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‘On The Wright Trail’ underway in Wisconsin

A new Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit, “On the Wright Trail,” opened at the SC Johnson Gallery in Racine, Wis. It features examples of Wright’s architecture and furniture, including 26 miniature scale models of his designs.

Pieces in the Art of Fine Furniture exhibit include Mark Laub’s “Queen of the Slipstream."

The exhibit runs through Dec. 31 and is held at SC Johnson’s corporate headquarters. The company manufactures home cleaning products.

“In celebration of Wright’s birth in Wisconsin 150 years ago, we are thrilled to offer visitors of ‘On the Wright Trail’ a unique opportunity to study the architect’s design practice across different areas, media and time,” company spokeswoman Kelly M. Semrau said in a statement.

The exhibit features a rotating selection of Wright’s designs and artifacts, including his chair with three legs, specifically designed for SC Johnson.

Curator Jamie Schell’s koa chair.

“Wright lobbied hard to gain acceptance of the three-legged chair, arguing that if a person had proper posture, the chair functioned correctly. Wright eventually approved the SC Johnson chair design with four legs,” the company said.

Ron Olsen, a retired architectural draftsman, crafted the models for the exhibit.

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History as inspiration

Joel Nichols’ sycamore bench.

The Winona County History Center in Winona, Minn., is presenting the “Art of Fine Furniture” through Aug. 17. The fifth annual exhibit, curated by studio furniture artist Jamie Schell, focuses on how history has impacted the inspiration of artists, craftsmen, buyers and designers.

“The exhibit features the creations of professional and hobbyists,” the center said in a statement. “It also offers free educational and inspirational workshops and discussions to encourage professionals and aspiring amateurs alike to think deeper about the works they create and to push themselves to create new extraordinary works.”

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This article originally appeared in the August 2017 issue.

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