The Art of Seating

Two Hundred Years of American Design

September 24, 2011 through January 15, 2012

On view in the Atrium, Blackmon, Goldman, Richard, and Rushton Stakely Galleries


The Art of Seating presents a survey of exceptional American chair design from the early 19th century to the present day. Each of the 44 chairs is chosen for its inherent beauty and its ability to reflect its social and cultural context. Selections from The Jacobsen Collection of American Art are joined by contemporary designs offering a stylistic journey in furniture with examples by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, Herter Brothers, Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles & Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and Frank Gehry, among others.

The chair is presented not only as a functional item, but also as sculptural object—the chair as art.


Developed by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville in collaboration with the Jacobsen Collection of American Art and tour organized by International Art & Artists, Washington, D.C.


Sponsored by The James W. Wilson, Jr. and Wynona W. Wilson Family Foundation; Aliant Bank; and Doug’s 2 Salon-Spa.

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