Art History Lecture Series with Rebecca Albiani

The Frye Art Museum presents a new season of lectures by art historian Rebecca Albiani exploring masterpieces of world art.

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About the Instructor

Rebecca Albiani has been an arts lecturer at the Frye Art Museum since 1997. She was a Graduate Lecturing Fellow at Washington’s National Gallery and a Fulbright Scholar in Venice. She received an MA from Stanford University and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

2019–20 Art History Lecture Series

Due to the COVID-19-related closure of the Museum, the 2019-20 AHLS has moved online! Series pass subscribers will automatically receive monthly emails containing links to digital lectures covering the remainder of the season. Non-subscribers can purchase recordings of individual lectures below. Purchase links will be added approximately one month after the lecture’s originally scheduled date. Members receive a discount, and all proceeds support the Museum during this critical time!

Upcoming Events

Digital Lectures

Thursday, March 12 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursday, March 12 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday, March 13 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ancient Egypt’s Middle Kingdom
The Middle Kingdom (c. 2030-–1650 BCE), which arose out of political and economic collapse, combines the continuity of ancient Egyptian artistic style with striking originality. A new psychological interest evident in Middle Kingdom art led to surprisingly human portraits of pharaohs.

Thursday, April 9 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursday, April 9 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday, April 10 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Picasso’s Guernica

Composed in two months in response to the bombing of Guernica in northern Spain, Picasso’s monumental Guernica has become a potent symbol of the anti-war movement. Picasso’s studies and Dora Maar’s photographs of the work in progress allow us to follow his creative process.

Thursday, May 14 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursday, May 14 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday, May 15 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sargent on Vacation 1907-1917
In lieu of her impersonation of Isabella Stewart Gardner, which is best enjoyed in person, Rebecca delivers a lecture on Gardner's friend and portraitist, John Singer Sargent. John Singer Sargent traveled widely throughout his life and was never without his sketchbook and paints. This lecture will focus on the decade following his decision to close his portrait studio in 1907, by which time he had established his reputation for ravishing watercolors of locations that range from the pinnacles of the Alps to the beaches of Florida.

Thursday, June 11 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursday, June 11 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday, June 12 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mickalene Thomas and Kehinde Wiley
Thomas and Wiley—who will both be featured in Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem, on view at the Frye May 22–August 15, 2021—paint big, bold figurative paintings of African-American subjects that reclaim and reinterpret canonized images of beauty and power.


$110 ($140 evening)

$170 ($200 evening)


Space is limited. Passes are sold for the ten-lecture series and are nonrefundable and not interchangeable with other series. Advance registration required. Registrations are processed in the order they are received.


Registration is confirmed by email or mailed receipt. Series passes will be held at Will Call and may be picked up the day of each lecture.


Tickets to individual lectures may be available the day of the lecture on a space-available basis. Thursday pm $16 for members/$21 for non-members. Thurs and Fri am $13/$18. Standby is first-come, first-served, one hour prior to the lecture.


Continuing-education credits and clock hours are available to educators through Seattle Pacific University (SPU). Payments for fees are paid directly to SPU on the first day of series. Do not include payment for fees with your registration. Lecture Series: $50 for one SPU credit; $20 for ten clock hours.


The Frye Art Museum reserves the right to cancel any lecture series. If the Museum cancels a course or class, a full refund will be issued. If participant cancels enrollment more than two weeks prior to start date, a full refund will be issued, less a $25 processing fee. No refunds issued with less than two weeks’ notice. To cancel registration, call 206 432 8200 between 9 am–5 pm Monday–Friday.


Members receive a discount on this and all lecture series, studio art classes, and at the Store and Café. Join today to take advantage of member discounts.

Questions? or 206 432 8200.