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Formal Legacies - The Shaker Settee (2016) - American Museum Exhibition, Bath

posted on 2021-03-28, 13:36 authored by Andrew SouthallAndrew Southall

Formal Legacies seeks to re-examine the past of Shaker furniture through the digital present, via furniture making and photography, as a proxy lens for examining its own European and American antecedence and its formal legacies.


The settee was exhibited in the American Museum, Bath, for 3 months between July and October 2016 it was seen by all visitors, positioned on the standard route through, alongside objects in the permanent collection.

The display included the photographic representations, the drawing from which it was made and an information panel to provide context. The different elements aimed to illustrate the multiple layers of representation, corresponding to the processes of cultural appropriation of craft from the UK, to North America and its return from America to Europe.

Photo credit: Andrew Southall.

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