New Orleans Now: Art, Architecture, and History featuring the Prospect.3 Art Fair

January 5–9, 2015

$2,850 per person; single supplement, add $455

Savor the colorful art and culture of New Orleans with Lisa Hahn.

Monday, January 5
Arrive at the Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans on independently arranged flights. Board a private motorcoach and transfer to the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans. Featuring a world-class spa, a signature restaurant, impeccable service, and exceptional amenities, the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans offers guests a luxurious retreat in the heart of the city. This evening, visit a prominent private collection of contemporary art, and enjoy a festive welcome dinner at Antoine’s in the historic French Quarter.

Tuesday, January 6
Begin the day with a visit to Arthur Roger Gallery for a look at their new special exhibition. Next, visit Tulane University’s Newcomb Art Gallery to see its considerable collection of Newcomb Pottery. Originating at Newcomb College at the turn of the 19th century, this Arts and Crafts style pottery was potted by men, as woman were not permitted to use the potting wheels at that time, but decorated by women. The works form an important component of American Arts and Crafts history. After lunch at the famous Commander’s Palace, depart on foot for an architectural and historical walking tour of the Garden District. This area was developed in the early 1800s to rival the architectural splendor of the Creole French Quarter and offers numerous examples of Queen Anne, Italianate, and Greek Revival buildings. The balance of the day is spent visiting three artist studios and an impressive private collection in the French Quarter. Dinner and the evening are at leisure.

Wednesday, January 7
Enjoy a visit to the encyclopedic New Orleans Museum of Art where we visit the permanent collection, particularly strong in French paintings including Impressionism. Also well represented in the collection are American art, photography, glass, African art, and Japanese art. We also explore the five-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, considered one of the most important sculpture installations in the United States. After lunch in the museum café, we depart for the Warehouse Arts District, a former industrial area that is now a thriving arts mecca. Anchored by the Contemporary Arts Center, it is home to galleries, artists’ studios, and several museums. We visit the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the result of Roger Ogden’s bequest of 1,200 works to the University of New Orleans Foundation in 1994. Ogden, a developer and Louisiana native, insisted on moving the collection to the Warehouse District, which has developed into a vital neighborhood supporting the arts and the New Orleans economy. Next we visit the Contemporary Art Center (CAC), located down the street. The CAC began as an artist-run, artist-driven community organization in the nearly empty arts district of New Orleans. Renovated in 1990 and donated to the CAC in 1999, the CAC’s building mixes the timelessness of New Orleans historic architecture with contemporary materials and usable open spaces. End the day with a visit to a private collection. Dinner and the evening are at leisure.

Thursday, January 8
Enjoy a visit to the Historic New Orleans Collection, established in 1966 by General and Mrs. L. Kemper Williams, private collectors of Louisiana material (including an original copy of the Louisiana Purchase). The holdings comprise historic French Quarter buildings, galleries, and the Williams Research Center, offering curatorial, manuscript, and library collections. We take a guided tour of the Williams Residence house, as well as the permanent collection galleries, which illustrate the history of the city and state. After an authentic Creole lunch at Dooky Chase’s, we visit two significant private collections. This evening, enjoy a festive farewell dinner at Tommy’s.

Friday, January 9
Our final day in New Orleans is spent exploring Prospect.3 New Orleans, the third edition of the New Orleans International Contemporary Art Biennial. Prospect New Orleans was conceived in the tradition of the great international exhibitions, such as the Venice Biennale and the Bienal de São Paulo, to showcase new artistic practices from around the world in settings that are both historic and culturally exceptional and to contribute to the cultural economy of New Orleans and the Louisiana Gulf region. We have the opportunity to visit some of the biennial’s various art venues and installations throughout the trip at various venues in the city. Enjoy lunch before departing for the Louis Armstrong Airport for your independently arranged flights home.

Terms and Conditions
Cost: $2,850 per person based on double occupancy; single supplement, add $455.
Full payment is due at time of reservation and indicates acceptance of all group arrangements. COST INCLUDES: Four nights’ accommodations at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans; breakfast daily at the hotel, four lunches, and two dinners; all activities described in the itinerary; transportation by private motorcoach; airport transfers in New Orleans for those meeting designated group transfers; all taxes, gratuities, fees, and porterage; services of Lisa Hahn as study leader and local docents and guides. NOT INCLUDED: Airfare to and from New Orleans [contact the Member Travel department at (312) 443-3115 for suggested flights]; meals or beverages not specifically mentioned as included; items of a personal nature. Upon registration, each participant will be provided with an Art Institute of Chicago Waiver and Release form that must be signed and returned to the Member Travel department prior to program departure.

Cancellation Policy
The Art Institute of Chicago (“AIC”) and Art Horizons International reserves the right to withdraw the tour or any part if it and to make such alterations in the itinerary as it deems necessary and desirable. In the event of the cancellation of the tour prior to departure, a full refund will constitute full settlement between all parties. No refund shall be due from AIC in conjunction with changes in rates or itineraries or substitution of suppliers. No refund will be made for any unused portion of the tour. AIC reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of the tour if AIC determines that the participation of that individual is objectionable and, in the event such authority is exercised, the participant waives any right and all claims for damages. Baggage and personal effects are the sole responsibility of owners at all times. Cancellation notification must be in writing. Participants may cancel on or before November 24, 2014, with a cancellation fee of $100 plus any nonrefundable costs and cancellation fees incurred by hotels and other venues at the time of cancellation. After November 24, 2014, there will be no refund, unless canceled space can be filled from an existing waitlist. Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended; an application will be sent with reservation confirmation.

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To register, call (312) 443-3115.

Cascade Garden Pool at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art. Source Figure by Robert Graham. Photo by Robert Shelton.