esherick to NAKASHIMA - Press Release

For Pubic Release:  September 02, 2015

Exploring the DNA of Modernism in “esherick to NAKASHIMA”
On display at Modernism Museum Mount Dora

Mount Dora, Florida, a Fine Art and Craft Community, is proud to announce the opening of “esherick to NAKASHIMA” the newest exhibition at Modernism Museum Mount Dora, on Saturday, October 3.

“esherick to NAKASHIMA” comes on the heels of the successful inaugural exhibit “Wharton to Wendell”.

Continuing the theme of how the DNA of Wharton Esherick, “Dean of American Craftsman” influenced works of the generations of iconic artists that followed. Wharton is credited as being one of the most acclaimed artists of Modernism & the American Studio Arts Movement, as is George Nakashima.

Nakashima is an internationally acclaimed woodworker whose designs have been awarded by the AIA (American Institute of Architects) and has received numerous other prestigious awards and contracts across the globe. Nakashima, also an American architect, obtained his Master’s from MIT in 1930 and another at the Prix Fontainebleau from L’Ecole Americaine des Beaux Arts in France in 1928.

Visitors will learn how spending time in a WWII internment camp changed the way Nakashima related to his pieces and transformed the overall aesthetic of his works. They will also have the opportunity to gain a rare look at large scale commercial pieces from the renowned collection of the International Paper Company, as well as custom pieces for the Rockefeller Estate, Greenrock.

Compare and contrast the works of Wharton Esherick and George Nakashima. As part of a video introduction to the collection, experts share their insights on how the artists understood their medium and perfected their craft. The past will come alive as art enthusiasts hear about the way the woods were chosen and produced. Museum goers will find themselves looking at the wood as Nakashima did, as the soul of a tree, transforming it into art and preserving its life and legacy.
Guests will have the opportunity to view famous Nakashima works such as the Hi-Fi Cabinet with Bitter Brush Handle, Naturalized Edge Bookcase and Desk, Minguren II Table, Conoid Bench and the Greenrock Ottomans designed for the Rockefellers as well as many other masterful works.  
The museum’s permanent Wharton Esherick collection will feature many of his more notable works, for instance, Spiral Stair, Library Ladders, Music Stand, Hi-Fi Cabinet, and World’s Fair Small Table, inspiring visitors to better understand and enjoy the evolution of the art.  
Modernism Museum Mount Dora offers an audio tour to enhance the visitor experience by providing insights into the artists’ creative processes as well as the connection of the aesthetic to the functional -- allowing them to gain a more powerful appreciation of the collection and the genre. 

Moving forward, one exhibit at a time, a series of truly unique objects by such esteemed artists as Sam Maloof, Arthur Espenet Carpenter and Albert Paley will demonstrate their influences, similarities and differences, all while giving credence to their individual styles.

Be enthralled. We invite you to experience each “Esherick to…”  exhibit. 

Modernism Museum Mount Dora is located at 145 E. Fourth Avenue, Mount Dora, Florida and is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm. Call 352-385-0034 for additional information. Admission $8 adults, $7 Seniors & College Students with I.D., $5 for ages 4-17 with student I.D., Mount Dora residents, Military and Service Personnel 50% off with I.D. www.ModernismMuseum.org

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Dan Saal