Currently Showing

Welcome to Currently Showing, a compendium of exhibitions in the field of studio furniture. Listings for exhibitions are open to artists, museums, galleries and other venues across the country and internationally.

To submit an exhibition for inclusion in Currently Showing, please send details to the section editor at showing@furnituresociety.org.


Maine Wood 2016

Maine Wood 2016
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship | Messler Gallery
Rockport, ME
January 22-April 6, 2016

Work by Virginia Blanchard
Work by Virginia Blanchard

Maine Wood is a juried, biennial exhibition designed to showcase the breadth, creativity, and excellence of Maine’s woodworking community. For 2016 the Center received 90 submissions from 45 Maine artists and artisans. “This is our fifth biennial,” says Peter Korn, Executive Director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, “and it’s exciting to see a significant number of first-time exhibitors among the tried-and-true makers.”

Jurors for this year’s biennial were Peter Fleming, Head of Furniture at the Sheridan College Bachelor of Craft and Design Program in Toronto; Matthew Kenney, Senior Editor at Fine Woodworking; and Emily Zilber, curator at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.  For more information on the exhibition, visit the website here.

furnished/CITY: architecture for the body and soul

furnished/CITY: architecture for the body and soul
Massachusetts College of Art & Design | Doran Gallery
Boston, MA
February 7-March 4, 2016

 

Work by Shadi Afsharnezhad
Work by Shadi Afsharnezhad

On view in the new Design and Media Center's Doran Gallery the work of city planner Tunney Lee and Furniture Design Students at the Massachusetts Colllege of Art and Design.  The gallery hours are 11am-5pm and there will be a reception and lecture February 9th, at 6pm.

Mid-West Furniture Zoku

Mid-West Furniture Zoku
Ann Arbor Art Center
Ann Arbor, MI
February 5-March 5, 2016

work by Maxwell Davis
work by Maxwell Davis

Zoku, in Japanese means a loosely affiliated tribe or clan. The title, Mid-West Furniture Zoku, refers to our regional clan of furniture makers, designers, and educators.

This exhibition is a small sampling of a much larger group of like-minded artists, designers, and educators working in the context of furniture. The works in the show represent a broad range of techniques, styles, and personal sensibilities, while at the same time demonstrating universal respect for materials, and deep interest in the integration of form and function. On display are objects that are familiar on one level, yet poke holes in our conventional views of how furniture should look and what role furniture plays in our daily lives. This exhibition features work from Maxwell Davis, Colin Tury, Bob Marsh, Ray Wetzel, Katie Hudnall, Chad Jensen, Aaron Blendowski, John DeHoog, Laura Earle, Nicole Hodsdon, Melissa Judd, Andy Kem, Brian Nelson, Michael Neville, Matt O'brien, Nick Stawinski, Jim Stevens, Travis Taylor, and Marco Terenzi. For more information visit the Ann Arbor Art Center's website.

Kimberly Winkle: Traces

Kimberly Winkle: Traces
Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery
Purchase, NY
January 20-February 5, 2016

work by kimberly winkle
work by kimberly winkle

Traces consists of furniture forms that display strong use of color and linear pattern, which are derived from traditional Seminole patchwork. As a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma this work is important to me as a form of preservation and expansion of the tradition into contemporary material sculpture." -Kimberly Winkle  For more information about this exhibition, visit the website here.

Katie Hudnall: Bits and Pieces

Katie Hudnall: Bits and Pieces
Sarah M. Hurt Gallery, Indianapolis Art Center
Indianapolis, IN
December 4, 2015-January 30, 2016

Work by Katie Hudnall
Work by Katie Hudnall

Katie Hudnall makes furnitural objects that tap into the delight that comes from seeing something work that shouldn’t and the beauty in something textured with imperfections then worn smooth through use. Hudnall received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2009, she was the first Windgate Wood Resident at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions and publications, including 500 Cabinets, Studio Furniture: The Next Generation, and Crafting a Continuum. She is an assistant professor at Herron School of Art & Design in Indianapolis and member of the board of the Furniture Society. For more information visit the Indianapolis Art Center website.

Touch: Interactive Craft

Touch: Interactive Craft
Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts Gallery
Gatlinburg, TN
January 16-March 11, 2016

Touch Touch Touch_redArrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Gallery is currently hosting it's national juried exhibition, “Touch: Interactive Craft.”  inviting attendees to interact directly with the works by touching them- without white museum gloves.  Juried by Emily Zilber, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s first Ronald L. and Anita C. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, works were selected based on their gaining significance or emotional resonance by being handled, or which require audience manipulation or involvement for the piece's creation or enjoyment.  An opening reception will be held January 22nd, from 6pm to 8pm.  For more information, visit the Arrowmont Gallery website, or call 865 436 5860, ex 22.

Made in America: Craft Icons of the 50 States

Made in America: Craft Icons of the 50 States
Mingei Museum
San Diego, CA
September 19, 2015-February 21, 2016

Rocker by Sam Maloof
Rocker by Sam Maloof

This exhibition of traditional and contemporary craft icons highlights distinctive materials, excellence of workmanship and makers’ imaginations. Exploring regional and national craft traditions, while expressing each state’s unique contribution to the richness of the American experience, this exhibition celebrates the variety of craft found in America. Exhibition objects will include: Sam Maloof’s signature Rocking Chair for California, Karen Karnes’ Lidded Jar for the salt glazed pottery tradition of Vermont, Henry Petzal Silver for a contemporary take on Massachusetts’ centuries-old silver-smith tradition, Dale Chihuly Glass for Washington State, a Louis Comfort Tiffany long-necked Glass Bottle for New York and a newly acquired Gee’s Bend Quilt for Alabama.  For more information on the exhibition or museum, visit the Mingei Museum website.

Beauty-Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial

Beauty-Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, NY
February 12-August 21, 2016

Work by Tuomus Markunpoika
Work by Tuomus Markunpoika

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial,” the fifth installment of the museum’s popular contemporary design exhibition series, from Feb. 12 through Aug. 21, 2016. With projects ranging from experimental prototypes and interactive games to fashion ensembles and architectural interventions, “Beauty” will feature work by 63 designers, filling most of two floors of the museum with more than 250 works from around the globe. (more…)

Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft & Design, Midcentury and Today

Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft & Design, Midcentury and Today
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Washingon, DC
October 30, 2015-February 28, 2016

Work by Vivian Beer
Work by Vivian Beer

This exhibition presents dynamic women designers and artists from the mid-20th century and today making groundbreaking commercial and industrial designs, maintaining craft traditions, and incorporating new aesthetics into fine art.

In the 1950s and ’60s, an era when painting, sculpture, and architecture were dominated by men, women had considerable impact in alternative materials such as textiles, ceramics, and metals. Pioneers in these fields—including Ruth Asawa, Edith Heath, Sheila Hicks, Karen Karnes, Dorothy Liebes, Alice Kagawa Parrott, Lenore Tawney, and Eva Zeisel—had tremendous influence as designers, artists, and teachers. (more…)

The NEO Room @ Milwaukee Art Museum

The NEO Room @ Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee, WI
Ongoing

Work by Jim Rose
Work by Jim Rose

Traditional objects take on provocative new life before your eyes in the installation NEO, for which contemporary artists have redefined historic furniture forms into modern sculptures. (more…)