The Emerson Gallery will host The American Frame: From Origin to Originality, a traveling exhibition of over 60 American and European frames, from January 20 to April 27. This unique exhibition will explore the inspiration and innovation of American frame design. The frames are on loan from the collection of Gill & Lagodich Fine Period Frames, New York City.
While the focus of this exhibit is on American frames from the 19th and 20th centuries, these frames will be shown alongside original 16th- to 19th-century European frames and plaster models to illustrate the inspiration and origin of ideas explored by American frame makers and to demonstrate the evolution of design and techniques across countries and centuries. The exhibition will be presented in the Emerson's south and west galleries.
The European frames include examples from Britain, France, Holland, Italy, and Spain that illustrate traditional design elements and gilding techniques. These will be juxtaposed with American examples that first borrow, then transform their European models into distinctly American conceptions. As in Europe, changing tastes in architecture, interior design, and other decorative arts influenced American frame design.
On Friday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m., Tracy Gill and Simeon Lagodich, guest curators and collectors, will present a slide lecture in the Chemistry Auditorium (in the building directly behind the gallery). A reception in the gallery will follow at 7 p.m.