Exhibitions


Moderne Gallery has been mounting exhibitions since 1989 when it presented the first gallery show devoted to the work of George Nakashima. Since then we have presented numerous exhibitions including:  

Zen Modernism: The Work of George Nakashima, 1955-1975

The Nakashima Tradition: Origins & Continuity in collaboration with Mira Nakashima

George Nakashima: Designing Nature

A Celebration of The Nakashima Legacy in collaboration with Mira Nakashima

Early Furniture by George Nakashima, 1936-1956: The Architect Designs

George Nakashima Woodworkers: An Evolving Legacy in collaboration with Mira Nakashima

George Nakashima: In Conversation, in collaboration with UNTITLED Gallery

Wharton Esherick: American Woodworker in collaboration with Robert Edwards

Wharton Esherick: Special Exhibit at SOFA NYC

David Ebner: 50 Years of Studio Furniture

Masters of the American Craft & Studio Furniture Movement: 1922 – 1988

FUNctional Wood Sculpture - 1965-2005: Vintage and Contemporary Works by Pamela Weir-Quiton

Ceramic Masterworks: 1962-2002 in collaboration with Helen Drutt

Edgar Brandt: Art Deco Ironwork and Photographs from the Atelier

Ruba Rombic: An Epic in Moderne Art in collaboration with Kevin Kiley

Fantasy Jewels:  Obscure Objects of Desire

French Post-War Design: Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand and Serge Mouille

Rethinking English Arts and Crafts: The Modernist Tradition in Turn-of-the Century British Design in collaboration with John Alexander

The Constructed Canvas: String Paintings by David Roth

David Roth: The Interference Color Paintings

 

Such exhibitions are integral to the role of the Moderne Gallery in promoting the re-evaluation of famous 20th Century decorative arts and artists, and the re-discovery of less well-known but important contributors to 20th Century art and design.

Exhibition Listing

George Nakashima Woodworkers: An Evolving Legacy
September 20 - November 2, 2013

Mira Nakashima, daughter of renowned 20th Century furniture designer George Nakashima (1905-1990), has collaborated with her team of 10 skilled craftspeople to create a new body of work that reflects the heritage of her father's handcrafted furniture.  This exhibition at Moderne Gallery builds upon the traditional approach of meticulous design, craftsmanship, and beautiful wood while introducing the next generation of Nakashima Woodworkers. 

DAVID EBNER: 50 Years of Studio Furniture
First Comprehensive Show of Ebner’s Work Presented at Moderne Gallery April 25 - June 30, 2014 Opening reception and book signing, April 25, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

From April 25th through June 30, 2014 Philadelphia’s Moderne Gallery will hold a major exhibition of the furniture of David N. Ebner, a leading figure in the American Studio Furniture Movement.

Moderne Gallery has represented Ebner’s vintage and contemporary work for over ten years, but this will be the first comprehensive show of the designer’s work, presenting an overview of his past 50 years.

The exhibit coincides with the publication of the book David Ebner: Studio Furniture by Nancy Schiffer.

An opening reception and book signing with David Ebner will be held on Friday, April 25 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Moderne Gallery, 111 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA  19106. 

A master woodworker, David Ebner makes what he calls “antiques of the future.”  He creates furniture and sculptural objects that bridge the boundary between art and design, executed in the finest woods and bronze.

Over 60 pieces will be on display at Moderne Gallery, including chests, stools, chairs, mirrors, desks, benches, consoles and even a menorah. 

Ebner, who lives in Bellport, NY, studied at the prestigious School for American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, and was taught by one of the best-known members of the Studio Furniture Movement, Wendell Castle.  Ebner’s work was nationally recognized in 1975 with the inclusion of his walnut stool in the permanent collection of the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution's National Gallery of Fine Art in Washington, D.C.

The counterculture of the 1960’s created a demand for new, non-mass produced furniture leading to the American Studio Furniture Movement. The rejection of mass-production created a momentum for training in applied arts and supported studios set up for one-of-a-kind object production. Along with Wendell Castle, the best-known figures in the movement include George Nakashima, Wharton Esherick, Sam Maloof and Arthur Espenet Carpenter.  David Ebner is a “descendant” of these visionary craftsmen and a master in his own right.

Moderne Gallery, the American gallery most associated with promoting American Studio Furniture, has showcased all of these designers over the past 30 years. Under the direction of Robert and Joshua Aibel, the Gallery continues to seek out and present the finest vintage and contemporary studio craft works.

Of Ebner’s work, Robert Aibel, the gallery’s founder, and the leading proponent of American Studio Furniture notes, “Ebner’s work is work for the future.  It is exciting to present David’s sculptural furniture as he is constantly developing his ideas and styles in fascinating ways. He has forged a style of his own and has never stopped evolving. The designs will always be fresh and classic and will likely influence generations to come.”