Susan Grace Galassi

Past Exhibition: Whistler, Women, and Fashion

Full-length portrait of woman with her back turned and hands clasped behind her back, showing profile of face.  Colors are pale pink with ivory and gold accents.
Whistler, Women, and Fashion
April 22, 2003 to July 13, 2003

Marking the centenary of the death of James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), The Frick Collection presented Whistler, Women, and Fashion — the first in-depth exploration of the artist's lifelong involvement in fashion as an essential aspect of his work.

Past Exhibition: El Greco

Painting of portrait of St. Jerome seated with book on table; has long grey beard and wears red cardinal's robes
El Greco: Themes and Variations
May 15, 2001 to July 29, 2001

The Frick Collection's St. Jerome and Purification of the Temple comprised the core of this special exhibition, which was shown in the Oval Room. Together with five loan paintings — all replicas or versions of the two Frick canvases — these works revealed different aspects of the master's recycling of his own compositions. Although El Greco was a highly original painter, he frequently made replicas or related versions of his works, at a time when few if any other major artists did so.

Past Exhibition: The Spanish Manner

Drawing of a man wearing a hat with small human figures upon it.

The Spanish Manner: Drawings from Ribera to Goya

October 5, 2010 to January 9, 2011

The greatest Spanish draftsmen from the seventeenth through the nineteenth century — Ribera, Murillo, and Goya, among them — created works of dazzling idiosyncrasy. These diverse drawings, which may be broadly characterized as possessing a specifically "Spanish manner," will be the subject of an exclusive exhibition at The Frick Collection in the fall of 2010.

Past Exhibition: Watteau to Degas

chalk drawing of woman in long robe reclining in chair with footrest, palm against the cheek

Watteau to Degas: French Drawings from the Frits Lugt Collection

October 6, 2009 to January 10, 2010

Frederik Johannes Lugt (1884–1970) was a Dutch art historian, connoisseur, and collector.

A Technical Study of Zurbarán’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons

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Before its presentation at The Frick Collection, Zurbarán’s series Jacob and His Twelve Sons traveled from Auckland Castle, County Durham, England to the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, where the paintings were studied by Claire M. Barry, Director of Conservation, before their exhibition at the Meadows Museum in Dallas in the fall of 2017. The results of this examination and the details it revealed about the artist's process are presented in this video narrated by Susan Grace Galassi, Senior Curator at The Frick Collection.

Susan Grace Galassi: "Home Port: Dieppe and Cologne in The Frick Collection"

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The grand-scale port scenes of Dieppe and Cologne that J. M. W. Turner painted in the mid-1820s are generally recognized as a turning point in his career. Combining on-site observation with inspiration from past masters and literary sources, Turner shocked the public and critics alike with the canvases’ brilliant golden light when he exhibited them at the Royal Academy in 1825 and 1826, respectively. This lecture explores how these two masterworks offer a clear statement of the direction Turner was taking landscape painting as the most original artist of his time.

Leighton's Flaming June

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Susan Grace Galassi, Senior Curator at The Frick Collection, introduces the exhibition Leighton's Flaming June, on view in the Oval Room from June 9 through September 6, 2015. 

Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery

Link to introductory video for the exhibition 'Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery'

Susan Grace Galassi, Senior Curator at The Frick Collection, introduces the exhibition Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery, on view in the East Gallery through February 1, 2015.