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.


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…)

Art in Wood: Philadelphia’s American Craft Council Fellows

Art in Wood: Philadelphia's American Craft Council Fellows
Center for Art in Wood
Philadelphia, PA
October 30, 2015-January 16, 2016

Work by Michael Hurwitz
Work by Michael Hurwitz

The Center for Art in Wood will be exhibiting work from the following American Craft Council Fellows: Sharon Church, jeweler; David Ellsworth, wood turner; Michael Hurwitz, furniture maker; Bruce Metcalf, jeweler; and the late George Nakashima, furniture maker. Each of the artists work in wood and have distinctive careers that span 25 years or more. The Philadelphia region is widely recognized for its rich history within the field of craft, now reflected in the number of local artists who have been elected to the ACC College of Fellows. In addition to the Center, The Clay Studio, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art will also be hosting exhibits of ACC Fellows as part of Craft NOW | Philadelphia; all of which will be documented in a full color book. For more information on this exhibition, visit the Center's website here.

Wendell Castle Remastered

Wendell Castle Remastered
Museum of Art & Design
New York, NY
October 20, 2015-February 28, 2016

Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 8.16.28 PMWendell Castle Remastered will be the first museum exhibition to examine the digitally crafted works of Wendell Castle, acclaimed figure of the American art furniture movement and a Furniture Society AOD recipient. A master furniture maker, designer, sculptor, and educator, Castle is now in the sixth decade of a prolific career that began in 1958—one that parallels the emergence and growth of the American studio craft movement.

In this solo exhibition, Castle casts a critical eye toward the first decade of his own artistic production by creating a new body of work that revisits his groundbreaking achievements of the 1960s through a contemporary lens. This self-reflective meditation examines a crucial period during which Castle’s sculptural practices came to define his pivotal role as a leader in the field, and set the foundation for his longevity. (more…)

A FINE TIMBER: WOOD & TRANSFORMATION IN OUR TIME

A Fine Timber: Wood & Transformation in Our Time
Appleton Museum of Art
Ocala, FL
November 14, 2015-January 3, 2016

Work by Chuck Sharbaugh
Work by Chuck Sharbaugh

Organized by the Appleton Museum of Art, this exhibition focused on three artists currently creating exquisite expressions in wood or about wood. Chuck Sharbaugh is a master artisan who creates beautifully-crafted cabinets with marquetry inlay in the Arts and Crafts Style, a tradition that stretches back to the Renaissance. Eric Serritella is an award-winning ceramicist who turns clay into trompe l’oeil objects that appear to be crafted out of birch bark, while Bank Seon Ghi from Korea makes ethereal installations resembling shapes and architecture out of black charcoal strung with invisible wire. Together these three artists represent humanity’s longstanding relationship with wood whether through finely-crafted furniture, objects that recall our forest or installations that remind us of the fragility of nature and our responsibility to care for the planet.

ETTORE SOTTSASS 1955 – 1969

Ettore Sottsass 1955-1969
Friedman-Benda Gallery
New York, NY
September 10-October 17, 2015

Work by Ettore Sotsass
Work by Ettore Sotsass

New York, NY, June 2, 2015 – On September 10, Friedman Benda will open its eighth season with Ettore Sottsass 1955-1969. The fourth in a series devoted to the expansive oeuvre of the groundbreaking Italian architect-designer Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007), the exhibition ten years in the making will explore the breadth of Sottsass’ remarkable creativity in the early stages of his career. With a display of unique ceramics, rare furniture and lighting, and vintage photographs never before seen in the United States, the exhibition will also be the first in a newly configured exhibition space for Friedman Benda in Chelsea. (more…)

Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project

Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Houston, TX
September 18, 2015-January 3, 2016

Work by Wendy Maruyama
Work by Wendy Maruyama

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project, an exhibition that serves to illustrate the plight of elephants and the illegal ivory trade. Through a moving installation of life-sized objects made from exotic woods and string and shrine-like forms made from steel and glass, the show makes a compelling case for the preservation of animals in the wild.

Furniture maker, artist and educator Wendy Maruyama has been making innovative work for 40 years. While her early work combined ideologies of feminism and traditional craft objects, her newer work moves beyond the boundaries of traditional studio craft and into the realm of social practice. The wildLIFE Project focuses on the endangerment of elephants, a cause that is very personal to the artist. She recently took a sojourn to Kenya and met with wildlife advocates to investigate the dangers of the continued poaching of these magnificent animals. The trip served as a source of inspiration for the artist to create a new body of work and incorporate a strong societal message. (more…)

A Long Engagement: Wendy Maruyama and Her Students

A Long Engagement: Wendy Maruyama and Her Students
SDSU Main Campus, School of Art & Design University Gallery
San Diego, CA
October 9-October 30, 2015

Work by Sophie Glenn
Work by Sophie Glenn

The SDSU School of Art + Design is proud to present, A Long Engagement: Wendy Maruyama and Her Students. One of the most talked about shows of the fall is coming to you soon! The School of Art + Design is hosting a show featuring the work of over 30 SDSU Alumni and current graduate students from the Furniture Design and Woodworking Program. (more…)

Paul J. Smith Portraits: A Photographic Journal of the Studio Craft Community

Paul J. Smith Portraits: A Photographic Journal of the Studio Craft Community
Fuller Craft Museum
Brockton, MA
October 3, 2015-February 28, 2016

Photograph of Bob Stocksdale and Sam Maloof by Paul J. Smith
Photograph of Bob Stocksdale and Sam Maloof by Paul J. Smith

Fuller Craft Museum is pleased to present Paul J. Smith Portraits: A Photographic Journal of the Studio Craft Community, an original photography exhibition that features portraits by Paul J. Smith, Director Emeritus of the Museum of Arts and Design. The photographs, taken over a 30-year period, represent Smith’s personal visual journal of the history of the studio craft movement. The body of work poignantly reflects his longtime passion for meeting makers while chronicling the deeply connected and inclusive community of craft artists. The prints for the exhibition were selected from the more extensive collection of 240 photographs featured in the recently released book Masters of Craft, 224 Artists in Fiber, Clay, Glass, Metal and Wood: Portraits by Paul J. Smith. The Fuller Craft exhibition is the first to present Smith’s portraits across the full range of craft media. (more…)

Gregory Nangle: Isomorphic Imbalance

Gregory Nangle: Isomorphic Imbalance
Wexler Gallery
Philadelphia, PA
October 2-November 2, 2015

Work by Gregory Nangle
Work by Gregory Nangle

Wexler Gallery is pleased to present GREGORY NANGLE: Isomorphic Imbalance, a solo exhibition featuring new work by the Philadelphia based artist. The show will run from October 2nd through November 2nd, 2015. An opening reception will take place first Friday, October 2nd, from 6:00-8:00pm. Wexler Gallery also invites the public to attend an Art Talk with Gregory Nangle, Thursday, October 15th at 6:00pm., in accordance with Design Philadelphia. (more…)

Point and Counterpoint

Point & Counterpoint: NC Arts Council Fellows 2014-15
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
Winston Salem, NC
October 1, 2015-January 17, 2016

Work by Richard Prisco
Work by Richard Prisco

This exhibition captures the originality, energy and excellence of this vibrant group of eighteen artists working across media and breaking new ground. Point and Counterpoint draws on thematic currents, dynamic differences and connections in their work.
The exhibition features ten visual artists, four craft artists (including two Furniture Society members-Richard Prisco and Tom Shields), two film/video artists, and two choreographers selected for the 2014-2015 awards.  For more information on the exhibition, visit the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Website.