July 26, 2018 - Issue: Vol. 164, No. 126 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 2nd Session
CELEBRATING THE FRELINGHUYSEN MORRIS HOUSE AND STUDIO'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 126
(Extensions of Remarks - July 26, 2018)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1093] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] CELEBRATING THE FRELINGHUYSEN MORRIS HOUSE AND STUDIO'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY ______ HON. RODNEY P. FRELINGHUYSEN of new jersey in the house of representatives Thursday, July 26, 2018 Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio located in the Town of Lenox, Massachusetts, on the occasion of its 20th Anniversary. Estelle ``Suzy'' Frelinghuysen and George L.K. Morris were an extraordinary couple and prolific abstract artists, who were deeply involved with national and international art throughout their lifetimes. As collectors and artists themselves, Frelinghuysen and Morris created a Berkshire home that they designed after the Bauhaus and filled with their expansive collection of art. Today, they are being widely rediscovered and praised as important figures in the history of American art. Suzy Frelinghuysen, of Newark, New Jersey, was a trained opera singer who performed for the New York City Opera. She sang the leading roles of ``Tosca'' and ``Ariadne auf Naxos'' as a dramatic soprano. She married Morris in 1935 and by 1938 she became the first female artist to have a painting placed in the permanent collection of A.E. Gallatin's Museum of Living Art in New York City. Suzy was also a founding member of the American Abstract Artists. Her work can be viewed in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Carnegie Institute. George L.K. Morris of New York traveled to Paris in 1929 with his cousin, A.E. Gallatin, where he met Picasso, Braque, and Brancusi. He further studied in the studio of Fernand Leger and Amedee Ozenfant. Later, he became one of the founders of the American Abstract Artists. He was passionate about Cubism and abstract art, which led him to become an editor and art critic for the Partisan Review. His work can be viewed in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Carnegie Institute. Before her death in 1988, Suzy established the Morris Foundation and left instructions for their home, studio, and art collection intact and be used for educational purposes. Her nephew Kinney Frelinghuysen and his wife Linda have transformed their home into the Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio. The 46 acre estate opened for visitation in 1998. Visitors can walk through their house with all of its original furnishings and see not only Suzy and George's own work, but also the work of their famous colleagues and contemporaries including Picasso, Braque, Leger, and Gris. As Kinney notes, ``The integration of living quarters with the immediacy of a concentration of works of art is a pleasurable and unexpected way to propel visitors into early 20th century art.'' Kinney and Linda have also completed several restoration projects over the past twenty years to preserve the iconic house. Kinney dreams that the Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio will achieve National Historic Landmark status and believes that his Aunt Suzy would be pleased with their work to preserve her legacy. Mr. Speaker, I ask that you and our colleagues join me in celebrating the Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio's 20th Anniversary. ____________________