Special Exhibition Symposia

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Local Heroes: Artists and the Importance of Place

Presented May 4, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Frick Collection was pleased to announce Local Heroes, a symposium that accompanied the special exhibition Piero della Francesca in America. On view from February 12, 2013, to May 20, 2013, the exhibition presented seven paintings made by Piero della Francesca for his native city, Borgo San Sepolcro. By bringing together a group of works that Piero created for his hometown, where the artist remained a lifelong resident and accepted more commissions than anywhere else, The Frick Collection offered art historians a chance to reflect on the importance of place to individual artists.

Following a keynote lecture by Alison Wright, Reader, History of Art Department, University College, London, nine emerging scholars from Europe and North America explored reciprocal relationships between early modern artists and the cities of their birth. This day of scholarly talks and lively discussion enriched our understanding of how artistic identity can be shaped by a city, and how a city’s character can be defined by the profound contributions of its native artists.

The symposium was free, but advance registration was required.

Lunch was not provided, but registered guests were invited to attend a light reception following the symposium.