KENT -- "Designing Domesticity: Decorating the American Home Since 1876" examines the trends and focal points of fashion and the home.
The exhibit focuses on how decorative arts and interior design have developed in the United States. It also shows how a family uses spaces and how use has changed over the decades.
The exhibition reflects the relationship of interior design and society's manners, mores and social relationships.
Four time periods and rooms within the home will include the 1870s front hall with a view into the parlor, 1920s bungalow kitchen with a view into the dining room, the 1950s basement or recreation room bomb-shelter of the mid-20th century and the present-day open floor plan or great room arrangement of the 20th century.
Co-curator of the exhibit, Dr. Shirley Wajda, will lecture on "Designing Domesticity" at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in Murphy Auditorium. The lecture is free with museum admission.
The museum is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 4:45 p.m. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Special guided tours are available for groups by reservation. Group rates are $4 per person; other admission prices are: general, $5; seniors, $4; children 7-18, $3.
The museum is located in Rockwell Hall on the corner of East Main and South Lincoln streets on the Kent Campus.
For additional information, call (330) 672-3450 or visit www.kent.edu/museum on the Web.