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* This trip is now sold-out. If you wish to be added to our waitlist, please contact Emily Johnson at ejohnson@textilemuseum.org.

Attend Asia Week New York with The Textile Museum
Wednesday–Saturday, March 12–15, 2014

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Heruka mandala made for the Bardo ritual, West Tibet, early 13th century. Distemper on cotton. Collection of Carlo Cristi.


Join fellow TM members for a one-of-a-kind tour of New York City that coincides with the opening of Asia Week 2014. Experience the Big Apple during this annual celebration when hundreds of international dealers take over New York galleries to exhibit and auction off the best in Asian art. Enjoy New York’s treasures through exclusive tours of museums, galleries, and private collections, as well as fine dining and luxurious accommodations.

Participants are encouraged to leave an extra day in New York after the trip to enjoy some of the auctions, lectures, films, and exhibitions scattered throughout the city.

The itinerary, activities, and collection representatives listed below are subject to change, with or without advance notice. Updates to the itinerary, including additional activities, will be provided as details are confirmed.

Trip Itinerary
Wednesday, March 12
Trip participants will arrive in Manhattan and check into the Warwick New York Hotel – located across from the Museum of Modern Art – where the museum has secured a group rate (see below for booking information). Rendezvous for dinner at 6:30 pm in the private Garden Room of Michael’s New York. Located just a block and a half from the hotel, Michael’s features an award-winning wine list, an impressive menu that evolves with the seasons, and its own modern art collection. (D)

Scholar Walter B. Denny
Dr. Walter B. Denny, Senior Consultant in the Department of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Thursday, March 13
Depart from the Warwick via private shuttle to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a docent-led tour of the textiles in the Islamic Galleries, followed by lunch in the elegant Members Dining Room that boasts expansive views of Central Park. After lunch, noted scholar Walter B. Denny will lead participants on a private tour of the Met’s Antonio Ratti Textile Center, one of the country’s most advanced facilities for the study and storage of textiles and open only by appointment. The day will draw to a close with a special exhibit on view at the Gail Martin Gallery, owned by Textile Museum Advisory Council member Gail Martin, who recently celebrated 40 years as a textile collector. Guests will return to the hotel before attending dinner at the exclusive, members-only University Club, located at One W 54th Street, just one block from the Warwick. Club member Allen Freedman will treat trip attendees to an informal tour of the library and public spaces of this architectural gem that is known as New York’s premier social club. (L, D)

Artist Robert Kushner with his work
Artist Robert Kushner with his work. Photo courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, New York.


Friday, March 14
The day will begin in the studio of artist Robert Kushner, heralded by ArtForum as “arguably the most significant decorative artist working today.” Kushner will offer a personal tour of his workspace and explain the elements of Uzbek textiles that have inspired his most recent work. From there, trip participants will take a shuttle to the Asia Society Museum for lunch at its Garden Court Café, followed by a specialized tour of the exhibition Golden Visions: A Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. Next, Textile Museum Advisory Council member Dr. Young Yang Chung has graciously offered a look at her private collection of stunning Korean embroideries. After returning to the hotel to freshen up, participants will join an Asia Week kickoff reception at the Arader Graham Galleries, where several international exhibitors will be displaying rare art and antiquities. Host Carlo Cristi of Milan—famous for his Central Asian 5th9th century textiles and metalwork—will welcome trip attendees and highlight some of his fascinating pieces on display. Following the reception, trip participants will be free to explore New York’s culinary offerings as a group or on their own. (L)

Tibet saddle cover
Tibetan saddle cover (detail), Tibet, 19th century. Silk, Dutch leather.
Collection of Judith Brick Freedman.


Saturday, March 15
On this final day of the trip, attendees will visit the Upper West Side home of a private collector who will offer a tour of a spectacular collection of photographer Dr. John Murray’s nineteenth-century images of Islamic architecture. Guests will then sit down to an informal lunch. Next, take the shuttle to Christie’s Auction House for a private tour of Korean ceramics and a chance to peruse the Asian items up for auction. The trip will culminate with hors d’oeuvres hosted by Textile Museum Trustee Judy Brick Freedman and her husband, Allen Freedman, who invite trip attendees to sample wine and Lebanese-inspired cuisine in their Manhattan home as they share their personal collection of horse trappings and other textiles. Special guest Patricia Kettenring of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana will demonstrate the Japanese art of floral arrangements and discuss the history of this celebrated art form. TM members will return to the hotel in time for dinner on their own or a night on the town. Although this marks the end of the trip, attendees are encouraged to stay in Manhattan to enjoy the rest of Asia Week on their own. A list of suggested activities and exhibitions being held in conjunction with Asia Week will be provided. (L)

Tibetan Virupaksha
Virupaksha, Central Tibet, 15th century. Gilt copper alloy, semiprecious stones. Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet, Paris. On view at the Asia Society Museum in March 2014.


Tour Fee
Trip price is $1,650 and covers transportation by private shuttle to most venues, all museum and tour fees, and the meals specified in the itinerary above. Key of meals included in trip pricing: L=Lunch; D=Dinner.

How to Register
Registration for this trip is now open! To secure your place, call (202) 667-0441, ext. 63 or email ejohnson@textilemuseum.org to request a registration form that can be returned with payment. Please note that to participate in this trip, membership at the Supporter ($250) level is required. You can join or upgrade while making your reservation.

Travel and Accommodations
Each participant must make their own travel and hotel arrangements. However, travelers are encouraged to book their rooms at the Warwick New York, located at 6th Avenue & 54th Street, across from the Museum of Modern Art, a block from Fifth Avenue stores and surrounded by diverse restaurants. This is the location from which the private shuttle will pick up and drop off participants. Through January 27, trip participants can take advantage of The Textile Museum group rate of $255/night. Early booking is advised. To make a reservation, call (212) 247-2700 or (800) 223-4099 and request The Textile Museum Room Block. Participants are responsible for covering all hotel fees and travel to and from New York City, including transfer to and from the hotel.






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