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  • The Frick Collection summer 2013 progr ams

  • I nternationally recognized as a premier museum and research center, The Frick Collection is known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding exam- ples of European sculpture and decorative arts.

    The collection was assembled by the Pittsburgh indus- trialist Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) and is housed in his family’s former residence on Fifth Avenue. One of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions, it provides a tranquil environment for visitors to experience masterpieces by artists such as Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Goya, and Whistler. The museum opened in 1935 and has continued to acquire works of art since Mr. Frick’s death.

    Adjacent to the museum is the Frick Art Reference Library, founded by Helen Clay Frick as a memorial to her father. Today it is one of the leading institutions for research in the history of art and collecting.

    Along with special exhibitions and an acclaimed con- cert series, the Frick offers a wide range of lectures, symposia, and education programs that foster a deeper appreciation of its permanent collection.


    Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas


    General Public $20 Seniors (65 and over) $15 Students $10 Members Free

    On Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., visitors may pay what they wish.

    Children under ten are not admitted.

    Group visits are by appointment; call 212.288.0700 to schedule.

    The Frick Collection welcomes students from grades 5 through 12. To arrange a guided school visit, please call 212.547.0704 or visit

    1 east 70th street, new york, ny 10021 212.288.0700

    The Frick Collection

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    e x h i b i T i o n s

    The ImpressIonIsT LIne from Degas

    To TouLouse-LauTrec: DrawIngs anD

    prInTs from The cLark

    Through June 16, 2013

    Drawn from the renowned collection of nineteenth-century French art of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, this selection of works on paper represents the diverse interests of Realist, Impression- ist, and Post-Impressionist artists in a rapidly changing world. Sheets by Millet, Courbet, Degas, Manet, Pissarro, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, and other masters range widely in subject matter and technique and span the entire second half of the nineteenth century. Graphite and charcoal drawings of classi- cally idealized nudes exhibit the virtuoso finish and illusion- ism long championed by academic tradition, while rapidly executed sketches present more candid and provocative ren- derings of the body. Luminous pastels and watercolors capture impressions of city and country, and lively etchings and vivid color lithographs convey the spectacle and atmosphere of modern life. Populating these images are peasants, perform- ers, racehorses, and mythological goddesses. Settings vary from the French countryside and far-flung islands to Parisian cafés and dancehalls, shifting between highlife and low.

    The exhibition is organized by Colin B. Bailey and Susan Grace Galassi of The Frick Collection and by Jay A. Clarke of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts. The exhibition is made possible by The Florence Gould Foundation. 3

    precIsIon anD spLenDor:

    cLocks anD waTches aT

    The frIck coLLecTIon

    Through February 2, 2014

    Today the question “What time is it?” is quickly answered by looking at any number of devices around us, from watches to phones to computers. For millennia, however, determining the correct time was not so simple, and it was not until the late thirteenth century that the first mechanical clocks were made, slowly replacing sundials and water clocks. It would take several hundred more years before mechanical time- keepers became reliable and accurate. Precision and Splendor: Clocks and Watches at The Frick Collection explores the dis- coveries and innovations made in the field of horology from the early sixteenth to the nineteenth century. The exhibition features eleven clocks and fourteen watches from the bequest of Winthrop Kellogg Edey, along with five clocks lent by the collector Horace Wood Brock that have never before been seen in New York City. Together, these objects chronicle the evolution over the centuries of more accurate and complex timekeepers and illustrate the aesthetic developments that reflected Europe’s latest styles.

    The exhibition is organized by Charlotte Vignon, Asso- ciate Curator of Decorative Arts, The Frick Collection. Major funding is provided by Breguet. Additional support is gener- ously provided by The Selz Foundation, Peter and Gail Goltra, and the David Berg Foundation.

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    Lectures are free, and, unless otherwise noted, no reservations are necessary. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Selected lectures will be webcast live and made available on our Web site and The Frick Collection’s channel on Please visit our Web site for details.

    “The LIsTenIng eye”:

    pauL gauguIn’s prImITIve TaLes

    Wednesday, May 29, 6:00 p.m.

    June Hargrove, Professor, Nineteenth-Century European Painting and Sculpture, Department of Art History and

    Archaeology, University of Maryland

    Gauguin’s 1902 Contes barbares (Primitive Tales), seen in the context of his art in the Marquesas during the last eighteen months of his life, marks the culmination of his artistic jour- ney as a spiritual quest that took him from Brittany to the South Pacific. The painting transcends surface reality and offers the viewer a glimpse of the truth behind appearances.

    The Samuel H. Kress Lecture in Museum Education

    InITIaTIves onLIne

    Friday, June 7, 5:30 p.m.

    Teresa Lai, Manager of Online Publications, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

    The Frick Collection is pleased to present the fifth annual Samuel H. Kress Lecture in Museum Education, intended to further the study, understanding, and practice of museum education in the twenty-first century. This year, Teresa Lai will discuss three of the Met’s online publications—Timeline of Art History, Connections, and 82nd & Fifth—and the insti- tutional vision behind them. Free with registration; visit our Web site to RSVP.

    L e C T u r e s 5

    Degas anD The crIsIs of

    moDern DrafTsmanshIp

    Wednesday, June 12, 6:00 p.m.

    Richard Kendall, Curator at Large, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute,

    Williamstown, Massachusetts

    Edgar Degas’s approach to drawing changed profoundly— some would say disastrously—over his long career. Initially emulating Renaissance draftsmen, Degas rethought the tech- niques and purposes of drawing in a modern context. In old age his works on paper used gestural—even crude—marks that can still disconcert us today. This lecture will explore how the pioneering Impressionist defied tradition through his use of startling points of view, unconventional materials, and extreme breadth of handling.

    scuLpTIng hIsTory:

    DavID D’angers anD

    The romanTIc movemenT

    Wednesday, September 18, 6:00 p.m.

    Emerson Bowyer, Guest Curator, The Frick Collection

    In a celebrated passage from his Histoire de la Révolution Française, Jules Michelet asserted that the revolution left no lasting monuments, only empty space. Pierre-Jean David d’Angers (1788–1856), perhaps the greatest sculptor of the early nineteenth century, made it his life’s work to fill that void. This lecture will follow David’s attempts to reinvigorate and adapt the notion of a historical monument to the new social and political landscape of modernity.

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    The following talks are free with museum admission, but advance reservations are required. To register, please visit our Web site.

    frick art reference library talk

    hIDDen Treasures of The reaDIng room

    Saturday, May 25, 3:00 p.m.

    Works of art rarely seen by the public, including Madonna of the Impruneta by Andrea della Robbia and a fresco after Pietro Lorenzetti, hang in the Reading Room of the Frick Art Reference Library. Join Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian Stephen Bury for a half-hour tour of the Reading Room and its treasures.

    collection talks

    In anticipation of the fall exhibition from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, curators will discuss two unique Dutch paintings on display in the galleries. Collection Talks are thirty minutes long.

    aDam anD eve

    Saturday, June 22, 12:00 noon

    This talk will focus on a rare oil-on-copper painting by Joachim Wtewael (1566–1638), which was influenced by Albrecht Dürer’s famous 1504 print of the same name. The work is on long-term loan from a private collection.

    grapes wITh InsecTs on a marbLe Top

    Saturday, July 20, 12:00 noon

    Learn about the museum’s most recent gift, a virtuosic still life painted by Gerard van Spaendonck (1746–1822), a Dutch- born artist who served as official miniaturist to Louis XVI.

    Ta L k s

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    The following talks are free with museum admission. No reservations are required.

    special exhibition talks

    TIck TaLks

    Ongoing, Tuesday through