UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Munson-Williams Proctor Institute temporarily closed one of its long-lasting, Thursday.
"The Voyage of Life" exhibit, by Thomas Cole, has been featured at the Utica museum since 1955, but now four paintings from the collection will be going on a tour of the United States for the next 18 months.
The tour will stop in Cincinnati, Norfolk (VA), St. Louis, and Memphis during its road trip. This tour will mark only the second time these paintings have ever left the museum.
"Any traveling exhibition of this nature is a large undertaking for our staff," said Director of the Museum of Art, Anna D'Ambrosio. "You can imagine these grand canvases and ornate frames need special handling, careful crates that are made.
"An Institute member is always traveling with them and oversees the installation at other institutions."
With a void being left by the traveling paintings, "The Golden Age of European Painting" exhibit will take its place until they arrive back in Utica.