First Saturday Tours
The First Saturday Tour program was launched in February 2007 as an opportunity to present thematic tours to the general public at a regular intervals.
These tours have explored such serious matters as “Depictions of Native Americans in Art,” comparing and contrasting the evolution of American thought and attitudes towards the continent’s original inhabitants and the plight of female artists in “Great Artists Who Just Happen to be Women”.
We’ve also taken a light-hearted view of our collection with the “Guys and Dolls” tour, which explored the complex (and sometimes comical) battle between the sexes, as well as touring our Antique Dolls and Firearm collection.
We’ve even tackled the technical aspects of our works with the “Painting Techniques” tour, answering the age-old (and often asked) question: How do they do that? We have even offered performance based tours centered around our spookiest art with the Halloween Tour and shared stories of the season with the Christmas tour.
Thought-provoking, chuckle-inducing, and all around good fun, the First Saturday Tours are completely free to the general public every first Saturday of the month at 2 p.m. No reservation is needed, but groups of 10 or more are asked to call in advance.
After a short visit to our Origins of Western Art Gallery to see the inspiration of genuine classical art, we’ll explore Renaissance, 18th, 19th, and 20th-century works inspired by the historical and mythological figures of the classical age, along with the stories surrounding these key figures of Western civilization, finishing in our newly opened Classical Influence Gallery.
From prehistoric times onwards, artists have been fascinated with the world around them. The earliest art usually depicted animals and it is still flora and fauna of the natural world that is most often painted today by professional and amateur alike.
"In the beginning was the Word..." John 1.1 Powerful works of literature have always inspired artists in other media as well as their own, and arguably the most powerful written works are those born out of religious belief, like the Bible. Painters, sculptors, ceramacists, and poets have drawn from its narratives, from the cautionary origin tale of Adam and Eve, sculpted by both Auguste Rodin and Paul Manship, to the redemptive story of the Virgin Mary and the birth of Christ, caught in paint and porcelain by masters including Jean-Honore' Fragonard and Edward Boehm.
Originally rare and expensive, glass has always drawn the eye with both its brilliance and transparency. This tour will explain the glass-making process, including blowing, cutting, and pressing, with a PowerPoint presentation and an exploration of gallery glassworks including Steuben and Gillinder & Co.
Not everybody loves Valentine’s Day. For those of us still single or, worse yet, smarting from a relationship that didn’t work out, these artists offer a little fellow-feeling with their own tales involving jilted lovers and the bad boys and girls that lured us into bad judgment (and occasionally bad behavior).
We haven’t found a connection to Kevin Bacon yet (though I’m sure we could), but many of our artists had interesting relationships with each other and other important historical figures, all of which we’ll explore on this trip through the mysteries of human contact. For example, which American artist could claim an acquaintance with both the American president and the British king in the early 19th century?
Join us on a tour that begins in the museum galleries, but soon moves to an outdoor walking tour exploring Native American myths surrounding not only our flora and fauna, but also the animals depicted in our collection of outdoor sculpture.