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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.


Friday Features Gallery Talks

Fridays through October 3

1:00 p.m.–1:15 p.m.

The Frick Art Museum

On Fridays during the exhibition, Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist, Works on Paper by the Artist and His Circle, meet Frick curators and educators in the galleries for free talks exploring the works, artists and themes in the exhibition. Programs focus on a different aspect of the exhibition each week. Free and open to the public.

Exhibition Programs


Adult Workshop: Drawing and Movement—
Degas and the Human Form

Friday, August 15

1:30–3:30 p.m.

The Frick Art Museum with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Artists working at all skill levels are invited to this unique and dynamic figure drawing workshop that celebrates Edgar Degas’ studies of the human form. After sketching in the galleries of the exhibition Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist, Works on Paper by the Artist and His Circle, participants move to The Frick Art Museum’s auditorium and are guided in sketching a live figure model—a dancer from Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. $25 members, $30 non-members and guests. All materials will be provided. Advance registration and pre-payment required. Materials provided.


Film at Noon: Amélie

Thursday, September 18

12:00 p.m.

The Frick Art Museum

Amélie delightfully tells the story of a shy young woman who relishes life’s small pleasures, transforming her own life as she quietly brings happiness to those around her. The French language film prominently features the Paris neighborhood on Montmarte, where Edgar Degas and other artists featured in the Degas exhibition lived and worked. Though set in modern-day France, the neighborhood retains many of the qualities seen in Degas’ time, allowing viewers to experience the streets, buildings, and cafés among which the relationships considered in the exhibition took shape. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Art Direction. French with English subtitles. Rated R. 121 minutes. Free and open to the public.

Other Programs of Interest


Special Event: Croquet and Champagne

Thursday, July 17 (Rain date July 24)

6:00–8:30 p.m.

Great Lawn, Meet at the Visitor Center

Back for another match, this casual, annual event invites participants to experience an elegant pastime on the Frick’s historic grounds. Play croquet on Clayton’s vast lawn, sip champagne, savor hors d’oeuvres, and relax with a date, friends, or fellow players. No experience, formal dress or equipment required. Picnic blankets and baskets are welcome! Admission includes light hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets. $25 members; $30 non-members and guests. Advance registration and pre-payment required.


Coffee and Culture

Curator’s Choice: 23 Rooms with a View—Working with Clayton

Thursday, August 14

10:00 a.m.

Lexington Education Center

Emilia S. Boehm, Curator of Clayton & Car and Carriage Museum

Every old home presents its own challenges and rewards, and that’s especially true for a 23-room, well-appointed, historic Victorian mansion like Clayton! From the curious—finicky cabinets and tuning the orchestrion—to the cool—challenging painting installations and surprising finds in library books—working with the collection at Clayton is often an adventure. Join Emilia S. Boehm, curator of Clayton & Car and Carriage Museum, for coffee and pastries and a behind the scenes look at the house and its diverse collections from a curatorial view.

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

Programs for Teachers

Act 48 Teacher Workshop: Teaching with Portraits

Wednesday, July 30

10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

The Frick Art Museum

What does a portrait reveal about its subject? About the artist himself? Using the drawings, prints, photographs, and other media assembled in the exhibition Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist, Works on Paper by the Artist and His Circle, teachers investigate the genre of the portrait. Standards-based activities discover ways that portraits and self-portraits can enhance student engagement across the disciplines. Worth five Act 48 activity hours. $12 teacher members; $16 non-members. Boxed lunch included. Advance registration and pre-payment required.

Just for Teachers: New Educational Opportunities at the Frick

Monday, September 22

3:00–6:30 p.m.

The Frick Art Museum

Teachers throughout the region are invited to this education-focused open house highlighting new and upcoming opportunities for teachers and students at the Frick Art & Historical Center. Frick education staff share details about upcoming exhibitions, new on-site programs and new school outreach opportunities. Educators may visit the site’s new Orientation Center to learn about and try new educational technologies developed for the center’s Learning Room. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks are available, and participation in an on-site activity can earn teachers two Act 48 activity hours. Free and open to teachers; participating teachers should plan to arrive no later than 4:30 pm. to earn two Act 48 activity hours. Please register by calling 412-371-0600.