Tickets to the upcoming program ‘Wharton Esherick: Synthesizing Art, Design, Crafts, Architecture’ which I will moderate at the New York School of Interior Design (Wednesday, March 28, at 6 pm) are available now. Considered the godfather of the Studio Furniture Movement and inventor of Art Furniture, Wharton Esherick (1887-1970) was a visionary who synthesized art, design, craft, and architecture. He focused on merging life and craftsmanship in rural Paoli, Pennsylvania, while the rest of the world was captured by the power of the machine in revolutionizing modern life. This program explores Esherick’s legacy, influence, and impact on the story of modern design in America. A screening of the documentary I Am Known as an Artist will be followed by a panel discussion with Carolyn Coal, the filmmaker, Dr. Robert Aibel, collector, scholar, and dealer, and Paul Eisenhauer, former executive director and curator of the Wharton Esherick Museum. This evening, which will conclude with a reception, could not have been happened without the generous support of Rago Art and Moderne Gallery.
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