Curator Lecture: The Art of Seating
February 9@2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
$10 member | $20 non-member | $5 student
Price includes Museum admission
By Ben Thompson, Deputy Director at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville
Ben Thompson, curator for the Art of Seating exhibition, will give an illustrated presentation detailing the history and origins of the Jacobsen Collection and the exhibition. He will provide insight into the major themes in the exhibition and highlight designs that are pivotal to the curatorial narrative. Ben Thompson brings with him more than fifteen years of collections and exhibitions management experience and holds an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art. As deputy director, he provides planning and strategic oversight of all matters relating to the administrative and operational management of MOCA Jacksonville. Previously as the curator of collections, he was responsible for maintaining, exhibiting, and growing MOCA Jacksonville’s Permanent Collection. Thompson was responsible for MOCA’s first two major traveling exhibitions, The Art of Seating: 200 Years of Design and Shared Vision: The Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla Collection of Photography. Before coming to MOCA, he was registrar at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans and the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Image: Designed and manufactured by Kenneth Smythe (b. 1937), Oakland, CA. Synergistic Synthesis XVII sub b1 Chair, 2003. Photo by Michael Koryta and Andrew VanStyn, Director of Acquisitions, Conservation and Photography.