Franklin Hill Perell : Our gilded age

Building a niche as collectors


Nov 30, 2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Smith library, online on Zoom


Salmagundi Library Committee


Open to the public
RSVP required

For those who cannot attend in-person, Zoom streaming is available!
FREE | General admission
$15 | Zoom access to attend online
FREE | glass of wine with admission
+ $50 | prix-fixe dinner

About the Event

Franklin Hill Perrell has created a unique version of his talk on the Nassau Museum’s Gilded Age exhibition; specifically for Salmagundi, as both institutions have in common the unique setting of an intact gilded age interior ideally suited to displaying, and collecting, art from the turn of the last century. The exhibition itself, on Long Island in Roslyn Harbor, is hosted in a spectacular example of an Ogden Codman designed Gilded Age mansion, built for United States Congressman and author Lloyd Stevens Bryce, and later occupied by Childs Frick and his family.

Drawing on the legacy of the Bryce and Frick families and other prominent figures who shaped the Gilded Age history of the region such as Mark Twain and Edith Wharton, the exhibition will combine archival materials never before paired with important paintings, sculpture, and decorative works from an extensive network of collectors, galleries, and such sources as the Salmagundi Club. This will be a behind the scenes look not only at the exhibition itself and its theme, but also how such an endeavor takes shape and assumes its ultimate form.

About the Speaker

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Franklin Hill Perrell is best known as curator of over 50 museum exhibitions ranging from Warhol silkscreens to Picasso ceramics, and for the likes of Geoffrey Holder, Iris Apfel, and Helen Frankenthaler. His own Pop inspired paintings were shown at Frank Caro Gallery on 57th Street and in 2023 at East End Arts.

In his career as Chief Curator of the Nassau County Museum of Art, some of his most important exhibitions included: Calder & Miro; Fernand Leger; Picasso Ceramics; Stanford White and Louis Comfort Tiffany; American Realism Between the Wars, Reginald Marsh and Infamous New York; Photorealism; Op and Pop: and Art and Fashion. The international traveling exhibition, Sembre Vivo, featuring hyper-realist sculpture, was featured through October 2023 at the Palazzo Bonaparte in Rome, accompanied by a catalogue essay authored by FHP, and translated into Italian.

A long time friend of Salmagundi, FHP was honored with the club’s Distinguished Achievement award in 2020; In 2018, he collaborated with Alexander Katlan on a museum catalogue of the work of Salmagundi member, the late artist Lumen Winter (1908-82).

FHP’s present project is curating Nassau County Museum of Art’s current exhibition, on display through March 2024,  entitled Our Gilded Age, which features Tiffany lamps, aesthetic movement furniture, and paintings by the likes of Eakins, Sargent, Chase, Anschutz, and Cecilia Beaux. Franklin is very grateful for Salmagundi’s participation in the exhibition with significant loans of turn of the last century American art. To tell you all about it, it is his honor to speak at the Salmagundi Collectors Circle.


Admission comes with a free glass of wine. Salmagundi Collectors’ Circle and Salmagundi members who would love to cap the night off with dinner may make a reservation via our Reservations page and include the message “Collectors Circle dinner”.

There is a prix-fixe dinner with a chicken / pasta entree and wine available. If interested, please add this add-on when RSVP-ing via Eventbrite.

Not your fancy? There is also an a la carte menu to choose from. Pay for your meal in-person with a card or your membership account (no cash).

Salmagundi Collectors Circle

This lecture is part of the Salmagundi Collectors Circle: an annual program for art lovers to unite for enrichment in the arts. There is access to a series of lectures per year, tours, dinners, meeting with artists, and the opportunity to share information with other enthusiasts. Find out more!

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