Sam Maloof: A Tribute to Freda


September 15–November 4, 2001

Curated by Skip Pahl

Sam Maloof: A Tribute to Freda celebrates the work of a craftsman honored as a "Living Treasure of California" and hailed as a major influence in the development of the American Studio movement. The exhibition opens simultaneously with an exhibition of Maloof's work at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Maloof was born in Chino, California. After serving in the Army during World War II, he returned to Southern California to begin his woodworking career. His first pieces were made to furnish a small home he and his wife Freda rented in Claremont. In the early 50s they purchased a lemon grove in nearby Alta Lorna and Sam began producing furniture in a building originally used as a chicken coop. Maloof's reputation grew quickly in the 60s and 70s as his work was featured in a number of important exhibitions including the California Design exhibition in Pasadena (11 in all), Objects USA at the Smithsonian, and In Praise of Hands, an exhibition presented by the World Crafts Council. His work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Honolulu Academy of Art; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles; the Vatican, Rome Italy; and the American Craft Museum, New York. Maloof is now a National Trustee and Chairman of the Academy of Fellows of the American Craft Council and a member on the Board of the World Craft Congress.

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