Wendell Castle/ Wandering Forms – Works from 1959-1979

To celebrate his 80th birthday, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum debuts the first major exhibition on Wendell Castle in over twenty years. It is the only exhibition to focus exclusively on the period of his groundbreaking sculptural furniture. Castle forever changed the way furniture is viewed by his exploration of form and function, which frequently blurred the lines between art, craft and design.

Wendell Castle constructed all the pieces by hand in Rochester, New York and consequently helped shape the American studio furniture movement throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Wandering Forms focuses on his early works in wood and fiberglass and consists of more than thirty-five objects, including a variety of furniture forms; approximately fifty drawings from Castle’s personal archives; and a selection of material ranging from the designer’s scrapbooks to video clips.

Curated by Evan Snyderman of R 20th Century and Alyson Baker, the exhibition includes many items from renowned private collections, unseen by the public for decades, alongside works from the Smithsonian American Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design and the Racine Art Museum among others.

The exhibition, which opened to the public on October 20th, is accompanied by a new publication featuring commentary by Alistair Gordon and principal of R 20th Century Evan Synderman. Wendell Castle’s work from this period will also be exhibited at Design Miami/ this December at R 20th Century.


-Brandon Grom

Categories / Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Alistair Gordon, R 20th Century, Wendell Castle