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“Nakashima Looks” explores modern craft furniture collection

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“Nakashima Looks: Studio Furniture” presents an exploration of the Michener Art Museum’s Studio Furniture collection until July 7.

Mira Nakashima has curated the exhibition that reveals the museum’s commitment to elevating and exhibiting modern and contemporary craft. Included in the exhibition are examples of Mira Nakashima’s own work as well as that of her father, George Nakashima, presented alongside designs by Paul Evans (1931–1987), Jack Larimore (b. 1950), Robert Whitley (b. 1924), and Mark Sfirri (b. 1952), among others.

Loans round out Mira’s intimate look at craft furniture, including pieces by Wharton Esherick (1887–1970), Harry Bertoia (1915–1978), Sam Maloof (1916–2009), and both generations of the Nakashima family.

“Nakashima Looks” and “The Art of Seating” exhibitions are running concurrently this spring.

“Founding Michener Executive Director Bruce Katsiff had the foresight to partner with Mira Nakashima-Yarnall to create the Nakashima Reading Room and now, it is my great privilege to work with Mira on this special exhibition,” said Kathleen Jameson, executive director of the Michener. “I was delighted she agreed to help us review our studio craft holdings, establish a roadmap for growth, and renew our commitment to this critically important art. It has been wonderful to work closely with Mira on this project, and I think audiences will love this intimate, insider’s view into the world of great American craft and design.”

Rago Auctions of Lambertville, N.J., is a partner in the exhibition. “We are honored to be a part of the arts community where Mira and George Nakashima, as well as Paul Evans and Phil Powell, worked and lived,” said David Rago, founding partner of Rago Auctions. “Ever since William Langson Lathrop transformed New Hope and Lambertville into an artist’s colony over a century ago, our towns have remained an idyllic bastion of the arts. It has been a privilege to know Mira as an artist, a neighbor, and most of all a friend and we are honored to support this celebration of her creative vision and the Michener’s important mission.”

Tickets to “Nakashima Looks” can be purchased at michenerartmuseum.org.

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