The Art of Seating
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 10:00AM
Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery
Open daily through January 20, 2019

Saturday, December 8, 2018 through Sunday, January 20, 2019

Most chairs encountered throughout the day define themselves fairly simply — a place at the family table, a comfortable spot with a great view of the river, a seat of corporate power. When looking at the 43 chairs selected for The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design, however, there is much more to see than simple pieces of furniture. These works of art have compelling stories to tell about American history, the evolution of American design, and incredible artistry and craftsmanship.

The Art of Seating provides audiences with a unique opportunity to see chair types that usually reside in private homes, withheld from public display. The American Chair Collection, the center of this exhibition, is an amazing and comprehensive private collection of iconic and historic chairs reaching back from the mid-1800s to pieces from today’s studio movement. The exhibition provides an opportunity to see readily recognizable pieces alongside those rarely seen by the public. Selections from the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation offer a stylistic journey in furniture with showstoppers by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, the Herter Brothers, the Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Isamu Noguchi, Frank Gehry, and others waiting to be discovered. The exhibition also features contemporary and historic designs by some of the country’s biggest manufacturers such as Knoll, Herman Miller, and Steelcase.

Pictured above: Designed by Warren McArthur, Jr. (1885-1961) Manufactured by Warren McArthur Corp., Rome, New York “Sling Seat Lounge Chair,” c. 1935 Anodized Aluminum, Rubber, Upholstery Photo by Michael Koryta and Andrew VanStyn, Director of Acquisitions, Conservation and Photography

  • Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Admission is $10 | No charge for Four Arts members and children 14 and younger
  • Please note, photography is not permitted
  • The Four Arts is located at 100 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, Florida. Directions and free parking are available

Self Guided Tours
Tour the exhibition at your own pace with a complimentary printed gallery guide.

Audio Tours
An audio tour is available for this exhibit at fourarts.oncell.com.  The cellphone-based audio tour requires a smartphone and  headphones. Complimentary earbuds are available at the Box Office.  For visitors without smartphones, the audio tour is available on stationary tablets with headsets throughout the galleries. The  audio tour is included with the price of gallery admission.

Gallery Talks
All visitors are welcome to drop in and enjoy Gallery Talks! Learn about the exhibition and discover highlights in this 45-minute docent-led talk. Although talks are geared toward adults, children are welcome. Each Gallery Talk is included with gallery admission. Gallery talks happen every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., and every Saturday at 11 a.m. Please note, no Gallery Talks on December 8th or between December 25th and January 1st. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Advance reservations are required for groups of 10 or more, one week in advance. Please contact rdunham@fourarts.org for details.

Gallery Talks are available:
Tuesday, December 11th from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Wednesday, December 12th from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Saturday, December 15th from 11 to 11:45 a.m.
Tuesday, December 18th from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Wednesday, December 19th from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Saturday, December 22nd from 11 to 11:45 a.m.
Wednesday, January 2nd from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Saturday, January 5th from 11 to 11:45 a.m.
Tuesday, January 8th from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Wednesday, January 9th from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Saturday, January 12th from 11 to 11:45 a.m.
Tuesday, January 15th from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Wednesday, January 16th from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Saturday, January 19th from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Private Tours
Engage directly with works of art during a private and customized guided tour when the gallery is closed to the public. A Four Arts docent will make connections between works of art in this 45-minute discussion-based exploration of the exhibition. Although tours are geared toward adults, children are welcome.
Admission is $30 per person. Tickets must be purchased one-week in advance. Tours limited to 25 people per tour.

Private tours are available:
Friday, December 14th from 9 to 9:45 a.m.
Monday, December 17th from 5 to 5:45 p.m.
Sunday, January 6th from 12 to 12:45 p.m.
Friday, January 11th from 9 to 9:45 a.m.
Monday, January 14th from 5 to 5:45 p.m.
Sunday, January 20th from 12 to 12:45 p.m.

Designed by Thomas E. Warren (active with American Chair Co. 1849-52) Manufactured by the American Chair Co., Troy, New York (1829-1858) “Centripetal Spring Arm Chair,” c. 1850 Photo by Michael Koryta and Andrew VanStyn, Director of Acquisitions, Conservation and Photography

The Art of Seating is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, in collaboration with the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.

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An Illustrated Lecture

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 11 a.m.
No charge to attend
Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium

Diane DeMell Jacobsen, Ph.D. is a distinguished scholar and art collector. Selections from her eponymous foundation are featured in The Art of Seating. The collection is nationally recognized for its depth and breadth of museum-quality, sculpture, and decorative arts.

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