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.
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