Join us on this one-of-a-kind, specially designed Grand New England tour focused on Impressionist art at some of the country’s finest art institutions. The adventure begins near Hartford and ends at Dartmouth College. Along the way enjoy beautiful and historic sites including The Berkshire Botanical Gardens; Hildene, Robert Todd Lincoln’s estate in southern Vermont; along the way enjoy world class museums, fabulous seafood and much more on this unique and special itinerary in the heart of New England.
* Meet curators and local artists at some of New England’s top museums with special Dartmouth insider-access
* Gain insight and enrichment from a Dartmouth faculty host
* Spend time at the eclectic and fascinating collections at the Shelburne Museum
* Enjoy fall in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire with the program ending to coincide with Dartmouth College’s Homecoming Weekend
* Participate in a special behind-the-scenes visit at Dartmouth's Hood Museum of Art
Note: Proof of vaccination required for program participation. Masking required in all indoor venues and on coach.
Monday, October 4: ARRIVAL / FARMINGTON, CT
Arrive early afternoon and transfer to the hotel. This afternoon visit the Hill-Stead Museum with a curator. Hill–Stead is a Colonial Revival house and art museum set on a large estate in Farmington, Connecticut. It is best known for its French Impressionist masterpieces, architecture, and stately grounds. Later enjoy a welcome reception with opening remarks by the lecturer and a festive welcome dinner.
Accommodations: Avon Old Farms Hotel
Tuesday, October 5: NORTH ADAMS, MA / WILLIAMSTOWN, MA
This morning drive to North Adams, Massachusetts for a special visit to Mass MoCA. The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is a museum in a converted Arnold Print Works factory building complex located in North Adams, Massachusetts. It is one of the largest centers for contemporary visual art and performing arts in the United States. Here, meet with senior members of the curating team. After lunch, we will travel to Williamstown, Massachusetts where we will have a fabulous visit to the world-famous Clark Museum accompanied by a curator and with a special Dartmouth enhancement. The Clark is focused mainly on the art of 19th-century France specifically works of Impressionism and the Barbizon School. Explore works by John Singer Sargent, Edgar Degas, Winslow Homer, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir among others. This evening you are free to explore Williamstown on your own.
Accommodations: The Porches Inn (or similar)
Wednesday, October 6: WILLIAMSTOWN / HANOVER / SHELBURNE
Today, travel to Shelburne, Vermont to visit the eclectic Shelburne Museum. American folk art. French Impressionist paintings. Historic New England architecture. Duck decoys, circus animals, and dolls. These were just some of the interests of Shelburne Museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb. Later, travel to Hanover for an overnight near the Dartmouth Campus. Overnight in Hanover.
Accommodations: Courtyard By Marriott Hanover-Lebanon
Thursday, October 7: HANOVER / MANCHESTER, NH / BOSTON
This morning visit the Hood Museum of Art for special insider-access programing. After an included lunch on campus, travel to Manchester, New Hampshire to visit the beautiful Currier Museum of Art. At the Currier the permanent collection includes works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet, O'Keeffe, Calder, Scheier and Goldsmith, John Singer Sargent, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Andrew Wyeth. You will have a private guided tour through the collections. Later travel back to Hanover for those participating in Homecoming; others transfer from Manchester to Boston’s Logan Airport for flights home.
Kristin O'Rourke is a senior lecturer in art history at Dartmouth College. She specializes in French art of the late 18th and the first half of the 19th century, centering on the institutions of the art world (the museum, the Academy, art criticism, and the Salon). Her current project focuses on Eugène Delacroix and the transition from Classicism to Romanticism as seen through contemporary critical discourse and posthumous tributes to the artist. Her research interests include gender studies, art institutions, the development of art criticism, the myth of the artist, the city of Paris, graphic arts and new media in the 19th century, impressionism and urbanism, and art theory. She earned a B.A. at University of Virginia and received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.