Chairs that Inspire on Madison Avenue

September 17 - October 6, 2018

Photograph of exhibition "Chairs That Inspire" featuring chairs made around a single theme or from one type of object. Installed in lobby gallery space.

School of Visual Arts presents “Chairs that Inspire on Madison Avenue,” an exhibition of work by BFA Design students, curated by 3D Design Chair Kevin O’Callaghan. The exhibition will be on view from Monday, September 17, through Saturday, October 6, at the SVA Gramercy Gallery, 209 East 23rd Street, New York City.



Last May, 16 student-artists made sculptures on the theme of “chairs that inspire,” as part of a public art installation for the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District’s Madison Avenue Gallery Walk. After stopping traffic on the sidewalks between 57th and 79th Streets, the unique chairs are back on display, this time at the School of Visual Arts.



The works on view are personal expressions of each student’s inspiration. Viewers will find much to appreciate: from a vintage Broadway theater chair or a window seat in Portugal, to a stop at the corner newsstand and the daily commute, to a look at imaginary creatures and the art of junk.



Beginning in 2016, Madison Avenue BID and SVA have forged a partnership to produce public art installations themed and timed to Madison Avenue events. Previous installations by SVA students were “A Moment in Time,” for the 7th Annual Madison Avenue Watch Week in 2017; “One-of-a-Kind,” for One-of-a-Kind Luxury on Madison Avenue in 2017; and “Language of Fashion,” on view during the fall 2016 New York Fashion Week.


Free and open to the public