Exhibit touts furniture ‘Made in Massachusetts’

atg1The Fuller Craft Museum will present “Made in Massachusetts: Studio Furniture of the Bay State” from Oct. 12 through Feb. 9, 2014, featuring 39 pieces derived from traditional prototypes as well as works that push the conceptual boundaries of furniture towards sculptural objects, according to the museum.

“In these exquisite pieces, furniture makers approach basic function with a contemporary flair, bringing to life a surprisingly broad range of furniture from chairs, tables and cabinets to pieces you don’t encounter every day such as library steps, a human-sized candelabra, a music stand and a wall hung folding chair,” the museum said in a statement.

“Since the mid-1950s, Massachusetts has experienced a growing interest in furniture made by individual studio artists. The exhibition makes important connections in this story of tradition and innovation featuring works by studio furniture artists working not only in Boston, but also throughout Massachusetts. Their works represent rich and diverse contributions to the field of fine furniture making over the past 40 years.”

Participating makers include Dale Broholm, Charles Crowley, Silas Kopf, Alex Krutsky, Kristina Madsen, Judy Kensley McKie, Jere Osgood, Tommy Simpson, Rosanne Somerson, Wendy Stayman and John Rais.

The exhibition is a product of Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture, a collaborative project of the Fuller Craft Museum and 10 other institutions that features exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and publications to celebrate the Bay State’s legacy of furniture making. For information, visit www.fourcenturies.org.

Binh Pho show

Philadelphia’s The Center for Art in Wood will feature the art of Binh Pho in an exhibition scheduled to run from Oct. 25 through Jan. 18, 2014.  

“Shadow of the Turning” is a traveling exhibition of Pho’s work in wood and glass, which blend the mythic worlds of fairy tale, fantasy, adventure and science fiction. His sculptures also tell the story of his journey from an idyllic childhood in Vietnam to his escape to the United States in 1979, according to the center. 

Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St., Brockton, MA 02301. Tel: 508-588-6000. www.fullercraft.org

The Center for Art in Wood, 141 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 215-923-8000. www.centerforartinwood.org

This article originally appeared in the October 2013 issue.