Meg MacDonald leads this artistic adventure to the artistic capital of the American Southwest.
Tuesday, June 2 Arrive in Albuquerque on independently arranged flights. Enjoy a box lunch en route to the Tamarind Institute, located on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Founded in 1960, it is the only institute in the world for training master printers in the art of lithography. Distinguished artists from the United States and around the world—such as Jim Dine, Ed Ruscha, Kiki Smith, and hundreds of others—collaborate with printers at the institute to pull original prints. Following a tour of the studios, led by executive director Marge Devon, and a printing demonstration, there will be time to visit the gallery, which exhibits and sells original, limited-edition lithographs and monotypes created at Tamarind by living artists working side by side with master printers. Then head north along the scenic Turquoise Trail to Galisteo to visit the studio of nationally recognized contemporary artists. Continue to Santa Fe and check in to the Inn of the Anasazi, a boutique luxury hotel with superb architectural details. That evening, visit the adobe home of New York collectors of contemporary Asian art, mostly by emerging Chinese artists; then, for a dinner of award-winning Japanese cuisine, continue to Izanami, a Kyoto-style house set in the hills overlooking Santa Fe.
Wednesday, June 3 Head north to Georgia O’Keeffe country, set amid the striking mesas, cliffs, and valleys that inspired the artist when she lived here for nearly 35 years. We will visit the two places where she divided her time: Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch. Arriving in the tiny, traditional village of Abiquiu, we will split into two groups, with half to visit Georgia O’Keeffe’s home and studio while the other half heads up the highway to visit Ghost Ranch. The Abiquiu house remains largely as O’Keeffe left it in 1984 when she moved to Santa Fe. We are privileged to have a behind-the-scenes tour of the house, her studio, and even her bomb shelter with a woman who knew Georgia personally. The Abiquiu house and surrounding views were a great source of inspiration to O’Keeffe, whose artworks featured the patio and black door, the cottonwood trees along the Chama River, the White Place, and the road to Santa Fe. Our Ghost Ranch tour focuses on landscapes O’Keeffe painted during her summers there. Lunch is at Arioso, a slow-food bistro with its own kitchen garden, with a return to Santa Fe by late afternoon. Enjoy a walking tour to studios and galleries on and off the plaza or a visit to the Fine Arts Museum. Dinner and the evening are at leisure.
Thursday, June 4 This morning begins with a before-hours visit to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, where the curator focuses on the collection’s highlights. Across the street at the O’Keeffe Research Center, the director provides a fascinating look at the artist’s personal correspondence, photographs of and by O’Keeffe, and personal effects including her paintbrushes. Next we head to Canyon Road for a private gallery visit that focuses on works by two Native American women—an established painter and up-and-coming sculptor— whose work has received acclaim from museums coast to coast. Lunch is at the Compound Restaurant, featuring Southwestern food with a modern twist. That afternoon, we take an architectural tour of homes designed by John Gaw Meems—the father of the adobe style—and by Mexican “starchitect” Ricardo Legoretta. We also visit a selection of studios with artists both established and emerging. That evening, we attend a cooking demonstration and enjoy dinner with Kiowa chef Lois Ellen Frank and Navajo chef Walter Whitewater, whose creative dishes use traditional Native American ingredients.
Friday, June 5 A visit to two private homes nestled in the hills above Santa Fe promises to delight: the first is a stunning contemporary home with collections of art, photography, sculpture, and video installations that are eclectic and often whimsical; the other is a home built for major arts philanthropists with site-specific installations by world-renowned artists. Next we will head to SITE Santa Fe, a cutting-edge art space, where the curator welcomes us and provides an overview of the current SITElab exhibition, which features a 20th-anniversary retrospective of SITE works. Lunch is at the Museum Hill Cafe, followed by time on your own to visit the Museum of International Folk Art or the Museum of Indian Art and Culture. This evening we enjoy cocktails at a private home, followed by dinner at Geronimo, a bastion of high cuisine in a 1756 adobe house on Canyon Road.
Saturday, June 6 Following checkout, we head 30 minutes south of Santa Fe to the Allan Houser Sculpture Garden for a guided tour. Houser’s totemic works—both figurative and abstract—have earned him a place in the pantheon of great American sculptors. Then continue south to Albuquerque’s Sunport for your independently arranged flights home.
Terms and Conditions Cost: $2,850 per person based on double occupancy; single supplement, add $595. Full payment is due at time of reservation and indicates acceptance of all group arrangements. COST INCLUDES: Four nights’ accommodations at the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi; breakfast daily at the hotel, four lunches, three dinners; one reception, all activities described in the itinerary; transportation by private motorcoach; airport transfers in Santa Fe for those meeting designated group transfers; all taxes, gratuities, fees, and porterage; services of Meg MacDonald as tour manager and local docents and guides. NOT INCLUDED: Airfare to and from Santa Fe [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 Travel Muse/Meg MacDonald reserve the right to withdraw the tour or any part of 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 April 14, 2015, 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 April 14, 2015, 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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Santa Fe University of Art and Design Arts Center. Ricardo Legorreta, architect. Photo by Steve Spartana.