The Shakers were a religious order that died out in Kentucky in the early 1900s. The art world has embraced its well-designed furniture and household items. “Do not make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, do not hesitate to make it beautiful” was a motto. The exhibition features over 50 objects from Kentucky’s two restored locations, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill at Harrodsburg and South Union Shaker Village at Auburn. The museum is also showing a companion dance video “Mariam Ghani + Erin Ellen Kelly: When the Spirits Moved Them, They Moved” shot at Pleasant Hill.
Through March 14Speed Art Museum