With great sadness, FMH&S announces the death of Christine Beshar, a founding trustee of the museum. Mrs. Beshar achieved a number of firsts in her lifetime. She was the first woman partner at a Wall Street firm and pioneered child care services at the law firm. She passed the NY bar by reading the law, not attending law school. Aside from her brillance, she had wit, compassion, optimism, love of art, and could truly think outside the box. We owe her a great debt. Enjoy her New York Times obituary by clicking here.
View the videos from the final digitizing of the 16mm 1930's travel films by artist George L.K. Morris. Never before seen footage of South and Central America, the Netherlands and France in color. Click here to see the silent films.
Labyrinth, a large 1957 oil painting by George L.K. Morris, recently sold for $68,750 at Christie's Auction House in New York. The painting was part of the art collection of the late renowned Egyptologist William Kelly Simpson and his wife Marilyn, grandaughter of John D. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, co-founder of MoMa. The Simpsons aquired the painting from its sale from the Montclair Art Museum. The 49"x36" work of art features layers of color, creating depth and pre-figuring op-art. Morris commented on this painting years later, "I try to construct something that is a (usually rectangular) object, which will be beautiful as an object rather than a rendition of a beautiful object (or subject). In Labyrinth there is a suggestion of three-dimensional space, layer behind layer, until the eye comes to rest on a flat plane near the center."
"Finding the right person to install your new tile floor can be difficult. Finding the right person to install your new leather floor? Nearly impossible. It was just one of the many challenged faced by Kinney Frelinghuysen, director of the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio, when the museum's trustees decided it was time to replace the leather living room floor" writes Jennifer Huberdeau.Read the full article here.--and her companion article here describing the gifts made from repurposed leather tiles.