We enjoyed our Los Angeles and New York tour in 2011 so we thought we would do it all again – this time stopping in San Francisco on the way.
Join Sue Gardiner us as she takes in the best of contemporary San Francisco and New York in October 2013. Departing: 3 OCT 2013[/su_tab]
Depart Auckland to San Francisco, transfer to hotel – near Union Square
Our hotel for the next three nights will be the Handlery Hotel, Union Square. The Handlery is conveniently located to the Geary Street galleries and the Yerba Buena Cultural precinct. This afternoon stretch your legs with a wander down Geary Street visiting several local dealer galleries such as Paule Anglim.
This morning we will be picked up at 9am for the drive over the Golden Gate bridge to the Headlands Center for the Arts. Here we will have a short tour of the Center before visiting two of the artists in residence. Headlands Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary, international arts center dedicated to supporting artists; the creative process; and the development of new, innovative ideas and artwork.
Where we are is as important as what we do. Our campus comprises a cluster of artist-rehabilitated military buildings, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge at historic Fort Barry in the Marin Headlands, a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. On departure we will head over to the Presidio for lunch and view one of the Andy Goldsworthy works located in the park. We will end up at the home of collectors Jeff Wardell and Claudia Sagan, both keen visitors to New Zealand. We will view their unique collection at their converted warehouse over a glass of wine.
We will again hook up with Jeff late this morning. We will head over to the new arts district in the Mission area for a wander through some of the more contemporary dealer galleries and artist spaces for the afternoon, discovering a side of San Francisco we wouldn’t otherwise see.
This morning we check out and head to the airport for our lunchtime flight to New York’s JFK Airport. On arrival we will transfer to the Maritime Hotel – your home for the next 8 nights.
Our first full day in New York and it will be a great day. This morning we orient ourselves by taking a walk along the High Line, New York’s fantastic overhead railway converted into a walking path and wild garden.
We then head across the bridge to Brooklyn and Williamsburg. Our stop will be the studio of video artist Janet Biggs.
Janet Biggs is known primarily for her work in video, photography and performance. She lives and works in New York City. She has captured such events as speeding motorcycles on the Bonneville salt flats, horses galloping on treadmills, Olympic synchronized swimmers in their attempts to defy gravity, and kayaks performing a synchronized ballet in Arctic waters.
After stopping in the local area for lunch we will end our day at MOMA PS1.
Today you are able to choose to have a free day to satisfy any shopping and other sightseeing requirements. Today is a good day to independently visit the Guggenheim, Frick Collection or the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Chelsea is home to some of New York’s most prestigious dealer galleries and today we will visit the best of these. Starting at 27th Street we will spend the better part of the day wending our way down toward the hotel. At 4pm we will head over to visit two local collectors in their homes. The first in the Lower East Side at 4.30 and after a short walk the other is at 6.00- 7pm. This is at the expansive loft-home of a collector who has a major American photography collection.
Today we take our minibus up the Hudson river to visit Dia:Beacon. A contemporary art museum in the small riverside town of Beacon. Enjoy time in the gallery before heading into town for a lunch break.After lunch we will travel on to The Granary, a private art museum with an excellent collection. We will visit here before returning back to Manhattan late afternoon.
Spend the day in the Lower East Side with Sue and curator Barry Rosenberg of the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts. Barry knows this area and the slew of dealer galleries inside out so will and pick the best for us to see.
Before we start, we will visit the Tenement Museum to get a feel for the history of the area we are in. If it is raining we will include the New Museum. Late afternoon we will head back to the hotel to freshen up before taking a taxi up to the Upper West Side to visit the home of a prominent gallerist.
A fabulous day today – but it requires an early start!
Today we visit Buckhorn, the country home of Joel and Sherry Mallin, with its own Sculpture Park and large gallery affectionately known as “the Barn”. Joel and Sherry hosted us in their New York apartment on our last visit and were gracious enough to offer to host us at their upstate rural property. We look forward to this visit very much.After this visit we will head to a nearby small town for lunch and a visit to the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum before heading back to Manhattan.
For our last day in New York we will visit the Museum of Modern Art or the Whitney.
Check out and head home.