Join us on Thursday, November 4th to build a 1:10 scale model of BA Harrington's Lineage #1 sculpture of a Hadley Chest. In this workshop, you will learn about the history of the Hadley Chest, see how it was referenced in sculpture in the exhibition Suite Américaine, and recreate one in miniature scale.
The featured artist of Suite Américaine, BA Harrington, will speak about the Early American gender-specific furniture forms that inspire her work and lead the making of a 1:10 scale version chest. She, alongside Center for Craft staff, will teach you how to assemble, join, glue, and hinge pre-cut wooden pieces. Once assembled, you will paint, decorate, and fill your miniature chest.
Registration is $35 and attendees will receive laser-cut wooden pieces, miniature dowels, hinges, hardware, paint and construction materials. This workshop uses hammers, wood glue, paint, and brushes. This workshop is in-person and recommended for ages 16 and older. All experience levels are welcome.
Suite Américaine is a solo exhibition by artist and material culture scholar, BA Harrington, which inflects historical American furniture forms with a contemporary feminist imagination. Developed with support from the Center for Craft’s Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship, Harrington reconstructs Colonial and Early American gender-specific furniture forms — dowry chests (also called hope or dower chests), ladies work tables and ladies writing desks — to demonstrate the revolutionary potential of furniture to actualize the creative agency of women. Harrington’s work exposes, activates, and celebrates the rich interiors of objects that once stored and concealed the labor and craft skill of women.
The daughter, granddaughter, and sister of carpenters, BA Harrington carries craft lineage into contemporary practice. Part of a growing, intersectional cohort of women-identifying woodworkers, Harrington learned her trade, like many before her, by reproducing furniture forms of the past. Suite Américaine holds a reverence for the history of American furniture-making, but is inflected with a contemporary feminist imagination. The use of French in the exhibition’s title is a nod to the eighteenth century term for a furniture set and also allows the artist to feminize the word “American.” Similarly, the work on display acts as a feminist intervention on historic furniture.
Suite Américaine will be on view at the Center for Craft until November 26th. VIEW EXHIBITION PAGE -->
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