Abigail Lundelius Smith recently earned a Ph.D. in Colonial & 19th Century American Literature from the University of South Carolina. Her current project, entitled Shall We Gather at the Table?, is an examination of the symbolic, material and cultural significance of the table in 19th century American life and letters with particular attention to questions of gender and region. Beyond literary representations, Smith has spent time exploring tables themselves during fellowships both at Delaware’s Winterthur Museum and at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Old Salem, NC. Notable for its interdisciplinary impulse, Smith’s project insists that whether in a narrative or in a museum, every table has a story to tell. This discussion is a special extension of the Columbia Museum of Art exhibition The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design, which explores the art of seating through a survey of exceptional American chair design from the early 19th century to the present day.
6pm reception, 6:30 lecture
Columbia Museum of Art
Free for CDL members, non-members $10