Contemporary seating exhibit at the Fuller Craft Museum

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Thomas Loeser’s mahogany and milk paint “Rocking Bench”

Thomas Loeser’s mahogany and milk paint “Rocking Bench”

The Fuller Craft Museum of Brockton, Mass. opened a contemporary seating exhibition, “From Where I Sit”, that runs through Feb. 21, 2021 and features 20 works from the museum’s collection.

Fuller Craft Museum’s seating exhibit includes Vivian Beer’s “Red Rocker No. 2” 

Fuller Craft Museum’s seating exhibit includes Vivian Beer’s “Red Rocker No. 2” 

Makers include Boris Bally; Vivian Beer; Garry Knox Bennett; Dale Broholm; Mark Del Guidice; John Dunnigan; Christine M. Enos; Hank Gilpin; Thomas Hucker; Stephen Litchfield; Thomas Loeser; Daniel Mack; Kristina Madsen; Sam Maloof; Robert March; Mitch Ryerson; Leo Sewel, Jay Stanger.

The exhibit focuses on how a seat is much more than a tool for sitting.

“Seating furniture is a relatively recent phenomenon in the history of humankind,” the museum noted on its website. “For thousands of years, humans perched upon objects of convenience, such as fallen logs, large rocks, tree stumps, or simply the ground. It wasn’t until ancient Egypt that chairs were introduced as a way to elevate rulers above their subjects. Since that time, seating furniture has undergone countless evolutions, largely propelled by new materials, production methods, technological advances, and innovative applications.

“And while the basic architecture persists, a horizontal platform that supports our body weight with legs or a base, efficacy remains secondary to creative expression for many artists and designers.”

For more, visit www.fullercraft.org.

Kristina Madsen’s “Non-Upholstered Bench”

Kristina Madsen’s “Non-Upholstered Bench”

Marking a milestone

“Practice Makes Perfect: Twenty Years of the Cumberland Furniture Guild”, opened Aug. 6 at the Custom House Museum in Clarksville, Tenn. and will run through Oct. 23. The juried exhibit, in the museum’s Crouch Gallery, features works by some of Tennessee’s master furniture makers.

“Diverse in inspiration, techniques and materials, this exhibition brings together a group of skillful artisans who capture the spirit of what handmade furniture is all about,” the museum said in a statement.

Boris Bally’s “New Transit Chair - Man x 2”, made with recycled traffic signs, from its collection.

Boris Bally’s “New Transit Chair - Man x 2”, made with recycled traffic signs, from its collection.

The jurors were Aspen Golann, a 17th and 18th century-style furniture maker from Boston and the woodshop coordinator at the Penland School of Craft in Penland, N.C., and Mike Bell, a cabinetmaker and musician who recently retired as curator of Furniture & Popular Culture at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville.

For more, visit www.customshousemuseum.org

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