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Inge Reist will bring alive the personalities of Gilded Age collectors as they formed some of America’s most dazzling and admired collections. Her talk will also explore their motivations and methods of acquisition, as well as their philanthropic legacies. Reist is Director of the Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library.

Omnivorous Collectors

Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014

Time: 02:00 PM–03:30 PM

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Like J.P. Morgan and other members of the Gilded Age elite, Henry Walters was an “omnivorous” collector of art. To mark the opening of From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story, Walters curator Jo Briggs, Christine Nelson, Drue Heinz Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts at the Morgan Library and Museum, and John Ott, associate professor at James Madison University consider how discriminating purchasing cemented social relationships at the turn of the century.

"An Illuminated Life: Belle da Costa Greene" Lecture and Book-signing

Date: Sunday, November 9, 2014

Time: 02:00 PM–03:30 PM

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Heidi Ardizzone’s biography An Illuminated Life: Belle da Costa Greene’s Journey from Prejudice to Privilege tells the fascinating story of the secret life of the young librarian hired by J.P. Morgan to organize his rare book and manuscript collection in 1905. Greene became director of the Morgan Library and a celebrity in New York and the art world. Born to a family of free people of color, Greene changed her name, invented a Portuguese ancestry, and moved with ease in New York’s elite social circles. In 1932 she was among a select group of art historians and museum professionals retained by the Walters’ Trustees to review and catalog the collection before the new museum could open to the public.

Lords, Ladies & Mummies: The Story of Highclere Castle, the Real Downton Abbey

Date: Saturday, January 3, 2015

Time: 02:00 PM–03:00 PM

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Highclere Castle has a rich and fascinating history that extends far beyond its television fame. Join architectural historian Curt DiCamillo as he explores Highclere, linking it to other historic houses, and explains how the fictional plotline of Downton Abbey has unexpected resonances with the castle's history. *Downton Abbey and Downton are registered trademarks of Carnival Film & Television Ltd.


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Collecting Histories and Collecting Mysteries: Great Art Collectors of America's Gilded Age

Date: 10/23/14

Time: 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Inge Reist will bring alive the personalities of Gilded Age collectors as they formed some of America’s most dazzling and admired collections. Her talk will also explore their motivations and methods of acquisition, as well as their philanthropic legacies. Reist is Director of the Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library.

Member Preview Hours

Date: 10/23/14

Time: 02:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Members have the exclusive opportunity to enjoy a sneak peek at "From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story". This reinstallation of the permanent collection explores the lives, times, tastes, and legacy of William Walters and his son Henry Walters, whose private passion for art grew into a public mission to bring art to the people of Baltimore.

Gallery Drawing Family Workshop: Gesture Drawing

Date: 10/25/14

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

NEW! Join us for a brand-new family drawing workshop! Young artists are invited to strengthen their observational drawing skills and build their portfolios while exploring works of art in the Walters’ collection. Let go of preconceived notions of drawing and find freedom in line, expression, and mark-making. Recommended for ages 9–13 and their favorite adults.

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