Join the Reading Public Museum as we tour other attractions in the area! We take care of the transportation, tickets, and food. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy! Advanced registration is required, see below for dates.
Degas in D.C.
May 13 – Bus departs RPM lot at 7:00 a.m.
Enjoy turn of the century art on a trip to the Nation's capital. Our day will begin with a tour at the National Gallery of the Degas/Cassett special exhibition followed by lunch at
Marjorie Merriweather Post's Hillwood Estate and Gardens and a visit the estate and gardens where we will view the special exhibition Passion of the Empress: Catherine the Great's Art Patronage.
The National Gallery
Although Edgar Degas's influence upon Mary Cassatt has long been acknowledged, the extent to which Cassatt shaped Degas's artistic production and prepared the way for his warm reception by American audiences is fully examined in this exhibition for the first time. Their deep friendship was founded on mutual respect and admiration for each other's talents, despite differences of gender and nationality. These two major figures of the impressionist movement shared a keen observer's eye, as well as an openness to experimentation. With a focus on the critical period from the late 1870s through the mid-1880s when Degas and Cassatt were most closely allied, this exhibition brings together some 70 works in a variety of media to examine the fascinating artistic dialogue that developed between the two. Groundbreaking technical analysis provides new insight into the intersections between their art, in terms of subject matter as well as choice of media and methods.
Hillwood Estate & Gardens
Marjorie Merriweather Post bought Hillwood in 1955 and soon decided her home would be a museum that would inspire and educate the public. Her northwest Washington, D.C. estate endowed the country with the most comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia, a distinguished 18th-century French decorative art collection, and twenty-five acres of serene landscaped gardens and natural woodlands for all to enjoy. Opened as a public institution in 1977, today Hillwood's allure stems from the equally fascinating parts that make up the whole. From the captivating life of Marjorie Post to the exquisitely maintained Mansion and Gardens, the experience of Hillwood outshines even the Fabergé Eggs.
Driven by a thirst for knowledge and a quest for the throne, Catherine propelled herself to the role of Empress through the sheer power of her intellect, cunning, and resolve. For thirty-four years, she reigned over a golden age of Russian culture, founding what would become the State Hermitage Museum and transforming St. Petersburg into one of Europe's cultural centers. Passion of the Empress: Catherine the Great's Art Patronage presents a selection of finely-crafted decorative art pieces to explore how the famous tsarina masterfully blended traditions of Byzantine art with the Western neoclassical style that was a hallmark of the Enlightenment.
For more information chick our Web site or call 610-371-5850 x223
Cost: $140 for Members; $180 for Non-Members
Includes bus transportation, lunch, admission and guided tour at The National Gallery and Hillwood Estate.
RESERVATION DEADLINE 5/1/13
Program Code: BT12
Bus trips sponsored by Assured Assistance