ROCKLAND, MAINE. — A perfectly proportioned ladder back chair. A carefully constructed oval box ornamented by finger laps. A quaint bonnet of beautifully woven palm. These objects are recognized nationally and even internationally as emblems of a Protestant monastic community commonly called the Shakers. Okay, but how about a Victorian-style footstool with plywood feet made by a Shaker woodworker, a set of Tiffany & Co. flatware given to a Shaker community or a Shaker baked-bean food-truck trailer? Those who partake of the exhibition “The Shakers, From Mount Lebanon to the World” produced by the Farnsworth Art Museum and on view through January 4, or its eponymous catalog, had better fasten their seat belts. This project pushes beyond the many exhibitions and books focused solely on the “golden era” of Shaker design and what the participants refer to as the “Shaker Myth.” As Leonard L. Brooks, former director of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village Museum, admonishes, “Put aside images and thoughts of Shakers as clothespin inventors, seed sellers and furniture makers locked in time with no sense of change.”... Read more
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