The Center hosts conversations, panels, lectures, and film screenings on topics relating to the History of Collecting.
Entering the Art Market: Collectors and their Passions
This fall, the Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick Art Reference Library teams up with Christie’s Education to offer programming for new collectors and those considering forming an art collection.
The series begins at The Frick Collection on October 23 from 5:30–7:00 p.m. when the Center for the History of Collecting will present Entering the Art Market: Collectors and their Passions, a panel moderated by Nanne Dekking, founder and CEO of Artory, and chairman of TEFAF. Mr. Dekking will interview collectors Bernard Lumpkin and Ann Tenenbaum, who will discuss how they became interested in collecting, some of their earliest purchases, and tips for new collectors.
The series continues on November 6 at Christie’s from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. when Christie’s Education will facilitate previews of the upcoming Impressionist & Modern Art and Post-War & Contemporary Art sales with department specialists. Led by Allegra Bettini (Associate Specialist, Head of Works on Paper, Impressionist & Modern Art Department) and Stephen Jones (Associate Vice President, Senior Writer, Post-War & Contemporary Art Department), these two private tours are a great opportunity to engage directly with a wide range of art and to increase understanding of current collecting trends.
These events are free, but online registration is required. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sign up for the October 23 panel at The Frick Collection. Online registration includes museum admission after 5:30 p.m.
Sign up for Christie’s Education’s November 6 sales preview with specialists.
Ann Tenenbaum photographed with her collection.
Bernard Lumpkin photographed with his collection.
2019: Film Screening
May 7, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Presented by the Center for the History of Collecting, the film Citizen Lane combines drama and documentary to tell the story of art collector, dealer, philanthropist, and gallery director Hugh Lane, who founded The Municipal Gallery of Modern Art in 1908 (now Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane). Following the screening, there were comments by both the films producer, Sheila Ahern, and Dr. Morna O’Neill, Associate Professor at Wake Forest University and author of Hugh Lane: The Art Market and the Art Museum (1893-1915) (Yale University Press, 2018).
Art as Cultural Emissary: A Dialogue on International Perspectives of American Art
October 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Co-organized by the Center for the History of Collecting and the Terra Foundation for American Art, a panel of American art scholars from China (Chen Yao), Brazil (Valéria Piccoli), and Australia (Chris McAuliffe) engaged in a discussion moderated by historian and art historian Neil Harris, University of Chicago, that shed light on the reception and interpretation of American Art in countries beyond our shores. The event also celebrated the publication Conversations with the Collection: A Terra Foundation Collection Handbook, which was distributed to all attendees.
Celebrating a Great Collector and His Domaine: The Duke d'Aumale and the Art Collections at Chantilly
January 25, 2018
Inge Reist spoke with Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Philippe de Montebello, and Mathieu Deldicque at The Frick Collection on January 25, 2018. This event was presented by The Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection.
Acts to Follow: Three Centuries of Tastemakers and Collectors
April 11, 2017
To celebrate the Center for the History of Collecting's Ten Year Anniversary, Inge Reist, the Center's Director, delivered a lecture on the scholars, collectors, art dealers, and philosophers who have stimulated significant shifts in taste.
Preferring the Now: Two Centuries of Collecting Contemporary Art
November 17, 2015
A panel discussion about collecting contemporary art with Micky Cartin, Michael Govan, and Lucy Mitchell-Innes. Presented by The Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection in association with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Chatsworth and Waddesdon: Collecting Then and Now
November 5, 2014
Sir David Cannadine spoke with Lord Rothschild (Jacob) and the Duke of Devonshire (Stoker) at The Frick Collection on November 5, 2014. This event was presented by The Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection.
Collecting Connections: A Panel Discussion with Tom Hill, Richard Feigen, and Jock Reynolds
April 2, 2014
Collector J. Tomilson Hill, art dealer Richard Feigen, and Jock Reynolds, the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, all share a passion for collecting art in more than one category. In a panel discussion held at The Frick Collection on April 2, 2014, they shared personal views and recollections of how their tastes developed and how the works they have acquired for private, semi-public, and public collections have inspired them to see unconventional connections between different styles and periods.
Edmund de Waal: "Start Again: Collections and Memory"
October 3, 2013
The Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection celebrated the inauguration of its Fellows Program with a lecture "Start Again: Collections and Memory" by Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance.
2010: Film Screening
America's Pop Collector: Robert C. Scull — Contemporary Art at Auction
With the support of Acquavella Galleries, the Center held a special viewing of E. J. Vaughn and John Schott's documentary film.