New York — On Thursday, March 18, 2021, The Frick Collection launches Frick Madison, the long-awaited public opening of its temporary new home on Madison Avenue. Frick Madison invites audiences to experience the beloved holdings of the institution, reframed in a completely new context. Serving as the Frick’s temporary home for the next two years while its historic buildings at 1 East 70th Street undergo renovation, Frick Madison marks the first time that a substantial gathering of collection highlights will be presented outside the walls of the museum’s Gilded Age mansion.
Can the visual arts capture movement in stillness? This slideshow traces the representation of dance, particularly of dancing groups, through western art history with special attention paid to the trope’s Grecian origins. Maenads, the female followers of Dionysus, and Nymphs, usually following Hermes or Pan, are among the most popular dancing Greek figures. In Greek art, maenads in particular tended to appear erratic, frenzied, and clad in pelt, while, with the onset of Roman art, they became more graceful.