About this Item: Whitney Museum of American Art in association with Norton, New York, 1986. Hardcover. Condition: good, some faint yellowing of page edges. Dust Jacket Condition: Unclipped, Good, with some bumping of the top edge.
Inner page marked where library labels have been removed, small library stamp on page facing contents.
This book stemming from an exhibition ( May-August 1986) at the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Corcoran Gallery of Art ( October 1986-January 1987) in Washington DC.
The shaker movement in America began in 1774 when Mother Ann Lee emigrated from Manchester, England with a small group of followers, and settled in New York State, despite impoverished beginnings, the Shakers flourished in the early nineteenth century, and by 1840 there were 4to 6 thousand members living in eighteen principal communities from Maine to Kentucky. Turning away from society, they lived in large families that were both celibate and communal. In striving for heaven on earth, they created a visual environment of such harmony and quiet power that it continues to impress observers today, when the Shakers have all but passed from the American scene. The many works presented in this beautiful volume revel the Shaker commitment to excellence in all matters. The chairs, cases of drawers, work stands, baskets oval boxes, wheelbarrows, stoves, looms, and even tailoring tools have a purity of form that transcends mere utility and elevates our appreciation of the object beyond a sense of function. This book is a homage to a group of passing masters of grace and beauty.