Her Spirits Rose

Sitting Pretty for Deedie Potter Rose

Catherine D. Anspon
Posted:
July 29, 2013

One of the most influential Dallas Museum of Art board chairs ever has come together with a canonical postmodern design statement, in an important addition to the permanent collection of the DMA. The bequest celebrates outgoing chairman Deedie Potter Rose, who conducted her final board meeting in May but remains integrally involved in steering the urbanism dialogue humming around the Dallas Arts District. Fittingly, the chair in question for this respected chairman achieves the status of icon. It’s incontestably among the most memorable objects from its decade: Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata’s Miss Blanche Armchair, devised 1988, executed 1989. In a perfect ode to one of the forces that forged the DMA’s postwar and contemporary holdings into one of the top 10 collections of its kind in America, the Miss Blanche Armchair boasts dozens of artificial red roses that create an aura of surreal beauty, suspended in blocks of acrylic that form its sides and seat. The DMA’s armchair was acquired directly from the estate of the artist (1934 – 1991). Its inspiration and moniker stem from a corsage worn by Miss Blanche DuBois (played by the great Vivien Leigh) in the cinematic version of A Streetcar Named Desire. Peruse this rose-filled Rose tribute in the museum’s “DMA’s Form/Unformed: Design from 1960 to the Present,” through December 2013. dma.org.

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