The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) has announced two new exhibitions at the James Vanderpoel ‘House of History,’ located within the historic Village of Kinderhook.
Study of Style Part 2: Caned Construction
A follow up to Study of Style Part 1, which was on display during the 2017 Season, this exhibition focuses on cane, a popular material in the early 19th century that was a less expensive alternative to solid wood or upholstered seating.
The 19th-century saw rise to a new type of manufacturing that capitalized on prison labor to profit city businesses. Prisons in New York, Connecticut, and Western Massachusetts employed inmates to weave caned seats, which were then sent to cabinetmakers. Enterprising cabinetmakers with an entrepreneurial spirit also brought raw materials to the prisons, and paid inmates a fixed rate for their service. This new venture resulted in several prisons – including those along the Hudson River – having a “Cane Seating Shop” on premise. It was a lucrative venture at the time.
This exhibition of New York furniture, from the CCHS Permanent Collection, is sponsored by Susan and Henry Livingston.
New York Portraits from the Permanent Collection of the Columbia County Historical Society
This portrait exhibition features important Hudson Valley artists including portrait painters Ira Chaffee Goodell, Henry F. Prime, James E. Johnson, Ammi Phillips – who painted portraits of nearly a dozen of Ten Broeck and Livingston family members – and Hudson River School painter Sanford Robinson Gifford. This exhibition includes portraits of prominent families who made Columbia County what it is today.
This exhibition is sponsored by Abigail Hartmann Associates of Claverack and New York City; with thanks to Brian Ruhl.
Photo of Study of Style Part 2: Caned Construction exhibit provided.