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The David W. Dangremond Lecture

The Frick Renewed

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The Frick Renewed at Rosecliff has closed.

The Frick Collection is undergoing its first major renewal in 90 years. This lecture reviews the painstaking process behind the scenes and previews what will be unveiled shortly.

Improved infrastructure and accessibility, along with new spaces for exhibitions, conservation and education, will give The Frick the resources it needs to serve its mission for years to come. Yet the heart of the project is a refurbishment of the original 1914 Carrère and Hastings house and the 1935 John Russell Pope addition. Silk damasks have been rewoven in Lyon and passementerie sewn in Paris. Rooms have been conserved and returned to their former glory. Stone sculpture and fountains have been restored.

When visitors return to the mansion, the rooms will be familiar but with a new glow. And for the first time, the intimate family rooms on the second floor will be open to the public. Learn what it takes to give a venerable institution a thorough renewal.

Ian Wardropper

Ian Wardropper

Ian Wardropper has served as the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director of The Frick Collection since the fall of 2011. After completing his Ph.D. at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, he was Curator and later Head of the Department of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture and Ancient Art at The Art Institute of Chicago for 19 years, until returning to New York in 2001 as Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Chairman of the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Wardropper has organized more than 20 exhibitions in his specialties of European sculpture, earlier decorative arts and 20th-century design and decorative arts. He has taught art history at six universities and published numerous books, catalogues and articles. His most recent publications include European Sculpture, 1400-1900, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bernini: Sculpting in Clay, Limoges Enamels at The Frick Collection, and Riccio’s Oil Lamp, and the forthcoming publications The Fricks Collect, An American Family and the Evolution of Taste and A Design for Continuity and Change: The Frick Collection.

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