This past weekend, assistant director / collections curator Amalia Wojciechowski and I were in New York City for the “Winter Show,” a prestigious art fair at the Park Avenue Armory. Once a military training facility as well as a social club, the Park Avenue Armory has a massive indoor space – in a city not known for expansive spaces – and remains a convenient and appropriate place for art galleries from around the world to display some of their finest work. While we were able to see some artworks that will hopefully join the Museum’s permanent collection, it was also our annual trip to the city to see other museums and meet with gallerists and colleagues, an important part of maintaining the relationships that remain key to the Woodson’s successes.
A highlight was our visit to the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass. At the Neustadt, we re-connected with Lindsy Parrott, who some Museum members may recall is the Executive Director and Curator of the Neustadt Collection. Lindsy came to Wausau several years ago during the Woodson’s hosting of the exhibition Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light. It was great seeing Lindsy again, as well as introducing her to Amalia, and getting an in-depth tour of their fantastic collection. In the small world of things, another staff member of the Neustadt who we met with is originally from Central Wisconsin, so we naturally reminisced about all things Central Wisco.
The trip was a great success, with no travel hiccups, and plenty of great art to peruse in many different locations. Really, the only downside of the trip was that the weather was not any warmer than it was back in Wausau. Typically, it is at least a little more comfortable on the East Coast this time of year, but Amalia and I had no such luck on our trip with frigid temperatures and howling winds coming off the East River throughout our stay. In other words, the “Winter” Show definitely lived up to its name.
I don’t know about next year; I’m hearing great things about Art Basel in Miami Beach . . .