The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design

October 1, 2016–December 31, 2016

The Art of Seating, an exhibition organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, presents exceptional American chair designs from the early nineteenth century to the present day. The chair is experienced not only as a functional item, but as sculptural in view—the chair as art.

Each of the more than forty chairs in the exhibition was chosen for its beauty and historical context with important social, economic, political, and cultural influences. Selections from the Jacobsen Collection of American Art are joined by contemporary designs offering a stylistic journey in furniture with showstoppers by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, Herter Brothers, Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Isamu Noguchi, and Frank Gehry, and many others.

The Art of Seating is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, in collaboration with the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.

PAStPORT to History


Building on the must-see Art of Seating exhibition, Partners for Albany Stories (PASt) is sponsoring a special program, Pull Up a Chair: Hidden Stories in Albany’s Famous Seats. 

Grab a “PAStPORT” at one of the PASt sites to get a 20% discount on adult admission.  Hunt for “seats” that tell the story of Dutch settlement or have witnessed the anti-slavery movement or that hold secrets or have held the seats of Founding Fathers! Special tours at some sites. [Download the brochure and the PAStPORT here]

Pull Up a Chair special events:

During October, visit three sites and get your PAStport stamped to enter a free drawing for a beautifully crafted reproduction Shaker chair.

Tours and events at many PASt sites will continue through the end of the year.

PASt Partners: