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2009 Frick Collection Autumn Dinner
10/19/2009 - By The Frick Museum

2009 Frick Collection Autumn Dinner

The Autumn Dinner plays a unique role in the social landscape of New York and is a much-anticipated highlight of The Frick Collection’s social and fund-raising calendar.

Each year, it attracts those who appreciate the significance of the Frick’s contribution to the life of the city and the greater international cultural community. It has been named one of the most memorable parties of the year by The New York Times. This year’s black-tie dinner honored Philippe de Montebello, one of the world’s most influential and widely admired cultural leaders, who was the longest-serving director in the history of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Frick Collection was pleased to pay tribute to this consummate museum director whose vision and dedication to the field will continue to inspire the next generation of museum professionals.
During his thirty-one-year tenure, that institution’s collections and programs flourished: the museum acquired significant collections and individual masterpieces, mounted acclaimed international loan exhibitions, developed wide-reaching educational programs, vastly increased its exhibition space, and
reinstalled much of its permanent collection in new or refurbished galleries. Last fall, the curators of The Metropolitan Museum of Art paid tribute to Mr. de Montebello by mounting an unprecedented exhibition of some 300 major works that entered the collection under his leadership, The Philippe de Montebello
Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions.
In 2008, Mr. de Montebello joined the board of trustees of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and became the first scholar in residence at the Museo del Prado in Madrid. This fall he became the first Fiske Kimball Professor in the History and Culture of Museums at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University and a special adviser for NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus. He serves as special adviser to the Leon Levy
Foundation, and, with Paula Zahn, is co-host of WNET/Channel 13’s weekly culture series SundayArts. He continues to lecture throughout the world on art, museums, and other cultural matters.
This year’s Autumn Dinner was a terrific success, inspiring a generous level of support, raising over $975,000. Proceeds will support the full range of programs of The Frick Collection, including educational and curatorial initiatives and the Frick Art Reference Library.

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