This year’s ubiquitous “GOT” conversation gets a nod at the William Benton Museum of Art with a show of 13 chairs by contemporary artists entitled “Game of Thrones: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art Furniture.”
Museum director Nancy Stula asked each artist to create a chair that would depict the intersection between beauty and functionality, hoping visitors would see these everyday items as something more.
Charlotte MacGregor ’17 (SFA) got into the act by recording a self-guided phone tour in which she assigned each chair a character in the show. For instance, Wendell Castle’s “Black Widow” (pictured in forefront above), made of polychromed fiberglass in a mix of red and black, is MacGregor’s ideal throne for the heartless queen Cersei Lannister and her history of bloodshed. Here’s how MacGregor matches the two:
“A woman you love to hate or hate to love. No one can deny she is an absolute powerhouse. A master at the game of thrones . . . I think this chair would call out to Cersei on a spiritual level. When she’s not sitting on it, the foreboding form would certainly keep anyone else from sitting on it. When she is, the form is perfect for her relaxed yet intimidating style of lounging that reminds you of a lion waiting to pounce. Not for nothing, but this particular throne is called ‘Black Widow,’ which I think is especially fitting for a woman with whom men — and women for that matter — seem to have very poor survival skills.”
By Camila Vallejo ’19 (CLAS)