Coming in April: Winterthur Furniture Forum

Highboy by Samuel Sewall, York, Maine
Highboy by Samuel Sewall, York, Maine

Two years ago I had the opportunity to attend what perhaps is the premeire annual learning experience concerning American furniture. Last year’s event about becoming a furniture detective sold out before I could register. This year’s forum topic is:  Harbor & Home: Furniture of Coastal New England 1725-1825

“From the rocky coast of Maine to the sandy shores of Connecticut, New England’s early seaports supported some of America’s finest furnituremakers. Over the past decade, fresh research has yielded exciting discoveries about the work of these master craftsmen.

Furniture Forum builds on the Winterthur exhibition, also named Harbor & Home, that presents the 18th- and early 19th-century furniture of southeastern Massachusetts for the first time. After the Forum, travel to the Philadelphia Antiques Show to shop the wares of 50 leading antiques dealers and galleries. Optional workshops and demonstrations will be available on April 15 and April 18.”

For more information or to register, visit http://www.winterthur.org/calendar/adult_programs.asp

About Art After X

With the death of President Kennedy in 1963, America changed. As hard as it is to minimize that sentiment, the effect of Dallas was even greater. The same year saw the merging of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, which had been central to the art scene, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Douglas MacAgy, then the director of DMCA, not only opposed the merger, but also declined to directorship of the combined museum. The regionalist movement which had been strong for decades, was giving way to more of an interest in what was going on nationally, and internationally. Like it or not, Dallas was on the national stage. When the Kennedy’s arrived in Fort Worth, local collectors had decorated a hotel room with internationally-renowned works. While the president and his wife learned a great deal about the ability of Texans to collect major art, there was little they could glean about the local scene in this era-defining city. With this in mind, we have begun a project to look not back at the art scene in Dallas, but foreword from 1963. We are interviewing gallery owners, curators and others involved in the art scene then, but this will be a story told mostly through interviews with artists active in the city from that point into the 1980s. The result will be a book with a video component. We hope you will join us in our journey. The hashtag for the project is #artafterx and the url artafterx.com will point to the latest updates on this weblog.

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