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Take a day trip or short holiday with The Textile Museum! Our national trip travel program offers opportunities to engage with artists, collectors, and experts around the country—sometimes in your own backyard. A representative of The Textile Museum joins the trip, and these excursions offer special access unavailable to solo travellers.

The membership level required to participate on TM Trips vary, please refer to the trip description for more details. You may upgrade your membership level as needed when registering. For more information about membership levels and benefits, click here.

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  Upcoming Trips
   
 

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

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

Join The Textile Museum in New York City for Asia Week. During this citywide celebration of Asian art, this insiders’ tour will explore historic and contemporary textiles and decorative arts with collectors, artists, galleries, museums, and auction houses.

  • Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Ratti Center with scholar
    Walter B. Denny before joining a contextualized docent-led tour of
    the museum's Islamic galleries
  • See highly focused private collections, from Korean embroideries to
    antique horse trappings
  • Visit the studio of artist Robert Kushner, whose paintings and
    mosaic murals are inspired by Islamic and European textiles
  • Take a specialist’s tour of antique Korean ceramics at Christie’s
    auction galleries
  • Go behind-the-scenes with Asia Week international art dealers
  • Get to know fellow Textile Museum members over meals at
    establishments such as the elegant, members-only University Club.

View complete trip itinerary, pricing, and registration information.

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

   
 

Behind the Scenes: Textile Conservation and Storage
National Museum of the American Indian, Cultural Resource Center
4220 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, MD
Friday, March 14, 9:45 AM

Join Textile Museum members and friends for a special behind-the-scenes look at two Smithsonian facilities in Suitland, Maryland. The program meets at 9:45 a.m. for a tour of the National Museum of the American Indian’s textile conservation and storage facilities, followed by a no-host lunch at the Smithsonian staff canteen. After lunch, the program resumes with a tour of the nearby Smithsonian Gardens greenhouses, highlighting the orchid collection. Fee: $30/members; $35/non-members (does not include lunch or transportation). Advance registration required; space is limited to twenty participants. Please call (202) 667-0441, ext. 64 to register. Please note: This tour involves at least two hours of walking and standing. All participants will be required to present a photo identification on the day of the tour. For this program, late arrivals cannot be accomodated. Sponsored by the New Horizons Committee, a volunteer group dedicated to expanding the community of Textile Museum members and supporters.

Woman’s manta, probably Colonial Inka
Woman’s manta, probably Colonial Inka (Inca), 1780–1800. National Museum of the
American Indian.

   
 

Textiles and Korean Treasures
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Friday, April 11, 10 AM

Join us for a full day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The program will include a behind-the-scenes visit to the textile department; a guided tour of the exhibition Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910, with commentary by TM Eastern Hemisphere Curator Lee Talbot; and a special overview of the textiles on view in the museum. Lunch at the museum’s Granite Hill restaurant is included. Fee: $100/members; $125/non-members (includes lunch; does not include transportation to and from Philadelphia). Call (202) 667-0441, ext. 64 to register; space is limited. Sponsored by the New Horizons Committee, a volunteer group dedicated to expanding the community of Textile Museum members and supporters.

"Ten Longevity Symbols"
Ten Longevity Symbols (detail), 18th century, Korea. Private Collection.

   
 

Radical Elements: Art Quilts on the Periodic Table
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Art Center
930 King Street, Silver Spring, MD
Friday, May 9, 10:30 AM

Textile Museum members and friends are invited to an exclusive tour of Radical Elements, a contemporary art quilt exhibit at the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center. Sponsored by the Studio Art Quilt Associates, exhibit organizers invited each participating artist to create a quilt based on an element from the Periodic Table. The resulting artworks, each relating to the elements in unique and witty ways, take quilting beyond the usual materials of fabric and thread. B.J. Adams, a nationally recognized artist and participating quilter, will offer insight into the artists’ inspirations and techniques. Following the tour, enjoy a no-host lunch at a nearby restaurant in downtown Silver Spring. Fee: $20/members; $25/non-members (does not include transportation). Call (202) 667-0441, ext. 64 to register; space is limited. Sponsored by the New Horizons Committee, a volunteer group dedicated to expanding the community of Textile Museum members and supporters.

"Cadmium"
B.J. Adams, Cadmium (detail), 2013. Photo courtesy of the artist.

   
 

South African Beadwork, Mississippi Quilts, and Historic Anacostia
Smithsonian Metro Stop, National Mall
Friday June 13, 10 AM–4 PM

Travel with The Textile Museum from the National Mall to the Anacostia Community Museum for a special tour of two current exhibitions. In Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence, learn how a small group of women on a farm in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa transformed a traditional craft into path-breaking artworks, including the mural-sized African Crucifixion. Enjoy a private curator-led tour of the small exhibition Home Sewn: Quilts From the Lower Mississippi Valley before venturing behind the scenes to view African and African-American textiles in the museum’s collection. After a box lunch, the tour will continue to the home of Frederick Douglass. Douglass biographer and Anacostia expert John Muller will regale the group with Douglass’ exploits during an exploration of the grounds before leading a walking tour of historic Old Anacostia. Fee: $50/members; $60/non-members (includes a box lunch and round-trip shuttle service from the National Mall to the Anacostia Community Museum). Call (202) 667-0441, ext. 64 to register; space is limited. Please note: a tour of the interior of the Douglass house is not included in this program. Sponsored by the New Horizons Committee, a volunteer group dedicated to expanding the community of Textile Museum members and supporters.

Beadwork
Zandile Ntobela, Cherry Tree (detail), 2011.

   
 

Past Trips

Discovering Domestic Textiles
National Museum of American History
Wednesday, February 19

The National Museum of American History’s textile collection includes shawls, coverlets, samplers, laces, linens, synthetics, and other fabrics, as well as more than 400 quilts from across the country. This behind-the-scenes tour, led by members of the textile department, introduced TM members and friends to rarely-seen pieces from this expansive collection: handmade laces dating back to the seventeenth century; needlework samplers that illuminate the changing experience and education of women in early America; and 250 years of quilts showcasing diverse techniques, materials, designs, and processes. After the tour, guests enjoyed a no-host lunch in the museum’s newly refurbished Stars and Stripes Café. Sponsored by the New Horizons Committee, a volunteer group dedicated to expanding the community of Textile Museum members and supporters.

Quilt at National Museum of American History
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Photo by wdstock/iStockphoto.

Fall Textile Exhibitions in New York City
Friday, November 22, 2013

This trip featured curator-led tours of two ground-breaking exhibitions in New York City: the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800, the first major exhibition to explore the international transmittal of design from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth century through the medium of textiles, and An American Style: Global Sources for New York Textile and Fashion Design, 1915–1928 at the Bard Graduate Center, which examined how the American Museum of Natural History used its collections to educate and inspire New York textile and fashion designers during and after World War I. Sponsored by the New Horizons Committee, a volunteer group dedicated to expanding the community of Textile Museum members and supporters.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Photo by wdstock/iStockphoto.

Museums, Collectors, and Quilts of Houston
October 31–November 3, 2013
(with optional extension through November 4)

This exclusive tour of the artistic treasures of America’s fourth largest city coincided with the International Quilt Festival—the world’s largest quilt show—that boasts over 500 exhibitors and special displays of more than 1,500 quilts and works of textile art. Textile Museum members explored the festival, local galleries, museums, and the homes of private textile collectors.

Bayou BendHouston MFA at Night
Left to right: The exterior of Bayou Bend. Courtesy of Bayou Bend; Houston's Museum of Fine Arts
at night. Courtesy of MFAH.

Fabulous Flowers and Fabrics
Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens
Saturday, July 20, 2013

Textile Museum members and friends enjoyed a day of fabulous flowers and fabrics at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens. This day-trip included an exclusive tour of the orchid house, lunch at the café, and a guided tour of the mansion focusing on the textiles on view. Sponsored by the New Horizons Committee, a volunteer group dedicated to expanding the community of Textile Museum members and supporters.

Hillwood Museum
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens. Photo by Chita S. Middleton.

   
 

Baltimore's Textile Marvels and Makers with Artist Joyce Scott
Friday, April 26, 2013

This trip was hosted by Joyce Scott, an internationally known artist, performer, and raconteur. The one-day trip to Baltimore included an exclusive visit to Goya Gallery, lunch at the Baltimore Museum of Art’s renowned restaurant, Gertrude’s, followed by special, private access to the museum’s textile storage. The day ended with an introduction to the world of contemporary textiles with a visit to the studios of Maryland Institute College of Art for a sneak peek at fashions being created by the talented students at MICA. Sponsored by the New Horizons Committee, a volunteer group dedicated to expanding the community of Textile Museum members and supporters.

 
Baltimore Museum of Art Artist Joyce Scott
Left to right: The Baltimore Museum of Art. Photo courtesy BMA; Joyce Scott. Photo courtesy the artist.

 

 

 

 

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