Frick Societies members enjoy all the benefits of membership, plus much more!
Free admission for four guests every time you visit Clayton and touring exhibitions
NEW! The Frick After Hours! Expanded Thursday night hours (5:00-7:00 p.m.) during Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (March 17 – July 8, 2018). Enjoy private viewing of this extraordinary exhibition, with curator-led Gallery Talks at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
NEW! Free admission to Exhibition Spotlight programs, including featured lectures or special programs with each touring exhibition
Free admission to more than 800 museums in North America including The Frick Collection, New York
Exclusive invitation to the Frick’s Holiday Party and more.
1882 is the year Henry Clay Frick purchased the Italianate-style home we know today as Clayton, the cornerstone of the Frick’s collections. Members of the 1882 Society are, likewise, cornerstones of the vital philanthropic support necessary to advance the museum’s mission. In appreciation, the Frick offers members of the 1882 Society opportunities to gain special access to the museum, including behind-the-scenes experiences, Director’s talks, receptions with visiting experts and other exclusive programs. Additional benefits include:
The Rubens Society is named after the renowned seventeenth-century Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens, whose Portrait of Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency, Princess of Condé (ca.1610) is one of the most admired works in the Frick’s collection. Benefits at this level include all the benefits of the 1882 Society, plus:
Named for the enduring history of the Frick family’s Gilded Age home, the Clayton Society is composed of individuals committed to the sustainability and future of The Frick Pittsburgh. Recognized by Architectural Digest as “a triumph of restoration,” Clayton is a stunning late-nineteenth-century mansion, and the only surviving example of a home on Pittsburgh’s lost “Millionaire’s Row.” Benefits at this level include all the benefits of the Rubens Society, plus:
The Helen Clay Frick Society honors the legacy of the Frick’s founder and benefactress. Members enjoy the distinction of being part of an exclusive group to support the Frick’s mission of continuing her legacy. Benefits at this level include all the benefits of the Clayton Society, plus:
The Frick Societies were created to recognize your exceptional support of this mission and we strive to offer you, as cherished supporters, the best of the “best;” exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, invitations to meet acclaimed curators, scholars, and museum directors, special entertainment and engagement opportunities. If you are already a member of The Frick Societies, register by clicking on each program and logging into your member account or by contacting Kathi Connelly by email or at 412-342-4069.
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Frick Society members are invited to join Executive Director Robin Nicholson and travel in a small groups to some of the world’s most interesting cultural destinations. These remarkable trips offer one-on-one connections with experts and include unique opportunities to view private collections, visit artists’ studios, and go behind the scenes in major museums.
Cincinnati - May 10-12
The Terracotta Warriors and Tiffany at the Taft
Join Robin Nicholson in Cincinnati to view the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum of Art, the Tiffany exhibition at the Taft Museum of Art and other treasures of Cincinnati. We plan to stay at the 21c Museum Hotel located in the heart of the city. The space is and adjacent to the Contemporary Art Center and across the street from the Aronoff Center for the Arts. This unique spot is a multi-venue contemporary art museum and an award-winning 156-room boutique hotel and spa offering fine dining on the site of the historic Metropole Hotel. I’ve planned a meal for us at the hotel’s Metropole restaurant so even if you choose not to stay there, you will have the chance to experience it.
Our first full day begins at The Taft Museum of Art. We will be greeted by Deborah Emont Scott, Louise Taft Semple President/CEO. Deborah has visited us in Pittsburgh and is looking forward to welcoming the group. Like the Frick, the Taft is a historic house museum and a part of the Gilded Age Museum Group. Its early residents, Charles Phelps Taft and his wife, Anna were also avid art collectors and count the works of Rembrandt, Hals, Goya, Gainsborough, Whistler, and Sargent in their collection as well as stunning Chinese porcelains, European decorative arts and what is considered by many to be the greatest Gothic ivory sculpture in America. The current exhibition, Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection offers us the opportunity to experience the beauty of Tiffany’s lush decorative creations crafted in opulently colored stained glass, intricately patterned surfaces, and inventive metallic frameworks. This exhibition presents more than 60 stunning examples of Tiffany’s decorative genius, including vases, lamps, windows, furniture, and ornamental objects. Included are such iconic objects as his stained glass plant-form lamps, iridescent blown-glass vases, and illusionistic landscape windows.
After lunch, we will venture to the Cincinnati Museum of Art where we will be greeted by the director, Cameron Kitchin. The exhibition Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China is a collaboration between the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. I worked on this project for many years at VMFA and in Shaanxi Province in China. It is fabulous to see it finally realized. This impressive exhibition features approximately 120 individual objects, which include terracotta figures of warriors, arms and armor, ritual bronze vessels, works in gold and silver, jade ornaments, precious jewelry, and ceramics, all drawn from the collections of art museums and archaeological institutes in Shaanxi province, China. Dating from the Pre-Qin period (770–221 BC) to the Qin dynasty (221–206 BC), these works of art, excavated from the emperor’s mausoleum, as well as aristocratic and nomadic tombs, will represent history, myths, and burials in ancient China.
I plan to continue our exploration of Cincinnati with a glimpse into the by-gone Art Deco Era by arranging dinner for us at the Hilton Netherlander. Open since 1931, the Hilton Cincinnati Netherlander Plaza Hotel is one of the world’s finest examples of French Art Deco design and a charter member of the historic hotels of America. The Palm Courts is tp-rated and the entire space glistens with marble tile, ceiling murals and rosewood paneling. There will be more to discover about Cincinnati before we return to Pittsburgh on Saturday!
New York City - October 25-27
The Art of Printmaking
The theme of this two-day trip will be the print, one of the greatest and most affordable mediums for the collector. I plan to take the group to visit museums (including the Frick) and dealers to get behind the scenes insights into prints, historic and contemporary. Our trip will include a visit to the premiere print fair in the world – the International Fine Print Dealers Association. Established in 1991, the IFPDA Print Fair is the largest and most celebrated art fair dedicated to the artistic medium of printmaking. Each year’s Fair presents an unrivaled opportunity to view and acquire outstanding works across the diverse range of periods and specialties represented by the IFPDA’s exhibiting members. While the Fair is known among museum curators and major collectors for its rare and exceptional prints, excellent works can be found in all price ranges, including exciting new projects from today’s leading and emerging artists. The fair is newly located this year to the Javits Center in the trendy Hudson Yards District development (where I hear there are some great restaurants!)
Scotland - May 2019
This will truly be a “Director’s Favorites” trip: the National Gallery of Scotland (where I interned in the prints and drawings department); the Royal Museum of Scotland; and two fabulous sculpture gardens: Jupiter, Artland and Little Sparta. And much, much more. Details are still unfolding in this ultimate insider’s trip to Scotland! Please let Kathi know if you might be interested in this and we can begin to firm up dates and an itinerary.
London – October 5–8, 2016
The highlight of this trip was private tours of two art fairs, which have swiftly gained a reputation as some of the best on the international scene. Attracting dealers from across the world Frieze London and Frieze Masters are located at either end of London’s Regent’s Park: