Regina Gouger Miller Gallery Presents "Nakashima Revealed:
The Carnegie Mellon Collection," Aug. 31–Oct. 21
PITTSBURGH—The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University will present an exhibition of furniture pieces and other work created by Japanese-American artist and architect George Nakashima. The exhibition, which runs from Aug. 31 through Oct. 21, will showcase approximately 15 pieces of furniture from Carnegie Mellon's collection, as well as historical photographs and original design sketches. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31. All events and exhibitions at the gallery are free and open to the public.
Rachel Delphia, an adjunct professor in the School of Design, is curating the exhibition with help from a team of design students. "I first noticed Nakashima's furniture at Carnegie Mellon when I was a student, and I remember thinking that it was too beautiful to be hiding in offices," said Delphia, a 2002 graduate of the College of Fine Arts. "I feel very privileged to have the chance to reveal the collection at this point and to celebrate it with the campus community."
Carnegie Mellon owns about 60 pieces of Nakashima furniture, most of which was installed in 1965 and 1966 at the request of interior designer Paul Planert. Nakashima was a primary player in the American studio furniture movement, and his daughter, Mira Nakashima-Yarnall, has revived his business in New Hope, Pa. Nakashima, who referred to himself by the traditional title "woodworker," created one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture that revealed the natural beauty of each piece of wood that he used. Since Nakashima's death in 1990, his furniture has become highly collectible, with art historians praising the work for its simple aesthetic. Major museums around the country, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, have acquired pieces of Nakashima's furniture.
A full-color catalog created by Delphia will be available for purchase at the exhibition. The catalog features Carnegie Mellon's Nakashima collection, published in its entirety for the first time. The catalogue will be available at the exhibition Web site at www.cmu.edu/nakashimarevealed. To listen to a news podcast with Delphia visit www.cmu.edu/cfa/labA6.html and click on the link "News: Nakashima Furniture Exhibit."
The Miller Gallery is open from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Visitor parking is available in the East Campus Parking Garage on Forbes Avenue, just east of the Morewood Avenue intersection. For more information, call 412-268-3618.
[The Carnegie Mellon Office of Admission featured many Nakashima pieces in the late 1960s. Included in this photo are (l-r) a Nakashima pedestal end table, a Conoid bench and desk, an executive office chair designed by Eero Saarinen, and a Nakashima arm chair.]