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Sit Down! Chairs from Six Centuries
October 21, 2010 - January 16, 2011
Halford Gallery
Center Gallery, Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery, and Focus Gallery
William Searle, English, ca. 1634-1667, active in America, Joined Great Chair, 1663-1667, oak, Gift of Ephraim Wilder Farley, Class of 1836, 1872.1

Sit Down! will celebrate the Museum's distinguished collection of American and European furniture, focusing on chairs dating from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Ranging in date from a medieval armchair produced around 1500 to the Nurse Hat Chair designed by Richard Prince in 2008, this exhibition will examine the evolution of style, the nature of technological innovation, and the social meaning of seating furniture. Exemplary loans from Historic New England, Maine Historical Society, Victoria Mansion and several other collections will complement Bowdoin's significant holdings. 

Charles Eames, American, 1907-1978, Eames Chair, ca. 1950, laminated wood and steel, Museum Purchase, 1990.86.1
John Jelliff & Co., American, 1836-1890, Arm Chair, 1865-1870, rosewood, walnut, and upholstery, Museum Purchase, 1975.19

Unknown Artist, English, Side Chair, ca. 1810, mahogany with restored caned seat, Bequest of Sylvia E. Ross, 1963.26
"Cross Check Armchair", 1992, by Frank Gehry. Gift of Coco Kim and Richard Schetman, parents of Elizabeth Schetman, Bowdoin Class of 2013. 2010.36