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.
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.
Risks and challenges
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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