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.
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."
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.
The circa 1905 claro walnut Knabe has been completely refinished and restored and is back in the Living Room on the new leather floor. Click here to hear musician Dave Wright from Concord, Massachusetts test out the new action!
Indian Composition, 1938, a large oil painting by George L.K. Morris, is now on view in the Metropolitan Museum's newly configured Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery. It is hanging in Gallery 913 after its conservation.
Director Kinney Frelinghuysen presented at the massive Architecture Boston Expo (ABX) last week on the Future of the Modern Past at Landmark Houses, one of three case studies. Our mission finds strength in numbers!
Professor Braun will also reveal the stories the historic labels on the backs of the paintings tell us.
Reservations required. Please note that the regular 3pm will not be offered.
"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.
Highlights include “Find Your Creativity” with our simple techniques that connect art to your senses on every tour and in more depth on monthly Saturday workshops. Cubist masterpieces will be exhibited front and back and we will examine the artists' use of words as well as historical exhibition labels on their backs.
“See Their World”, the final digitizing of 16mm 1930’s travel films by artist George L.K. Morris are able to be viewed. France, Belgium, Holland, Korea and Japan are featured. Click Continue Reading below for more events and dates.
Don't miss the last Painting Demo of the season.
Williamstown artist Ghetta Hirsch demonstrates her technique
beginning at 11am on Friday, free with admission.
Experience a new technique for looking at modern art, led by Director/Artist Kinney Frelinghuysen in the Studio from 10-noon.
In June, Google will be capturing the galleries of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas using its Street View technology and has selected Frelinghuysen's Glass and Bottle, 1948, as one of the artworks to be photographed using its ultra high resolution Art Camera. The Google Arts & Culture project has partnered with over 1200 museums all over the world to expand global access to artwork. Crystal Bridges Museum aquired the 30"x40" oil on board painting in 2015.
Watch the sold out OLLI adult education class from this spring. Join in with your own sketchpad see how easy and fun it is! Click here for day one.
After years of solar radiation, moisture, and the freeze/thaw cycle, the outdoor fresco painted by George L.K. Morris in the 1940's needed to be conserved. Cassie Myers, a conservator specializing in murals, is re-attaching the loose stucco which adheres to the base wall and is "in painting" the losses on the mural surfaces. She is retaining the integrity of the artwork in this painstaking process.
Staff member Rachel joined in to remove the leather floor in the Living Room. We are brainstorming ideas for gift shop items recycled from the orginal floor with local leather artist Michael King. Stay tuned for updates and images of the replacement leather floor.
"The place is startling even when you know it's coming. Part of the surprise stems from the location: the old and self assured village of Lenox, Massachusetts--the Berkshire Mountains summer seat of Gilded Age worthies who built estates..." CLICK HERE to read the full article.by writer Gregory Cerio and photographs by John Hall.
Watch the sold out OLLI adult education class from last spring. Click here to enjoy day two!
Watch author Hugh Howard's sold out slide lecture from this summer. Click here for a front row seat!
You didn't miss curator, author and archivist Eugene R. Gaddis' slide lecture on the Modernist dynamo Chick Austin.
Click here to view the pictures of his idiosyncratic house operated by the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, Connecticut and hear the story of one of Modernism's unsung heros.
"The airy studio that the artist, writer, and collector George L.K. Morris built in 1931 on his family's 46-acre estate in Lenox, Massachusetts, looked nothing like the mansion he grew up in", writes Wendy Goodman for Departures Magazine. Read the full article here.
Please be advised that the following tours are SOLD OUT this week because of previously scheduled group tours. Thursday, September 21st @ 2pm & 3pm. The remaining hourly guided tours given Thursday-Saturday, 10am to 3pm, have spaces.
We are open Thursday-Sunday as usual this week and closed on Monday, Labor Day, September 4th.
After Labor Day we drop Sundays and are open Thursday-Saturday until Columbus Day.
Vintage 1930's travel films, taken by the Berkshires' most creative couple. Click here to read the rest of the fabulous article and slideshow by Hilary Reid.
Read Jennifer Huberdeau's article in her weekly series detailing the history of the Berkshire Cottages and how FMH&S came to be. Click here to read the interesting article.
Modern Times--Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio welcomes art lovers by Kate Abbott and images by Gregory Cherin. Click here to read the rest of the informative and enjoyable article!
The National Register is the official list of American cultural resources worthy of preservation. All properties, from every state, are evaluated according to uniform standards from the Secretary of the Interior and are determined to contribute to an understanding of the historical and cultural foundations of our nation. Thank you to the professional and thorough surveyors and researchers who worked on our admission. Especially Virginia Adams, who unearthed new historical information!
A 1943 oil and collage on Masonite titled "The Ring" was sold by a collector at Bonham's Auction House last week for $56,250, above its $30-50,000 estimate.
FMH&S has been awarded a $11,250 grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to preserve part of the 16mm film collection taken by George L.K. Morris in the 1930's. The Foundation grants target rare films such as silent films and films of unsusual sites receiving little media coverage. FMH&S has accomplished the goal of digitizing the entire film collection comprising 38, 16mm films and the digital copies have been shared with the public in several exhibits over the years, including this year's entitled See Their World featuring never-before-seen footage from South and Central America and Switzerland. The grant will enable FMH&S to preserve films deteriorating from vinegar syndrome that were too fragile to digitize and view by creating film-film copies of these three films, the best practice in the industry.
Highlights include “See Their World”, short remastered films from the 30's by artist George L.K. Morris of South and Central America and Switzerland and never before exhibited paintings by both Morris and Frelinghuysen.
“Has your Creativity Been Hiding”, workshops held on selected Saturday mornings by Director/artist Kinney Frelinghuysen explore how to look at modern art. Mini-workshops available at the end of every tour.
June-August, Painting Demonstrations led by professional artists from the community. The artists will create in plein air and discuss their technique Fridays at 11am. Free with admission.
Click CONTINUE READING below for specific names, times and dates.
You didn't miss noted architectural historian Richard Guy Wilson's standing room only slide lecture this summer! Click here and enjoy.
Experience a new way to look at Modern Art w/Director Kinney Frelinghuysen. Free w/admission
View the article on InCollect.com, a website for collectors. Click here!
Guides Sarah and Mary Elisabeth model our 100% silk scarves back in stock after selling out! They are designed from a painting in the collection and made in USA.
Carole Owens, well-known author of Berkshire Cottages, writes about the "Berkshire Cottage antithesis" in the Berkshire Edge. Click here!
Join Wanda Corn, author and award winning Stanford professor, this Saturday at 3pm in the Studio for a conversation about American art. Light reception follows.
Custom Phone cases available now in our gift shop for iPhone 4,5,& 6 and Galaxy 3&4. Three images available in all sizes.
Please be advised that the 3pm lecture today, Saturday July 30th is completely SOLD OUT. Only those who have reserved will be admitted due to space and fire code requirements. The lecture will be video taped and put on the website soon.
Highlights include "See Their World", short vintage films by artist George L.K. Morris of Lenox, NYC and Europe and previously unseen paintings by both Morris and Frelinghuysen.
Hourly guided tours 10-3pm, After Labor Day-- Thursday-Saturday
Adult education classes through OLLI (berkshireolli.org) begin April 29, led by Director Kinney Frelinghuysen.Click here to view last Spring's sold out sessions!
Art New England's current Special Museums issue features FMH&S in its Destination Berkshires article. The colorful magazine is chock full of fabulous art adventures in New England. Click here to read!
Here are some headers: "Amazing little gem.." An absolute must-see.." "A must-see for those interested in architecture.." "A Modernist's Paradise.." "Unique historic site.." "Facinating.." "Small & interesting.."
Enjoy this serene snow scene peeking at the rear of the House from the garden.
Thanks for a great season! We're taking Group Tour reservations for 2015 and busy repairing the House and Studio.
A small 1942 oil and collage on board titled "Composition 1942" sold at Bonhams Auction in New York City for $77,500 in November. The work measures 16"x12".
This 1937 painting by Sophie Taeuber-Arp was lent from the FMH&S collection to the major retrospective of her work at the Aargauer Kunsthaus in Switzerland and then to the Bielefeld Museum in Germany. She is regarded as a pioneer of Modernism and her image is on the 50 Swiss Franc note.
Thank you to all the visitors and staff for making this a record breaking season! The eagerness of visitors to participate in the demos and drawing/visualizing exercises was inspiring. We are busy preserving the property and preparing for next season.
Watch Artist Lester Trufant demonstrate his technique at 11am this Friday, August 29.
Watch the three minute clip highlighting the House and Studio. Click here to view!
Watch Artist Kinney Frelinghuysen demonstrate his technique at 11am this Friday, August 22.