Shaker-style furniture has long been celebrated by design lovers for its lean, sparing lines and uncompromising simplicity. Perhaps less known to these same design buffs are the ideals of inclusion and fairness to which the Shakers—members of a religious sect who traveled from England to the American Northeast in the mid-18th century—subscribed.
Shane Rothe (they/them) joined Shaker Museum in July 2023, working with independent curator Maggie Taft on an exhibition for the new museum space in Chatham. Shane is an artist as well as a curator and continues to create in the mediums of painting, sculpture, writing, and performance. Shane holds a BFA from CalArts and an MA in art history and curatorial studies from the University of Chicago.