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Arts and Culture

Early Summer Exhibitions: A Chairmaker, Lovers, and Funky Collaborators

By Maggie Barrett

Detail from Wiggle Wright, one of the sculptural chairs in the exhibition Garry Knox Bennett: Call Me Chairmaker.

Detail from Wiggle Wright, one of the sculptural chairs in the exhibition Garry Knox Bennett: Call Me Chairmaker.

Fun is everyone’s main objective during the summer and the same goes for the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. On Saturday, June 6, the museum opens three exhibitions with decidedly whimsical elements.  

Garry Knox Bennett: Call Me Chairmaker features 52 one-of-a-kind sculptural chairs created by Garry Knox Bennett, one of the foremost contemporary studio furniture makers in America.  Inspired by well known furniture designers and architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, George Nakashima, and Gerrit Rietveld, Bennett makes his wit and imagination come to life with such chairs as the “Great Granny Rietveld” and “Wiggle Wright.” By using bold new forms and constantly expanding traditional boundaries, Bennett makes furniture a form of art and brings new meaning to the words “sitting pretty.”  The exhibition closes Sunday, August 16.

The Washington Print Club’s 20th biennal exhibition, Love, Let Me Count the Ways, is a compilation of approximately 100 prints, drawings, and pastels from print club member collections.  Images of love range from the maternal and sexual to the mythological, patriotic/political, and psychological.  The exhibition includes prints dating from the sixteenth century to contemporary productions.  While most of the pieces are by Americans, works on paper by Spanish, German, French, Japanese, English, and Norwegian artists also are represented. The exhibition closes Sunday, August 9.

Robert Hudson and Richard Shaw: Collaborations brings together more than 60 collaborative and individual sculptural works created during the 40-year careers of Robert Hudson and Richard Shaw. Highlighting the unique and inventive partnership of these renowned San Francisco Bay area artists, the exhibition features works in porcelain and glaze that challenge perceptions of art, craft, and the conventional modes of artistic production. Collaborations has been made possible through the support of Braunstein/Quay Gallery in San Francisco, California. The exhibition closes Sunday, August 9.