Frick Societies Programs

Frick Societies programs are a benefit of membership in The Frick Societies. To join this leadership guild or RSVP to upcoming programs, please call Kathi Connelly at 412-342-4069.

Events for November – December 2017

Unseen Underthings – 6:00-8:00 PM

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 (This event is exclusive to members of The Frick Societies; there is a public lecture with Ms. Kelly on Thursday, November 9.)

A Private Tour of Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear– 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Executive Director Robin Nicholson will take the group on a private tour of this blockbuster exhibition! Delve into the fascinating world of underwear design from the 18th century to the present day. The Frick Pittsburgh is the only North American venue for this exhibition traveling from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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

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

Click here to download a 2018 Frick Societies program brochure.


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

An Afternoon at Homewood Cemetery —The group gathered at the Frick and began with a short talk accompanied by mid-afternoon refreshments, then embarked on a trolley and walking tour through the grounds of Homewood Cemetery to explore the gravesites of the Frick family and other fascinating personalities from Pittsburgh’s past. Jennie Benford, Director of Programming, The Homewood Cemetery Historical Fund

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.

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.

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!

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 History of Fashion in 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.