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.
Civil War Era Drawings
November 9, 2013–Jan. 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.
The Becker collection is a recently discovered treasure trove of drawings by Joseph Becker and his colleagues. A rich and fascinating glimpse at a decade, these drawings offer a surprisingly intimate look at American life during this volatile decade of war, change, and growth.
This era saw the rise of weekly topical illustrated magazines and newspapers and a much more rapid dissemination of news than previous generations had ever experienced. The war coverage provided by Frank Leslie’s Illustrated and other similar publications, like Harper’s Weekly (both found in the collection at Clayton) was of vital importance to a population trying to stay informed of current happenings and the circumstances of loved ones in the military. Even after the war, collectors like Henry Clay Frick (who was a teenager during the war) often added bound volumes of the war years of these illustrated papers to their libraries.
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.
An American Odyssey:
March 1–May 25, 2014