CLOSED for the Season

Thank you to all members, visitors, and our amazing staff for making this season happen.  We will continue to offer virtual experiences, including classes,  so stay tuned!

For those who missed the opening Members Party, here is a clip of mezzo soprano Marjorie Dix singing Che faro sensa Euridice in the living room accompanied by Amy Renak. Click here.

Color Theory Class Postponed

This morning's Color Theory class with Director/artist Kinney Frelinghuysen has been postponed.  Please stay tuned for the new date TBA.





Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio Lends Painting to major Museum of Modern Art Exhibit

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio is lending a painting from its collection to the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibit, “Sophie Taeuber-Arp: Living Abstraction”, which opens November 21st. This major exhibit, following venues in London and Berlin, surveys this multidisciplinary artist’s career, when it was radical to be a multimedia artist. This Swiss born artist created paintings, reliefs, architectural and interior designs, polychrome marionettes, textiles, and beadwork. Sophie Taeuber-Arp was in the shadow of her more famous husband, Jean (Hans) Arp, as were many female artists.

George L.K. Morris was friends with the couple and collaborated with them and Caesar Domela on the art magazine, “Plastique” during its short run from 1937-1939. Morris bought this painting of gouache on paper, titled Composition in a Circle (10”x13”) from Sophie Taeuber-Arp in 1937. The same year, in his capacity as Chairman of the Advisory Committee at MoMA, Morris acquired a sculpture by Jean Arp for the museum, as well as a Mondrian and Miro. He collected works by these artists who were little known at the time, and for himself, at the same time.


Abstract Therapy Debuts

Join us for a new series where we engage with selected works from the collection and enhance your experience with them. Each 2-minute video in this series will also highlight a specific technique that the artist would use. This video features Suzy Frelinghuysen's Untitled mural c.1950 created with tempura on plaster and her use of color.  Click here to view this short video.

Remembering Helen Anderton Reed, first cousin of George L.K. Morris, 1927-2020

Helen Reed, nicknamed "Babes" because she was so much younger than her sibling and cousins, died March 8th at the age of 92. She was very close to her cousin George who completed this portrait of her when she was six years old and included his mother's terrier Jackie.  A favorite of both George and Suzy, Helen accompanied Suzy throughout Europe during Suzy's operatic career from 1947-1951. Driving the "Tadpole", a 1947 Peugeot which resembled a tadpole to the artist's eye, Helen would support Suzy through the rigors of performing. Managing touchy Italian singing coaches as well as high strung tenors elbowing Suzy out of the way on stage, were all part of Helen's role as friend and confidant.  After graduating from Barnard College, Helen married diplomat John Reed in 1952, raised twin daughters, and dedicated herself to civic activism. Her devoted husband died in August at age 97. See her complete obituary from the Washington Post  here.

Frelinghuysen presents Lecture Wednesday, November 11th@5:30 pm via Zoom

Kinney Frelinghuysen, artist and director of Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio, will present the virtual lecture, "The Life of American Abstract Artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen", at 5:30 pm, Wednesday, November 11th via Zoom. The lecture is sponsored by the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut.  Preregistration is required and the fee is $10, $5 for members of the Mattatuck Museum. The one hour presentation will begin with a hands-on visual and drawing activity followed by an in-depth conversation about Morris' WWII series, including his painting "Munition Factory" which is  currently on loan at the Mattatuck from Arts Bridges. Reserve at


$9250 Grant to Preserve Films

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio has been awarded a $9,210 grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to preserve part of its collection of 16mm films taken by George L.K. Morris in the 1930s. The Foundation's grants support preservation of rare films such as silent films and films of sites receiving little media coverage. This current grant funds preservation of three films taken by Morris during a 1934 trip to the Far East during which he visited China, Japan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Hawaii, India, Korea, and Philippines capturing on film colonial, pre-World War II life and historical and culturally significant sites. These 1934 films make up almost half of those in the FMH&S collection. These three films, documenting Hong Kong, Shanghai, Suzhou, Mount Abu, and Udaipur are the final Far East films to be preserved. 

Virtual Reality Painting Experience

In this 3-minute video Director Kinney Frelinghuysen examines "Printemps", a painting/collage from 1945, with the aid of 3D digital deconstruction.  Suzy Frelinghuysen created this painting as a traditional still life, depicting common objects, but in the style of late Cubism. Deconstructing the painting helps to demonstrate the core ideas of Cubism and understand  her use of color and contour in the composition. Click here for the experience.

Tuesday morning Visual & Drawing ZOOM Class with Kinney Frelinghuysen

Join us Tuesday mornings for the FREE Visual & Drawing Class via ZOOM @ 11am-12pm, with Director and artist Kinney Frelinghuysen. By popular demand, the Focus on Color will continue for the next Tuesday, March 16th for the last class of this term. Be ready with paints, pastels, or colored pencils and paper. You should have at least 6 colors from the color wheel as we will make swatches. Please register in advance by click here. After registering, you will receive an email with instructions on how to join this class given every Tuesday morning. Please consider making a donation.




FMH&S will not open to the public in 2020

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio in Lenox will not be opening to the public for the 2020 season in response to the public health crisis. Social distancing mandates and requirements by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are not possible to achieve in the small spaces of the mid-century modern House & Studio.

New for this year we will be releasing digital immersive experiences that capture the essence of the House, Studio, and Collection. Director Kinney Frelinghuysen will lead a series of vignettes consisting of an episodic virtual house tour and narrated digital deconstructions of selected paintings to enrich the experience of abstract art. Zoom classes in color theory and contour exercises will be also be scheduled.

Morris Fresco Relief from the Rockefeller Collection sold at auction

A small, 8"x8" fresco relief titled Opposition of Forms sold for $8750, above its estimate, at Sotheby's auction of Property from the Collection of Nelson and Happy Rockefeller.  The tempera on marble piece was signed 1945 and was purchased from the Downtown Gallery, run by Edith Halpert. Rockefeller's mother, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, was an early anchor of the Gallery which promoted American art, including Folk art in the l930's.  Nelson Rockefeller worked closely with Halpert on large contemporary art shows in the new Rockefeller Center in the Depression. This piece was most likely included in one of her shows of "small works", illustrating her acumen of inventing ways to attract clients.  

Morris painting exhibited at Jewish Museum-"Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art"

Wall Painting, was part of Halpert's personal collection, now reassembled for the first time since its sale in 1973.  Edith Halpert was the first woman in New York to open a commercial art gallery in l926 called the Downtown Gallery and became the most powerful dealer of contemporary art from the 30's to the mid-50's. This painting,1936-44, was most likely acquired during Morris' first solo exhibit at the Gallery in l944. This facinating exhibit continues through February 9th at the Jewish Museum, Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, NYC.

Our feature in this month's Berkshire Magazine

Berkshire Magazine's "Out and About" feature gives a glimpse of this year's exhibit in the Studio and the history behind it thanks to favorite author Kate Abbott.  Check it out! 

"A collection of "Unseen" abstract art goes on view" Berkshire Eagle feature

"In 1937, the American Abstract Artists held their first group show in the Squibb Gallery in New York City.  The show would attract 1,500 viewers over the course of its three-week run, but the art critics were not kind", writes Jennifer Huberdeau of the Berkshire Eagle. "But George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen, abstract artists themselves, saw value in the paintings of their peers.  Morris, a founding member of the AAA purchased 10 pieces..."Click here to read the whole article.

Thursday, August 8th 2pm Tour SOLD OUT

Please be advised that the 2pm tour on Thursday, August 8th is completely sold out.  There are still places available on the other hourly tours, 10am-3pm.

Australian Vogue features the Berkshires

"An abundance of art, food and nature make the Berkshires an idyllic (and interesting) country escape.." writes Natalie Shukur in last month's Australian Vogue magazine.  She curates a pictorially lush travelogue of accomodations, restaurants and art venues including the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio.  Read the whole article right here!

$25,000 Grant approved by the Lenox Conservation Preservation Committee

This matching grant will help pay for the completion of the repair to the four rear patios and has been a catalyst to continue and expand engineering probes.  A probe last month uncovered steel beams in a critical area eliminating mysteries for the engineer's calculations.  Thank you to the Lenox residents for the approval at the Town Meeting,  committee members and Land Use Director/Town Planner Gwen Miller.

From Paris to the Berkshires--Modern Architecture Slide lecture

Click here to enjoy the slide lecture by University of Virginia Architecture Department Chair Richard Guy Wilson as he describes the origins of the Le Corbusier-inspired Morris Studio, built in 1931 in Lenox, Massachusetts.  The 38 minute video of the lecture this past season is full of information detailing the rise of Modern architecture in Europe and America. 

Suzy Frelinghuysen's "Composition" sells for $552,500 at Christie's sale of Ebsworth Estate setting record

Frelinghuysen's painting sold for over three times its high estimate and far surpassed her previous auction record of $85,000. "Composition" measures 40"x30" and was painted in 1943, incorporating corregated cardboard as a collage element.  Appearing wholly abstract at first, it actually refers to the image of a bullfighter.  Renowned collector and travel entrepreneur Barney A. Ebsworth bought the painting in the 1970's adding to his collection based on the rise of American Art in the 20th century.  He exhibited his collection widely across the United States.


Director Kinney Frelinghuysen to present at New England Museum Association Conference on Suzy Frelinghuysen

Director Kinney Frelinghuysen will present at  NEMA's 100th anniversary conference this November 7th.  He will present a slide show on the session: The Women Behind Historic Artists' Homes and Studios of New England.  Using archival photographs, letters, telegrams and other documents, he will illuminate Suzy's dual careers as painter and opera singer and her work to preserve the House & Studio and Collection.

Lecture on George L.K. Morris this Sunday, November 11th at the American Art Fair

Keely Orgeman, curator at Yale University Art Gallery will discusss "The Ever-Evolving Abstract Language of George L.K. Morris" this Sunday, November 11th @ 2pm at the American Art Fair.  The Fair is celebrating its 11th year and is held at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73 Street, New York, NY.  It opens American Art week in New York and displays 17 exhibitors.  Admission is complimentary and seating for lectures are on a first come basis.

Closed for the Season

Closed for the Season. Groups of 12 or more by advance appointment until October 31.  Thank you, members and visitors,for making it the best, most inspiring season ever.

Please come back next spring!


FMH&S Celebrates 20th anniversary this Season

"When Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio opened its doors to the public in July 1998, the crowds of people lining up to view the home of abstract artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen was greater than imagined." writes Jennifer Huberdeau of the Berkshire Eagle. "The New York Times had done a piece just days before. People in line were clutching the article in their hands," said Linda Frelinghuysen of that first day nearly 20 years ago. "We were prepared to take 10 people at a time on the tour, we had 16yr olds selling tickets and taking cash in the parking lot." "We were wondering if anyone would come out, "director Kinney Frelinghuysen reminisced. Click here for the full article.

$19,185 Grant Award to preserve the House

FMH&S was awarded a $19,185 matching grant from the Lenox Community Preservation Fund to repair and restore a major structural issue of the 1941 stucco modern house. Water damage at the base of the dining room sliders resulted in a structural failure from the bedroom above the dining room. The dining room's steel doors and marble base will be restored and repaired.  Work on the project begins immediately.

Spring is here! The marble back patio and steps almost finished!

"Across the Berkshires, historic homes are emerging from hibernation...At the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio, cold air, large expanses of glass and moisture combine as threats to art," writes Ruth Bass, Berkshire Eagle columnist and author of this feature in their Up Country magazine. Click here to read the whole article about all the homes, starting on page 63. 

Celebrating Women's History month with Suzy Frelinghuysen

 Suzy Frelinghuysen led dual occupations, as a painter and as an opera singer.  She was the first woman to have a painting placed in the permanent collection of the  Museum of Living Art in l937.  In 1947 she attained instant success with her opera debut in Ariadne auf Naxos at City Center. She explained, "I feel that all of the arts are closely connected, so I don't understand why some people are surprised if you paint act and sing.  I do these things because I have fun doing them".  She later secured the legacy for the art collection she and her husband, artist George L.K. Morris assembled, now at the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio in Lenox, Massachusetts.


"Precision Bombing", a 1944 oil painting by George L.K Morris, aquired by The Alfond Collection of Art at Rollins College

The Alfond Collection is part of the permanent collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.  A significant part of The Alfond Collection is on view at The Alfond Inn, a philanthropic boutique hotel near the Rollins campus whose proceeds fund student scholarships.  Previously, the painting was in two other private collections and is now on view at the Cornell Museum at Rollins College in the exhibit, "Forging a Modern American Identity: New Aquisitions".Click on the link to the show here

Christine Beshar, founding trustee, dies at 88

With great sadness, FMH&S announces the death of Christine Beshar, a founding trustee of the museum.  Mrs. Beshar achieved a number of firsts  in her lifetime.  She was the first woman partner at a Wall Street firm and pioneered child care services at the law firm.  She passed the NY bar by reading the law, not attending law school.  Aside from her   brillance, she had wit, compassion, optimism, love of art, and could truly think outside the box.  We owe her a great debt. Enjoy her New York Times obituary by clicking here.  

"Spring Sun" sells at more than double its estimate at auction

Spring Sun, a large 1970 oil painting by George L.K. Morris, sold for $52,500 last week, which was more than double its pre-sale estimate, at Shannons Auction in Connecticut. The 42" x 51" work of art, sold by a private collector,  is composed of cheerful colors evoking springtime growth.  The title refers to Morris' interest in Native American themes. 

Unique Holiday Gifts!

Gift a piece of the House's history with custom carved and painted re-purposed leather coasters from the original leather floor in the living room.  Choose from three different handmade sets of coasters by artist Michael King that are reproductions of paintings by George L.K. Morris.  To order these reasonably priced works of art starting at $125,  email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 413 637-0166. Read about the artist's inspiration for his design in this Berkshire Eagle article here.


Director Kinney Frelinghuysen presents at ABX

Director Kinney Frelinghuysen presented at the massive Architecture Boston Expo (ABX) last week on the Future of the Modern Past at Landmark Houses, one of three case studies.  Our mission finds strength in numbers!

Replacing the 76 year old leather living room floor-Berkshire Eagle Feature

"Finding the right person to install your new tile floor can be difficult.  Finding the right person to install your new leather floor?  Nearly impossible. It was just one of the many challenged faced by Kinney Frelinghuysen, director of the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio, when the museum's trustees decided it was time to replace the leather living room floor" writes Jennifer Huberdeau.Read the full article here.--and her companion article here  describing the gifts made from  repurposed leather tiles.

Suzy Frelinghuysen painting to be included Google Arts & Culture project

In June, Google will be capturing the galleries of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas using its Street View technology and has selected Frelinghuysen's Glass and Bottle, 1948, as one of the artworks to be photographed using its ultra high resolution Art Camera.  The Google Arts & Culture project has partnered with over 1200  museums all over the world to expand global access to artwork.  Crystal Bridges Museum aquired the 30"x40" oil on board painting in 2015.