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Lectures, films, workshops, and gallery talks for adults provide insight into our permanent collections and special exhibitions.

Adult programs
  • Lectures by visiting scholars, local experts and curatorial staff offer insight into the exhibitions and permanent collections of our museums.
  • Films are selected to complement special exhibitions and are guaranteed to send you back into the galleries afterwards to see things a bit differently.
  • Programs that explore h istorical, social and cultural topics related to the Gilded Age take place in our intimate auditorium or through more casual events in the galleries or Education Center.

  • Free programs create interesting ways to enhance an exhibition while our studio workshops provide a creative outlet for artist and beginner alike.

Ongoing during the run of
Impressionist to Modernist:
Masterworks of Early Photography
February 21–April 19, 2015

Docent-led tours

Join us at The Frick Art Museum for FREE, docent-led gallery tours of the exhibition. Tours are offered every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. during the run of the exhibition. Groups of five or more are encouraged to schedule a private tour at an alternate time. Group tours and permanent collection tours are $5 per person.

FREE Friday Features gallery talks
Each Friday at 1:00 p.m. during the run of the exhibition.

March 2015


Film at Noon: Strand—Under the Dark Cloth

Thursday, March 5

12:00 p.m.

The Frick Art Museum

Called by Variety, “beautifully crafted, thoroughly researched and intimately recounted,” this documentary considers the life and work of American photographer Paul Strand (1890–1976). While his influence on the history of photography is profound, Strand remains a curiously shrouded and paradoxical figure. While passionately devoted to humanity, he was happiest in the isolation of the darkroom; a pioneer filmmaker, he found the process of collaboration painful. Filled with Strand’s most famous photographs, clips from his films and interviews with those who knew and worked with him (including Georgia O’Keeffe, Hazel Strand, and Strand himself), Strand: Under the Dark Cloth sheds light on the man behind the images. Directed by John Walker. Not rated. 81 minutes, 1990.

Free and open to the public.

Linda Benedict Jones  

Women’s History Month Celebration:
Depth of Field—Processing the Work
of Women

Thursday, March 19

7:00–9:00 p.m.

The Frick Art Museum

Linda Benedict-Jones, Retiring Curatorial Chair of Exhibitions & Curator of Photography for the Carnegie Museum of Art

To see the world through a woman’s eyes is a powerful thing. The Frick does just that in celebration of Women’s History Month as it welcomes female photographers living and working in Pittsburgh. Linda Benedict-Jones shares insights into the contributions of women in the history of photography and moderates a panel of women who shape our collective vision by boldly and beguilingly capturing and revealing their unique perspectives. Complete with a custom cocktail mixed and served by LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails), the evening toasts the women behind the viewfinders. Snap up your spot; this program fills quickly.

$8 members; $10 non-members and guests. Advance registration and pre-payment required.

Tina Kukielski  

Art at Noon: Photo-Secession
and Contemporary Practice

Tuesday, March 31

12:00 p.m.

The Frick Art Museum

Tina Kukielski, Curator of the Hillman Photography Initiative, Carnegie Museum of Art

2013 Carnegie International Co-Curator Tina Kukielski offers an insightful look at the artists of the Photo-Secession alongside those on the cusp of the field today, exploring how the introduction of new technologies impacts and shapes the photographic image—both then and now.

Free and open to the public.

April 2015

Sarah Law  

Coffee and Culture:
Shootin’ the Breeze: A Neighborhood Evolution and Pictorial Process Behind
Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze 

Thursday, April 2

10:00–11:00 a.m.

Lexington Education Center

Sarah L. Law, Author

Gather over coffee and pastries with author, fellow “Breezer” and Frick Art & Historical Center member Sarah Law for a virtual Point Breeze journey from General George Washington and “The Great Road to the West” to the electricity of Pittsburgh’s Gilded Age when the Frick family was in residence. Discover the five Point Breeze authors of the 20th century and return to Bakery Square—steps from the now infamous Point Breeze Hotel. Following the program, Sarah will sign copies of her book, which will be available for purchase.

$8 members, $10 non-members and guests. Advance registration and pre-payment required.

Struss Cables  

Act 48 Teacher Workshop: Photography in Flux    

Saturday, April 18

9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

The Frick Art Museum, Lexington Education Center

Making use of The Frick Art Museum exhibition, Impressionist to Modernist: Masterworks of Early Photography, this workshop engages teachers in a study of turn-of-the-century photography, exploring photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, and Paul Strand. Discussion explores connections between exhibition themes and present-day changes in photography in an increasingly digital world. With the workshop itself worth four activity hours, four additional activity hours may be earned by educators who apply, evaluate, and report on Visual Literacy approaches learned in the workshop in a classroom setting. $12 teacher members;

$16 non-members or guests; boxed lunch included. Advanced registration and pre-payment required. Call 412-371-0600.

Elizabeth Raymer Griffin

Elizabeth Raymer Griffin. Pulling My Hair. 2003. 4" x 5". Zoneplate color transparency.

Adult Workshop:
Exploring Antique Processes:
The Palladium/Platinum Print

Saturday, April 18

2:00–4:30 p.m.

The Frick Art Museum

Elizabeth Raymer Griffin, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art, Carnegie Mellon University

Join teaching artist Elizabeth Raymer Griffin for a rare chance to engage with antique and “alternative” photographic processes, with a focus on Platinum and Palladium prints. This small-group workshop includes observation and discussion of various photographic processes, process demonstration, and a hands-on opportunity for participants to produce a print themselves. No photography experience is necessary; all skill levels are welcome.

$30 members; $35 non-members and guests. Materials provided. Advance registration and pre-payment required.