Travel Opportunity: Van Gogh in America

Van Gogh in America and Detroit’s Revival
January 5-7


Detroit’s comeback fever is evident everywhere from new businesses in bustling core neighborhoods to a renewed energy and pride. This buzz reflects a dramatic turnaround from the downtrodden years of auto industry decline, municipal bankruptcy in 2013 and people leaving decaying neighborhoods for the suburbs. The haunting memories of the deadly 1967 riots are fading and the metro area’s institutions and museums are better than ever.

Van Gogh in America celebrates the Detroit Institute of Art’s status as the first public museum in the United States to purchase a painting by Vincent van Gogh. The DIA bought Van Gogh’s Self Portrait in 1922 for $4200, at a time when van Gogh was just beginning to develop a following in America. 100 years later Detroit is celebrating the purchase with this exhibition. Experience 74 authentic Van Gogh works from around the world and discover the fascinating story of America’s introduction to this iconic artist, in an exhibition only at the DIA. One of biggest and most comprehensive Van Gogh shows ever.

So postpone those winter blues and join the Friends of the Minneapolis Institute of Art for a 3 day, 2 night action packed excursion. We will be staying at the Detroit Foundation Hotel. The trip features the Van Gogh exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts, along with highlights of their collection, which is considered one of the top 10 in the country. We will spend time in Bloomfield Hills visiting Cranbrook Academy and it’s museum collections. We will learn first hand about Eliel Saarinen and Cranbrook’s role in mid-century modernism along with its relationships with Knoll and Herman Miller. We are planning a lively visit to Motown’s newly expanded museum, a City Tour that includes the African Bead Museum, “The Belt” with its colorful street art, The Heidelberg project (outdoor installations), The Guardian Building, and the Eastern Market, a major hotspot for some of Detroit’s best street art. Other possibilities include a tour of an auto Barron’s mansion, a Frank Lloyd Wright house, and possibly a private collection.

A full flyer and final details of the trip are to come the first week in November. Please send Kristen McDougall ( your name and email address to get on the list. We expect the cost to be $1,000 +/- per person (airfare not included) based on double occupancy. There will be a $250 deposit required to hold your spot once the brochure with complete itinerary is available. There is a cap of 29 people for this trip. First come, first served!