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March 8, 2002

Wallace Museum’s “Furniture of the American South 1680-1830” exhibition travels to several other venues

Since its debut at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in September 1997, the “Furniture of the American South 1680-1830” exhibition, popularly known as Southern Furniture, has been drawing rave reviews.

Now a selection of 52 objects from this crowd-pleasing display is going on the road south, first for a visit at the Atlanta History Center in Atlanta March 16-Aug. 15, then to the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, N.C., and the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, N.C. The Trust for Museums in Washington, D.C., is helping organize the exhibition tour.

“We are delighted that this understudied aspect of American material culture will be shared with audiences around the country,” said Ronald L. Hurst, chief curator and vice president for museums and collections.

Hurst and former associate curator of furniture Jonathan Prown wrote the accompanying publication, a comprehensive study that was awarded the 1997 Charles Montgomery Prize, an annual award given by the American Decorative Arts Society for the best decorative arts publication in the field.

Additional venues may include the Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville, Tenn.

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