"When Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio opened its doors to the public in July 1998, the crowds of people lining up to view the home of abstract artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen was greater than imagined." writes Jennifer Huberdeau of the Berkshire Eagle. "The New York Times had done a piece just days before. People in line were clutching the article in their hands," said Linda Frelinghuysen of that first day nearly 20 years ago. "We were prepared to take 10 people at a time on the tour, we had 16yr olds selling tickets and taking cash in the parking lot." "We were wondering if anyone would come out, "director Kinney Frelinghuysen reminisced. Click here for the full article.
FMH&S was awarded a $19,185 matching grant from the Lenox Community Preservation Fund to repair and restore a major structural issue of the 1941 stucco modern house. Water damage at the base of the dining room sliders resulted in a structural failure from the bedroom above the dining room. The dining room's steel doors and marble base will be restored and repaired. Work on the project begins immediately.
"Across the Berkshires, historic homes are emerging from hibernation...At the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio, cold air, large expanses of glass and moisture combine as threats to art," writes Ruth Bass, Berkshire Eagle columnist and author of this feature in their Up Country magazine. Click here to read the whole article about all the homes, starting on page 63.
Suzy Frelinghuysen led dual occupations, as a painter and as an opera singer. She was the first woman to have a painting placed in the permanent collection of the Museum of Living Art in l937. In 1947 she attained instant success with her opera debut in Ariadne auf Naxos at City Center. She explained, "I feel that all of the arts are closely connected, so I don't understand why some people are surprised if you paint act and sing. I do these things because I have fun doing them". She later secured the legacy for the art collection she and her husband, artist George L.K. Morris assembled, now at the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio in Lenox, Massachusetts.
View an informative and entertaining lecture by Emily Braun, curator of the Leonard Lauder Cubist Collection at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and Professor at Hunter College and the Graduate Center--Cuny. She reveals the stories the historic labels on the backs of paintings tell us and examines the hidden imagery by Cubist Master Juan Gris. Click here to view.
The Alfond Collection is part of the permanent collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. A significant part of The Alfond Collection is on view at The Alfond Inn, a philanthropic boutique hotel near the Rollins campus whose proceeds fund student scholarships. Previously, the painting was in two other private collections and will now be on view May 25th in the exhibit, "Forging a Modern American Identity: New Aquisitions".Click on the link to the show here
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.
Spring Sun, a large 1970 oil painting by George L.K. Morris, sold for $52,500 last week, which was more than double its pre-sale estimate, at Shannons Auction in Connecticut. The 42" x 51" work of art, sold by a private collector, is composed of cheerful colors evoking springtime growth. The title refers to Morris' interest in Native American themes.
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.
Seasons's highlights include “Clues behind the Painting” with paintings by Picasso, Braque & Gris mounted on acrylic posts so viewers can see both the front and back. Backs reveal historic stamps and labels and tell compelling stories in the history of art. Architectural Historian Richard Guy Wilson lectures August 4th on Le Corbusier. Painting demonstrations by professional artists every Friday and monthly color workshops Saturdays. Click Continue Reading for more names and dates.
Don't miss the first Painting Demo of the season.
Encaustic artist Ali Hermann 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 $9570 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 sites receiving little media coverage. This grant covers 3 films from a Far East 1934 trip by Morris visiting China,Japan,Cambodia, Indonesia and Hawaii capturing historical and culturally valuable sights of colonial, pre-WWII life. 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 titled "See Their World". 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.