October 11, 2010

Helen Clay Frick

The Darien Community Association has been hosting 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 lectures highlight scholarship and stories, delivered by the curators from the venerable Gilded Age mansion and museum on Fifth Avenue in New York.

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, December 14th at 11 AM.

Helen was the only surviving and adored daughter of her father.  As young as eight, her father solicited her opinions about the masterpieces he was considering to purchase and add to his collection.  Helen, even as a little girl, was quite articulate in detailing the specifics about her preferences on acquisition.  By the time she was 17, she had already been to Europe nine times on her father’s art tours, keeping meticulous records of everything they saw and the buildings where it was located.

Tickets for individual lectures are available for $20.  A gourmet luncheon provided by Marcia Selden Caterers will be available immediately following the lectures in the Garden Wing of the Darien Community Association. Contact the DCA at 203-655-9050 or for more information on ticketing.