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“A Hidden Gem!”

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio
Ranked #6 of 24 things to do in Lenox
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Owner description: WHEN TO VISIT-Closed from October 9th 2017 to May 15th 2018. Groups of 6 or more by appointment one week in advance until October 31st. Regular public hours begin June 21, 2018.
Reviewed August 19, 2013

We weren't quite sure what to expect, but based on having toured other house museums, e.g., Gropius House, the homes of Pablo Neruda, we anticipated learning about Suzy Frelinghuysen and George Morris and how they lived - we weren't disappointed! Originally, only the studio was built, onto which they added the house after they got married. Sean, the assistant to the director, began our tour by having our trace the outline of the buildings to get a sense of the angularity and to learn about the figure-ground relationship. We also learned about the evolution of the outdoor fresco painted by Morris, and the backgrounds behind many of the artifacts in the house. What was even more interesting was when Kinney Frelinghuysen, the director, Suzy's nephew, and an artist himself, took over the tour (so that Sean could have lunch). He interjected a lot of inside info into the tour and spoke to the artists' personalities. The tour ended with us sitting in the studio, grabbing a sketch pad, and tracing interesting elements of a painting without looking at the paper. Talk about an educational experience!

And that's just the house! The grounds are really beautiful as well - a pond with goldfish, a carriage house with a video and a statue that's being restored, bridges and paths that one can take back to the parking lot, and even some wildlife - five turkeys.

1  Thank ccsantos
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

This is an interesting place to visit to get an idea of the Lenox of the "cottage crowd", those with the wealth to pretty much do what they want to do. So, is this an art museum or a house tour, one may ask. The artists may have been important to the American modern art movement but since their art was not the provider of their income little of it extends beyond this house. Coming out of the tour it was interesting to know who influenced them but did these artists really have an impact beyond their social crowd? It would have better if more was focused on the art; our tour guide indicated the foundation has thousands of art work - sculptures and paintings created over the life time of this married couple. Why not focus more on the artwork and relegate the furnishings and house to an occasional special exhibit? Or better yet, arrange for the significant art pieces to go on tour.

3  Thank NeedSher
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Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

There beautiful paintings, frescos, sculpture set in a wonderful modern setting/home. The studio is beautiful and I'm so glad had walked the beautiful hike up to see this house and grounds. They also have golf carts for those who would like a ride.

1  Thank Pam A
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

The building is worth seeing. However, the art collection isn't.
The people themselves were interesting to hear about.

1  Thank Neil E
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Catch a day when this museum is open and you will not be disappointed. It's a magical place and a very interesting look back in time.

1  Thank rosannemistretta
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