On View
Changing Exhibition Gallery
Designed by
Arad, Ron, British Israeli, born 1951
Used by
Jackson, Michael, American, 1958 - 2009
Jackson, Janet, American, born 1966
leather, foam, and wood
H x W: 36 3/4 × 50 3/4 × 38 in. (93.3 × 128.9 × 96.5 cm)
This chair was used in the 1995 music video for the duet "Scream" by siblings Michael and Janet Jackson. The song, along with "Childhood," was the first single released from Michael Jackson's ninth studio album, "HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I", and was a response to the media's treatment. The video, directed by Mark Romanek, is shot in black and white and features the two singers living on a spacecraft. Both of them sit in the chair while viewing digital renderings of classic works of art by clicking a handheld remote. The video was nominated for eleven (11) MTV Video Music Awards and won three (3) of them. It was also awarded the Billboard Music Award for Best Pop/Rock Video and the Grammy for Best Music Video, Short Form. At $7 million, it remains one of the most expensive music videos ever made. The stark, futuristic setting has become iconic and continues to influence music videos into the twenty-first century. Janet Jackson performed the song during a tribute to her recently deceased brother at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
An off-white leather chair with oversized rounded arms used in the music video for the song "Scream" by Michael and Janet Jackson. The base of the chair is square, with the seat extending outward slightly and curved to fit each leg of the sitter at the center front. The back of the seat and the backs of the arms are at a slightly lower angle than the front. The upper back of the chair is curved. Self-piping is attached around the outline of the back and the arms. Four (4) short wooden feet are attached to the base, one in each corner.
Tools and Equipment-Props and set design
props (object genres)
Funk (Music)
Popular music
Rhythm and blues (Music)
Rock and roll (Music)
Singers (Musicians)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights
© Ron Arad
Permission required for use. Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.

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