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The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design

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The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design

Exhibition Type
Area Size
200 to 500 sqm
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Museums and Galleries
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Core Experience
Panels and graphics
Original collection
Exhibition Partners
Organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville in collaboration with the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation

Curated by Ben Thompson, Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville



The Art of Seating 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. Each of the approximately 40 chairs in the exhibition are chosen for their beauty and historical context with important social, economic, political and cultural influences. Selections from The Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation 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 & Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and Frank Gehry among others.

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Decorative objects

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Number of Works: More than 40 chairs with accompanying pedestals
Approximate size: 3,000-5,000 square feet
Security: Moderate
Shipping: IA&A makes all arrangements; exhibitors pay outgoing shipping costs within the contiguous U.S.
Booking Period: 12 weeks
Additional Information
“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.”

— Cabeth Cornelius, Jacksonville Luxury Living


Past and Future Venues
Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL
January 21, 2011 – April 10, 2011

The Figge Museum of Art, Davenport, IA
June 11, 2011 – September 4, 2011

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL
September 22, 2011 – January 15, 2012

Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA
February 5, 2012 – April 8, 2012

Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
April 27, 2012 – August 26, 2012

Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
November 24, 2012 – February 10, 2013

Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA
February 28, 2013 – May 19, 2013

Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA
June 15, 2013 – October 6, 2013

Fullerton Museum Center, Fullerton, CA
October 25, 2013 – December 22, 2013

Hilliard University Art Museum, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA
January 17, 2014 – May 9, 2014

Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA
May 31, 2014 – July 27, 2014

Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, NC
August 23, 2014 – December 31, 2014

The Elliot Museum, Stuart, FL
February 6, 2015 – May 31, 2015

Alyce de Roulet Williamson Art Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
June 20, 2015 to August 15, 2015

The Western Gallery of Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
September 28, 2015 – November 21, 2015

Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
December 12, 2015 – January 24, 2016

Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, VA
February 13, 2016 – April 10, 2016

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
June 4, 2016 – August 28, 2016

Albany Institute of History and Art, NY
October 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
March 19, 2017 – June 18, 2017

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
September 29, 2017 – December 31, 2017

Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago, IL
February 10, 2018 – August 12, 2018

Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL
December 7, 2018 – January 20, 2019

Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
February 9, 2019 – May 5, 2019

Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
June 2, 2019 – September 8, 2019

November 2019 - March 2020

J. Wayne Stark Galleries, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
April 9, 2020 - June 7, 2020

Louisiana State University Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA
July 9, 2020 - September 27, 2020

Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA
October 17, 2020 - January 3, 2021

March - June 2021

July - October 2021

November 2021 - January 2022

*All tour dates can be customized to meet your scheduling needs. Please inquire for more information.

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Includes chair designs by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, Herter Brothers, Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles & Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and Frank Gehry among others.
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