The Modern Chair

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Where

Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center

When

September 9, 2021 – April 3, 2022

Where

Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center

When

September 9, 2021 – April 3, 2022

Palm Springs Art Museum will reopen the Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion in September 2021 with the exhibition The Modern Chair.

This special exhibition will follow a timeline of the development of the modern chair starting with the famous Thonet “B-9” bentwood armchair (circa 1905), which is widely considered the first modern chair. Le Corbusier frequently used it in his early architecture as there was no other modern furniture readily available at the time. 

The Modern Chair will trace the evolution from the first cantilevered example by Mart Stam, and then onward to designs of current times including examples by Cini Boeri, Charles and Ray Eames, Frank Gehry, Eileen Gray, George Nakashima, Charlotte Perriand, Rudolph Schindler, among many others.

Technological and stylistic advances pushed chair design forward at a breakneck speed in the 20th century like no other time before. The exhibition will also contain important examples of 21st century as well.

Drawn in part from the rich collection of Palm Springs Art Museum, the exhibition will also include key loans from noted collectors and collections. In total, The Modern Chair will include more than 50 works by designers of international scope, and will open to the public on September 9, 2021.



Hot Seats

Palm Springs Life's editor Steve Biller recently took a deep-dive into the exhibition in an article entitled Hot Seats. 

Read the Palm Springs Life article 

This exhibition is organized by Palm Springs Art Museum and curated by Brad Dunning, architecture and design specialist, with support from Rochelle Steiner.

Lead sponsorship for this exhibition provided by Elizabeth Edwards Harris and Trina Turk.

Funding provided by Robert Allred (Allred Collaborative), Geoffrey De Sousa & José Manuel Alorda, Melissa Morgan (Melissa Morgan Fine Art), Mimi & Steve Fisher, David Knaus & Mark Ingram, Lawrence Lazzaro & Nicholas Hertneck (Modern Hacienda), Sarah McElroy, Tim Prendergast & Christopher Mizeski (Christopher Anthony Ltd.), Palm Springs Life, Ronnie Sassoon & James Crump, Bonnie Serkin & Will Emery, Cindra & Rod Stolk.

Additional funding is also provided by Fred & Nancy Baron, Robert Campbell – Realtor & Donald Daniels, Jane Emison & Mike Tierney, Amanda & Michael Erlinger, Robert D. Kleinschmidt, Nancy Sinatra, Rebecca & Phillip Smith.

This season’s exhibitions are sponsored by the Herman & Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation and Yvonne & Steve* Maloney.

*in memoriam


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