Exhibition- From Where I Sit: Permanent Collection Seating
Seating furniture is a relatively recent phenomenon in the history of humankind. For thousands of years, humans perched upon objects of convenience, such as fallen logs, large rocks, tree stumps, or simply the ground. It wasn’t until ancient Egypt that chairs were introduced as a way to elevate rulers above their subjects. Since that time, seating furniture has undergone countless evolutions, largely propelled by new materials, production methods, technological advances, and innovative applications. And while the basic architecture persists—a horizontal platform that supports our body weight with legs or a base—efficacy remains secondary to creative expression for many artists and designers.
From Where I Sit: Permanent Collection Seating celebrates the boundless aesthetic potential of the things upon which we sit. The 20+ works from the Fuller Craft collection—chairs, benches, and one stool—address both human physiology and innovative artmaking in various ways. Some objects embrace the foundational utility of chairs, while others take a more sculptural approach to blur the lines between form and function. Several works reference the natural world through organic elements—still more conflate Eastern and Western sensibilities through design and narrative references. From Where I Sit also includes communal benches that invite collaboration and conversation between sitters.
In the words of architect and chair scholar Witold Rybczynski, “The way we choose to sit, and what we choose to sit on, says a lot about us: our values, our tastes, and the things we hold dear. We are how we sit.” Fuller Craft Museum is proud to present these remarkable objects from our permanent collection, each one proving a seat is much more than a tool for sitting.
Date: September 19, 2020 – February 21, 2021
Location: M. Tarlow Gallery