visit on the registration form.

The Baltimore Museum of Art is home of the Cone Collection of Modern Art which consists of works by Matisse, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh, as well as a variety of textiles, jewelry, furniture, and African, Asian, and Near Eastern art. Participants will receive a docent-led tour of the library, archives, and paper conservation lab, as well as current exhibitions which include German Expressionism: A Revolutionary Spirit, Black Box: Camille Henrot, Front Room: Sterling Ruby, and On Paper: Figure Drawings from the Benesch Collection. Participants will have time at the end of the day to view the Cone Collection, the Sculpture Gardens, or to visit the gift shop.

The Walters Art Museum is internationally renowned for its collection of art, which was amassed by William and Henry Walters and bequeathed to the City of Baltimore in 1931. The permanent collection includes ancient art, medieval art and manuscripts, decorative objects, Asian art, and Old Master and 19th-century paintings. This tour will focus on book-related aspects of the collection with a curator-led tour of the current exhibition Bookbindings from the Gilded Age, a behind-the scenes look at the museum’s art research library and archives, and a visit inside the vault that houses 925 medieval illuminated manuscripts, 1,200 incunabula, and significant holdings of rare books printed after 1500. Free time will be left to explore the galleries at the conclusion of the tour. 

Maximum Participants: 55

Fee: $75

Accessibility: All participants will be walking or standing for the duration of the tour. There are stairs, ramps, and elevators, and limited seating in galleries.

Transportation: Transportation is by bus. Loading and unloading takes place at the hotel’s 10th Street NW entrance, on 10th Street NW between H Street NW and G Street NW. The bus for this tour will leave at 8:45am. Please meet the tour shepherd near the 10th street hotel entrance 15 minutes prior to departure.


Thursday May 1, 2014 8:45am - 6:00pm
Baltimore, MD 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD

9:30am

Society of the Cincinnati Tour

The Society of the Cincinnati welcomes attendees of the ARLIS/NA Washington conference for a special tour of our library and museum. The Society of the Cincinnati was founded at the close of the Revolutionary War by the officers of the Continental Army and their French counterparts who had fought together in struggle for American independence. Perpetuated by the descendants of the original officers, the Society is today a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the study and preservation of the history of the American Revolution. The Society maintains a special collections library and museum at its headquarters, Anderson House, a Beaux-Arts mansion that was formerly the home of a member. On view in the library will be treasures from the vault, including George Washington’s copy of Benjamin West’s A Discourse, Delivered to the Students of the Royal Academy (London, 1793) and Pierre L’Enfant’s original drawings for the insignia of the Society. There will also be a guided tour of the first and second floors of Anderson House, which showcase the rich collections of art and artifacts assembled by Larz and Isabel Anderson during the first third of the twentieth century. Also on view is the Society current special exhibition, "The Reward of Patriotism": Commemorating America’s Heroes of the War of 1812.

Maximum Participants: 20

Fee: Free

Accessibility: Walking and standing

Transportation: Please meet the tour shepherd near the 10th street hotel entrance 15 minutes prior to departure. Take the Metro's red line ($2.10 with SmarTrip card, $3.10 with paper card from Metro Center) to the Dupont Circle station (Q Street/North exit). At the top of the escalators, turn left on Q Street. In one block, turn left toward Massachusetts Avenue. Anderson House is across the street, to the right. Alternately, Metrobuses D2, D4, D6, N1, N2, N3, and G2 stop within one block of Anderson House.

NOTE: Due to the late addition of this tour, attendees must use this form to register:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EXVpqKtfR4rQWzOJ0hvIfa0Deu2Mlo8JiXDEvKsA0AU/viewform?usp=send_form


Thursday May 1, 2014 9:30am - 11:45am
Society of the Cincinnati 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008

9:45am

Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Garden
Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens was purchased by Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1955. Her estate endowed the country with the most comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia, including over 400 chalices and a collection of Faberge that includes an Imperial Easter Egg. The 18th century decorative art collections include extensive French furniture and many exquisite sets and pieces of Sevres Porcelain. The dining room table, commissioned in 1927, was originally designed for Mar-a-Lago, the lavish Palm Beach estate Post built with her second husband, E.F. Hutton. The table, made in Florence Italy, seats thirty and has a mosaic top containing eleven different stones.

Tour participants will be able to wander through Hillwood’s superb setting which has 25 acres of landscaped gardens, water features, natural woodlands, and a greenhouse filled with orchids. Participants will receive tours of the mansion and of the gardens, and will enjoy a catered lunch in the CW Post Room, adjacent to the Café. There will also be a chance to view the current exhibition Catherine the Great’s Art Patronage.

Maximum Participants: 54

Fee: $70, includes lunch

Accessibility: Walking, some benches, limited seating on tours. Stairs, ramps, and hilly sections, not rigorous.

Transportation: Transportation will be by bus. Loading and unloading takes place at the hotel’s 10th Street NW entrance, on 10th Street NW between H Street NW and G Street NW. The bus for this tour will leave at 9:45am. Please meet the tour shepherd near the 10th street hotel entrance 15 minutes prior to departure.


Thursday May 1, 2014 9:45am - 2:45pm
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens 4155 Linnean Ave NW, Washington, DC

1:15pm

A Modern and Contemporary Art Paradise: Glenstone Museum
**REGISTRATION FOR THIS TOUR IS FULL** (4/25/2014)

Glenstone’s
permanent collection comprises iconic paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs, installations, and multimedia works by post World War II artists. Mitchell Rales and his wife, Emily, began collecting art in 1990 with an eye toward charting the most significant historical shifts in how art has been seen and understood in our time.

The museum building was designed by architect Charles Gwathmey to work in concert with avant garde art. Landscape architects Peter Walker and Partners gently reshaped, reconceived, and restored this 200-acre estate--nestled in a distant D.C. suburb--into a breathtaking setting for quiet, aesthetic contemplation of Glenstone’s impressive collection of outdoor sculpture, including works by Jeff Koons, Richard Serra, and Andy Goldsworthy. Dedication to organic landscape maintenance has also made Glenstone a model for sustainable agriculture and environmental management. Representing international artistic innovation, the collection has unique concentrations of work, which often exemplify an artist's career at its height.

A large museum building planned to house the permanent collection is under construction, but the original, more intimate, extant museum space hosts long term rotating exhibitions. The current exhibition showcases Glenstone’s collection of works by the Swiss artist duo Peter Fischli and David Weiss. Participants will receive a docent led tour as well as a presentation by the librarian and archivist. Read more about the collection in this New York Times article, "Like half the National Gallery in your own back yard."

Maximum Participants: 15

Fee: Free

Accessibility: Walking and standing, limited number of benches.

Transportation: Transportation will be by bus. Loading and unloading takes place at the hotel’s 10th Street NW entrance, on 10th Street NW between H Street NW and G Street NW. The bus for this tour will leave at 1:15pm. Please meet the tour shepherd near the 10th street hotel entrance 15 minutes prior to departure.


Thursday May 1, 2014 1:15pm - 4:45pm
Glenstone Museum 12002 Glen Rd, Potomac, MD

1:45pm

Artful Archives
**REGISTRATION FOR THIS TOUR IS FULL** (4/25/2014)

The nearby Archives of American Art was begun in 1954 to serve as a microfilm repository of papers housed in other institutions. This mission expanded to collecting and preserving original material and, in 1970, the Archives joined the Smithsonian Institution, sharing the Institution’s mandate—the increase and diffusion of knowledge. Today the Archives is the world’s pre-eminent and most widely used research center dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to primary sources that document the history of the visual arts in America. The collections consist of more than 20 million letters, diaries and scrapbooks of artists, dealers, and collectors; manuscripts of critics and scholars; business and financial records of museums, galleries, schools, and associations; photographs, sketches and sketchbooks; rare printed material; film, audio and video recordings; and the largest collection of oral histories anywhere on the subject of art.

This tour to the Archives of American Art will showcase three units within the AAA. Reference archivist Elizabeth Botten will give a sneak peek of the exhibition she curated, Artists and their Models; Head of Information Systems Karen Weiss will give a tour of digitization equipment and workflow within the Archives, and Archivist Erin Kinhart will talk about collections processing practices.

Maximum Participants: 45

Fee: Free

Accessibility:
Walking and standing.

Transportation: The group will walk around the corner to the Archives of American Art, leaving at 1:45pm. Please meet the tour shepherd near the shoe shine stand in the hotel lobby 15 minutes before departure.

Note: You must bring a photo ID with you to sign in at the front desk in the lobby and receive a visitor's sticker before proceeding to the second floor. The Archives of American Art is in Suite 2200.


Thursday May 1, 2014 1:45pm - 4:15pm
Archives of American Art 750 9th Street NW, Suite 2200, Washington DC
 
Friday, May 2
 

9:15am

The Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the Department of State

**REGISTRATION FOR THIS TOUR IS FULL** (4/25/2014)

Attendees will travel by Metro to the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the Department of State, which are used for official functions hosted by the Secretary of State and other government officials. The Diplomatic Rooms hold a premier collection of early 18th and 19th century American furniture, paintings and decorative arts, and are reputed to be one of the top ten collections from the time of our country’s founding and of its formative years. The museum-caliber collection boasts more than 5,000 objects from the period of 1750-1825. Participants will be treated to a tour of the rooms and their objects which include portraits, landscape paintings, and American Queen Anne and Chippendale furniture, furniture by John Townsend and John Goddard of Newport, Rhode Island, and silver by Paul Revere and many other exquisite objects.

Please note: Because no transportation is being furnished for this tour, participants will pay only for Metro transportation. A second tour which includes a visit to the Federal Reserve Board and to the Diplomatic Rooms at the Department of State on Monday, May 5 will travel by bus. Costs associated with the May 5 tour cover bus transportation. No Social Security numbers will be collected for the May 2 tour.  
 
Maximum Participants: 20

Fee: Free, except cost of metro transportation

Transportation: Participants on this tour will take Metro, and will walk approximately ½ mile to and from Metro and the Department of State for this tour. The smartrip metro fare is $2.10 each way. Paper metro card is $3.10 each way. Please meet the tour shepherd near the shoe shine stand in the hotel lobby 15 minutes prior to departure.


Friday May 2, 2014 9:15am - 11:45am
Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the Department of State 2201 C St NW, Washington, DC 20520

9:30am

The Phillips Collection
Take Metro's red line from the hotel to the Dupont Circle neighborhood for DC's most intimate home for modern and contemporary art, The Phillips Collection. Opened to the public in 1921 and partially housed in the founder's family brownstone, the Phillips is home to beloved works such as Renoir's The Luncheon of the Boating Party, the Rothko room (designed to Rothko's specifications), and the Laib Wax Room. The current and extensive exhibition, Made in the USA, features more than 200 works by over 120 artists and will occupy nearly two-thirds of the museum’s galleries. Artists include Milton Avery, Stuart Davis, Richard Diebenkorn, Arthur Dove, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, John Marin, Robert Motherwell, Georgia O’Keeffe, Mark Rothko, John Sloan, Clyfford Still, and many others. After a tour of the exhibition, the group will have time to see other works in the permanent collection or visit the gift shop.

Maximum Participants: 20

Fee: $5.00

Transportation: Transportation will be by Metro's red line from Metro Center to Dupont Circle, exiting at the Q Street exit (front of the train). Fare will be $2.10 outgoing (peak fare) and $1.70 on return. Walk one block down Q Street to the left to the corner of 21st and Q Streets, and enter the museum mid-block. Allow 15 minutes for the trip. Please meet the tour shepherd near the shoe shine stand in the hotel lobby 15 minutes prior to departure.

Tour group should be gathered at the museum entrance at 9:55 am. Breakfast in the neighborhood is encouraged either at the communal table at Le Pain Quotidien at 20th and P Streets NW or coffee and pastries from Firehook Bakery at Connecticut Ave and Q Street NW, eaten in Dupont Circle Park.


Friday May 2, 2014 9:30am - 11:15am
The Phillips Collection 1600 21st Street NW, Washington DC 20009

9:30am

Folger Shakespeare Library
**REGISTRATION FOR THIS TOUR IS FULL** (4/25/2014)

Celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday in 2014, the Folger Shakespeare Library is home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials. The Folger Shakespeare Library houses approximately 260,000 books, 60,000 manuscripts, 250,000 playbills, and more than 90,000 works of art as well as musical instruments and costumes. The strength of the collections are materials on William Shakespeare and the theater up to the present day, and early modern materials in the West from 1450 until the mid1700s. Many of the Shakespeare materials were originally acquired by Henry and Emily Folger.

Since opening in 1932 the Folger has continued to acquire significant holdings that make it a world-class research center on the early modern age. Acquisitions continue for all parts of the collections. Highlights include the Elizabethan Theater, the Library’s Reading Room, and the Great Hall, which will house a special exhibition titled Shakespeare’s the Thing. The exhibition emphasizes Shakespeare’s influence on visual art, performance, and scholarship with items selected by Folger staff, including a look at how fans have celebrated Shakespeare from his time to ours. The tour will include information about the history and operations of the Folger Shakespeare Library, a discussion of digital initiatives, a glimpse at the conservation or photography lab, and a visit to the Folger Reading Room.

Maximum Participants: 25

Fee: Free

Accessibility: Walking and standing.

Transportation: The group will take Metro to this tour, and will leave at 9:30am. Fare is $1.70 or $2.10 each way depending on rush hour. Please meet the tour shepherd near the shoe shine stand in the hotel lobby 15 minutes prior to departure.


Friday May 2, 2014 9:30am - 12:00pm
Folger Shakespeare Library 201 East Capitol St SE, Washington, DC

9:30am

National Gallery of Art Imaging Studio: Behind the Scenes

The National Gallery of Art was conceived and given to the people of the United States by financier and art collector Andrew W. Mellon. In 1936 Mellon wrote to President Franklin D. Roosevelt offering to donate his superb art collection for a new museum and to use his own funds to construct a building for its use. With the president’s support, Congress accepted Mellon’s gift, which included a sizable endowment, and established the National Gallery of Art in March 1937.

The state-of-the art Imaging and Visual Resources painting studio brings the National Gallery of Art's collection to the world. Using a motorized easel and advanced computer controls, The Department of Visual Imaging captures images of paintings in precise sections – with accuracy within five hundredths of an inch. The image sections are merged into an ultra high resolution digital composite that provides extraordinary detail revealing small brushstrokes and hairline cracks which are hard to see even in our galleries. These images are currently featured in the Google Art project, the Gallery’s website, and NGA Images, a leading museum open access web resource. NGA Images contains more than 35,000 high-resolution publication-ready digital images free of charge for immediate download and any use. The tour will last about 45 minutes after which additional time is allotted for browsing the museum galleries and shops. Visit images.nga.gov for a preview.

Maximum participants: 20

Accessibility: Walking and standing

Transportation: Transportation will be by Metro Bus, P6 route. Fare is $3.20 ($1.60 each way with Smartrip card). Please meet the tour shepherd near the shoe shine stand in the hotel lobby 15 minutes prior to departure.

Fee: Free


Friday May 2, 2014 9:30am - 12:00pm
National Gallery of Art 6th and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC ‎

9:30am

National Gallery of Art: Highlights from the Permanent Collection
The National Gallery of Art was conceived and given to the people of the United States by financier and art collector Andrew W. Mellon. In 1936 Mellon wrote to President Franklin D. Roosevelt offering to donate his superb art collection for a new museum and to use his own funds to construct a building for its use. With the president’s support, Congress accepted Mellon’s gift, which included a sizable endowment, and established the National Gallery of Art in March 1937. Mellon selected American architect John Russell Pope to design a beaux arts edifice for the new museum now known as the West Building. Spend the morning exploring its elegantly designed galleries, either on a tour of the American or French Galleries. The visit will allow for an hour of time on your own to explore the museum.

American Galleries

This tour will be led by Associate Curator in the Department of American and British Paintings, Charles Brock. You will see examples from Mellon’s original gift, such as Gilbert Stuart’s The Skater, as well as works by Thomas Cole, James McNeill Whistler, George Bellows, and John Singleton Copley. The visit will allow for time to explore the museum or shop in one of NGA’s many gift shops.

French Galleries

This tour will be led by Assistant Curator in the Department of French Paintings, Yuriko Jackall. With rooms devoted to 18th century masters like Fragonard, Watteau, and Greuze, participants will move to the newly rehung galleries dedicated to the 19th century where paintings are arranged by theme, and beautifully display outstanding paintings by Edouard Manet, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin and other major works by leading impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern artists. The visit will allow for time to explore the museum or shop in one of NGA’s many gift shops.

Accessibility: Walking and standing

Transportation: Transportation will be by Metro Bus, P6 route. Fare is $3.20 ($1.60 each way). Please meet the tour shepherd near the shoe shine stand in the hotel lobby 15 minutes prior to departure.

Fee: Free 


Friday May 2, 2014 9:30am - 12:00pm
National Gallery of Art 6th and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC ‎

10:00am

Behind-the-Scenes Lace and Quilts Tour
A behind-the-scenes Lace and Quilts Tour of the collections storage areas of the National Museum of American History.The group will be divided in two and each group of 8 will see both the lace and the quilt collections.

Maximum Participants: 16

Fee: Free

Accessibility: Walking and standing

Transportation: Transportation will be by Metro’s Blue and Orange line from Metro Center to the Federal Triangle Station. The Smartrip Metro fare is $2.10 outgoing (peak fare until 9:30am) and $1.70 on return. Paper Metro card is $3.10 outgoing, and $2.70 on return. Please meet the tour shepherd near the shoe shine stand in the hotel lobby at 9:15am. Tour shepherd will depart at 9:30am.

NOTE: If you have already registered for the conference and want to add a tour, you must contact ARLIS Customer Care Center to have your registration amended.

Customer Care Center (website access and conference registration)
Hours: Monday to Thursday (7:00AM-7:00PM Central) and Friday (7:00AM-3:30PM Central)
Contact: 800-817-0621 ext. 450, 414-908-4954 ext. 450
customercare@arlisna.org

 



Friday May 2, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
National Museum of American History 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, D.C., 20001
 
Saturday, May 3
 

8:00am

To Market, To Market -- Local Art, Crafts & Breakfast: Eastern Market Walking Tour
Built in 1873 and located on Capitol Hill, Eastern Market is DC’s original and premier food & arts Market. Throughout the week, vendors inside the Market sell the freshest meats, produce, cheeses and pastries. Each weekend, hundreds of DC’s best local artists and crafters set up tents in the street and plazas surrounding Eastern market to sell paintings, sculpture, pottery, photographs, flowers, pastries, handmade crafts, jewelry, and baubles of every description. In addition, there is a Flea Market every weekend just across the street!

Breakfast on the weekend at Market Lunch at Eastern Market is a Capitol Hill tradition – be prepared to wait in line and bring cash! Completed in 1873 and refurbished in 2009, the market was designed by Adolph Cluss, a prominent local architect responsible for many post-Civil War buildings in the District of Columbia. Typical of the commercial architecture of the period, Eastern Market is one of the few public markets left in Washington, DC, and the only one retaining its original public market function.

A tour shepherd will accompany the group to Eastern market by Metro, point out some highlights, and will turn you loose in what feels like a festival! You can wander the Market and have breakfast on your own.

When you are ready simply take the Metro (one block away from Eastern market) back to the Grand Hyatt Hotel. A map will be provided. 

Maximum Participants: 50

Fee:
Free, with the exception of transportation costs.

Transportation:
The group will take Metro to the Eastern Market stop and will leave at 8:00am. Fare is $1.70 each way with a SmarTrip card, or $2.70 each way with a paper farecard. Please meet the tour shepherd near the shoe shine stand in the hotel lobby 15 minutes prior to departure.


Saturday May 3, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Eastern Market 225 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
 
Monday, May 5
 

8:45am

Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation
We are excited to provide a unique opportunity for ARLISians: Library of Congress’s Packard Campus for the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, Virginia. Located 90 minutes from DC, the tour will be an in-depth, behind the scenes look at this state-of-the art Audio-Visual Conservation center. At the Packard Campus the Library of Congress acquires, preserves and provides access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of films, television programs, radio broadcasts, and sound recordings. The tour of the campus will include the cold storage vaults, the robots that facilitate the video digitization, massive data storage facilities, and the conservation labs. A 206-seat theater houses a state-of-the-art projection booth capable of showing everything from nitrate film to modern digital cinema. Box lunches will be served at the Packard Campus.

Maximum Participants: 25

Fee: $75, includes lunch

Accessibility: All participants will be on their feet (walking /standing) for the duration of the tour.

Transportation: Transportation will be by bus. Loading and unloading takes place at the hotel’s 10th Street NW entrance, on 10th Street NW between H Street NW and G Street NW. The bus for this tour will leave at 8:45am. Please meet the tour shepherd near the 10th street hotel entrance 15 minutes prior to departure.

Monday May 5, 2014 8:45am - 4:30pm
Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation 19053 Mt Pony Rd, Culpeper, VA

9:00am

Federal Reserve Board Art Collection and the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the Department of State
**REGISTRATION FOR THIS TOUR IS FULL** (4/25/2014)

Please note: Social Security Numbers will be collected ahead of the conference due to Homeland Security regulations. Once registered, you will be contacted by phone to securely capture this information. Thank you for your compliance.

Attendees will travel to two government institutions to view their fine and decorative art collections. Participants will begin the tour at the Federal Reserve Board where participants will learn about the architectural history of the Marriner S. Eccles building, the Fine Arts Program, and will view highlights from the art collection. The Fine Arts Program has organized more than 150 special exhibitions to highlight individual artists, art movements, and thematic trends. The Federal Reserve Board’s Fine Arts Program was established in 1975 by former Chairman Arthur F. Burns in response to a White House directive encouraging federal partnership with the arts. The Board’s growing collection consists of more than 1,000 works of art, including drawings, paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures. No government funds are used to purchase art. All of the works have been either donated or purchased with funds given by private citizens expressly for the purpose of art acquisition.

The next stop will be across the street at the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the Department of State, which are used for official functions hosted by the Secretary of State and other government officials. The Diplomatic Rooms hold a premier collection of early 18th and 19th century American furniture, paintings and decorative arts, reputed to be one of the top ten collections from the time of our country’s founding and of its formative years. The museum-caliber collection boasts more than 5,000 objects from the period of 1750-1825. Participants will be treated to a tour of the rooms and their objects.

Please note: Participants on this tour will travel by bus to The Federal Reserve Board and to the Diplomatic Rooms at the Department of State. Costs associated with this tour cover bus transportation. On Friday, May 2 a tour to the Diplomatic Rooms of the Department of State will be offered, however, participants will take Metro, and will walk approximately ½ mile to/from the Department of State. Because no transportation is being furnished for the May 2 tour, participants will only need to pay for Metro transportation.  No Social Security numbers will be collected for the May 2 tour. 

Maximum Participants: 20

Fee: $25

Accessibility: Walking and standing.

Transportation: Transportation via bus. The bus for this tour will leave at 8:45am. Please meet the tour shepherd near the shoe shine stand in the hotel lobby 15 minutes prior to departure.

Monday May 5, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm
Federal Reserve Board and the Department of State 20th Street and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia ‎

9:00am

Classic and Modern: Mount Vernon and the Pope-Leighey House
George Washington's Mount Vernon and Woodlawn Plantation (which contains Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House) will be a treat for history, decorative arts, and architecture buffs.

The tour begins at Woodlawn Plantation which was originally part of Mount Vernon. In 1799 George Washington gave the site to his nephew Lawrence Lewis and Lewis’ new bride, Eleanor “Nelly” Parke Custis, Martha Washington’s granddaughter. The newly-married couple built the Georgian/Federal house which was designed by William Thornton, architect of the U.S. Capitol. The first site operated by the National Trust, Woodlawn Plantation has operated as a historic house museum since 1949. Built in 1940, the Pope-Leighey House is a Usonian home, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes for the common man. Commissioned by a journalist and built in nearby Falls Church, the house was given to the National Trust and moved to Woodlawn Plantation to avoid the expansion path of Highway 66.

There will be a guided tour of both the Plantation and the Pope-Leighey House, the latter focusing on the architectural elements of the house. The group will then travel to Mount Vernon where guests can visit Washington’s Tomb, the gardens and restored landscapes, and the education center. The group will eat lunch on their own in Mt. Vernon's food court. After lunch the group will have the opportunity to tour the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, a 45,000 square foot Library which opened its doors in September 2013.  In the tradition of the Presidential Libraries, the FWS Library holds many of the personal papers, maps, and books previously owned by George Washington. During the tour visitors will see the Karen Buchwald Wright Reading Room, The John and Adrienne Mars Rare Books and Manuscripts Room, and The David Rubenstein Leadership Hall. There will be an opportunity to talk with Library staff about current operations and future initiatives. The tour will be led by Chief Librarian and Archivist, Mark Santangelo. At 3pm there will be a docent-led tour of the mansion and its grounds for participants.

Maximum Participants: 60

Fee: $75

Accessibility: All participants will be walking or standing for the duration of the tour. There are stairs, ramps, and elevators, and limited seating in galleries. There are benches at Mt. Vernon in outside locations.

Transportation: Transportation will be by bus. Loading and unloading takes place at the hotel’s 10th Street NW entrance, on 10th Street NW between H Street NW and G Street NW. Please meet the tour shepherd near the 10th street hotel entrance 15 minutes prior to departure.


Monday May 5, 2014 9:00am - 6:00pm
Mount Vernon and Woodlawn Plantation 3200 Mt Vernon Memorial Hwy, Alexandria, VA ‎

9:30am

A Capitol Tour
**REGISTRATION FOR THIS TOUR IS FULL** (4/25/2014)

The tour of the Capitol Building include areas that are not part of the standard Capitol tour. Highlights include the recently restored Brumidi Corridors, Old Senate Chamber, and Old Supreme Court Chamber. Also discussed will be the Senate Collection of paintings and sculpture (portraits of senators, statesmen, and paintings of historic events) displayed around the building.

Maximum Participants:
30

Fee: Free

Accessibility: Walking and standing.

Transportation: Transportation will be by Metro's Blue line train from Metro Center to South Capitol station. Fare is $1.70 or $2.10 each way depending on rush hour. Please meet the tour shepherd near the shoe shine stand in the hotel lobby 15 minutes prior to departure.


Monday May 5, 2014 9:30am - 12:00pm
U.S. Capitol Building First St SE, Washington, DC ‎

12:30pm

National Gallery of Art Conservation Labs
**REGISTRATION FOR THIS TOUR IS FULL** (4/25/2014)

The National Gallery of Art was conceived and given to the people of the United States by Andrew W. Mellon, a financier and art collector from Pittsburgh who came to Washington in 1921 to serve as secretary of the treasury. Mellon’s art collection and a sizeable endowment established the NGA in 1937.  The Gallery’s principal duty is to keep its collections and the facilities that house them intact and in optimum condition for future generations. To carry out this responsibility, the Gallery maintains effective programs of security, environmental control, buildings maintenance, and conservation. To support the vast and varied collections, Conservation labs for Paper, Photographs, and Textiles were established as part of the National Gallery of Art. Attendees for this tour will be taken on a behind the scenes tour to view the Paper, Photograph, and Textile conservation labs.  This includes Conservation labs focusing on paintings, works on paper, photographs, textiles, and sculpture.

Maximum Participants: 20

Fee: Free

Accessibility: Walking and standing

Transportation: Transportation will be by Metro Bus, P6 route. Fare is $3.20 ($1.60 each way). Please meet the tour shepherd near the shoe shine stand in the hotel lobby at 15 minutes prior to departure.

Monday May 5, 2014 12:30pm - 3:00pm
National Gallery of Art 6th and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC ‎