October 10, 2010

Darien Community Association, Annual Fall Art Lecture Series

The Darien Community Association will be hosting three speakers from The Frick Collection as part of its annual fall Art Lectures Series, now in its 51st year. Sponsored by Sarah Blank Design Studio, the three lectures will highlight scholarship and stories, delivered by the curators from the venerable Gilded Age mansion.

The first of these lectures will be held on Thursday, October 18th at 11 AM, when Susan Grace Galassi Ph.D., Senior Curator, will give a lecture on “Picasso the Draughtsman: From Malaga to Mastery”. The lecture will draw on her scholarship that resulted in the notable exhibit at the Frick just last year titled, “Picasso’s Drawings 1890 – 1921: Reinventing Tradition”. She was both co-curator and editor of the exhibition catalog along with Marilyn McCully. Among the many Picasso museum shows of the last decade, this is the first to explore the medium of his drawings as the essential means of invention and discovery for the artist. This thirty year period highlights his stylistic experiments and techniques, beginning and ending in a classical mode and encompassing his most radical innovations. He continued the grand tradition of drawing in a revitalized form. Picasso’s engagement with artists of the past perpetuated, competed with, and ultimately reinvented the practices of his mentors on his own terms.

The second lecture on Thursday, October 25th at 11 AM, features Charlotte Vignon, the first Curator of Decorative Arts at The Frick Collection, who will give a lecture titled “Henry C. Frick and Joseph Duveen Built a Museum: French 18th Century Decorative Arts at The Frick Collection”.

For the final lecture, Inge Reist Ph.D., Director, Center for the History of Collecting and the Frick Art Reference Library will discuss “Helen Clay Frick: Charting Her Own Course as a Collector” on Thursday, November 1st at 11 AM.

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