Pull Up a Chair

Take a virtual tour of a selection of chairs from Kirkland Museum’s permanent collection

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While we continue to abide by Colorado’s stay-at-home order, there are still ways we can explore the state’s premier cultural institutions from our homes (check out this guide to Virtually Denver).

Many of Denver’s museums have produced virtual experiences that you can join through your computer from your couch, or favorite chair. For example, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is encouraging everyone to continue to learn and experience new things during this time of social distancing and staying at home.

Over the years, Kirkland Museum’s Founding Director & Curator Hugh Grant has amassed a stunning collection of chairs spanning a wide range of movements and styles. This love affair with chairs includes over 600 pieces ranging from Arts & Crafts to Postmodern.

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Kirkland Museum is proud to now virtually share its chairs via a carefully curated collection of digital images and detailed descriptions. 45 of the 150 chairs typically on view are included in Pull Up a Chair, a digital experience intended to amuse and inform, and leave the viewer wanting more. 

“We present Pull Up a Chair as a nod to our current stay-at-home orders and the objects we connect with inside our home. Whether for reading, eating, or curling up and napping, chairs play a starring role in our living space. If you’ve visited Kirkland Museum, you know we are pretty passionate about our seating,” adds Associate Museum Director Renée Albiston.


Click on any chair in the virtual exhibition to learn more about it. From the visually cohesive Zig Zag Chair from the early 1930s, and the Chair from the Grand Salon of the S.S. Normandie celebrating classic French aesthetic, to the 1973 Pony Chair covered in orange upholstery, each perch is a work of art with a unique story.

Kirkland Museum’s Virtual Exhibition, Pull Up a Chair can be accessed 24/7 at kirklandmuseum.org/pull-up-a-chair

You can also vote for one of nine staff favorites. The winning chair will be on view once the Museum reopens. Voting closes Friday, April 17. Vote here.

About Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
Kirkland Museum’s mission is to enrich lives by presenting art and design in a unique and approachable way. The Museum is rediscovering, documenting, collecting, preserving and exhibiting works from over 150 years, beginning in the mid-19th century, of Colorado’s distinguished art history, international decorative art and the works of Vance Kirkland (1904–1981).


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