Read Douglas Dawson's "Letter to the Editor"

Read Douglas Dawson's "Letter to the Editor"

"Illustrating A Double Standard" in American Archaeology magazine, Summer 2016

African Furniture

African Furniture

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TAKE A SEAT !  African furniture – chairs, stools, benches and chaise – is more related to sculpture than carpentry.   The African carver conceives the form he wants and removes everything else – a subtractive process in which the finished piece is usually monoxylic – or of a single piece of wood.  African furniture also is more than functional.   Stools are a cultural common denominator in much of Africa where they project one’s place in the social order.
This collection of traditional and authentic African furniture spans much of the continent and is yet another testimony to the creative genius that is Africa.
A Global View: Recent Acquisitions of Textiles 2012 - 2016

A Global View: Recent Acquisitions of Textiles 2012 - 2016

This recently- opened exhibition, at the Art Institute of Chicago, illustrates the breadth of the collections of the department of textiles at the museum under the direction and vision of curator, Dan Walker.  Chicago is very fortunate to be one of the few museums in the US with a strong commitment to the textile arts- historic and contemporary. Highlights include a wonderful contemporary felt by Francisco Toledo, arguably one of the most important contemporary Mexican artists, and pieces by three Chicago artists; Joan Livingstone, Michael Olszewski and Anne Wilson.  This gallery is pleased to represented as well by two 19th century paper short kimono (haori) and a Chinese-influenced batik from Java, Indonesia.