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This Day in History - February 8

The Frye Art Museum first opened.
Video | February 8, 2017 | By Jonathan Shipley


On this day, in 1952, the Frye Art Museum opened.

The Frye's main holdings originate from the private collection of Charles and Emma Frye. Charles owned a meatpacking plant and set aside money in his will for a museum to house the family collection of over 230 paintings. It was Seattle's first free art museum. The artists represented in the permanment collection include Carl Ebert, William Bouguereau, Friedrich August von Kaulbach, Franz von Lenbach, Gabriel von Max, Henry Raschen and Leopold Schmutzler.

Arts lovers throughout their lives, their art philanthropy included throwing musical concerts in their private home, well-stocked with 19th century paintings. Charles Frye died in 1940. Emma Frye died in 1934. 

Recent exhibitions include Young Blood: Noah Davis, Kahlil Joseph, The Underground Museum, Andy Warhol: Little Red Book #178, and Mark Tobey and Ten Baiye

Their current exhibition is a retrospective of the Ukranian artist, Alexander Archipenko.

A brief glimpse of the Frye: