Curator Lecture: Nakashima Looks
March 5@1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
$10 member | $20 non-member | $5 student
Price includes Museum admission
By Mira Nakashima-Yarnall and Kathleen Jameson, Executive Director of the Michener Art Museum
By 1900, the Arts and Crafts movement was taking root in southeastern Pennsylvania with its adherents celebrating the handcrafted object and emphasizing the importance of art and craft as a path to a better life. During the early decades of the twentieth century, Bucks County became a center for the production of hand-carved frames produced by Frederick W. Harer and Bernard Badura, handcrafted wooden and wrought-iron furnishings by Morgan Colt, and stained glass by George Sotter. Woodworker George Nakashima settled in New Hope in the 1940s, where he established a studio and a reputation as a leading member of the first generation of American studio furniture makers while he produced furniture forms that respected the natural forms of the tree and showcased the wood’s natural properties.
Reacting against post-World War II factory-made furniture, such Bucks County craftsmen as Phillip Lloyd Powell, Paul Evans, and Robert Whitley began producing unique custom-designed functional furniture that blurred the traditional boundaries between craft, sculpture, and design. As early as the 1970s, craftsman and sculptor Mark Sfirri began experimenting with multiaxis turnings to produce furniture and, subsequently, eccentrically turned wall sculptures. Join us for a lecture and curator conversation focusing on these artists, and others working during the studio craft movement in the Delaware Valley region.
Image: Mira Nakashima (b. 1942), Tsuitate Sofa, designed in 2015, made in 2018. American black walnut, Oregon maple burl root, upholstery.H. 46 x W. 75 x D. 37 inches. George Nakashima Woodworkers.