Chicago - Yale Center for British Art Chicago Excursion

Chicago - Yale Center for British Art Chicago Excursion
Wed, 03/18/2015 (All day) - Thu, 03/19/2015 (All day)

Yale Center for British Art

March 18-19, 2015

This excursion is centered around the exhibition Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840, opening this spring at its only venue, the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Yale Center for British Art is the largest institutional lender to the exhibition; twenty-seven works from the Center’s collection will be on display among three hundred objects that highlight the rich variety of Irish art from the long eighteenth century. I invite you to join me and the Friends of British Art for this unique opportunity to experience our collection in a very special context.

Our trip will include a private tour of this wonderful exhibition on Wednesday, March 18, led by the curator, Christopher Monkhouse, Eloise W. Martin Curator of European Decorative Arts, Art Institute of Chicago. We will also visit the prints and drawings collection with Suzanne McCullagh, the Anne Vogt Fuller and Marion Titus Searle Chair and Curator of Prints and Drawings, who will show us some of the Art Institute’s exceptional British works on paper. Director Douglas Druick, Yale PhD 1979, will join us for lunch in the museum’s board suite. Then, later that afternoon, we will be hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Kelly, Yale BS 1959, to see their extraordinary collection of antique maps and atlases. A dinner has also been arranged at the splendid Arts Club of Chicago, where we will be given a tour by the executive director, Janine Mileaf.

Our activities continue on Thursday, March 19, with an exclusive outing to Crab Tree Farm in Lake Bluff, about an hour outside of Chicago. We will be greeted by Mr. and Mrs. John H. Bryan and have the opportunity to see their renowned collection of early British paintings and furniture, as well as English and American Arts and Crafts furniture from the early 1900s. Following a casual lunch in the Summer House at Crab Tree Farm, we will tour the British and American decorative arts. We will then travel back to Chicago via Evanston, stopping at the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art on Northwestern University’s campus before dining at Quince.

The fee for the trip, which includes all tours, two lunches, and two dinners, as well as transport during the day (transportation will depart from The Peninsula) is $700 per person. Please make checks payable to Friends of British Art and send to: Yale Center for British Art, Advancement and External Affairs, P.O. Box 208280, New Haven, CT, 06520-8280.

Although you are free to stay at your favorite Chicago hotel, we have reserved a limited number of rooms at The Peninsula, located at 108 East Superior Street (at North Michigan Avenue) at a special rate of $300 per night for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. If you would like one of our reserved rooms, or if you have any other questions about the trip, please contact Amelia Ewan ( | 203 432 8559). Please register by Monday, February 23; space is limited.

As you may know, our galleries are now closed to the public for the year. In addition to Chicago, we have many works from the collection on view in exhibitions throughout the world. I hope that you will also take the opportunity to see highlights from our collection at the Yale University Art Gallery, including works featured in The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760–1860, the first major collaborative exhibition between the Art Gallery and the Center.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you in Chicago in March, if not before.

Warmest regards,


Amy Meyers
Yale Center for British Art