Barbara Broughel: Storytelling Chairs

ShowingFebruary 23, 1991 - April 21, 1991

This New York-based artist has previously created poetic versions of various products important in the history of political economy, such as diamonds, coffee, and tobacco, to convey symbolically significant details of their production circumstances. Her Storytelling Chairs, shown here for the first time, chronicle the Iroquois and their under-acknowledged impact on early American thought and culture. The eight 17th and 18th-century chairs are deftly transformed by the artist’s colorful interventions and invite a reassessment of colonial American history. 

Public Events:

Opening Reception/Preview Friday, February 22, 5 to 7pm

Gallery Talk Saturday, February 23, 3pm

Publication Available. Accordion brochure contains full-color reproductions of the chairs and 4 b/w illustrations, and an essay by Edward Ball.

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