Event Schedule

On Friday, May 18 we will have a full day of events at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

In the morning we will have a tour of the exhibition Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas with Joanne Pillsbury, the Andrall E. Pearson Curator, Arts of the Ancient Americas.

This landmark exhibition which got rave reviews at the Getty Museum, features luxury arts of the Incas, the Aztecs, and their predecessors will trace the emergence and florescence of gold working in the ancient Americas, from its earliest appearance in the Andes to its later develop-ments farther north in Central America and Mexico.

This unprecedented exhibition features more than 300 works from 53 lenders in 12 countries.

We will then have a 3-course lunch in the museum’s Petrie Court dining room overlooking Central Park.

After lunch we will have a guided tour of Fashion and The Met. We will consider fashion throughout the ages and learn what clothes reveal to us about their wearers. Highlighting clothing represented in stone, wood, paint, and other media found throughout the Museum’s collections, this tour examines developments in fashion from all over the world.

Next we will visit the first half of the new exhibition presented by the museum’s Costume Institute, Heavenly Bodies, Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

Fashions from the early 20th century to the present will be shown in The Met's Medieval and Byzantine galleries.

We will then have high tea in the same restaurant where we had lunch.

We will end the day seeing the second half of the costume exhibition. Serving as the cornerstone of the exhibition, papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican, will be on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center.

Please note there will be considerable walking for the tours but we’ve arranged not to take stairs to the locations we will visit. There are usually benches to rest on in most galleries.

On Saturday, May 19 we will begin the day with a Curator’s tour with Jeannine Falino (an ASJRA advisory board member) of New York Silver, Then and Now, at the Museum of the City of New York.

We will have a 3-course lunch at Paolo’s restaurant and then proceed to the Hotel Wales (a few doors away), where we will hear three lectures (see Speaker’s Page for details).

The day will end with a reception at Koos & Co. boutique, a few steps away from the Wales Hotel.