American Decorative Arts
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Maker: Tom Loeser, American, born 1956

Folding Chair with separate hanging shelf

1989

Baltic birch plywood, maple, stainless steel, enamel paint

Folded chair and shelf: 45 1/2 x 36 1/4 x 5 1/2 in. (115.57 x 92.075 x 13.97 cm)
Please Be Seated Collection, funded by Julian H. Fisher, B.A. 1969, in memory of Wilbur J. Fisher, B.A. 1926, and Janet H. Fisher
1989.28.1a-b
In this open statement on furniture as art, Thomas Loeser pokes fun at function and craft history. His chair collapses into a two-dimensional art object in order to hang on the wall. Blurring the lines between art and function, Loeser treats the surface of the chair as a canvas, sponging on different enamel colors.
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Geography: 
Made in Westport Point, Massachusetts
Status: 
By appointment
Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 1989,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1990): 115, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 98, ill.

Kari M. Main, Please Be Seated: Contemporary Studio Seating Furniture (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1999), front cover, 14, no. 5, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.