September 18, 2021 – January 09, 2022


September 18, 2021 – January 9, 2022

In the fall of 2021, Cheekwood will launch its latest innovative arts initiative focused on activating the Mansion’s period rooms. Intended to enliven the historic environment, this program, made possible by the Sandra Schatten Foundation, creates a complementary dialogue between the craftsmanship of the creative contemporary minds of today and the classical collections present within the Historic Mansion & Museum. The inaugural artist, Beth Katleman, will install her whimsical and satirical work offering a creative temporary shift in perspective on the museum’s permanent collection. Katleman derives her inspiration from eighteenth century Chippendale designs and traditional toile patterns to fabricate intricate installations made of porcelain. As a highly unique program, the practice of marrying dynamic yet harmonious artforms within period rooms is a nontraditional initiative presenting Cheekwood with an exciting opportunity to further boost its national and international image.

Beth Katleman, Games of Chance, 2019. Porcelain, wire, mirror. Rhode Island School of Design Museum (hero image)

Beth Katleman (American, born 1959). Fortuna Table, 2021. Porcelain, wood, wire.

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