Exhibition Archive

Rolling Hills, Satantic Mills  

Rolling Hills, Satanic Mills:
The British Passion for Landscape

May 9–August 2, 2015  

Drawn from the remarkable collections of the National Museum Wales, more than 60 works of art in this exhibition trace the development of landscape painting in Britain through the Industrial Revolution and the eras of Romanticism, Impressionism, and Modernism, to the postmodern and post-industrial imagery of today.

Hills and Mills: Pittsburgh on Paper

The exhibition is presented with a complementary installation of 19th-century Pittsburgh landscapes. Hills & Mills: Pittsburgh on Paper, curated from the collection of Bruce and Sheryl Wolf, which provides visual parallels from Pittsburgh’s own landscape and history.

Impressionist to Modernist


Impressionist to Modernist:
Masterworks of Early Photography

February 21–April 19, 2015

Featuring an international group of artists, Impressionist to Modernist: Masterworks of Early Photography captures, though more than 70 works, a pivotal time in the history of the development of the medium

Beginning in the 1880s and concluding in the 1930s, the exhibition illustrates the progression of photography from the painterly, Impressionistic work of the Pictorialist movement, through the 20th century rise of “straight” photography—a Modernist approach that advocated that photographs be nothing more than direct representation of the world, free from artificial manipulation of the image through lenses, tinting, or processing.

Rare, hand-crafted-vintage prints made through a variety of processes illustrate some of the artistic choices open to the late-19th and early-20th century photographer, and chart the shift to prominence of the classic black and white (gelatin silver) print, which came to dominate photography in the 20th century.

The exhibition is organized around the galvanic personality of Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946), photographer, champion of modern art in general, and famously, the husband of painter Georgia O’Keefe (who is pictured in two of his photographs in the exhibition). Stieglitz, born in Hoboken, New Jersey, and educated primarily in Germany, began writing and publishing about photography in the late 1880s. Throughout the 1890s he worked to promote photography as fine art and gained an international reputation.

Impressionist to Modernist: Masterworks of Early Photography
includes significant groups of photographs by major members of Stieglitz’s circle like Gertrude Käsebier (1852–1934), Clarence White (1871–1925), Edward Steichen (1879–1973), and Paul Strand (1890–1976).

Much of the work of Stieglitz and his associates came about as a reaction to the increasing simplicity of photography. At the invention of the point-and-shoot camera in the late 1880s, cameras were put into the hands of both amateur hobbyists and everyday middle-class people. Photographers who were working to advance the status of photography as fine art needed to separate themselves from the workmanlike “technicians” who ran portrait studios and the regular folk who could press a button and take a snapshot.

Initially, Stieglitz was an advocate of Pictorialism, a photographic style which often has the soft, unfocused appearance of Impressionist painting. Pictorialists, like Gertrude Käsebier, Heinrich Kühn (1866–1944) and Clarence White, sought to emulate the appearance and aims of painting—from subject matter like allegories, genre scenes, and still lifes to visual effects like soft-focus and hand painting, that created a less harshly realistic and more painterly look.

Interestingly, as photographic societies became established, exhibition opportunities grew, and the 20th century continued to bring forth technical advances in photographic equipment and processes, a new generation of photographers reacted against the artistic values of Pictorialism and pressed for a modern aesthetic, “without tricks of process or manipulation,” as stated by Paul Strand, a young disciple of Stieglitz. Stieglitz described Strand’s work as, “brutally direct, devoid of all flim-flam.”

Between these two poles of artistic aspiration, are a group of artists who were often as intertwined personally as professionally, and the installation will elucidate many of these fascinating relationships and connections.

Karl Struss (1886–1981), Cables, 1912. Gelatin silver print, 4 1/2 x 3 1/3. Collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. Courtesy of art2art Circulating Exhibitions. © 1983 Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas.

Charles Courtney Curran:
Seeking the Ideal

Through February 1, 2015

French-trained American artist Charles Courtney Curran (1861–1942) is known for his sparkling canvases of women in gardens and other outdoor settings. Curran brought the broken brushstrokes and sun-drenched palette of French Impressionist painting to a distinctly American landscape—creating many of his works along the shores of Lake Erie and in the mountain hamlet of Cragsmoor, New York.

Henry Clay Frick purchased Curran’s 1890 painting Woman with a Horse and Carriage, which typically hangs in the Clayton library. For this exhibition, our painting will join about 60 others as Curran’s work travels to three North American venues (including The Frick Art Museum) in this first critical retrospective of his career since his death in 1942. The exhibition is organized by the Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis, and will be accompanied by a full-color catalogue.

Charles Courtney Curran

Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist

Works on Paper by the Artist and His Circle

Through October 5, 2014

Edgar Degas (1834–1917), one of the most familiar of the Impressionist artists, is known for his iconic paintings of ballet dancers, horse racing, and bathers.

This exhibition of more than 100 works on paper is built around a core group of 55 works by Degas, known as one of the strongest draftsman of the Impressionist circle. From early drawings to late experiments in photography—the exhibition will illuminate the artist’s personal life, his creative restlessness and experimentation, and his wider artistic circle.

Complemented by more than 50 works by his contemporaries, including notables like Giovanni Boldini (18421931), Eugène Carrière (1849–1906), Mary Cassatt (1844–1926), Paul Cézanne (1839–1906), Honoré Daumier (1808–1879), Jean-Léon Gerome (1824–1904), Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780–1867), Edouard Manet (1832–1883), Adolph Menzel (1815–1905), Gustave Moreau (1826–1898), Camille Pissaro (1830–1903), Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824–1898), and James Tissot (1836–1902), Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist creates an intimate portrait of the artist by investigating his most famous subjects, the people that were close to him, and the types of artworks he himself collected.


The exhibition is organized by
Landau Traveling Exhibitions,
Los Angeles, California,

in association with Denenberg Fine Arts,

West Hollywood, California.


The Pittsburgh presentation is made possible through the generous support of
First National Bank.

March 1–May 25, 2014

This exciting exhibition features American artists from the nation’s early years of independence through the dawn of the 20th century and includes major artists and movements from the Peale family and Gilbert Stuart to American Impressionists like Childe Hassam and Theodore Robinson, with beautiful Hudson River School works falling in between.

The Warner Collection is one of the most significant collections of American art formed in recent decades, and the breadth and variety of works represented are both artistically and historically illuminating.

This exhibition is organized by the Warner Foundation.

  An American Odyssey

November 9, 2013 – January 12, 2014

In recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg, this exhibition includes more than 100 drawings by artists working for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper during the Civil War years and immediately following. These early “embedded” journalists recorded their first-hand impressions of war, daily life during wartime, and other aspects of 19th-century American culture.

Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection was curated by Judith Bookbinder and Sheila Gallagher and the traveling exhibition is organized by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California.


Civil War Era Drawings

July 13–October 27, 2013

In 1999 the Frick collaborated with contemporary artist Vik Muniz on a project that resulted in an exhibition of 65 photographs made on site and in the nearby environs of Pittsburgh. This exhibition marked the Frick’s first venture into working with a living artist, and resulted in a significant body of work.

The Frick will restage this exhibition in the summer and fall of 2013 to coincide with the regional focus on contemporary art during the Carnegie International. Since working with the Frick, Muniz has received international acclaim, while his work has continued to be marked by his inimitable blend of wit, historical references, aesthetic excellence, and social relevance.

Accompanied by new interpretive materials, Clayton Days Revisited: A Project by Vik Muniz invites you into a late-19th-century narrative that will open up the way you view our historic site.

Organized by the Frick Art & Historical Center.

Clayton Days Revisited: A Project by Vik Muniz
is presented with the generous support of the Laurel Foundation. This project was originally made possible by The Heinz Endowments in 2000.

Clayton Days
The Photographer

February 23– June 16, 2013

A Kind of Alchemy: Medieval Persian Ceramics,
on view through June 16, 2013, a beautiful and fascinating look at the diversity of ceramics made in ancient Persia (what is now present-day Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan). Produced for both the luxury and middle-class markets, these vessels, bowls, pitchers, and bottles reflect numerous cultural and artistic influences and an aesthetic sensibility that seems startling modern.

From 10th-century splashware, buffware and slip-painted ware to lusterware and 14th-century fritware, the objects illustrate the influence of Chinese porcelains, as well as typical Islamic abstraction, calligraphy, and imagery inspired by forms in nature. The works exemplify the sophistication of an urban culture that prospered from the Silk Road trade between the far and near east, and beyond to Europe.

  Medieval Persian Ceramics

The Frick has a history of staging beautiful exhibitions of artistically important ethnographic material, and this show will be a visual delight. It also provides an opportunity to connect the influence of Islamic and Moorish design to interior decoration and decorative arts in the collections at Clayton and The Frick Art Museum.

A Kind of Alchemy: Medieval Persian Ceramics is organized by the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, Ocala, Florida with tour management by Landau Traveling Exhibitions.

October 6, 2012 –January 6 , 2013

American artist Walter Gay (1856–1937) specialized in painting views of opulent residential interiors in late-19th and early-20th-century America and Europe. John Singer Sargent, Gay’s nearly exact contemporary, is well known for painting the sumptuous clothing and jewels of American society in his fashionable portraits.

Walter Gay, in contrast, painted society’s rooms—with their silk wall coverings, ornate paneling, 18th-century French furniture, tapestries, and sculptures—arranged in the private spaces of what were often legendary residences.

Impressions of Interiors: Gilded Age Paintings by Walter Gay will present a comprehensive exploration of Walter Gay’s depictions of elaborately decorated, European and American domestic interiors, painted from the mid-1890s to the early 1930s.


Walter Gay

Organized by the Frick Art & Historical Center.

This exhibition was made possible by a generous grant from The Richard C. von Hess Foundation.


June 16–September 2, 2012

This exhibition combines The Prints of Jacques Callot, an exhibition of 35 etchings by 17th-century French master Jacques Callot (1592–1635) and his followers, with two exhibitions of works from our permanent collection: In the English Manner: Mezzotint Portraits, which features works by several English artists, and Picturesque Architecture by Thomas Shotter Boys (English, 1803–1874).


Farmers & Merchants Bank

Three Centuries of Printmaking is organized by the Frick Art & Historical Center and made possible through the generosity of Farmers & Merchants Bank of Western Pennsylvania.

The Prints of Jacques Callot is organized by The Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.


February 11–May 20, 2012

This exhibition provides an appealing survey of drawing styles and techniques from Randolph Caldecott in the 19th century to Chris Van Allsburg in the 20th—with many delightful and familiar artists in between including Ernest Shepard, Maurice Sendak, Tomie dePaolo, and Jules Feiffer.  The 40 works on paper by famed illustrators are supplemented by 13 books.


Draw Me a Story

Draw Me a Story is staged with artworks hung slightly lower than usual, step stools available, and reading nooks in the galleries for visitors young and old.  The illustrations span 100 years and include detailed watercolors, expressive pen drawings and experimental combinations of media. Viewers get a sense of how an artist’s vision can tell a story with a single image or bring a familiar story to life in a new way. 

This family-friendly exhibition is complemented by Childhood at Clayton, an adjacent exhibition drawn from the Frick’s permanent collection related to childhood at Clayton—books, toys, games, clothing, and period photographs will focus on the play time, work time, and reading interests of the Frick children, Childs and Helen, while connecting their experience to larger cultural shifts—like new attitudes towards child development, the importance of education, and the emphasis on play as important to a child’s growth.

Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustrations
is a program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Eat'n Park   Support for the Pittsburgh presentation is provided by Eat'n Park Restaurants.


October 23, 2011–January 15, 2012

This exhibition features a splendid group of over 100 objects made by famed Russian artist-jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé (1846–1920).  From cigarette cases and smoking accessories, to photograph frames, tableware, desk accessories, boxes, clocks, and jewelry, the consummate skill of the House of Fabergé is evident in the ingenious use of precious and semi-precious materials to create luxury objects of the highest order.  The objects are from the Hodges Family Collection, the first significant collection of Fabergé assembled in America in decades. 

Fabergé: The Hodges Family Collection is organized by
the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Fabergé at the Frick is made possible through the support of First National Bank and the Richard King Mellon Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Laurel Foundation.

  Faberge at the Frick


May 21– September 11, 2011

This exhibition offers a look at avant-garde Europe through prints that were published in the eclectic Berlin-based art nouveau periodical Pan.  Most of the prints date between 1895 and 1900 and represent an international group of artists working in wood engraving, lithography, and etching with works that encompass not only art nouveau, but expressionism, symbolism, post-Impressionism, Japonisme and other trends in international art.  Familiar names represented among the artists are Aubrey Beardsley, Käthe Kollwitz, Auguste Rodin, Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Toulouse-Lautrec, and many more.


PAN logo

This exhibition was organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA in association with Denenberg Fine Arts,
West Hollywood, CA.

February 5 –April 17 , 2011

Featuring 56 drawings produced over a 400-year period, this exhibition includes works by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, François Boucher and Nicolas Lancret, among others, with the 19th century represented by choice sheets from François-Marius Granet, Théodore Rousseau, Jean Forain, Théodore-Alexandre Steinlen, and others who reflect shifts in the approach to drawing in the modern era.


Storied Past

The full scope of drawing and its uses is represented, from preliminary sketches, compositional studies and figure studies to finished drawings. Especially rich in 17th-and 18th-century drawings, the exhibition illustrates the rise to dominance of the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture as one of the most dominant cultural and political institutions in Europe.

Organized from the Blanton Museum of Art’s impressive collection, the drawings have received fresh scholarly attention and will be examined in detail in the accompanying catalogue.

Storied Past: Four Centuries of French Drawings from the Blanton Museum of Art
is organized by The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin.

Support for the exhibition is provided by Continental Airlines and the Still Water Foundation.


February 5 –April 17 , 2011

A Closer Look: France and the Automobile, 1890-1925

While many countries can claim a role in the early history of the automobile, France—and specifically, its capital city, Paris—played an instrumental part in the development of the modern automobile and international auto industry.

Beginning on March 8, an exhibition at the Car and Carriage Museum will explore the early decades of the French auto industry and also examine France’s impact on the growing American auto market. Three vehicles made by pioneering French firms will be showcased, including an 1898 Panhard et Levassor Tonneau and a c. 1924 Peugeot Quadrillette from the Frick’s collection. The vehicles made by these and other French automakers enabled France to lead the young automobile industry in myriad ways, beginning with production.

This exhibition is organized by the Frick Art & Historical Center as a complement to the exhibition Storied Past: Four Centuries of French Drawings from the Blanton Museum of Art, on view at The Frick Art Museum through April 17, 2011.


October 23, 2010 –January 2, 2011

Julia Margaret Cameron (18151879) is one of the best-known photographers of the Victorian era.  From the time she received her first camera as a gift when she was 48 years old, she worked to develop the medium and her personal artistic vision. She is now considered one of photography’s earliest masters. 

The Mia album features more than 70 photographs that Cameron compiled collaboratively with her sister Maria “Mia” Jackson. Typical of a family album, the Mia album contains images of family, friends, and neighbors.  However, the portraits are posed and photographed in Cameron’s distinctive style, which melds the real with the ideal and the ordinary with the allegorical. 


This exhibition was organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.


Julia Margaret Cameron


May 15–September 5, 2010

Nearly 20 American artists spanning the Hudson River School to American Impressionism are represented in these small-scale paintings from the superb collection of the Newark Museum.


Small But Sublime

Beginning with the Hudson River School in the 1820s, landscape served as a vehicle for expressing national identity and pride in the wonders of the land. Artists such as Albert Bierstadt (18301902), Asher B. Durand (17961886), and Jasper Cropsey (18231900) were intent on creating distinctly American scenes. Later, during the Civil War and in the years following, this ardent nationalism waned as French landscape painting and the Barbizon school influenced a younger generation of painters including George Inness (18251894), John Pope (18201881), and Mary Moran (18421899).

By the 1890s, Impressionism, with its broken brushstrokes and brilliant hues, became the avant-garde style in America.

Together, these small but sublime canvases provide an overview of the approaches to landscape in the second half of the 19th century and illustrate shifts in broader social attitudes towards nature and American identity. 

Small but Sublime: Intimate 19th-Century American Landscapes was organized by the Newark Museum. The exhibition has received funding for conservation support from the Henry Luce Foundation and from the Newark Museum Volunteer Organization and from

Barbara and Bill Weldon.

The Pittsburgh presentation is made possible through the generous support of the Allegheny Foundation. Additional funding has
been provided by First National Bank.


January 30 , 2010 - April 25, 2010

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Public Works of Art Program, 1934: A New Deal for Artists was organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum from their unparalleled collection of paintings created as part of the program.

From mid-December 1933 to June 1934, artists participating in the short-lived federal program were encouraged to depict the American scene, but were free to portray any subject. The 54 paintings in the exhibition were created by artists whose birthplaces spanned the country (and in some cases the globe), and who represent a distinctly diverse vision of


1934: A New Deal for Artists

1934: A New Deal for Artists is organized and circulated by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with support from the
William R. Kenan, Jr. Endowment Fund and the Smithsonian Council for American Art. The C. F. Foundation in Atlanta

supports the museum’s traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go.

Support for the Pittsburgh presentation of 1934: A New Deal for Artists is provided, in part, by United States Steel Corporation

and Millstein Charitable Foundation.

January 30 , 2010 - April 25, 2010

Driving Through the Depression: On the Road in '34

The exhibition 1934: A New Deal for Artists will be complemented by a special exhibition at the Car and Carriage Museum that examines some of the tremendous changes and challenges faced by the American auto industry in the early 1930s.

Driving Through the Depression: On the Road in ‘34 showcases three vehicles produced in 1934—a Dodge Brothers truck, a Ford Roadster Pickup and a Hudson Sedan.


Driving Through the Depression

Viewed together, alongside other vehicles of the era from the Frick’s permanent collection, these models illustrate the story of automobile production and usage during one of the most difficult time periods in American history.


October 3 , 2009 - January 3, 2010

This exhibition presents 58 photographs chronicling the evolution of photography from a scientific curiosity in the 1850s to one of the most potent forms of artistic expression of the 20th century.

The collection of American photographs at the Cleveland Museum of Art is known for its breadth, iconic imagery, and stunning physical condition.


Icons of American Photography

Masters of the medium, like Mathew Brady, Timothy H. O’Sullivan, William Henry Jackson, Eadweard Muybridge, Clarence H. White, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, Margaret Bourke-White, James VanDerZee, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and Aaron Siskind are featured, and works encompass a variety of subject matter including portraiture, the Western landscape, Pictorialism, documentary photography, and abstraction.

This exhibition is organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art. This exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Children's Hospital 1951: Photographs by Esther Bubley, which complements Icons of American Photography: A Century of Photographs from the Cleveland Museum of Art, represents a collection of important works commissioned by Roy Stryker, famous for his depression-era work with the Farm Securities Administration. The compilation of 27 photographs was on loan from the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Esther Bubley (1921-1998) was hired by the Pittsburgh Photographic Library to live at the hospital and take photographs of the doctors at work over a period of several weeks. Thirteen prints from this series were chosen by Edward Steichen to be included in his groundbreaking 1952 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Diogenes with a Camera.

Support for the Pittsburgh presentation of Icons of American Photography: A Century of Photographs from the Cleveland Museum of Art and Children's Hospital 1951: Photographs by Esther Bubley is provided, in part, by The Fine Foundation.

July 11 , 2009 - September 20, 2009

The Dutch Italianates: Seventeenth-Century Masterpieces from Dulwich Picture Gallery presents 40 paintings by 17 masters of the Dutch Italianate style at The Frick Art Museum.



The Dutch Italianates

The paintings in the exhibition were originally part of a collection formed for the king of Poland, which eventually ended up at Dulwich College in 1811. The exhibition highlights the famed masters of the Dutch Italianate style, including masterpieces by Aelbert Cuyp, Nicolaes Berchem, Karel Dujardin, Philips Wouwermans, and Adam Pynacker. This exhibition offers an exceptional opportunity to view works from the world-class collection of Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, called the best small museum in all of Europe.

This selection of works from the permanent collection has been lent by permission of the Trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. Exhibition tour organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

February 7, 2009 - May 24, 2009

The exhibition of 32 paintings includes works by all of the major Barbizon figures, as well as examples by Claude Monet and Alfred Sisley, the Impressionists painters most deeply influenced by them.

Nineteenth-century France was a hotbed of new ideas, political movements, scientific discoveries and creative activity. 
Important movements in the history



The Road to Impressionism

of art reflected this ferment and the Barbizon movement—so called for the small village in the Fontainebleau forest where the artists worked—was in the middle of it, both chronologically and stylistically.  The work of the Barbizon school dovetails with most of the major artistic movements of mid-nineteenth-century France, with the intensely expressive trees of Diaz and Rousseau conveying the Romantic approach earlier in the century, and Millet’s interest in the life of the rural laborer becoming a powerful force in the rise of Realism.  These artistic movements ultimately led to Impressionism in the last third of the nineteenth century, perhaps France’s most enduring artistic legacy. The Road to Impressionism examines the important influence of this group of artists and includes paintings by Théodore Rousseau, Jean-François Millet, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Claude-Oscar Monet

The Road to Impressionism: Barbizon Landscapes from the Walters Art Museum is organized by the Walters Art Museum and its venue at The Frick Art Museum will be complemented by programs for visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

October 25, 2008 - January 4, 2009

Marking the first time that most of these extraordinary works have appeared outside the Prado, this exhibition explores the working methods of the most important artists active in Italy during a time of unprecedented artistic patronage. 



From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci

Focusing on examples from Mannerism to the early Baroque period (1520-1620), the works have been selected by Guest Curator, Nicholas Turner, formerly of the J. Paul Getty Museum and the British Museum, and a specialist in Renaissance and Baroque drawings. Giulio Romano (1499-1546), Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574), and Andrea del Sarto (1468-1530)  are just a few of the artists represented by detailed studies for commissioned works, as well as intimate primi pensieri or first thoughts – the quick sketches that captured the “heat” of a creative moment. The drawings demonstrate the growing importance of the medium in the sixteenth century, as well as its significance in the artistic process. The exhibition contains a range of works in a variety of drawing media, from highly refined pen and ink drawings used in preparation for paintings to rapid compositional sketches and figure studies in chalk. Research in preparation for the exhibition revealed that the two drawings by Michelangelo (1475-1564) are figure studies for his Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel.

This exhibition is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia, in association with The Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. Support for the exhibition has been provided by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, The Chisholm Foundation, and an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. The Pittsburgh presentation of the exhibition is supported, in part, through a generous grant from Drue Heinz Trust.

June 28, 2008 - October 5, 2008

This exhibition and accompanying catalogue provide an in-depth consideration of the history of printed views of Pittsburgh and printmaking in the city, leading to a better understanding of the story of the region as well as of the use of prints of cityscapes during the period. This is the first exhibition that studies this material systematically, using examples from private, public, corporate, and club collections in Pittsburgh, as well as institutions around the country.

This exhibition is organized by the Frick Art & Historical Center. Major support for this exhibition is provided by the Allegheny Foundation and The Pittsburgh Foundation. Generous support is also provided by Eichleay Foundation, Mine Safety Appliances and Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation.

  A Panorama of Pittsburgh

March 8, 2008 - June 8, 2008

Contemporary artist Craig McPherson works in the urban-realist tradition, producing finely detailed, beautifully atmospheric renderings of urban and industrial environments. His preference for urban subject matter and unpopulated shadowy night scenes is evocative of both the Ashcan School of the early twentieth century, and the cinematography of mid-twentieth-century film noir.

This exhibition gathers together some of McPherson’s existing Pittsburgh-related mezzotints and expanded upon these industrial themes with a body of new work in graphite and pastel. The exhibition, which is part of the Frick’s contribution to the celebrations surrounding Pittsburgh’s 250th anniversary, concludes with riverscapes and scenes of contemporary, downtown Pittsburgh.

This exhibition is organized by the Frick Art & Historical Center and made possible by a generous grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation.

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November 10, 2007 - February 10, 2008

Financier J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) shared with Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) a love of beautiful objects and collecting. In 1913, when Morgan died, Frick was deeply involved with the construction of his New York residence, now known as The Frick Collection. The dispersal of Morgan’s estate allowed Frick to build his own collection of decorative arts. A number of Frick’s purchases are part of the Frick Art & Historical Center, including a large group of Renaissance and Baroque bronzes, rare Chinese and Meissen porcelains, and fine examples of 18th-century French furniture.

This exhibition is organized by the Frick Art & Historical Center.

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July 6, 2007 - October 14, 2007

In his lifetime, French Academic artist William Bouguereau (1825–1905) was considered to be one of the greatest painters in the world, and he was certainly one of the most commercially successful. His highly-finished, startlingly crisp renderings of idealized pastoral and mythological scenes were popular world-wide, and many crossed the Atlantic to join American collections.

Bouguereau was also a devoted teacher and mentor whose studio attracted thousands of aspiring artists. During the last quarter of the nineteenth century, he provided instruction and criticism to well over 200 American students, most of whom attended the private Académie Julian in Paris. Bouguereau was also instrumental in getting the doors to the academies opened to female students.

To train with Bouguereau was to receive a solid foundation in drawing and painting the figure from life, and also, if successful, to gain access to the higher levels of the art world.

This exhibition is the first to examine Bouguereau’s role as an influential teacher, featured paintings, drawings, and prints by Bouguereau and some of his most prominent American students, including: Cecilia Beaux (1855–1942), Minerva Chapman (1858–1947), Eanger Irving Couse (1866–1936), Elizabeth Gardner (1837–1922), Robert Henri (1865–1929), Anna Klumpke (1856–1942), and others.

This exhibition is organized by The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Dangerous as Romance: The Year of the Mercedes

June 1, 2007 - July 31, 2007

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April 21, 2007 - June 17, 2007

American realist George Wesley Bellows (1882–1925) is remembered for capturing the character of early-twentieth-century American life in paintings and drawings that convey both the liveliness and grittiness of a society defining itself in a new century. From the boxing ring to the seashore, his drawings have a vibrancy of line and energetic spirit that bring the scenes and times to life. The drawings in this exhibition, from the esteemed collection of the Boston Public Library, were collected and donated to that institution by Albert H. Wiggin. They were last shown as a collection in the 1950s, and only a few sheets have been exhibited publicly since then. This collection of drawings comprises preparatory works for paintings and lithographs and finished works that were intended for publication as illustrations in magazines and newspapers. Their subjects range from intimate studies of the artist’s friends and family to public sporting events, social gatherings, and other candid snapshots of American life, many recorded on assignments for popular magazines such as Harper’s Weekly and The Masses.

This exhibition is organized by the Trust for Museum Exhibitions, Washington, D.C. in collaboration with the Boston Public Library.

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February 3, 2007 - April 7, 2007

Tsukioka Kôgyo (1869–1927) was a master of the Japanese woodblock print at the turn of the twentieth century. Taught by his stepfather, the highly regarded Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839–1892), Kôgyo spent much of his working life creating prints that documented the traditions of Noh theater, a form of Japanese theater dating to the 14th century. Kôgyo’s richly colored, highly decorative, yet compositionally elegant prints illustrate virtually the entire range of Noh repertory since the Meiji period (1868–1912). The prints function as accomplished and sophisticated individual artworks, and as a historical record of Noh customs and performances. The exhibition also included a small selection of Kôgyo’s bird and nature prints and a few examples of his rarely shown paintings.

The Prints of Tsukioka Kôgyo
is organized by the Frick Art & Historical Center and curated by Dr. Richard Smethurst, Dr. Mae J. Smethurst, Dr. Thomas Rimer, and Robert Schaap. The exhibition is made possible, in part, through the generosity of the Japan Foundation, the Townsend and Frances Burden Foundation, and members of the Frick Art & Historical Center.

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November 4, 2006 - January 14, 2007

Minerva Chapman (1858–1947) was an accomplished painter of miniature portraits on canvas and ivory. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, and continued in various European art academies in Europe including Munich and Paris, where she eventually settled. At the Prestigious Académie Julian she attended classes and studios taught by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Jean-Paul Laurens, and Charles Lasar, her most influential teacher who was known as a promoter and “champion” of women artists at the turn of the twentieth century. Although best known for her contribution to the revival of miniature painting at the beginning of the twentieth century, Chapman was a prolific artist and also painted landscapes, interiors, still-lifes, and larger portraits. According to her own count, she painted 181 miniatures, some in oil on pieces of canvas no larger than 4 x 5 inches. In the early decades of the century she divided her time between France, England, and the United States, before settling permanently in Palo Alto, California in 1925. As a complement to the exhibition Off the Pedestal, a selection of Chapman’s portrait miniatures in a variety of formats and media from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Morse G. Dial, Jr. will be presented in the Jacobean Room at The Frick Art Museum.

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November 4, 2006 - January 14, 2007

Featuring over 100 compelling works by such American masters as Winslow Homer (1836–1910), William Merritt Chase (1849–1916), John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), and Charles Dana Gibson (1867–1944), this exhibition is the first to examine the radical images of the 19th-century “New Woman,” the new type of woman that appears in art, literature, and popular culture immediately after the Civil War. When initially created, scenes of intelligent, professional, and athletic women were considered provocative and shocking because they depicted women who had greater personal freedoms and professional opportunities than their immediate predecessors. Curious and confident, The New Woman is the precursor of today’s modern woman. The exhibition was accompanied by an illustrative catalogue, published by The Newark (N.J.) Museum and Rutgers University Press, featuring thematic essays by Holly Pyne Connor, Sarah Burns, and Mary Blanchard on the topic of the New Woman. The exhibition at the Frick is augmented by a selection of archival materials from Chatham College, founded in 1869, highlighting the importance of education in shaping the New Woman and providing a local context for appreciating the role of higher education in furthering women’s accomplishments. Off the Pedestal: New Women in the Art of Homer, Chase, and Sargent was organized by The Newark Museum.

This exhibition, as well as research for the catalogue, has been made possible through major funding by the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. and JPMorgan Chase Foundation. Generous support for the exhibition was also received from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Victoria Foundation and The Newark Museum Volunteer Organization. The Pittsburgh presentation is made possible through the generosity of the Eden Hall Foundation. Additional support has been provided by Allegheny Foundation and PNC Wealth Management.

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November 1, 2006 - April 1, 2007

Built for Speed: The Allure of the Early Motorcycle
This special exhibition, on view at the Car and Carriage Museum, includes 13 early motorcycles. The motorcycle was created by adapting the new “horseless carriage” technology with the freedom and mobility of two-wheeled transportation. These early motorcycles were fast and noisy, creating a presence of spectacle and speed that grabbed America’s attention.

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July 29, 2006 - October 8, 2006

This exhibition features paintings, drawings and decorative arts objects from the Delaware Art Museum’s extraordinary collection of Pre-Raphaelite art.

With subjects drawn from classical mythology and literature, history, and Arthurian legends, the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood created a unique artistic movement in mid-nineteenth-century Great Britain based on retrieving artistic forms from the Middle Ages – the time before the Renaissance master Raphael – and set the stage for the Arts and Crafts movement.

The exhibition comprises paintings and drawings by the foremost exemplars of the brotherhood Edward Coley Burne Jones (1833-1898) and Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), as well as their artistic brethren and followers. Fine furniture, jewelry, ceramics and metalwork round out this outstanding survey of the Pre-Raphaelite movement.

This exhibition is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

April 27, 2006 - July 9, 2006

Hudson River School Drawings from Dia Art Foundation is an exhibition of 39 drawings organized by The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College to celebrate the opening in the Hudson River Valley of Dia:Beacon, a museum that houses a portion of the permanent collection of Dia Art Foundation, a contemporary art organization based in New York City. At first it may appear unusual that Dia, formed in 1974 to commission and support American and European contemporary art, owns a group of nineteenth-century drawings by Hudson River School artists. However, Dan Flavin (1933–1996), one of Dia’s principal artists, assembled the collection of drawings during the late 1970s and early 1980s when he and Dia were planning a museum for his own work in the Hudson River Valley. Flavin’s well-known installations of fluorescent lights infuse gallery spaces with colored light, turning them into glowing abstract environments of line and color. Flavin felt an affinity to the light of the Hudson River and to the sketches and paintings of its school of painters. As an avid art collector, he had the trained eye of a connoisseur. The American drawings comprising this exhibition record marvelous summer and autumn river landscapes and seascapes that were made during sketching trips along the Hudson River, the coast of Maine, the valleys of Ireland, and locations where picturesque views proved inspirational. Many were created as working sketches that were used as source material back in the studio as the artists worked up larger canvases.

Hudson River School Drawings from Dia Art Foundation
is organized by The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, with support from the Smart Family Foundation, Inc. The Pittsburgh presentation is made possible, in part, through a generous grant from the Allegheny Foundation.

April 27, 2006 - July 9, 2006

The presentation of Hudson River School Drawings from Dia Art Foundation is augmented by an ancillary exhibition entitled Dan Flavin. drawing water light, comprising a selection of 98 small sketches and drawings from the 1960s and ‘70s that Flavin made along the shores of the Hudson River and the southern coast of Long Island, and also by one of his light works that has an affinity to the landscape. These have been generously lent by the Flavin estate and a private collector. Dan Flavin. drawing water light was organized by the Frick Art & Historical Center in association with Tiffany Bell and Stephen Flavin.

This exhibition is made possible, in part, through a generous grant from the Allegheny Foundation.

January 28, 2006 - April 9, 2006

This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to view works of fine and decorative arts, clothing, furniture, cars and carriages, toys, and books from the Frick’s entire collection, many of which have never been shown in a museum setting. Objects on display illuminate the personalities of the Frick family members who owned them and illustrate facets of life in the late 1800s and early 1900s, when notions of refinement and etiquette governed daily life for the upper class, as well as for members of the middle class who sought social acceptance. The childhoods of Helen and Childs Frick, and their adult roles as scholars and patrons of art and science, are also examined. Possessions, Personalities and the Pursuit of Refinement presents groupings of objects primarily in The Frick Art Museum, with additional displays in the Car and Carriage Museum, Playhouse, Greenhouse, and Clayton.

This exhibition is made possible, in part, through generous grants from The Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation and the Townsend and Frances Burden Foundation.

September 23, 2005 - December 31, 2005

Both a museum and a center for scholarly research, the Morgan Library is an extraordinary complex of buildings occupying half a block in the heart of New York City. Among the world’s greatest treasuries of seminal artistic, literary, musical, and historical works, the Library’s renowned collection of rare books, manuscripts, and drawings have as their principal focus the history, art, and literature of Western civilization from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century.

The collections originated with the medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, rare books and bindings, literary and historical manuscripts, and master drawings and prints amassed by Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), the great financier of turn-of-the-century America. He also acquired a selection of Islamic manuscripts as well as roughly 1,200 Mesopotamian cylinder seals. With the subsequent addition of autograph music manuscripts and innumerable acquisitions—recently including works representative of the twentieth century—the collections have grown many times over. But the focus on the written word, the history of the book, and master drawings has been maintained.

Collection highlights include the ninth-century Lindau Gospels, a rare vellum copy of the Gutenberg Bible, the Hours of Catherine of Cleves, Albrecht Durer’s Adam and Eve, drawings from Leonardo da Vinci, Peter Paul Rubens and Hilarie-Germain-Edgar Degas, the autograph manuscript of Mozart’s Haffner Symphony, original manuscripts by Charlotte Bront* and John Steinbeck, and several hundred letters from George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

To Observe and Imagine: British Drawings and Watercolors, 1600 - 1900 features a selection of 102 drawings and watercolors from these holdings. They range from works rooted in the careful observation and interpretation of nature, and others inspired by the imagination. The exhibition charts three centuries of British art history by encompassing a number of artistic modes and genres, among them landscapes, portraits, scenes of urban life, architectural renderings, figurative and nature studies, literary illustrations and still lifes.

The exhibition included works of art by many of the leading figures in the history of art, including William Blake (1757 - 1827) and Henry Fuseli (1741 - 1825) whose imaginative and mystical drawings sought to give form to intense expression and spirituality. Among the many landscape artists featured in the exhibition are J.M.W. Turner (1775 - 1851), John Constable (1776 - 1837) and Samuel Palmer (1805 - 1881). Figurative artists include Thomas Gainsborough (1727 - 1788), Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792), Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828 - 1882) and Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833 - 1898).

To Observe and Imagine continued the series of extraordinary master drawings exhibitions that have been featured at The Frick Art Museum over the past five years that has brough drawings from outstanding collections in Vienne, Copenhagen, Rotterdam and London. It provides the Frick with the opportunity to present an aspect of a great American collection assembled by one of Henry Clay Frick’s peers and business associates, while also placing important aspects of the Frick’s permanent collection in a new and appropriate context.

June 25, 2005 - September 4, 2005

This was the first major exhibition devoted to the critical early years in the life and work of photographer Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971). The Photography of Design features approximately 150 photographs and is the first exhibition to explore fully Margaret Bourke-White’s important early images, many of which have not been seen by the general public since the 1930s. Beginning with her early views of Cleveland’s Terminal Tower in 1927 and culminating with her well-known 1936 photographs for the cover and lead story of the first issue of Life magazine, this exhibition explores the early years of Bourke-White’s career, during which she developed her aesthetic vision and forged new territory in the field of photojournalism.

This exhibition is organized by The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. and is supported by the Phillips Contemporaries and Trellis Fund. The Pittsburgh presentation is made possible, in part, through a generous grant from Alcoa Foundation.

April 14, 2005 - June 12, 2005

This spectacular exhibition features over ninety paintings and sculptures by many of America’s most important artists. Among those featured include the eighteenth-century masters John Singleton Copley and Benjamin West, whose canvases helped to define a national identity; Thomas Cole and Frederic Edwin Church, whose nineteenth-century landscapes gave us a sense of the nation’s sublime beauty; and George Caleb Bingham and Winslow Homer, chroniclers of a nation coming of age around the time of the Civil War. American Beauty also shows how French Impressionism and other international movements were absorbed by Mary Cassatt, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. The exhibition is rounded out by paintings of The Ashcan School artists, who turned their eyes and brushes to representing modern urban life in its gritty beauty, and by the enormously expressive sculptures of Frederic Remington and Augustus Saint-Gaudens. American Beauty is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The Pittsburgh presentation is made possible, in part, through a generous grant from the Allegheny Foundation.

January 22, 2005 - March 26, 2005

English-born entrepreneur Benjamin Bakewell, in partnership with several others, purchased a glassworks in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1808. By the 1820s, it was recognized as one of the nation’s premier glass establishments. Existing glass objects attest to the quality of the factory’s products. Of the hundreds of other glasshouses in the United States during the nineteenth century, only the New England Glass Company and the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company had comparable life spans. This exhibition of over 130 objects, guest curated by Arlene Palmer, is formed largely of Bakewell products with an emphasis on table and ornamental glass: free-blown and molded, cut and engraved, sulphide glasses, and pressed glass. There are also representations of utilitarian production, including figured flasks. Much of the material is in Pennsylvania collections, including the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, Old Economy Village, and State Museum of Pennsylvania. In addition, other major sources include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, the Corning Museum of Glass, and private collections.

This exhibition is organized by the Frick Art & Historical Center and is made possible, in part, through generous grants from the Richard C. von Hess Foundation, the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, the MSA (Mine Safety Appliances Co.) Charitable Foundation, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, The Richards Foundation, The Millstein Charitable Foundation, PNC Advisors, a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Reed Smith LLP, the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, Maxine and William Block, Dominion, Mark A. and Karey J. Joensen, and Harley N. Trice, Esquire.

Marvels of Maiolica: Italian Renaissance Ceramics from the Corcoran Gallery of Art Collection

January 22, 2005 - August 28, 2005

Exhibition of rare and exquisite examples of Italian Renaissance ceramics from the Corcoran Gallery of Art has been extended through August 28, 2005.

Highly decorative, painted tin-glazed earthenware known as “Maiolica” was prized during the Renaissance, as it is today, for its lively marriage of form and function, decoration and utility. This selection of Maiolica from the Corcoran’s collection provides a vivid introduction to the daily life and times of the Renaissance through utilitarian objects, which appear nearly as fresh as they did four centuries ago. Mass-produced Maiolica was available in almost any price range, to nearly all segments of Renaissance society. The wealthiest patrons commissioned custom sets and the middle-classes could buy ready-made wares. The subject matter and motifs painted on Maiolica are often derived from more famous painted Renaissance works and reflect an interest in historical, mythological or religious themes. Marvels of Maiolica: Italian Renaissance Ceramics is organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

This exhibition is made possible by the Scott Opler Foundation, Inc.

October 23, 2004 - January 2, 2005

Selected from local private collections and the Carnegie Museum of Art, this exhibition contains highlights from the Italian, French, Dutch, Flemish, and English schools. Featured artists include Giovanni Antonio Canal (called Il Canaletto), Guido Reni, Jacopo Robusti (called Tintoretto), Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Jean-Baptiste Pater, Hubert Robert, Anthony Van Dyck, and Thomas Rowlandson. The prevailing styles, techniques and the role of drawings during the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries is illustrated.

This exhibition is organized by the Frick Art & Historical Center.

July 17, 2004 - October 10, 2004

On July 17, 2004, the Frick Art & Historical Center presents a new body of work by Félix de la Concha. The exhibition, entitled Félix de la Concha, A Contrarreloj: A Race Against Time, is part of the Frick’s Visiting Artists Program. Over the course of six months in 2002 and 2003, de la Concha interpreted Clayton, the historic home of Henry Clay Frick, and the Frick’s car and carriage collection. It features 24 large-scale paintings (48 x 21½ inches) — one for each hour of the day — creating a panoramic view of Clayton and the surrounding neighborhood, and 48 small-format interior views of Clayton each painted in a single day.
The concept of “A Contrarreloj” — a Spanish expression meaning “against the clock” — guided the artist in conceiving and creating the two series of paintings. For the exterior paintings, de la Concha positioned himself on Clayton’s terrace and divided the 360-degree panorama into twelve sections. He painted each view twice in the course of the day. Consequently, the Clayton panorama is shown in the 24 hours of the day; each panel represents one hour.
The interiors are “diary scenes.” Each was painted from start to finish over the course of eight hours. These paintings represent the artist’s diary, a visual remembrance of a Victorian home. Together, the two series depict the passage of time from night to day as it is traced on the house and landscape, and the intimate details within the house that appear timeless.
A new film by Julia Love and Kenneth Love documenting de la Concha working on these two series will be presented concurrently with this exhibition.

This exhibition is organized by the Frick Art & Historical Center.
Audio-visual support for the film screenings is generously provided, in part, by SMARTSolution Technologies L.P.

May 6, 2004 - July 3, 2004

Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848–1907) has been described as “the American Michelangelo.” He was a superb craftsman, poet and philosopher – who became a brilliant figure in the history of America’s gilded age. This exhibition offers an unprecedented opportunity to view the works of one of America’s greatest sculptors. Seven of his major projects, including the artist’s tour de force, the Shaw Memorial, and more than 70 objects – full-size sculptures, bronze marble and plaster reductions, portrait reliefs, cameos and coins will be on view. Touring exhibitions of sculpture of this magnitude are rare.

This exhibition is organized by the Trust for Museum Exhibitions, Washington, D.C.

February 28, 2004 - April 18, 2004

This exhibition explores a range of drawings and watercolors – both highly finished works and preparatory studies – which illustrate the accomplished and imaginative work of Victorian masters, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Poynter, Edward Burne-Jones, John Singer Sargent, and William Morris. Selected from the vast (over 28,000 pieces) collection of works on paper at the National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff, Wales, the exhibition features a range of styles from academic drawings to more expressive, spontaneous rendering. The growing nostalgia for the past and penchant for the exotic that characterize the works present a vivid contrast to the industrialization and strict social codes associated with Victorian society. An exhibition from the National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Cardiff. Tour organized by International Arts & Artists, Inc., Washington, D.C.

The Pittsburgh presentation is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Woodmere Foundation.

November 28, 2003 - February 8, 2004

The rich artistic legacy of the Ottoman Empire (thirteenth through early twentieth centuries) is illustrated in this monumental exhibition. Dr. J. M. Rogers of the University of London has selected the works from the encyclopedic Khalili collection, formed by Nasser D. Khalili. Selections from the Khalili collection, which is one of the largest collections of Islamic art in the world, have previously been exhibited in Geneva, London, and Jerusalem – this is its first comprehensive U.S. tour. The exhibition will include examples of calligraphy, mosque decorations, scientific instruments, banners, arms and armor, ceramics, carpets, books, and paintings.

The exhibition is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. Funding for the Pittsburgh presentation was provided by the Wherrett Memorial Fund and the Paul E. Mochnick and Henry B. Grant Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

September 13, 2003 - November 9, 2003

A native of Vienna, Henry Koerner (1915-1991) emigrated to the United States in 1938, a refugee from Hitler’s persecution of the Jews. In 1946, as an American soldier in Vienna, Koerner learned that his family had been killed. This exhibition of 31 paintings and 27 drawings from public and private collections in Pittsburgh and across the U.S. documents Koerner’s formation as an artist through this experience of loss. A painter of highly finished, figurative work in an era when the art world was dominated by abstract expressionism, Koerner evolved into a complex and original artist. With their private allegories, surreal ambiance, and attention to detail, Koerner’s paintings are often associated with the American movement known as Magic Realism. A Pittsburgh resident for many years, in his later life Koerner divided his time between his adopted Pittsburgh and his native Austria.

The exhibition is organized by the Frick Art & Historical Center and curated by Edith Balas, Professor of Art History at Carnegie Mellon University.

Hoka-Néni: Seven Paintings by Valentin Lustig

September 13, 2003 - November 9, 2003

Valentin Lustig was born in Romania in 1955 and currently lives and works in Switzerland. His enigmatic, beautiful paintings are filled with both art historical and personal references. Reminiscent of Bosch and the Surrealists, his paintings combine references to the near and distant past, and personal and universal themes. Hoka-Néni, Being The History of The Life and Deeds of The Incomparable Aunty Hoka, Truthfully Depicted in Seven Parts by Her Nephew Valentin Lustig, Painter in Zûrich is an inventive re-imagining of the life of his aunt, who was killed, along with her four children, at Auschwitz. The Frick Art Museum rotunda provides the perfect exhibition space for this seven-painting series created in 2001-2002.

This exhibition is organized by the Frick Art & Historical Center and curated by Edith Balas, Professor of Art History at Carnegie Mellon University.

June 14, 2003 - August 31, 2003

Aaronel de Roy Gruber: The Frick Landscapes
The Frick Landscapes was made over the past decade by Pittsburgh-based artist Aaronel de Roy Gruber. The thirty photographs comprising this exhibition have been selected from a series that revolve around Henry Clay Frick and his life in western Pennsylvania in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Gruber has interpreted the “landscapes” of Frick, as they presently exist both in Pittsburgh and the outlying counties. Urban and rural, the two polarities of Frick’s world fascinate her for the inherent qualities of the built structures remaining in these places today: the Frick home, Clayton; the remains of coke ovens lying in ruin in the countryside; the Frick family homestead in West Overton; and the family’s graves in Homewood Cemetery.

Support for The Frick Landscapes has been provided, in part, through the generosity of our members and donors. Rod Sturtz, executive director of the West Overton Museums and West Overton Village, whose knowledge of Mr. Frick’s life in rural Pennsylvania, prompted us to broaden the exhibition’s scope, has also provided invaluable assistance.

Sights Once Seen: Daguerreotyping Frémont’s Last Expedition through the Rockies

June 14, 2003 - August 10, 2003

Sights Once Seen: Daguerreotyping Frémont’s Last Expedition through the Rockies
Contemporary daguerreotype artist Robert Shlaer has labored to recreate the great panorama of the West as it was seen by explorer John Charles Frémont (1813-1890) and expedition photographer Solomon Nunes Carvalho during their journey of 1853-54. Frémont, hired to investigate a potential transcontinental railroad route, left Westport, Kansas Territory in September 1853. Four months later, in the snowy mountains of Utah, the expedition concluded. Carvalho had made over 300 daguerreotypes that were intended to illustrate Frémont’s report of the expedition. Instead, they went into storage, the report was never written, and the plates and prints were destroyed by fire. However, 34 images remain in the form of engravings that were made after Carvalho’s daguerreotypes. Shlaer used these surviving images and after exhaustive research on the original expedition re-enacted the journey. His endeavor resulted in over 100 daguerreotypes, which are displayed along with a selection of the 19th-century engravings.

This exhibition was organized by the Palace of the Governors, Museum of New Mexico and circulated through TREX: The Traveling Exhibitions Program of the Museum of New Mexico, supported by grants from the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and private donors.

March 2, 2003 - May 25, 2003

Monet, Renoir, Cassatt, Cézanne, van Gogh, and Picasso are among the artists represented in this extraordinary exhibition drawn from the distinguished collection of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Scotland. Featuring 64 works from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Modern periods, Millet to Matisse offers both a comprehensive view of developments in French painting of the era and a glimpse into the social history of the period in which the paintings were collected.

This exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and Glasgow Museums.

October 18, 2002 - January 5, 2003

Works by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Jean-François Millet, Théodore Rousseau, Gustave Moreau, Auguste Rodin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Paul Gauguin, and Pablo Picasso provide a lively and comprehensive examination of the development of modern drawing, from the mid-nineteenth-century drawings of the Barbizon school through the avant-garde abstraction of the twentieth century. The exhibition presents over eighty drawings, rarely seen outside of Denmark.

This exhibition is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

Four Works by Linn Meyers

October 18, 2002 - January 5, 2003

As part of the ongoing Visiting Artists Program at the Frick, Linn Meyers has created Four Works, an installation in The Frick Art Museum rotunda showcasing her ethereal, non-representational drawing. These site-specific works explore illusion and reality through space, movement, light, and color. Meyers has exhibited paintings and drawings throughout the United States. In Pittsburgh, her work has been exhibited at the Mattress Factory and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. A graduate of Cooper Union and California College of Arts and Crafts, Meyers is a recipient of a prestigious 2001 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and has been an artist in residence at the Millay Colony and a fellow at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.

The Keenest Enjoyment: Golf and the Fricks

July 6, 2002 - September 1, 2002

Golf was the keenest enjoyment he had for perhaps the last twelve years, when he played…as often as weather permitted. From the unpublished memoirs of Helen Clay Frick about her father, Henry Clay Frick This summer, the Car and Carriage Museum will showcase the Frick family’s passion for golf with archival materials from the Frick Art & Historical Center and The Frick Collection in New York. The exhibition includes golf attire, clubs and balls, reproductions of historic photographs, and other golf artifacts. The Car and Carriage Museum video theatre will present archival film footage showing the Frick family and their friends “out on the links.”

June 28, 2002 - September 22, 2002

Contemporary French photographer Christian Milovanoff, currently a professor at the École Nationale de la Photographie in Arles, presents a new series of photographs created during his 2001-2002 Frick residency. Milovanoff has exhibited throughout Europe and was featured in the Museum of Modern Art’s 1999 exhibition The Museum as Muse. In his exhibition at the Frick, he responds to the Center’s collection and historical milieu, drawing on his continuing fascination with the reinvention of place. Pierre-Lin Renié of Musée Goupil, Bordeaux, is guest curator of the exhibition and will contribute an essay to the exhibition catalogue.

This exhibition is organized by the Frick Art & Historical Center.

April 5, 2002 - June 2, 2002

Focusing on Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678), and Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641) – three 17th-century masters – with a final section devoted to the talented artists who worked in their shadows, the exhibition will include examples of preparatory drawings for paintings and prints, copies of earlier works of art, and studies after nature. The selection will provide an extensive overview of the variety of purposes for which artists used drawings.

The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam.

Tom Benner: "The Car Show"

February 26, 2002 - April 14, 2002

Sculptor Tom Benner’s nearly full-size, handcrafted cars will be on view in the Car and Carriage Museum at the Frick Art & Historical Center beginning February 26, 2002. Benner, a Canadian and a practicing artist for over 30 years, is known for his examination of the relationship between humans and nature as well as his interest in Native American cultures. The works in this exhibition pose questions about the way that the automobile industry has shaped our lives and views of history.

January 5, 2002 - March 3, 2002

This exhibition features over 100 works on paper drawn from the collection of Vienna’s famed Albertina, holder of one of the largest and most valuable collections of graphic art in the world. Dürer, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Rubens, Titian, and Raphael are among the artists represented with drawings, woodcuts and etchings, comprising a stunning collection of masterworks. The exhibition, which consists of the largest selection of works from the Albertina’s collection to appear in the United States to date, makes its debut at The Frick Art Museum. Masterworks from the Albertina: Renaissance to Rococo is drawn from the collection of the Albertina, Vienna. The exhibition is organized by the Albertina and ArtReach International. The American tour is organized by ArtReach International.

Support for the Pittsburgh exhibition is provided, in part, by the Office of Cultural Tourism and by a grant from the Woodmere Foundation.

September 21, 2001 - December 30, 2001

More than ninety works by Elie Nadelman, one of the leading modernist sculptors during the first half of the twentieth century, will be on exhibit at The Frick Art Museum, Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh, beginning September 21, 2001. Entitled Elie Nadelman: Classical Folk, the exhibition focuses on the American phase of the artist’s career, from 1914 until his death in 1946, during which time Nadelman arrived at his brilliant synthesis of forms inspired by such divergent sources as classical sculpture, folk art, and popular theater. The exhibition remains on view through December 30, 2001.

June 8, 2001 - August 12, 2001

Gérôme & Goupil: Art and Enterprise examines the partnership of nineteenth-century painter and dealer-publisher, providing case study of creation of international art market.

March 11, 2001 - August 26, 2001

A celebration of art, history, cars and baseball. Extended through August 26, 2001 in the Car and Carriage Museum.

This exhibition is organized by the Frick Art & Historical Center in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Pirates and the Pittsburgh Office of Cultural Tourism. The exhibition is underwritten, in part, by a grant from the Johnson Family Foundation. The Frick Art & Historical Center thanks AT&T Broadband for its generous, in-kind donation of cable advertising for the Driving It Home exhibition.

February 9, 2001 - May 8, 2001

The Poetry of Place: Works on Paper by Thomas Moran from the Gilcrease Museum, an exhibition of more than eighty works on paper by one of nineteenth-century America’s most prominent landscape painters, is on view at The Frick Art Museum, Pittsburgh, from February 9 through May 8, 2001. The watercolors, which are complemented by several drawings and watercolors of western Pennsylvania, chromolithographs of Moran’s travels in the Yellowstone region and Grand Canyon, letters, and folios containing his etchings and chromolithographs, create an intimate portrait of the artist, revealing his romantic vision of the Western wilderness, as well as his role in its exploration and subsequent popularity.

September 9, 2000 - October 22, 2000

The Frick Art & Historical Center presents its first exhibition of contemporary art, with a major body of new work by internationally-acclaimed camera artist Vik Muniz. Comprising sixty-five photographs created in 2000, Clayton Days. Picture Stories by Vik Muniz inaugurates the Center’s artist-in-residence program, in which contemporary artists are invited to respond to the collections at the Center. The exhibition is on view at The Frick Art Museum from September 9 through October 22, 2000.

February 13, 2000 - April 23, 2000

The beloved 19th-century French master Jean-François Millet (1814-1875) is celebrated in an international loan exhibition of drawings, pastels and paintings on display at The Frick Art Museum. An extraordinary collection of ten important drawings and pastels by Millet belonging to the Frick inspired the exhibition. Jean-François Millet: Drawn into the Light brings together works from more than 20 public and private collections from the United States, Europe and Japan. The exhibition opened at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass. and then was presented at the Van Gogh in Amsterdam. The exhibition concludes its tour at The Frick Art Museum.