FRAME meets in Giverny France

FRAME discusses Educational and Exhibition Programming

FRAME meets in Giverny, France

The Terra Foundation for American Art welcomed FRAME to Giverny, Normandy, FR, May 5-7.  This year 11 FRAME museums participated in workshops about education and exhibition programming.

The FRAME retreat was a time for Ronna Tulgan Ostheimer, Director of Adult, School and Community Programs at the Clark, and Margaret Pfenninger, Curator in charge of the Education Department of the museums in Strasbourg, to present their project "Curating a Culture of Respect / Des Maux - Des Musées - Des Mots" to their colleagues from other museums (Lille, Montpellier, Montréal, Nantes, Toulouse).

(Left to Right) John Forsythe (FRAME NA), Ronna Tulgan-Ostheimer(Williamstown), Margaret Pfenninger (Strasbourg), Jean-Luc Murray (Montréal),Céline Peyre (Montpellier), Aurelie Albajar (Toulouse), Manon Gaquerel(Montpellier), Céline Villiers (Lille). Photo : Emilie Vanhaesebroucke (FRAME France)

Pierre Provoyeur, Director of FRAME in France and Conservateur général honoraire, and Chantal Meslin-Perrier,Conservateur général du patrimoine et chercheur associé à l'Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art (INHA), also presentedthe exhibition project The Art of Dining in France and the USA. The workshop was the opportunity for fruitful discussions with Stephen Harrison, Curator of Decorative Art and Design at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Barry Shifman, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator - Decorative Arts from 1890 to the Present at the VMFA, Richmond, and Etienne Martin, Curator in Chief of the Decorative Arts Museum in Strasbourg.  This exhibition will focus on the similarities, differences and evolution of the dinner table in these countries from 1700 to 1939. 

FRAME was honored to have Jacqueline Eidelman and Francois Parain from the Ministry of Culture and Communication and Henri de Rohan from the Ministry of Education participate in the meeting.  These guests attended on May 7th to hear about the project between the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown and Musées de Strasbourg to raise awareness about violence at school and foster pacifist responses through reflections upon art with young students. This pilot program is about to be developed in other FRAME museums (more information to come in future newsletters).

The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences.  Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago.  To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibiutions, research, and educational programs.  Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential both to distinguish cultures and to unite them. 

FRAME would like to thank the Terra Foundation for American Art again for its generous support for providing a wonderful environment to discuss and plan future initiatives to create cross-cultural dialogue.