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Free Public Programs Complement "The Furniture of Sam Maloof"

Contact: Smithsonian American Art Museum's Public Affairs Office AmericanArtinfo[at]
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Recorded information: (202) 633-8998

A new exhibition at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum titled "The Furniture of Sam Maloof," is on view from Sept. 14, 2001 through Jan. 20, 2002. It marks the first full-scale exhibition of Sam Maloof's celebrated sculptural furniture over his 50-year career as a designer-craftsman and a leader in the American craft movement. In 1985 he was the first craft artist to receive a coveted MacArthur Foundation Fellowship or "genius" grant. Best known for his graceful, exquisitely crafted and extraordinarily comfortable all-wood rocking chairs—enjoyed by three U.S. presidents—Maloof has slowly evolved classic furniture designs that are both beautiful and utilitarian.


"The Furniture of Sam Maloof" Public Program Highlights

Friday, Sept. 14, 2 p.m.—"'The Furniture of Sam Maloof': A Gallery Dialogue" Gallery Talk
.Meet artist Sam Maloof for a walk-through of the exhibition.

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2 p.m.—"Maloof on Maloof" Lecture and Reception
Sam Maloof reflects on his contributions to 20th-century furniture design and the studio craft movement. Public reception follows.

Sunday, Sept. 30, 3 p.m.—"Distinguished Craft Artists Series"
Craft artists Peter Pierobon and Randy Shull join art furniture collectors Marc Grainer and John Kotelly in a panel discussion of the studio furniture movement. Sponsored by the James Renwick Alliance.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.—Symposium: "Living With Fine Furniture"
Fine furniture has graced American homes since Colonial times. Find out how to choose, integrate into a living space, and care for exceptional furniture from a panel of experts including Brock Jobe of the Henry Francis Du Pont Winterthur Museum, studio furniture maker Rick Wrigley, designer David Mitchell and furniture conservator Mel Wachowiak.

Sunday, Nov. 4, 2 p.m.—"American Music in the Grand Salon"
John Eaton, preeminent interpreter of American popular music, presents a concert of jazz and cabaret music, featuring updated classic standards.

Sunday, Nov. 18, 3 p.m.—"Distinguished Craft Artist Series"
Studio furniture maker Jenna Goldberg presents a slide-illustrated lecture about her work. Sponsored by the James Renwick Alliance.

Saturday, Dec. 8, noon–4 p.m.—Holiday Family Day
Begin the holiday season with a wood-inspired family day at the Renwick Gallery. Create wooden holiday ornaments and hear holiday songs and stories. Supported by the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, 2–4 p.m.—Slide Lecture and Table Talk
Dickson Carroll, Washington sculptor and architect, discusses his sculptural forms constructed from wood in a slide lecture and table talk. Supported by the Pearl Rappaport Kaplan Fund.

Walk-in tours of the exhibition led by museum docents will be offered Monday through Friday at noon.

For more information about a variety of other programs scheduled in conjunction with this exhibition, including the Thursday at 1 p.m. gallery talk series "Take a Break at the Renwick," call (202) 633-8070 or visit the museum's Web site at

The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum is dedicated to exhibiting American crafts from the 19th to the 21st century. The Renwick is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W., near the Farragut North (Red line) and Farragut West (Blue and Orange lines) Metrorail stations. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Public information: (202) 357-2700; (202) 786-2393 (TTY); (202) 633-9126 (Spanish). Recorded information: (202) 633-8998.