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Suzy Frelinghuysen painting to be included Google Arts & Culture project

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.

Preserving the Fresco

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.

Removing the 76 year old leather floor

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.

Featured in Berkshire Magazine

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!

 

 

 

Official Listing in the National Register of Historic Places

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!

$10,020 Grant Award to Preserve Films

FMH&S has been awarded a $10,020  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 NFPF 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. 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.

Give the gift of membership & Unique Gifts!

Family membership is only $75 and  individual membership $40 allowing you unlimited visits to your favorite oasis in the heart of Lenox.  Enjoy the tours, painting demos, workshops, or just the tranquility of the 46 acres of forest trails, flower gardens,and groomed lawns and vistas.
Gifts start at $5 for a leather keychain, repurposed from the living room leather floor, silk scarves for $35 made in the USA from Morris, Frelinghuysen, Slobodkina & Reinhardt paintings pictured above.  Notecards, painting repros,an opera CD and colorful coasters are available too for under $15.  Call 413-637-1066 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. to order. 

 

Our own Custom scarves!

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.

Winter Wonderland!

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 2020 and busy finishing the repairs to the Dining Room.

 

Arp Painting lent to Swiss Museum

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.

Custom Silk Scarves just in

Our guide Kerry is wearing the new 100% silk scarf replicated from a George L.K. Morris painting.  They just arrived from San Francisco--Made in USA!

 

Suzy Frelinghuysen @ Christie's American Art Auction

A 1944 Suzy Frelinghuysen titled "Hommage A Juan Gris" sold at Christie's Auction House NY on May 22nd for $56,250 reaching its high estimate. The 20"x16" oil on board resembles the large Juan Gris that is featured in the FMHS collection.

Morris featured in Reynolda House Exhibit

Reynolda House in North Carolina is exhibiting Morris' Indian Composition #8 in their Reynolda Moderns show until June 1.Each painting has a one minute video interpreting it.

Morris Painting sells for double estimate

A 1937 oil on canvas entitled “Alaska” by George L.K. Morris sold for $19,000, more than double the estimate at Clarke Auction Gallery March 16th. It features the interesting quality of a double sided canvas in which the verso abstract painting is protected by plexi.

Morris was an outspoken and important actor in the development and preservation of abstract art as a respected artform at the start of the modern movement. In 1937, his art magazine Plastique served as a platform for his addressing the critics of the new artists in the scope of art history. He eloquently defended

FMHS Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

"Looking at abstract art can feel like drifting at sea, without a recognizable object, landscape or figure to cling to.
The Frelinghuysen Morris House gives landmarks.
George L.K. Morris was the child of a wealthy New England family, and Suzy Frelinghuysen was a high-society girl talented enough to sing with the New York City Opera.
And they were both talented artists -- members of the American Abstract Art movement who championed the cause of Cubism long after its heyday.
In their house and studio, Kinney Frelinghuysen, Suzy's nephew and curator of the museum,

Exploring Shapes

Tour the house and experience Exploring Shapes which views the role shapes play in the creation of modern art. Simple visual exercises on the tour shift the visitor away from verbal tendencies to discover the artistic language in the paintings.

Morris painting sold at auction for double estimate

A small painting by the late George L.K. Morris was sold for $9,375 at Doyle NY Auction Galleries on May 8th, double the price it fetched 10 years earlier at Christie's and double its pre-sale estimate. Titled, "Spatial Perspectives 1953", the oil on canvas measures 16x13 inches and features Morris' interest in surface rotational planes. Morris' auction record of $169,000 was set in May 2008.

Sculpture Moved!

La Montagne, the 4500 pound monumental cement sculpture by Gaston Lachaise,was successfully moved indoors to prevent further deterioration. She has resided in a wooded grove on the grounds since her 1934 commission by George L.K. Morris.The approximately 4'x8' reclining woman was placed on 6 cement posts, six feet high.

La Montagne is the culmination of a series begun in 1913 by Lachaise in New York. The work represents at once a landscape and the figure of Isabel Dutaud Nagle, the artist's muse, model and eventual wife. Lachaise envisioned a piece that was "great and solemn." "You are the Goddess I seek to express in all my work," he wrote to her in 1915-16.

This veritable Mother Earth, mature and abstracted, looking East to the rising sun, offers a rewarding contemplation for people in motion.

E. E. Cummings once likened Lachaise's work to a "slow arrow of beauty vigorously expressing something of a civilization of which speed seems to be the god." Lincoln Kirstein, a friend of the artist's and a founder of the School of American Ballet, described La Montagne as "the balance of breathing sumptuousness, a mountain raised into air, earth sharing the shape of clouds." (MoMA Retrospective, 1935).

FMHS Featured in the Albany Times-Union

"Richmond Mountain Road twists through dense forest that envelopes it like a drooping canopy. As you drive its undulating path in the Berkshires, the whirl of thickly entangled trees and branches whiz by as if fragmented lines in an abstract painting", writes Albany Times-Union.

Morris painting brings $104,000 at Auction

A 1957 painting by the late George L.K. Morris was sold for $104,500 at Christie’s Auction House, New York, in their “Important American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture” sale May 20th. The price was well above Christie’s estimate of $50-70,000 but still below Morris’ auction record of $169,000 reached last May at Sotheby’s Auction House.

Titled, “Labyrinth”; the painting measures 49x36 inches. It was sold by The Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey to benefit their Acquisition Endowment fund. The museum had acquired it directly from the artist in 1974, the year before his death.

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio Director Kinney Frelinghuysen commented that "it is unfortunate for such a beautiful painting to be removed from public view" as it will now go into a private collection.

Morris’ paintings, sculptures, frescoes and archives and those of his wife Suzy Frelinghuysen, can be viewed at the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio in Lenox, MA in their International-style house, along with their collection of Master Cubist paintings. The house-museum is opens June 25 for hourly guided tours Thursday-Sunday.

Summer 2011 Lecture Series on Vimeo

You didn't miss the enriching lectures at FMH&S. Click below to experience the first lecture by Clark Art History Professor, Kristina Wilson.
Click on the vimeo icon to view the other four lectures.

From Ancient to Abstract- see films below

Using newly restored and edited films from Morris' 1934 Far Eastern voyage and a selection of Morris' late work, viewers are encouraged to make plausible connections between the paintings and films, and to arrive at possibly one avenue of interpretation.
Click on the vimeo icon to view more films.

FMH&S receives prestigious NEH award

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities, "We the People" grant. The $36,265 award was given to support sustainable conservation of the collections and historic house. It will allow analysis of the complex data collected from a year long, ongoing environmental monitoring program. An outdoor weather station, 27 indoor dataloggers, pollutant data loggers, and microstations were placed on walls, in wall and ceiling cavities and in crawl spaces to collect and record temperature, relative humidity, pollutants and solar gain. This information will be used to understand climate activity inside and outside the house and solve problems such as moisture migration through walls and insure that the correct climate controls are being utilized.

The goal of the "We the People" initiative is to encourage and strengthen the teaching, study and understanding of American history

Calder Mobile lent to Berkshire Museum

In 1933, George L.K.Morris and Alexander Calder exhibited together at the Berkshire Museum. Morris most likely purchased the mobile from Calder at that time. The two artists went on to exhibit at the highly publicized "Five Contemporary American Concretionists" show in 1936 at the Reinhardt Galleries in New York.

The mobile's installation in the Crane Room at the Berkshire Museum celebrates the homecoming for the Calder collection which has been on tour in New York, Paris, and Toronto. The Berkshire Museum was the first to give Calder a public commission, the mobiles in the theater. They also gave Morris his first exhibit.