A Selection of Upcoming and Current Exhibitions Featuring the Decorative Arts
Dressed Rehearsal: Fashion as Performance
September 1 - October 31, 2018
Historic Deerfield, MA
What do you do when you first wake up in the morning? Chances are, getting dressed is at the top of the list! The reasons we dress are myriad; we dress for modesty, the weather, our jobs and roles in society, how we want to be perceived by others, and our mood. None of these reasons is fixed, and can change from one day to the next and over time. Formal and informal clothing, accessories, make up, hair care, and perfume or cologne, all contribute to our self-fashioning, and the impressions we give to others.
Historic Deerfield explores this concept in a special, 8-week fall exhibition of early 19th-century clothing and accessories. Examples of men’s and women’s dress from the collection will be on view in the Stebbins House and Williams House in September and October of 2018.
Pioneering Women in Craft
Craft in America Center
Los Angeles, CA
Through October 6, 2018
The Craft in America Center is celebrating the contributions of pioneering women in craft with a line-up of exhibitions for 2018, presenting work by female artists who redefined materials, techniques and conceptual expression.
Women have always played an integral role in the development of studio crafts. Although female artists have been at the forefront of the craft dialogue as makers and theoreticians, and instrumental in the establishment of craft organizations and institutions, their contributions have frequently been overshadowed by those of their male counterparts.
Kiff Slemmons: More than One to Make One
Through October 6, 2018
Kiff Slemmons draws on historical, cultural and literary references while redefining decorative and historic traditions to combine handcrafted components with manipulated found objects. The exhibition features her paper jewelry executed during her residencies at Taller Arte Papel (Oaxaca, Mexico).
Chippendale’s Director: The Designs and Legacy of a Furniture Maker
At The Met Fifth Avenue
May 14, 2018–January 27, 2019
Thomas Chippendale (1718–1779) has been a household name in the furniture world since the mid-eighteenth century. He is remembered today for the furniture produced by his successful London workshop as well as his influential book of furniture designs, The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director. To celebrate the three hundredth anniversary of Chippendale's birth, this exhibition looks closely at how the unprecedented publication cemented Chippendale's name as England's most famous cabinetmaker and also endured to inspire furniture design up to the present day.
Built around works in The Met collection, the exhibition combines the original preparatory drawings from the Chippendale workshop with a selection of British and American furniture inspired by Chippendale's designs and aesthetic. The artist's legacy is presented through representations in portrait painting and revival pieces from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Chippendale-inspired chair, designed in 1984 by the architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, is one of the highlights.