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Art: ‘The Art of Seating’ at WWU’s Western Gallery

Kenneth Smythe’s “Synergistic Synthesis” chair is displayed at “The Art of Seating” at WWU’s Western Gallery.
Kenneth Smythe’s “Synergistic Synthesis” chair is displayed at “The Art of Seating” at WWU’s Western Gallery. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

The Western Gallery at Western Washington University will display “The Art of Seating,” a survey of American chair design featuring 40 examples of iconic seating from the early 19th century to the present, Sept. 23 through Dec. 11.

Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art of Jacksonville, Fla., and the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation, “The Art of Seating” explores chairs not only as a functional item, but also as a sculptural, aesthetic object. Each chair was chosen for its beauty and historical context, including social, economic, political and cultural influences.

Selections from foundation are displayed alongside contemporary designs offering a stylistic journey in furniture by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, Herter Brothers, Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and Frank Gehry, among others.

Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The gallery is open until 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Admission is free.

Details: westerngallery.wwu.edu or 360-650-2829.

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