Come see Framing It! at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art before it closes this February

Maria-Helena Vieira da Silva, Les Nigelles, 1964, oil on canvas. © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

This article is brought to you in partnership with Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. All opinions are our own.

Have you ever wondered about all the choices that go into how artwork is presented? Wonder no more! The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is showcasing its Framing It! exhibition in the second-floor gallery until Feb. 17 to guide viewers into the process behind how art is displayed.

The elements of style

Putting on an exhibit is no simple matter. When the Bechtler displays artworks, caretakers must decide how much historical context to provide, how to light the work, what kind of frame to use and other key factors.

Having a neutral-tone frame may allow some pieces to thrive, while others may be best displayed on vibrantly colored walls. Too often, galleries can be cluttered and thus overwhelm the work and distract from its meaning, but other pieces of art may be understood better when supplemented by complementary frames, colors and intentional design choices.

In the exhibition, Framing It!, visitors step inside the world of a curator and learn how elements of curatorial design can influence the art’s meaning and aesthetic value.

Getting your tickets

At the Bechtler since last September, Framing It! is set to close on Feb. 17. Don’t miss out on the exhibit! Tickets for general admission are $9 for adults and $5 for kids ages 11 through 18. Other discounts are available. Admission is free to military families and veterans year-round.

Becoming a member of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is easy and helps the museum advance many of its exhibitions and community programs. Enjoy perks like unlimited admission, discounted tickets to programming events and free docent-led tours.

Buy one admission ticket and get one FREE when you mention the code “CLT 5” at the Bechtler’s admissions desk. Discounts are applied to tickets purchased in-person only.

For more information about upcoming events, performances and exhibits at the Bechtler, visit


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