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$20 member | $30 non-member 
Price includes Museum admission

Thursday, February 28, 2 – 3:30 pm
Thursday, April 11, 2 – 3:30 pm

A gallery based program
By William Perthes, Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education, Barnes Foundation

The chairs in The Art of Seating were intended to be more than simply functional objects; they were designed to also be visually engaging and can therefore be considered as works of art. Join William Perthes for this gallery based discussion exploring what makes a chair more than just a chair. For instance, how do designers reflect or reinterpret elements from the past, or how are different materials – wood, metal, textiles, plastic, or even cardboard – used to give an object its unique identity. William M. Perthes is the director of adult education at the Barnes Foundation. Bill is an art historian whose scholarship focuses on American Modernism with a special concentration on the Abstract Expressionist painter Robert Motherwell. He also has a background in philosophy, specifically John Dewey and American pragmatism.

Image: Designed by Frank Gehry (b. 1929), manufactured by Easy Edges, Inc. (active 1969-73), Los Angeles, CA. High Stool, 1971. Photo by Michael Koryta and Andrew VanStyn, Director of Acquisitions, Conservation and Photography.