Academy Art Museum Exhibition The Art of Seating by Amy Blades Steward
The Academy Art Museum in Easton will feature a new exhibition, “The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design,” through February 10, 2013. The exhibition, organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, and the Jacobsen Collection of American Art, presents a survey of exceptional American chair design from the early 19th century to the present day. The chair is experienced not only as a functional item, but as sculptural in view — the chair as art. The collection, spanning the 200 years between 1810 and 2010 — from the aesthetic movement to the arts-and-crafts movement to the more recent modern movement — tells the story of who we are as Americans: a young country brimming with inventiveness, energy and dreams of endless possibility. The new patents and inventions that were devised to create these chairs are many, and the creative use of materials and desire for something new and different is evident. Each of the approximately 40 chairs in the exhibition was chosen for its beauty and historical context
Photo by Michael Koryta and Andrew VanStyn, Director of Acquisitions, Conservation and Photography.
Adjustable Lounge Chair, ca. 1947, designed by Herbert von Thaden (1898-1969), and manufactured by Thaden Jordan Furniture Company (Est. 1946), Roanoke, VA. with important social, economic, political and cultural influences. Selections from The Jacobsen Collection of American Art are joined by contemporary designs offering a stylistic journey in furniture, with show-stoppers by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, Herter Brothers, Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and Frank Gehry, among others. The exhibi-