Special Events

The Center hosts occasional special events such as conversations, panels, lectures, and film screenings on topics relating to the History of Collecting. 


2018: Panel

Art as Cultural Emissary: A Dialogue on International Perspectives of American Art

October 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

NOTE: while the RSVP list is currently full, there may be a few seats available due to drop-off from poor weather conditions this evening.

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painting of boat on water

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) will engage in a discussion moderated by historian and art historian Neil Harris, University of Chicago, that will shed light on the reception and interpretation of American Art in countries beyond our shores. The event will also celebrate the publication Conversations with the Collection: A Terra Foundation Collection Handbook, which will be distributed to all attendees.

Image: Arthur Dove, Boat Going through Inlet, c. 1929. Oil on tin, 20 1/8 x 28 1/4 in. (51.1 × 71.8 cm). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Art Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2015.6 Courtesy: The Estate of Arthur G. Dove/ Terry Dintenfass, Inc.


2018: Conversation

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.

Video will be made available soon.


2017: Lecture

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.

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2015: Panel

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.

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2014: Conversation

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.

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2014: Panel

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.

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2013: Lecture

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.

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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.

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