The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design

“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

The Art of Seating, organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville and the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation, 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.

Number of Works:
More than 40 chairs with accompanying pedestals
Organized by:
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville in collaboration with the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation
Curator:
Ben Thompson, Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville
Approximate size:
3,000-5,000 square feet
Security:
Moderate security
Participation Fee:
Please inquire
Reduced Fee:
September 2018 – May 2019 for $19,500
Shipping:
IA&A makes all arrangements; exhibitors pay outgoing shipping costs within the contiguous U.S.
Booking Period:
8 weeks
Tour:
June 2011 – January 31, 2020
Availability:
September 2018 – May 2019 and October 2019 – January 2020, inquire for extension
Publication:
Exhibition brochure
Contact:
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 Insitute 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 11, 2018

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

Seats of Learning
Tradional Home, by Judith H. Dobrzynski, April 2013

Take a Seat / Dolf James’ MOCA Installation: Re-examine the Common Chair
EU Jacksonville, by Jack Diablo, January 2011

See the art of seating at MOCA exhibit
The Florida Times-Union, by Charlie Patton, January 22, 2011

The Art of Seating
Jacksonville Luxury Living, by Cabeth Cornelius, January 2011