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Frame-Up CLE seeks to raise funds to re-frame works in the museum's Cleveland School Collection. Organized by Column & Stripe.

Frame-Up CLE

Organized by Column & Stripe: The Young Friends of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

The great 19th century American landscape painter, Thomas Cole, said that “the frame is the soul of the painting.” And for many Clevelanders, the soul of local, artistic practice was ushered in with the Cleveland School movement, a period of intense artistic growth and achievement that spanned the turn of the 19th century through the 1950s.

Here at the Cleveland Museum of Art we’ve done some soul searching and found that several works in our Cleveland School collection are in need of reframing. Our first priority is Carl Gaertner’s The Furnace, a prize winner at the 1924 May Show, an annual exhibition featuring local artists and organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art. Currently on view in the museum's Cleveland School galleries, The Furnace is a gritty masterpiece that depicts an amalgamation of buildings from the the Flats and residential Cleveland during Gaertner’s time.

The Furnace, 1924 Carl Frederick Gaertner (American, 1898-1952) oil on canvas, Framed - h:110.50 w:110.80 cm (h:43 1/2 w:43 9/16 inches) Unframed - h:88.90 w:104.80 cm (h:35 w:41 1/4 inches). Gift of The Huntington National Bank 2013.66
The Furnace, 1924 Carl Frederick Gaertner (American, 1898-1952) oil on canvas, Framed - h:110.50 w:110.80 cm (h:43 1/2 w:43 9/16 inches) Unframed - h:88.90 w:104.80 cm (h:35 w:41 1/4 inches). Gift of The Huntington National Bank 2013.66

Support Frame-Up CLE to help us realize new, custom-built frames for this piece and others in the Cleveland School collection.

The best part? Frame-Up CLE is all about celebrating Cleveland—from the subject matter of the paintings to the physical fabrication of the frame. The project aims to highlight artistic achievement born out of this great Midwestern city by creating a new, refocused outline.

The goal for each piece will be to create a custom frame that closely matches the artist’s original intent. Many works in the Cleveland School collection underwent a mid-century framing rework, rendering them more attuned to contemporary aesthetics but out of touch with the pieces’ authentic qualities. Frame-Up CLE will correct this adjustment so that visitors to the Cleveland School galleries at the Cleveland Museum of Art will experience the works in much the same way audiences did over eighty years ago.

Gallery shot from the 1924 May Show. Courtesy of the Archive of the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Gallery shot from the 1924 May Show. Courtesy of the Archive of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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While our goal is to create an authentic custom built frame for The Furnace and other works in the museum’s Cleveland School Collection, there is no guarantee that the frame will precisely align with the artist’s original intent. We can assure you, our backers, that curators from the Cleveland Museum of Art will work closely with local frame craftsmen to ensure that the new frames will, as closely as possible, match the artist’s vision.

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  • Yes, but we're not stopping there! Column & Stripe is extremely thankful to those who have already supported our campaign. With the help of all of you, we have already exceeded our original goal of $2,000! Help us DOUBLE our original goal and support Column & Stripe as we aim to frame, not just one, but MULTIPLE paintings in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection. Even though there are only 10 days left to donate, there are still some really great incentives (in addition to the good vibes philanthropy brings). We still have 68 custom-printed Column & Stripe tote bags, 8 custom-designed, limited edition prints from Cleveland’s own - Grey Cardigan, and 13 spaces on an exclusive tour with Mark Cole, Associate Curator of American Art. And if you’re having trouble choosing, we still have 11 incentive packages that include all of the above!

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    A Field Notes notebook, customized with the Column & Stripe logo and a virtual handshake from the President of Column & Stripe. All notebooks can be picked up December 6-20 at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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    A Column & Stripe tote bag! You may already have a tote bag, but do you have one with a large ampersand? All tote bags can be picked up December 6-20 at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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    A Frame-Up CLE custom-designed, limited edition print by Cleveland's own Grey Cardigan! Seriously, what could be better? Visit www.greycardigan.com to check out his work. All prints can be picked up December 6-20 at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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    An exclusive gallery tour and reception with Mark Cole, Associate Curator of American Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Backers at this level will receive a separate invitation with event details.

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    The whole shebang. Backers at this level will receive the Field Notes notebook, tote bag, limited edition print and exclusive gallery tour! Backers at this level will receive a separate invitation for the gallery tour.

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