Gray-Krehbiel Open Night: Barkley L. Hendricks at the Frick


December 8, 2023    
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Frick Madison
945 Madison Avenue, New York, NY
Free with RSVP

Admission is free, but capacity is limited. We recommend reserving free timed tickets online to guarantee admission. Walk-ins are welcome, but entry will be on a first-come, first-served basis. More info and RSVP:

American Sign Language interpretation and Assistive Listening Devices will be available at all the talks.

Celebrate the must-see fall exhibition Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at the Frick with a free evening at Frick Madison! Enjoy after-hours access to the show along with all the galleries and the Frick Art Reference Library’s reading room. The event also includes sketching, themed talks, live music, and complimentary refreshments from The SisterYard.

Barkley L. Hendricks (1945–2017) revolutionized contemporary portraiture with his vivid depictions of Black subjects that emphasize the dignity and individuality of his sitters. Beginning in the late 1960s, his work drew from and challenged traditions of European art, and The Frick Collection—with its iconic portraits by Rembrandt, Bronzino, Van Dyck, and others—was one of his favorite museums.

Through a selection of some of Hendricks’s finest portraits displayed in the context of the Frick’s holdings, this exhibition celebrates and explores the remarkable work of this pioneering American painter with an unprecedented display of paintings drawn from private and public collections. Organized by Aimee Ng, Curator at the Frick, and Consulting Curator Antwaun Sargent, Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at the Frickconsiders the complex place of European painting in Hendricks’s art and the evolving role of the Frick in modern American culture. The accompanying catalogue features a foreword by Thelma Golden and contributions by artists and creative figures including Derrick Adams, Hilton Als, Nick Cave, Awol Erizku, Rashid Johnson, Fahamu Pecou, Mickalene Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley.