Designing Innovation: The Gorham Manufacturing Company 1850-1970
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 on the world stage. Silver and mixed-metal wares produced from 1850 to 1970 by Gorham reflected the industry, artistry, innovation, and technology of its time for more than 150 years in America. Designing Innovation will cast new light on the legacy of this distinctive company, first established in 1831 in Providence, Rhode Island. The RISD Museum owns the largest collection of objects by this silver maker and Designing Innovation is the first Gorham exhibition in nearly three decades.
Designing Innovation: The Gorham Manufacturing Company 1850-1970 is made possible by grants from the Museum Associates and Textron Inc., a gift from Joseph A. Chazan, MD to support the exhibition publication, and a generous in-kind gift from Spencer Marks, Ltd.
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.