Designing Innovation: The Gorham Manufacturing Company
Designing Innovation: The Gorham Manufacturing Company casts new light on the golden era of this company, first established in 1831 in Providence, Rhode Island. Silver and mixed-metal wares produced from 1860 to 1960 are considered from social, cultural, industrial, aesthetic, and technological contexts. Commissioned to create everything from public presentation pieces to one-of-a-kind showstoppers for use in the private dining rooms of America, Gorham put uniquely American design and the aspirations of a youthful nation on the world stage. Designing Innovation is the first multi-venue Gorham exhibition, and the accompanying book is the first major publication on Gorham in more than three decades.
This exhibition is made possible by generous grants from the Museum Associates and Textron Inc.
The RISD Museum is supported by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and with the generous partnership of the Rhode Island School of Design, its Board of Trustees and Museum Governors.