At the end of the nineteenth century, the Glasgow Style emerged as the major manifestation of Art Nouveau in Britain. This exhibition showcases Charles Rennie Mackintosh—the greatest exponent of the Glasgow Style—as an architect, designer, and artist, and contextualizes his production within a larger circle of designers and craftspeople in the major Scottish city. Mackintosh worked most closely with his wife, Margaret Macdonald; Margaret’s sister, Frances Macdonald; and Frances’ husband, James Herbert McNair. They met as students at the progressive Glasgow School of Art in 1892 and together were known as The Four.

Combining influences from the Arts and Crafts movement, Celtic Revival, and Japonism, Glasgow artists created their own modern design aesthetic, synonymous with sleek lines and emphatic geometries expressed in a wide range of materials. The exhibition presents 165 works of fine and decorative art, including architectural drawings, books, ceramics, furniture, posters, textiles, and watercolors, drawn from Glasgow’s most significant public and private collections.

Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style is a touring exhibition co-organized by Glasgow Museums and the American Federation of Arts. The exhibition comprises works from the collections of Glasgow City Council (Museums and Collections), with loans from Scottish collections and private lenders. Support for the US national tour is provided by the Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation.

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We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of these donors in bringing Designing the New to the Frist Art Museum:

The Glasgow Roses ($1,500+)

Ann and Frank Bumstead
Devine Majors Foundation
Susan H. Edwards
Kevin Hickman
Mr. and Mrs. R. Milton Johnson
Carol and Howard Kirshner
Tom and Darlene Klaritch

Paul and Dana Latour
Delphine and Ken Roberts
Anne and Charles* Roos, in memory of  Margit D. Friedrich
Judy and Steve Turner
Jan van Eys and Judith Hodges

The Peacocks ($250+)

André L. Churchwell, MD, and
 Ms. Doreatha H. Churchwell
Lewis and Judy Lefkowitz
Pam Lewis
Richard and Anne Moore
Charles and Deborah Parrott


John O. Colton
Crystal Churchwell Evans
Gayle and Perry Happell
Susan Shaull Hollyday
Nashville Motorcycle Repair
Hilton and Cindy Wickham
Vivian Wynn

* Deceased
This list is current as of April 16, 2021.

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