Carnegie Museum of Art Frick Art & Historical Center
Pittsburgh, PA
Frick Art & Historical Center
7227 Reynolds Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208



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Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960

nothing can separate you from the language you cry in

Cast in Chrome: The Art of Hood Ornaments

Bouke de Vries: War and Pieces


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Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960
Sporting Fashion

The first exhibition to explore the evolution of women’s sporting attire in Western fashion, Sporting Fashion will look at the extraordinary impact of new technologies and evolving social mores on women’s clothing for sport. Inspired by a circa 1946 scarf inscribed with the word "Outdoorgirl" and featuring illustrations of women engaged in thirteen different sporting activities, this exhibition will chart the cultural and material developments that allowed women to make their way outdoors. Examining the competing priorities of style, function, and propriety, Sporting Fashion will reconstruct a material history of women in sport through the garments and accessories that enabled them to participate, compete, and excel. 19th-century bathing and bicycling garments alongside 20th-century apparel for boxing and airplane piloting demonstrate the modernity, individuality, and mobility of the "new woman" and connect to women’s continued fight for equality.

This exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles. Support for the national tour is provided by the AFA’s Gold Medal Circle: Elizabeth Belfer, Stephanie Borynack Clark, Ashleigh Fernandez, Lee White Galvis, Stephanie R. La Nasa, Merrill Mahan, Clare E. McKeon, Jennifer New, Angela Timashev, and Victoria Ershova Triplett. Major exhibition program support for the Pittsburgh presentation is provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation. Additional support for the Pittsburgh presentation of this exhibition is provided by Highmark.

nothing can separate you from the language you cry in
Reckoning: Grief and Light

A powerful installation of new sculpture by Artist-in-Residence Vanessa German at The Frick Art Museum, nothing can separate you from the language you cry in presents three stunning altarpieces envisioned as "reckoning works" and "ingredients of social healing." Installed among Italian Renaissance devotional paintings, German’s work offers a compelling meditation on grief, love, and social healing.

Free, timed tickets are required for entry to the exhibition, installed in the Permanent Collection galleries.

The altarpieces represent an elegy to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain and the countless other lives lost without justice. Ornamenting each sculpture are hand-crafted glass objects in a deep cobalt blue, custom-made for German by artisans at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. The cascade of glass evokes a reimagined wailing wall or weeping river, providing a place of reflection.

"This work is personal," German writes. "How do I grieve, mourn the losses of so many Black people killed by the police? How do I stay whole and safe and creative in an environment where black women are shot and killed by the police in their own homes, while playing video games, cooking, or even sleeping?"

German’s work also speaks to the potential for museums and other public spaces to function as agents for change. "This installation begins in the place of the personal. The citizen artist asking, 'how can I be whole here? How can WE be whole here? How do WE heal? What role can museums play as spaces of intentional social healing?' These are the questions that inspire this immersive installation."

The multi-sensory experience includes musical selections from Unburied, Unmourned, Unmarked: Requiem for Rice, a contemporary classical symphonic work about the history of Africans enslaved on Lowcountry South Carolina and Georgia rice plantations. The original score is composed by three-time Emmy® award-winning composer Jonathan Wineglass based on the libretto written by Dr. Edda L. Fields-Black. The Colour of Music Festival Orchestra debuted the work in 2019 at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Music Hall.

A self-described "citizen artist," German is a nationally celebrated poet, performer, sculptor, and activist. In her Homewood studio blocks away from the Frick, she creates work that explores the transformative healing power of art and love. The Frick is honored to be hosting German as a multi-year visiting artist. Over three years, German will create a community-centered body of art using the Frick’s site and collection as a departure point. Reckoning: Grief and Light is the first of three series she envisions for her residency.

Major exhibition program support is provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

Cast in Chrome: The Art of Hood Ornaments
April 24, 2021 - October 31, 2021
Car and Carriage Museum

Over the history of motoring, hood ornaments evolved from the practical (externally mounted radiator caps) to the purely decorative. Today only a few luxury brands continue the tradition. Why were hood ornaments so popular and what led to their demise? Cast in Chrome at the Frick Car and Carriage Museum will take a look at the evolution of these decorative automobile elements. What began as a means to monitor radiator temperature became a way of displaying status and personalizing vehicles. The popularity of these adornments was not lost on manufacturers, who saw an opportunity for branding, creating factory hood ornaments associated with specific makes and models. Cast in Chrome explores the relationship between car makes and hood ornament designs, looks at the artists who sculpted these miniature works of art, and examines their decline in popularity.

The exhibition will be organized thematically, with sections devoted to the female figure, animals, mythology, art-deco-inspired motifs, and the great space race—when airplanes and rockets made their way onto hoods. Each theme will be accompanied by a featured automobile marque from the 1920s or 1930s, a selection of illustrative hood ornaments, and clothing from the period. This special exhibition features the famous Spirt of Ecstasy, the well-known mascot of Rolls-Royce, represented by the Frick’s 1923 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Salamanca town car. Also included is Helen Clay Frick’s 1931 Lincoln Model K Dual Cowl Phaeton with greyhound ornament. Four additional cars will be on loan to the Frick, along with about 30 additional hood ornaments.

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