The Mid-Century designer craftsman Emil Milan described his work as functional sculpture. His carved wooden objects for the home are works of art that represent the influence of Modern Design along with a reverence for wood and the skills necessary to shape it. This landmark exhibition, being held nearly thirty years after his death, will introduce new information about, and insight into, the career of this important, yet often overlooked, maker. For the first time, Milan’s work will be shown alongside pieces created by those whom he taught and influenced. Milan showed artistic promise from an early age and, after serving in the military during World War II, used his G.I. Bill funds to enroll at the Art Students League in New York City. Studying sculpture among some of the most important artists of the post war period, Milan combined the artistic energy of Modern Art with his exceptional wood carving skills and a desire to make art for everyday life.
First Friday November 7 5:30 - 8:30 at the Center
Exhibition Opening Reception Saturday November 8 4 - 6 at the Center
Concurrent Emil Milan Exhibition at the Moderne Gallery 111N 3rd Street
Gallery talk the the Center and Tour of the Moderne Gallery Exhibition Saturday December 6 2 - 4
Symposium Saturday Jan 17 1 - 4 at WHYY 150N. 6th Street Reception at the Center, Registration Required.
Running November 7, 2014 to January 24, 2015, Rediscovering Emil Milan and His Circle of Influence will celebrate the life and work of this influential artist, maker and teacher.