A newly digitized album of images shot by Ira W. Martin in 1927 captures the Frick mansion before it was transformed into a museum.
PHILADELPHIA — Upon entering Joshua Reiman’s inventive new show Glass Houses at the Napoleon Gallery, the first thing that strikes you is one of sound rather than vision: a steady, persistent drip-drip-drip of water into a tank.
If you’ve ever walked down the foyer of the Frick Museum, you’ve probably paused curiously in front of the roped-off white marble staircase anchoring the hall to your right. It ascends toward the neoclassical museum’s second floor, a mysterious realm that has never been open to the public. Now, thanks to a recently announced expansion plan, it won’t be long before you can wander to your heart’s content.