Curate Your Own Frick Experience!

Curate Your Own Frick Experience! is a benefit of membership in The Frick Societies. To join, please call Kathi Connelly at 412-342-4069.

Society members at the Rubens, Clayton and Helen Clay Frick levels may participate in unlimited activities in all focus areas.1882 Society members may participate in unlimited activities in their selected focus area.

Events for July – December 2017


Sterling, Style, and Status: Silver in the Gilded Age

Silver production reached spectacular heights in the late 19th century. Learn more about the history of silver in America and explore splendid silver objects owned by the Fricks and made by luxury firms like Tiffany & Co., Gorham, Whiting, and Dominick & Haff. Dawn Reid, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts

Unseen Underthings

Go behind the scenes into collection storage with textile historian and conservator Rebecca Kelly. You will have the opportunity to view some of the rarely-seen items in the Frick’s costume collection—from underclothes and foundation garments to the breathtaking fashions they supported. Ms. Kelly will share highlights of the research she has conducted on the Frick’s textile collection. Rebecca J. Kelly, Instructor, Fashion Institute of Technology


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 – 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Dressing the Lady

Corsets, buttons, and petticoats . . . dressing in the late
19th century was a complicated process. Hear about the role of a lady’s maid and view rarely seen examples of undergarments from the collection. Dawn Reid, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts

An Afternoon at Homewood Cemetery

Spend a late fall afternoon exploring the gravesites of the Frick family and other fascinating personalities from Pittsburgh’s past. We will gather at the Frick and start with a short talk accompanied by mid-afternoon refreshments, then embark on a trolley and walking tour through the grounds of Homewood Cemetery. Jennie Benford, Director of Programming, The Homewood Cemetery Historical Fund


Winter Spirits Walk: Unveiling the Frick and the Holiday Season

Get into the winter spirit! In the spirit of Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear, we will unveil spaces that visitors don’t normally have the opportunity to visit. Join us for
a tour of rarely-seen rooms and spaces at the Frick. Each location will host a tasting of a different winter spirit or beverage. Amanda Gillen, Director of Education and Laura Ainsley, Associate Curator of Education, Adult Programs

All dates are subject to change. Please contact the Frick for the most up-to-date details for these and other Curate Your Own Frick Experience programs.

Please RSVP to Kathi Connelly at or 412-342-4035.

Click here to download a 2017 Curate Your Own Frick Experience! program brochure.


Below is a sampling of the types of programs members of The Frick Societies have enjoyed.

Exclusive experiences that focus on the inner workings of a museum.

Collection Storage Tour — See the Frick’s new collection storage below the Car and Carriage Museum! Take the staff-only elevator during this exclusive opportunity and see pastels, shoes, hats, furnishings and even cars and carriages in their beautiful, new, climate-controlled home.

Moving Ahead: The New and Renovated Car and Carriage Museum — Hear about the adventures of de-installing and installing the car and carriage collection and the work involved in creating a new installation about the transformative impact of the automobile in our lives.

Decking the Halls at Clayton— How does curatorial staff recreate
a 19th-century holiday? Go behind the scenes to witness the magic, research, and manpower that transforms Clayton for the season. Be among a select few to see Clayton in the midst of holiday bedecking and help to dress her by hanging ornaments on the tree in the enclosed porch while sipping champagne.

Unique in-depth educational opportunities that highlight this opulent time period.

Exoticism, Historicism and Classicism (A Decorative Arts Tour of Clayton) — Have you ever wondered why Clayton looks the way it does? Explore the contents of Clayton and learn how the furniture, ceramics, silver, and glassware communicated the Fricks’ sense of style, taste, and refinement.

Wine Walk: Past & Present — The grounds of the Frick are very different than they were over a hundred years ago, when the family lived here. Stroll across the site on a tour that brings to life what is no longer there, stopping along the way for wine tastings!

Gilded Games — Henry Clay Frick enjoyed a good poker game
with his close friends on Wednesday evenings! Experience some of the magic with a sampling of whiskeys or bourbons while playing a few rounds of Poker and Whist. Sadly, no cigars or cash betting allowed at this event!

Exclusive cultural enrichment opportunities that focus on the Frick’s collection of fine and decorative arts and special exhibitions.

A Private Evening with the Curator of Killer Heels — Over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, meet and talk with Killer Heels curator Lisa Small from the Brooklyn Museum. This event will include a private gallery tour. Space is limited though, so sign up early! Wednesday,

The Frick Collects: a New York Perspective — Xavier F. Salomon, Chief Curator of The Frick Collection will lead a gallery talk among some of the Frick Art & Historical Center’s finest and most significant objects highlighted in this exhibition.

A Director’s Preview — Robin Nicholson will share a preview of coming banner exhibitions, including: Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear from the Victoria and Albert Museum (London)
in fall 2017, and Isabelle de Borchgrave, a prominent French artist and sculptor best known for her intricately painted paper interpretations of historic fashion, on display the following fall.