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A Weekend in Rochester and Corning, NY
Artist Studio Tours, Gallery Exhibitions and Tours, and more.
Rochester and Corning, NY

November 3–5, 2017

The Decorative Arts Society will hold an exciting weekend in Rochester and Corning, NY, that includes the following activities. We have arranged for lodgings at the Strathallan, a boutique hotel on Rochester's elegant East Avenue.

          Friday, November 3

           Noon, lunch on your own at the Strathallan Hotel's Char Steak and Lounge.

2:10 p.m., bus departs from Strathallan for studio and archive of Albert Paley, among the most innovative metalsmiths working today. His sculptural approach has earned him monumental public commissions and a place in major museum collections.

4 p.m., bus departs for Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, for guided tour of Wendell Castle Remastered, the first museum exhibition to examine the digitally crafted works of Wendell Castle, acclaimed figure of the American studio and art furniture movements.

5:30–6:30 p.m., free time to explore Memorial Art Gallery collections.

7:15 p.m., bus departs for Ristorante Lucano for dinner (included in registration), one of Rochester’s hidden culinary treasures, run by a husband and wife team and serving authentic Italian recipes. We have arranged for a three-course prix fixe dinner with choices.

Saturday, November 4

9 a.m., bus departs from Strathallan for Corning, NY.

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Corning Museum of Glass, guided tour of Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics exhibition with co-curators Kelly Conway, curator of American glass at Corning, and Lindsy Parrott, director and curator of the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass. Louis C. Tiffany’s innovative artistry forged a bold new esthetic for glass mosaics and contributed a uniquely American character to the centuries-old art form. Through new photography, high-definition gallery projections and interactive activities, Tiffany’s glass mosaics — and the creative process behind them — can be fully appreciated for the first time.

12:30–1:20 p.m., lunch on your own at Corning Café.

1:30–2 p.m., guided tour of European Gallery with Kit Maxwell, curator of European glass at Corning. The Glass Collection Galleries show the most comprehensive glass collection in the world. Several galleries feature a tableau that further illustrates how the objects were found, created or sold.

2–3:15 p.m., guided tour of the Modern and Contemporary galleries with Alexandra Ruggiero, assistant curator at Corning, featuring the world’s largest space devoted to the display of contemporary art and design in glass, with more than 70 works from the museum’s permanent collection, including recent acquisitions and large-scale works that have never before been on view.

3:30–4:15 p.m., guided tour of Juliette and Leonard S. Rakow Research Library with library staff. This is considered the world’s foremost library on the art and history of glass and glassmaking.

4:15–5 p.m., free time to explore other Corning collections, displays and shop.

5 p.m., bus departs for dinner at Three Birds Restaurant, Corning, featuring locally grown organic produce, prime and Kobe beef, and wild-caught seafood. Participants will make individual selections and pay for their own dinners.

7 p.m., bus departs for Rochester.

Sunday, November 5

10 a.m., private tour of Woodside Mansion, 485 East Avenue (walk from Strathallan), former home of the Rochester Historical Society; a Greek revival home now in private hands, featuring a library designed by Herter Brothers.

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., guided tour of the George Eastman Museum (walk from Woodside Mansion) with Kathy Connor, Eastman legacy curator, focusing on the architecture and decoration of this Colonial Revival mansion, built between 1902 and 1905, which served as George Eastman’s primary residence until his death in 1932. 

Lunch on your own at the museum café, with menu offering soups, salads made to order, sandwiches (bread supplied by local Baker Street Bakery), baked goods, Royal Café gelato, coffee and tea, and cold beverages. 

Walk back to Strathallan.

2:30 p.m., complimentary van transport available from the Strathallan to the Rochester airport. If this time does not work with your flight departure, make arrangements with the hotel separately via the front desk: 585-461-5010.

Cost is only $275/person, which covers bus transportation as indicated, all fees for museum admission and tours listed in the program, and a small administration fee for the DAS. Participants are responsible for paying their own way for other transportation, their lodging, and all meals except Friday night dinner at Ristorante Lucano, for which the prix fixe fee cost is included in the registration fee. 

We have reserved a block of 15 rooms at a special rate for program participants. The Studio Rate is $229 plus tax and the Suite Rate is $249 plus tax. Rooms with two queen beds have an up-charge of $10 per night. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-678-7284, being sure to identify yourself with Decorative Arts Society, Inc. block, or book by visiting www.doubletree.com and using the 3-digit booking code “DAS.” You must make reservations on your own by 5 p.m. Eastern time on October 4 to use our special rate. 

To participate, contact newsletter@DecArtsSociety.org for a reservation form. This event is limited to 15 participants, so please reserve your place soon!


Events & Exhibitions

Note: When the Decorative Arts Society receives notice of programs, exhibitions or events that occur between issues of the DAS Newsletter, we list them here as a service to those with an interest in the decorative arts. Upcoming events are listed by closing date.


Recent DAS events

See our current newsletter (Spring 2017) for coverage of late-2016 and early-2017 DAS tours.

February 2016 DAS tour features Georgia museum exhibition, Green Symposium and private collections

The DAS brightened the dreary days of February by offering contributors a private, curator-led tour of the decorative arts collections of the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA) organized just for the DAS, followed by participation in the Henry D. Green Symposium on southern decorative arts (Athens, GA) and tours of private collections.
The group gathered at the High Museum and traveled by motor coach to Athens, GA, to attend the two-day symposium and enjoy private collection visits arranged especially for the DAS.
The trip concluded with a visit to the home of renowned collector William N. Banks in Newnan, GA.
Details of this exciting event are featured in the spring 2016 issue of the DAS newsletter. The newsletter is a benefit of contributing to the DAS.

DAS tours Chicago symposium, exhibition and private collections

The DAS enjoyed a fascinating weekend in Chicago in March 2015, with tours and collections visits to the Art Institute of Chicago and private collections.

Activities included a tour of Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840, led by Christopher Monkhouse, the institute's Eloise W. Martin Chair and curator of European Decorative Arts. This loan exhibition highlights 300 objects that explore the culture of Ireland during the 18th century.

We also heard Stella Tillyard, author of The Aristocrats, deliver the keynote address for the related symposium Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840, and attended other lectures in the symposium. Topics and speakers included "Buying and Selling: The Transfer of Art in and out of Ireland," Robert O’Byrne, independent scholar, author of Romantic Irish Homes (2009) and The Last Knight, A Tribute to Desmond Fitzgerald, 29th Knight of Glin (2013); "Irish Furniture," James Peill, co-author (with the Knight of Glin) of Irish Furniture (2007) and curator of the Goodwood Estate; "Patina, Pomp and Prestige: Silver in Ireland, 1690–1840," Alison FitzGerald, lecturer, National University of Ireland, Maynooth; "Burned with Turf: The Unique Charm of Irish Ceramics and the Myths of Irish Glass," Peter Francis, independent scholar and author of Irish Delftware (2000); and closing remarks by Julian Sands, actor and Irish silver collector.

Among the private tours was one of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, commissioned in 1879 by the Chicago banker Samuel Nickerson and recently restored by the philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus, with a greeting from Lise Dubé-Scherr, executive director. This is one of the most sumptuous Gilded Age mansions in America. After the tour, we had the opportunity to view the exhibition Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry.

We also viewed an exquisite private collection of decorative arts and conversed with the owners, and saw a distinguished private collection of Americana in downtown Chicago.

Further details are in the fall 2015 issue of the DAS Newsletter.

Past DAS events

For a listing of past DAS events, click on the date links at the right of the Events section. (The listings will be updated shortly.)