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Two Major University-Level Education Initiatives.

Arts Funding and Gifts Expand Reach to Students of Art and Art History

November 30, 2018

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation announced two new major gift/grant initiatives—one establishing Frankenthaler Scholarships in painting and art history, the other a Frankenthaler Prints Initiative for university-affiliated museums.


For more information, please click on the link for the full press release.


Image: Helen Frankenthaler, Untitled, 1967, screenprint, 25 3/4 x 17 7/8 inches (65.4 x 45.4 cm). © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Chiron Press, New York. Photograph by Steven Sloman, courtesy of Helen Frankenthaler Foundation



Ninth Street Women: Mary Gabriel in conversation with Deborah Solomon

Whitney Museum of American Art

October 3, 2018

Acclaimed author Mary Gabriel spoke about her new book, Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art (Little, Brown), with Deborah Solomon, art critic and biographer.


The discussion was followed by a book-signing


Program organized in collaboration with the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation and the Joan Mitchell Foundation.


Youtube Broadcast


Abstract Expressionists in Provincetown

Provincetown Art Association and Museum, MA

September 8, 2018, 11am

A panel discussion with Sanford Hirsch, Executive Director, Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation; Katy Rogers, Programs Director, Dedalus Foundation; Daniel Belasco, Executive Director, Al Held Foundation; and Karen Wilkin, author, curator, and critic. Moderated by Douglas Dreishpoon, Director, Helen Frankenthaler Catalogue Raisonné.


Image: Helen Frankenthaler, Beach, 1950, oil, sand, plaster of Paris, and coffee grounds on sized, primed canvas 34 1/4 × 32 inches (86.9 × 81.3 cm). © 2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Helen and High Water, lecture by John Elderfield

Provincetown Art Association and Museum, MA

July 7, 2018, 3pm

The first in a series of public programs presented in conjunction with the exhibition Abstract Climates: Helen Frankenthalerin Provincetown. Elderfield is Chief Curator Emeritus of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Distinguished Curator and Lecturer at the Princeton University Art Museum; and Consultant for Special Exhibitions at Gagosian Gallery.


Panel Discussion: Helen Frankenthaler

The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

April 20, 2018

Helen Frankenthaler's dedication to printmaking was the focus of a conversation between Douglas Dreishpoon, Director of Helen Frankenthaler Catalogue Raisonné, Mark Pascale, Janet and Craig Duchossois Curator of Prints and Drawings at the The Art Institute of Chicago, and Ruth E. Fine, who, as the Curator of Modern Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Art, organized a retrospective of Frankenthaler’s prints in 1993-94.


Click here to listen to the audio recording, courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago.