An American Tragedy: The Gillette-Brown Murder

An American Tragedy: The Gillette-Brown Murder
Through September 1, 2014

In conjunction with The Glimmerglass Festival’s 2014 production of An American Tragedy, Fenimore Art Museum is exhibiting material related to the Gillette Brown murder, upon which the opera is based. In 1906, Chester Gillette was found guilty of killing his girlfriend, Grace Brown, on Big Moose Lake in the Adirondacks. This exhibition features letters between Gillette and Brown, Gillette’s prison diary, newspaper accounts of the event, and original court documents. The exhibition also discusses the prevalence of the event in popular culture, from Theodore Dreiser’s novel, to the 1951 film A Place In the Sun, and the 2005 premier of the opera.