Frank Brothers: The Store that Modernized Modern
January 28 – April 9, 2017
Celebrating a little-known chapter in the history of California modernism, the University Art Museum at CSULB presents Frank Bros.: The Store that Modernized Modern. On view from January 28–April 9, 2017, the exhibition relates the story of Southern California’s largest and most prominent mid-century retailer of modern furniture and design. Based in Long Beach from 1938–1982, Frank Bros. embodied the optimistic post-war ethos of the American consumer, bringing fresh and exciting designs to the public not only through well-sourced inventory but with an innovative program of advertising, mailers, exhibitions and off-site custom interiors. As an exemplar of California modernism, Frank Bros. fueled and shaped the market for good design.
Frank Bros.: The Store that Modernized Modern investigates the legacy of a store that blurred the boundaries between art and commerce and functioned as a laboratory for new ideas in interior design, marketing and public relations. Guest-curated by Cara Mullio and Jennifer M. Volland, the exhibition draws largely from the Frank Brothers archives at the Getty Research Institute and the Frank family personal collection. Highlights include original artwork and graphic material, newly uncovered Julius Shulman color photographs, and furniture designs by Neal Small, Stacy Dukes, and Charles and Ray Eames.This exhibition was made possible by the Museum Studies Program and the College of the Arts at California State University, Long Beach; the CSULB Instructionally Related Activities Fund; the Ware Endowment; the Charles and Elizabeth Brooks Endowment; the Constance W. Glenn Fund for Exhibitions and Education Programs; the Bess J. Hodges Foundation; Ronald and Sylvia Hartman and Linda Haley and Marvin Zamost.
A special thank you to our corporate sponsors:
June 20 – April 9, 2017
The University Art Museum is fortunate to have received several important artworks from dedicated supporters over the last several years. Recent Acquisitions is an opportunity for the community to experience these new collection gems.