First Fridays at The Frick Collection

By Shiwen Rong

With summer around the corner, people don’t mind waiting in a line that goes around the corner just to see The Frick Collection.

“Seeing a collection like this, which is arguably the best collection—private collection of in situ art right now in the United States is extraordinarily important,” said Jasmine from New Jersey.

People line up for the First Fridays event at The Frick Collection in New York City
People line up for the First Fridays event at The Frick Collection in New York City on June 7. 2019. (Shiwen/NTD Television)

First Fridays is quickly becoming a beloved and well-known New York tradition.

Some people take this as a chance to visit the Frick for the first time.

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The Frick Collection’s Garden Court on a “First Friday,” New York on June 7, 2019. (Shiwen/NTD Television)

“I’m really excited,” said Jenifer, an actress who was interviewed by NTD.

From masterpieces by artists such as Bellini to Tiepolo, all can be seen on a walk through Henry Clay Frick’s home.

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First Friday in The West Gallery at the Frick Collection, New York on June 7. 2019 (Shiwen/NTD Television)

Paper and pencils are provided for people in the Garden Court to take a break from looking at art, and create their own by sketching and drawing—all while enjoying a live music performance.

Open sketch at First Fridays at The Frick Collection in New York City
Open sketch at First Fridays at The Frick Collection in New York City on June 7, 2019. (Shiwen/NTD Television)

Art for All

Frick is known as a Pittsburgh industrialist. Frick (1849–1919), with little formal education, became a millionaire in the age of 30 by building the world’s largest coke fuel and steel operations. He had started to collect art before his rise to prominence.

For over 40 years, he collected things he loved in his home such as drawings, sculptures, silver, furniture and more.

Frick built his home in New York City from 1913 to 1914. It has been open to the public for over 80 years, and the gallery continues to acquire works of art.

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The Fragonard Room. The Frick Collection, New York. (Michael Bodycomb)

 

The Dining Room The Frick Collection, New York
The Dining Room The Frick Collection, New York. (Michael Bodycomb)

The Frick collection offers free entrance on the first Friday of every month (except in September and January), and pay what you wish on Wednesday afternoons.

The Epoch Times reporter Milene Fermamdez contributed to this report.