Boscobel exhibit showcases modern designs

Boscobel House and Gardens, known for its collection of furniture made in New York between 1800 and 1820 by Duncan Phyfe and his contemporaries, will open an exhibit on Saturday, April 16, called Hudson Hewn: New York Furniture Now.

The show, which runs through Aug. 14, will feature contemporary furniture by area designers installed in the exhibition gallery and throughout the period interiors in the mansion. “Contemporary furniture can inform our understanding of antiques, and vice versa,” said curator Jennifer Carlquist, who joined the Boscobel staff last year. Like many of their early American counterparts, the work of the artists who contributed to the show blurs the lines between decorative and fine art, craft, and sculpture.

A "Grecian" chair attributed to Duncan Phyfe, about 1815, and a "Wickson" chair created in 2015 by Michael Robbins (photos by Robert Penner)
A ”Grecian” chair attributed to Duncan Phyfe, about 1815, and a ”Wickson” chair created in 2015 by Michael Robbins (photos by Robert Penner)

The exhibit will be open during regular museum hours and included in the price of admission. Boscobel also plans a lecture series (including, at 6:30 p.m. on April 15, Drew Lang on How architecture creates place), a panel discussion on May 6, a woodworking day on June 18 and a chair workshop on July 9 for children ages 6 to 12. has more details.

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