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The Mom Call

Photo: Casey Kaplan Gallery

The Mom Call


Brian Jungen

Canadian, born 1970

Jungen’s drum combines a commercial version of “organic” modern design—which refers to the chair’s form, rather than its material—with a handmade object that is constructed with organic materials. Created with the help and communal knowledge of his extended family from his mother’s Dane-zaa Nation in British Columbia, the work is in part a search for identities, both personal and artistic. From New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s call for entries to a design competition in 1940, Jungen extrapolates The Mom Call—referencing his mother’s aboriginal heritage and hunting traditions while alluding to MoMA as the “mother of modern art.”
Organic Chair by Eero Saarinen and Charles Eames, American elk hide, tarred twine, steel, granite
80 1/4 x 33 x 29 1/2 in. (203.8 x 83.8 x 74.9 cm)
Gift of the Contemporary Collectors Forum
Provenance: [Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York]; purchased by the Seattle Art Museum (funds from Contemporary Collectors Forum), December 16, 2014
Photo: Casey Kaplan Gallery
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryNew York, New York, Casey Kaplan Gallery, Brian Jungen, September 8 – October 22, 2011; Vancouver, British Columbia, Science World, New Forms Festival, September 18 – 21, 2014

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.