Art & Travel Committee

The McIntosh Gallery Art & Travel Committee in conjunction with Alumni Western is comprised of volunteers who organize a range of art, architectural, historical, and cultural focused tours.  They offer day trips to galleries, museums and institutes nearby; 2-5 day trips within North America, and longer international trips. They also present, in conjunction with member Mary Redekop, lecture series on a variety of art history subjects. 

All profits from their activities are donated to the McIntosh Gallery in support of its acquisition and other agreed programs. The McIntosh Gallery Art & Travel Committee commenced their work in 2014 and have to date contributed funds for the acquisition of Shelley Niro's  Parallel Worlds of Women and Warriors.

Current & Upcoming Trips and Lectures

The Art of Malta and Sicily
Six two-hour lectures on Thursdays
September 5 to October 10, 2019
Elsie Perrin Williams Estate
101 Windermere Rd., London

Our travels this fall will take us to the islands of Malta and Sicily, two contrasting but fascinating destinations strategically placed in the Mediterranean to catch a great variety of visitors over the millennia. Our major interest on the islands of Malta will be the oldest man-made structures on the planet, the astonishing temples of the Neolithic people who lived there as early as 3500 BC. We will also relish the two Caravaggios in the Cathedral in Valetta.

In Sicily, we will begin with an examination of the splendid Greek temples and theatres at Agrigento, Siracusa, Segesta, Taormina and Selinus. The Romans moved in eventually and left a rich legacy, the most spectacular example being the mosaic floors in the Villa Romana at Casale. With the 12th-century takeover of Southern Italy and Sicily by the Normans under the fascinating Roger II, the medieval/Byzantine era took over providing a rich collection of breath-taking churches, palaces, cloisters and mosaics in Palermo, Monreale and Cefalù. The Spanish invaders introduced the Baroque style in the churches and palaces of Palermo, Catania, Ragusa and other cities throughout the island.

Registration for this lecture series will begin in August 2019. 


The Art of the Hill Towns of Tuscany and Umbria (Part Two – Renaissance)
Six two-hour lectures 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Thursdays
October 24 to November 28
Elsie Perrin Williams Estate 
101 Windermere Rd., London

We will travel to the enticing towns and villages of Tuscany and Umbria where the architecture, sculpture and painting come primarily from the Renaissance, in towns like Orvieto, Arezzo, Montefalco, Montepulciano, Pienza, Gubbio, Todi, Urbino and the Monastery of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. Some of the artists whose work we will encounter are Lorenzo Maitani, Piero della Francesca, Benozzo Gozzoli, Luca Signorelli, and Bernardo Rossellino. We will examine the ways that the art is related to the social, political, economic and religious life of Italy during the Renaissance. You may take either or both sections of this course.

Registration for this lecture series will begin in August 2019. 


Los Angeles, Pasadena & Palm Springs: Exploring Modernism
February 13 - 20, 2020
Adults - $3,995 USD
Single Supplement - $1,200 USD
Includes all taxes and gratuities

The beginning of the 20th century was a time of change whether it was rapid growth in city populations, industrialization or global conflict. Modernism, an artistic movement, grew out of this changing landscape and affected art, architecture & literature. It became dominant after World War II until the 1980s.

Modernist architecture was based upon new and innovative technologies of construction, particularly the use of glass, steel and reinforced concrete; the idea that forms should follow function; an embrace of minimalism; and a rejection of ornamentation.

Modernist art, in Western culture, describes a collection of genres all dedicated to the same basic agenda: challenging the traditional definition of art. It actually began with the Impressionists, and worked its way through Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, amongst others.

The McIntosh Art & Travel Committee is delighted to lead you through the Modernist evolution in art & architecture in Los Angeles and Pasadena including private foundations, major museums and thought provoking architecture, culminating with the internationally renowned Modernism Week – an annual celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture in Palm Springs.

As a contrast, there will also be opportunities to see traditional European and British art at the world famous Getty Museum, and the Norton Simon Museum.

For more information, including a detailed trip itinerary, tour details, and accommodations information, click here.

Please contact the Worldwide Quest office for more information and to secure your booking at travel@worldwidequest.com or call (416)-633-5666. 


Previous Trips & Lectures 

Brigadoon Musical at Shaw Festival Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake 
Tuesday June 18, 2019
Adults - $145
Seniors/Western Alumni - $140 
Includes Transportation, Theatre Ticket, Snacks and Gratuities.

“Stumbling upon a magical village that appears out of the Scottish mist for one day every century, Tommy, a modern boy, meets Fiona, a girl from the past. Should he stay with her in Brigadoon, or return to the world he knows and never see her again? This feast of song and dance from Lerner and Loewe has been entrancing audiences for more than seven decades. Classic songs like “Almost like being in love” and “I’ll go home with Bonnie Jean” will stay with you forever.

8:00am - Bus departs from the West of the Westmount Mall parking lot, behind the former Cineplex theatre
11:00am – Arrival in Niagara-on-the-Lake; explore, shop and lunch on your own
1:30pm – Return to the Shaw Festival Theatre for a 2:00pm performance
4:30pm – Board the Coach for departure to London

To register for this trip, please click HERE for the form, and for further information contact: Patricia Elliott 226-633-4540, pjelliott5@rogers.com or Kathleen Brown 519-645-2077 kpbrown888@gmail.com 



Aga Khan Museum Day Trip
Wednesday May 22, 2019
Adults - $110
Seniors/Western Alumni - $105 
Includes Transportation, Admissions, Guided Tours, Snacks and Gratuities.

“The aim of the Aga Khan Museum will be to offer unique insights and new perspectives into Islamic civilizations and the cultural threads that weave through history binding us all together. My hope is that the Museum will also be a centre of education and of learning, and that it will act as a catalyst for mutual understanding and tolerance."
- His Highness the Aga Khan

The Moon, A Voyage Through Time:
Wherever we are on earth, the moon glows up above, uniting us all. Feel the emotions that inspired centuries of artists and scientists gazing skyward. Explore the many meanings of the moon in Islamic cultures past and present. Observe and imagine the moon in new ways with the exhibition’s interactive devices, displays, and installations, including a giant moon sculpture connecting the Museum’s first and second floors.
Architecture Tour:
We will explore the architecture of the Aga Khan Museum, designed by Fumihiko Maki (Japan), and learn about key features of the site.

7:30am - Bus departs from the West of the Westmount Mall parking lot, behind the former Cineplex theatre
10:30am – Guided architectural and special exhibition tours
12:00pm – Lunch on your own in either Diwan Restaurant (reservations required, please call (416)-646-4670), or the Museum Cafeteria
1:30pm-2:30pm – Guided tour of the Ismali Centre (Removal of shoes required, no head covering necessary) or visit the Museum Permanent Collection and the gardens on your own 
3:00pm – Board the Coach for 3:15pm departure to London

To register for this trip, please click HERE for the form, and for further information contact: Julie Doran ejuliedoran@outlook.com or Nancy Wright nawright@bell.net 


Travelcommittee.jpgThe Art of the Hill Towns of Tuscany and Umbria (Part One - Medieval)  
Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00pm
February 28 - April 4, 2019
Elsie Perrin Williams Estate
101 Windermere Rd., London

Join Mary Redekop as she leads you on a journey through Central Italy’s exquisite hill towns. Part one of this course will take you to delightful little medieval villages like Monteriggione and Gropina and to major cities like Siena, with its Lorenzettis, Martinis and Duccios, and Assisi where we will find exquisite churches and painting by every major painter of the era in the Curch of San Francesco. Some of the other places we will visit are the Badia a Coltibuono, San Gimignano, Volterra, and Gubbio among many others. We will examine not just the painting, sculpture and architecture but the geographical, social, economic and religious influences on the art. You may take either or both sections of this two-part course.

For registration and further information about this lecture series, please contact Susan Henderson, Alumni Relations & Development at susan.henderson@uwo.ca or 519.661.2111 ext. 85871. 


Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissaro and More at the Art Gallery of Ontario 
Sunday March 24, 2019
Adults - $125
Seniors/Western Alumni - $120 
AGO Members - $100
Includes Transportation, Guided Tour, Snacks and Gratuities.

Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and More explores how French Impressionist artists and their contemporaries, famous for their lush landscapes and sea vistas, were equally obsessed with capturing the spirit of the industrial age. The groundbreaking exhibition features over 120 artworks, including paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, sculptures and period films. With masterpieces by beloved artists like Monet, Pissarro, Degas, Van Gogh, Cassatt & Seurat, the exhibition highlights new favourites like Luce & Caillebotte.

8:00am - Bus departs from the West of the Westmount Mall parking lot, behind the former Cineplex theatre
11:00am – Pre-exhibition talk
12:00pm – Timed exhibit (15 people)
1:00pm – Timed exhibit (15 people)
If you would like, consider the following free AGO tours:
12:00pm – AGO Highlights Tour, meeting at Walker Court
1:00pm – AGO Highlights Tour, meeting at Walker Court
3:00pm – Board the Coach for 3:15pm departure to London

To register for this trip, please click HERE for the form, and for further information contact: Lore Brown 519-473-3691, lorebrown@start.ca or Wilda Thomas 519-472-1065 wthomas21505@gmail.com


The Art of Classic Greece
Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00pm
January 10 - February 14
Elsie Perrin Williams Estate
101 Windermere Rd., London
Enrolment fee - $180

With the fall of Crete, Mycenae and Akrotiri, Greece fell into a dark age until a revival in pottery appeared in the 8th century BCE followed closely by exciting new developments in sculpture and architecture. We will examine the four major styles of architecture, vase painting and sculpture in Greece, Anatolia (Turkey) and Italy and relate the underlying principles to such Greek thinkers as Plato and Pythagoras.

For registration and further information about this lecture series, please contact Susan Henderson, Alumni Relations & Development at susan.henderson@uwo.ca or 519.661.2111 ext. 85871. 


 

TravelComNovDavid Milne: Modern Painting at the McMichael
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Adults - $105
Seniors/Western Alumni - $100
Includes Transportation, Guided Tour, Snacks and Gratuities.

This exhibition will follow Milne’s artistic development and journey into modernity as he moved from the bustling sidewalks of New York to the war-torn landscapes of northern France and back again to the woods, fields, and skies of the northeastern US and Canada. Through more than 90 works in oil and watercolour, never-before-exhibited photographs and drawings by the artist, and memorabilia collected by Milne during his time in Europe as an official war artist, Milne’s ingenuity in capturing landscapes will be illuminated.

8:00am - NEW LOCATION - Bus departs from the Westmount Mall parking lot, behind the former Target Store
11:00am-12:00pm – Conducted tour of exhibition 12:00pm-3:00pm – Lunch on your own at Cashew and Clive. Self-tour of McMichael Gallery
3:00pm – Board the Coach for 3:15pm departure to London
6:00pm – Approximate arrival at Westmount Mall

To register for this trip, please click HERE for the form, and for further information contact: Nancy Wright 519-672-1593, nawright@bell.net or Wilda Thomas 519-472-1065 wthomas21505@gmail.com


Christian Dior exhibition and lecture at the Royal Ontario Museum
Thursday March 8, 2018
Adults - $99
Seniors/Western Alumni - $95
Includes Transportation, Admission, Lecture/Exhibit, Snacks and Gratuities.

Curious about what it takes to mount an exhibition at the ROM? Join Dr. Alexandra Palmer along with members of the Christian Dior project team as they present the complex task of developing an exhibition from inception to development to display. Speakers: Dr. Alexandra Palmer, Senior Curator and the Exhibition Project Team of the Dior Exhibition.

After the lecture you will have the opportunity to explore the brilliance behind Christian Dior’s dramatic creations that revived the Paris haute couture industry after the devastation of the Second World War. Celebrating the House of Christian Dior’s 70th anniversary, Christian Dior features a selection of breathtaking designs from daytime to evening wear for grand occasions, and explores how and why Christian Dior’s iconic lines, luxury textiles, and romantic embroideries laid the foundation for the global success of the fashion house.

7:45 AM - NEW PARKING LOCATION - Bus departs from the south west side of the Westmount mall parking lot, behind the former Target Store
11 AM - Lecture “Designing Dior” by Senior Curator, Dr Alexandra Palmer
12 PM - Complimentary Coffee, Tea & Treats in Theatre Rotunda
12:30 PM - Exhibition Visit with Introductory Remarks
1:15 PM - Free time on your own– lunch, shopping, more exhibits, or visit the Gardiner Museum adjacent to ROM
3 PM  - Board the Coach for departure to London

To register for this trip, please click HERE for the form, and for further information contact: Julie Doran 519-439-7520,  ejuliedoran@outlook.com 


Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House in Buffalo
Wednesday April 25, 2018
Max 25 people - Reserve now!
Adults - $165
Seniors/Western Alumni - $160
Includes: Transportation, Admissions/Tours of the Albright Knox & the Darwin Martin House Lunch, Snacks and Gratuities ´┐╝

Located in the heart of Buffalo’s cultural district, the Albright Knox Art Gallery is a world class art museum. The gallery is a major showplace of modern and contemporary art. The Darwin D. Martin House National Historic Landmark was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built between 1903 and 1905. Built for the Larkin Soap Company executive, Darwin D. Martin, the complex is considered one of Wright’s greatest residential works during the Prairie House period, set in a harmonious landscape. Visitors will be able to tour the Darwin house and stroll through the grounds and Gardener’s House shop.

7:30 AM - NEW PARKING LOCATION - Bus departs from the south west side of the Westmount mall parking lot, behind the former Target Store
11 AM - Guided tour of the highlights of the permanent collection, Albright-Knox Museum
12:15 PM - Lunch at the AK Cafeteria
1:15 PM - Depart to Darwin Martin House
1:30 PM - Guided tour of the Darwin Martin House
2:30 PM - Tour the grounds and gift shop on your own
3:30 PM - Board the coach to return to London

To register for this trip, please click HERE for the form, and for further information contact: Julie Doran 519-439-7520,  ejuliedoran@outlook.com 


1920s extravagance and opulence sweep across the stage of Berlin's Grand Hotel
Thursday June 7, 2018 (reserve tickets by April 1, 2018)
Adults - $140
Seniors/Alumni - $135
Includes: transportation, theatre ticket, snacks and gratuities

Check into the lavish Grand Hotel, where the lives of ten hotel guests collide over one unforgettable night. Love. Betrayal. ´┐╝Jealousy. Murder. And the glamour of Berlin in the Roaring Twenties. Soaring with songs and dance, it’s the mesmerizing ´┐╝musical about what happens when our deepest, most desperate passions are unleashed. Winner of five Tony Awards.

8 AM - NEW PARKING LOCATION - Bus departs from the south west side of the Westmount mall parking lot, behind the former Target Store
11 AM - Arrival in Niagara-on-the-Lake -- Explore, shop and lunch on your own
1:30 PM - Meet at Royal George Theatre for Transportation to Festival Theatre
4:30 PM - Board the Coach for departure to London

To register for this trip, please click HERE for the form, and for further information contact: Patricia Elliott 226-663-4540 pjelliott5@rogers.com or Kathleen Brown 519-645-2077 kpbrown888@gmail.com


Art Toronto

Art Toronto - Canada’s international fair for modern and contemporary art
Friday, October 27 2017

Adult - $149
Seniors/Western Alumni - $145
Includes: Transportation, Admissions, Tours, Lectures, Snacks, Gratuities and
Prix Fixe Dinner at Canyon Creek Restaurant, across the street at 156 Front St.

9:30AM Bus departs from the west of the Westmount mall parking lot, behind the Cineplex theatre
12:30PM Admission to Art Toronto- Metro Toronto Convention Centre
1:00-4:30PM Tour by James Patten, Director/Curator of McIntosh Gallery, Talks and free time to view gallery exhibits
4:30PM Dinner at Canyon Creek – departure to London following dinner

To register for this trip, please click HERE for the form, and for further information contact: Julie Doran 519-439-7520 ejuliedoran@outlook.com OR
Stefan Andrejicka 519-661-9675 stefan5585@rogers.com


Aga Khan

Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Adult - $99 Seniors/Western Alumni - $95
Includes Transportation, Admissions, Architecture & Exhibit Tours, Snacks and Gratuities.

8AM Bus departs from the west of the Westmount mall parking lot, behind the Cineplex theatre
11AM Guided architectural and exhibit tours - Aga Khan Museum
12:30PM Lunch on your own in either Diwan Restaurant (for reservations, please call 416-646-4670)
or the cafeteria.
1:30pm - 2:30  PM Guided Tour of the Ismaili Centre
(Removal of shoes required/no head covering necessary)
3 PM Board the Coach for 3:15 departure to London

“The aim of the Aga Khan Museum will be to offer unique insights and new perspectives into Islamic civilizations and the cultural threads that weave through history binding us all together. My hope is that the Museum will also be a centre of education and of learning, and that it will act as a catalyst for mutual understanding and tolerance.“
-His Highness the Aga Khan


In designing the Aga Khan Museum, Fumihiko Maki, winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, used light to animate the building in myriad ways: throwing patterns on the exterior walls of Brazilian granite, enhancing interior spaces, and illuminating the open-roofed courtyard. The building’s compact footprint — 81 metres long and 54 metres wide — contains an impressive variety of spaces, including two exhibition galleries, areas for art conservation and storage, and a 350-seat theatre. This trip includes: a guided tour of the highly acclaimed Arts of the East from the Bruschetti Collection (13th-17th Century), an Architectural Tour of the Museum plus a Tour of the Ismaili Centre.

To register for this trip, please click HERE for the form, and for further information contact: Gloria Hinton 519-645-6864 gloria.hinton@sympatico.ca OR
Helen Luckman 519-438-1465 h.luckman@sympatico.ca