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The Frick Collection Report
The Frick residence under construction, c.
The Frick Collection Report
Henry Clay Frick and his granddaughter Adelaide at Eagle Rock,Fricks summer residence in Prides Crossing, Massachusetts, .The image is one of hundreds of Frick family photographs from The Helen Clay Frick Foundation Archives, recently preserved by the Librarys Conservation Department.
The Frick Collection Report
The Frick Collection Board of Trustees
Helen Clay Chace
Peter P. Blanchard III
Margot C. Bogert
I. Townsend Burden III
Walter Joseph Patrick Curley
L. F. Boker Doyle
Emily T. Frick
Henry Clay Frick II
Nicholas H. J. Hall
Paul G. Pennoyer, Jr.
Melvin R. Seiden
Council of The Frick Collection
Young Fellows Steering Committee
Nicholas H. J. Hall, ChairmanJulian AgnewIrene Roosevelt AitkenJean A. BonnaW. M. BradyJonathan BrownVivien R. Clark Peter DuchinRobert GarrettMauro A. HerlitzkaJoseph L. Koerner, Vice ChairmanJon Landau
Douglas B. LeedsMartha Loring, ex officioDiane Allen NixonRichard E. OldenburgPaul G. Pennoyer, Jr.Marc PorterSamuel Sachs II, ex officioMelvin R. SeidenDeirdre C. StamWynant D. Vanderpoel IIINina Zilkha
Nathalie Kaplan, ChairmanElizabeth FlemingAmy Mazzola FlynnLisa Rossi GorrivanPhilip C. GorrivanJulian IragorriRobert LindgrenVictoria Lindgren
Martha Loring, SecretaryJennifer NillesVictoria RotenstreichJuan SabaterLouise SchliemannChristine ScornavaccaGenevieve Wheeler
The Frick Collection Board of Trustees Council of The Frick Collection Young Fellows Steering Committee Report of the President Report of the Director A Tribute to a Tremendous Force Curatorial Exhibitions, Lectures & Publications Concerts Frick Art Reference Library Public Affairs Gifts & Grants
Fellows and Friends of The Frick Collection Corporate Members Autumn Dinner A Tartan Ball
Financial Statements Staff Credits
The Frick Collection participated in the exuberanceand successes of early with an expanding audienceand increased programming. Then came the tragediesof September in New York, Washington, and Penn-sylvania, which brought sadness to so many people anduncertainty to our institution. While many avoidedNew York City in the aftermath, those who remainedcould find refuge and solace in places such as TheFrick Collection. It was our privilege to join many ofour fellow museums in opening our doors free to thepublic in the days immediately following the attacks,as a gesture of welcome and unity.
We continue to struggle with the after-effects of lastfall. Attendance in the museum was at record levelsthrough August, but plummeted in the final quarter of. In September and October visitorship fell nearlyfifty percent from the prior year, and the two year-endmonths were only modestly better. The falloff in atten-dance was the most dramatic of many effects to ripplethrough the institution, and between September andDecember, we lost more than $ million in revenuebudgeted for . This situation exacerbated the finan-cial difficulties brought on by recession and a witheringstock market. Only through stringent belt-tighteningand aggressive fiscal management were we able to closethe books with a nearly balanced bottom line, as thefinancial statements on pages and attest. Theseeffects will certainly be with us in the year to come.
I extend my personal thanks to the Trustees of TheFrick Collection who are more dedicated than ever topreserving this institution and all that it represents.The Board has continued to move forward in cement-ing the stewardship of the organization. We have beeninvigorated by the addition of a new trustee, JuanSabater, who was elected to fill the vacancy created bythe resignation of Dr. Henry Clay Frick II, now Chair-man Emeritus. Juan has been an active participant inthe Young Fellows Steering Committee for many years.In addition to the keen acumen of an investmentbanker, he brings to the Board the unique perspectiveof our extraordinary group of Young Fellows, whoseSteering Committee, chaired by Nathalie Gerschel
Report ofthe President
Helen Clay Chace ,
Minturn V. Chace, Helen Clay Chace, Beth Sachs, and Samuel Sachs II at the Spring Party and opening reception for El Greco: Themesand Variations.
Kaplan, has been so resolute and effective in its sup-port of our programs. Their very successful annualYoung Fellows Ball held in February is now a signa-ture event for the under-forty set and underwrites asignificant portion of our Education Program.
Board development is just one facet of the effortsthat have evolved from our strategic planning. Ourcommitment to providing the leadership and resourcesto support the mission of the Collection has resultedin greater outreach to the philanthropic community.A trustee sub-committee on Major Gifts has beenformed to provide the basis for continuing to buildour fundraising efforts, which are so necessary inorder to address our long-standing programmatic andphysical-plant needs. Our Buildings and GroundsCommittee continues to confer with our architecturaladvisors to assess the dual challenges of an agingplant and cramped working conditions that exist in alldepartments of the Collection and the Library. Thework of these two committees is part of the broaderplanning process for institutional preservation andenhancement. We are clear in our goal to maintain the historic pre-eminence of this exceptional museumand library.
Thanks to a major grant from and the continuingsupport of The Helen Clay Frick Foundation, aunique, collaborative effort has been launchedbetween the Frick Art Reference Library and the University of Pittsburgh to restore the extensive andcomplete archive of the personal papers of HenryClay Frick and his daughter, Helen Clay Frick. At thecompletion of this project, these valuable records willbe made available for the first time at our Library andat the Archives of Industrial Society in Pittsburgh.
Also, we are heartened by the broadening base ofcontributors who enhance our activities in so manyways. In that regard, we were particularly pleased, lastJanuary, at our annual Henry Clay Frick Fellows Dinner, tobe able to recognize Eugene V. Thaw, one of thosepersons who has steadfastly supportedoften quietlyand behind the scenesa wide range of programs atThe Frick Collection, throughout the city, and around
the nation. Gene is a leader in the art community, aconnoisseur, a collector, and a visionary who has con-tinually recognized the fundamental needs of artinstitutions and has provided encouragement for theseessential purposes. I am very glad to reiterate ourgratitude and indebtedness to him.
At our Autumn Dinner, held in October and generously chaired by Michel David-Weill, we welcomed back to New York an extraordinary couple,Neil and Angelica Rudenstine, who have done somuch for education and the arts. Their efforts onbehalf of Harvard University and The Andrew W.Mellon Foundation will enrich the humanities and thearts for generations to come. We value their commit-ment and hope that the Collection will benefit fromtheir remarkable example in our own endeavors. Theevenings celebration was also a great financial success,providing badly needed support at a very difficulttime. We are especially grateful for the organizationand support of the Frick Council, chaired byNicholas Hall, which made this event possible.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would liketo express our appreciation to the Director, SamuelSachs II, and his staff for their dedicated workthroughout this trying year. We are happy to have theopportunity to thank all our supporters who haveattended events, joined or renewed as Members, givento our first Annual Appeal, and in so many other wayscontributed to the vibrancy of this Collection andLibrary. I look forward to seeing you in the comingyear at the opening of one of our exhibitions, at aconcert or a lecture, at the Library, or simply spend-ing an hour of unqualified pleasure in the galleries ofThe Frick Collection.
For much of last year, the Fifth Avenue Garden ofThe Frick Collection was surrounded by an imposingfence, which boldly announced Restoration.While a few people telephoned to ask if this meantthat the Collection was closed to the public, mostwere not discouraged, and through the first eightmonths of the year a great many visitors lined up inrecord numbers to view the galleries and our threememorable exhibitions.
When the fence came down late in the winter,many were surprised to discover that they were unableto discern much change. Indeed, often when an his-toric landmark is restored, the most costly improve-ments are virtually invisiblegutters, roofs,foundation wallsall essential but very much behindthe scenes. In this case, upon closer examination, onediscovered that the beautiful but rusting wrought-ironfence designed by William H. Jackson had beenpainstakingly restored, and the limestone walls, whichwere previously cracked, seeping water, and patchedtogether, were solid once again. Following the tragicevents of September , these renewed signs of ourpermanence and longevity were most welcome.
While the exterior was being restored, we were sim-ilarly engaged in preserving and restoring the collec-tions and rooms. Some of the projects resulted inquite visible changes to the galleries. The opening upof the Boucher Room, following a beautiful restora-tion of its eighteenth-century parquet floor, allowsclose examination of the charming panels for the firsttime. Additionally, the removal of the stanchions inthe West Gallery and its subsequent reorganizationhave served to open that