Smithsonian at Chautauqua: Art and Politics

Join us for a thought-provoking week and explore the dynamic intersection of how art is used in politics to influence the political process. 

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 The Athenaeum Hotel, centrally located in Chautauqua, New York  Johannes Vermeer’s <i>Mistress and Maid</i> Credit: The Frick Collection  Vincent Van Gogh’s <i>The Postman</i> Credit: The Barnes Foundation  The tranquil gardens of Chautauqua  Relax on the porch at the historic Hotel Athenaeum  Bestor Plaza  The scenic lakefront at Chautauqua


Save $150 *per person when you book by April 3, 2015! Use promotion code LASTCALL online or when speaking to our travel specialists to secure these savings.

  • July 25, 2015

*Offer valid on new bookings only.

Nestled along sparkling Lake Chautauqua in southwestern New York, the Chautauqua Institution is a unique community that evokes the friendliness and charm of a bygone era. With an astonishing array of programs clustered around specific “theme weeks,” Chautauqua has become a renowned summertime destination and a center for lifelong educational pursuits. Join us for a thought-provoking week and explore the dynamic intersection of how art is used in politics to influence the political process. You will enjoy a comprehensive program—including event tickets for Chautauqua opera, theater, and music performances; Main Stage scholar lecture series; all meals; and accommodations at the historic Hotel Athenaeum, located within walking distance to all events. Plus, our Smithsonian Journeys Expert, art historian and author Mary O’Neill, will provide exclusive, in-depth discussions about the history of art and politics in the grand European cities. Limited to 34 participants.

July 25-August 1, 2015 — Overview of your week at Chautauqua
Each morning gather for a full breakfast buffet. Then take your morning coffee out to the majestic front porch of the Hotel Athenaeum for sweeping views of Lake Chautauqua. After breakfast, attend daily private lectures with art historian Mary O’Neill. Ms. O’Neill will offer in-depth discussions on the history and politics of art, spanning nearly five centuries; from the birth of the Renaissance in Florence; to the role of the Catholic Church on the great artists in Rome; how Holland’s Golden Age was a time of prosperity and political freedom– but a battleground for painters, and how French artists, even after a Revolution, remained conformist, until someone changed the rules. Each day, enjoy a sumptuous lunch followed by an afternoon to explore Chautauqua on your own (a full program of activities will be provided). Gather in the evening for lively conversation and a festive dinner, followed by evening performances and activities. (Each day: B,L,D)