Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Shaker Furniture Exhibit @ BGC

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From March 13 to June 15, The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture in New York City, is presenting “Out of This World: Shaker Design Past, Present, and Future,” an exploration of 200 years of Shaker design and spirituality. In addition - and for the first time in a major exhibition - “Out of This World” illustrates the Shaker influence on diverse contemporary design, including Scandinavian furniture and the work of George Nakashima.

The Shaker movement was founded by Ann Lee (1736-1784), who, with a small band of followers, immigrated to America from England in 1774. From New York they traveled north, buying land near Albany; by 1781 they were established enough to undertake a mission to New England. After Mother Ann’s death, subsequent leaders spread the faith throughout New England and to Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. The society reached its apogee of about 6,000 members in the years just before the Civil War, and then slowly went into a decline, with only the last glimmerings still with us. Yet the Shakers have lasted longer and gained more fame than any other utopian community this country has produced.
-- Fine Art Publicity

The BGC for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture
18 West 86th Street | New York, NY | 10024 | Phone: 212-501-3000

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