The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design

Through Sunday, January 20, 2019
The Society of the Four Arts

Most chairs encountered throughout the day define themselves fairly simply — a place at the family table, a comfortable spot with a great view of the river, a seat of corporate power. When looking at the 43 chairs selected for The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design, however, there is much more to see than simple pieces of furniture. These works of art have compelling stories to tell about American history, the evolution of American design, and incredible artistry and craftsmanship.

The Art of Seating provides audiences with a unique opportunity to see chair types that usually reside in private homes, withheld from public display. The American Chair Collection, the center of this exhibition, is an amazing and comprehensive private collection of iconic and historic chairs reaching back from the mid-1800s to pieces from today’s studio movement. The exhibition provides an opportunity to see readily recognizable pieces alongside those rarely seen by the public. Selections from the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation offer a stylistic journey in furniture with showstoppers by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, the Herter Brothers, the Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Isamu Noguchi, Frank Gehry, and others waiting to be discovered. The exhibition also features contemporary and historic designs by some of the country’s biggest manufacturers such as Knoll, Herman Miller, and Steelcase.

Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

Schedule & Tickets

$10.00; free for Four Arts members · Call 561-655-7226

Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays

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