Please note that all session times are in Eastern Daylight Time
Join the team at the Wharton Esherick Museum for a virtual visit and behind-the-scenes look at all things Esherick!
The first half of this program will explore how Wharton Esherick lived and worked in his Studio in rural Pennsylvania, including access to some rarely seen gems from WEM’s collection of over 3,000 objects and the unique spaces of this National Historic Landmark for Architecture. We’ll also explore Esherick’s wide-ranging legacy as WEM’s 50th Anniversary approaches in 2022, including his ongoing impact on contemporary artists across numerous disciplines. We’ll spend some time with WEM’s current onsite and virtual exhibition, Wood And…, which showcases the works of a number of Furniture Society members.
The second half of this program will feature a conversation with woodworker Ray Kelso, who first visited Esherick’s studio in 1973. Kelso will talk about his fifty year relationship with Esherick’s work and the museum and how, through art and community, he’s become an integral part of WEM’s story. We’ll hear stories that take us from Kelso’s experience repairing Esherick originals, to his work producing built-in pieces for the museum designed in conversation with Esherick’s own style and material language, to his years spent working with Esherick’s sawyer, Ed Ray.