Modern Art Monday Presents: Piano and Stool By Kate Millett

piano and stool by kate millett photo by gail worley
Photos By Gail

Kate Millett (19342017) was an American feminist writer, artist, and activist known for her contributions to the feminist movement in the 1960s and 1970s. While she was primarily recognized for her written works, such as her book Sexual Politics, her body of work contains a few whimsical sculptures.

piano stool photo by gail worley

In 1965, Millet created the sculpture Piano and Stool for her seminal 1967 show at Judson Gallery, entitled Fantasy Furniture.  Using household items such as wood, paint, fabric, and boots, Millet’s sculpture engages in a contemporary dialogue surrounding the domestic sphere. Placed alongside works by contemporaries such as Yayoi Kusama and Marisol Escobar, the artwork prompts viewers to reflect on the evolving interpretations and representations of domestic life, showcasing Millet’s creative consideration of everyday materials and objects.

The work is currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art in a gallery dedicated to exploring the theme of domesticity.

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