Material Culture

Uncategorized Apr 29, 2010

Cars, Culture, and the City

While Manhattan is decidedly unfriendly when it comes to cars, the City of New York has an undeniable history with the automobile. Recognizing this fact, the Museum of the City of New York explores the relationship between the automobile… Read more
Design Apr 15, 2010

ceraMIX by Thanos Zakopoulos and Katia Meneghini

Live from Milan, Yatzer gets the scope on Thanos Zakopoulos and Katai Meneghini’s ceraMIX collection. A literal mash up of historic ceramic styles (aesthetically… from a technical standpoint it is all porcelain). The collection marries… Read more
Uncategorized Dec 9, 2009

Exhibition Preparation | The Archives of AMNH

Yesterday, though the blog of Sub-Studio Design, I discovered this magnificent archive of exhibition preparation photographs from the American Museum of Natural History. Ranging from shots of staff moving the skelton of a brontasaurus (see… Read more
Uncategorized Oct 23, 2009

Favorite Museums | The Connecticut River Museum

From now on, every Friday I will highlight a favorite museum. First up is the Connecticut River Museum in picturesque Essex, Ct. The museum celebrates the cultural heritage of the Connecticut River with a special interest in navigable… Read more
Uncategorized Oct 20, 2009

Antique Dealer Spotlight | Jeff Bridgman

Nineteen years ago, Jeff Bridgman took the jump from collector to dealer of Americana. His focus is on folk art and painted furniture, and even more explicitly in Antique Flags. In fact, he’s the nations biggest seller of early Stars … Read more
Art Oct 14, 2009

100 Masterpieces of Art Pottery, 1880-1930

Now on view at the Newark Museum, 100 Masterpieces of Art Pottery examines the rise of art pottery as response to factory production. While artistic pottery was nothing new, the anti-industrial bend to production in the United States makes… Read more
Art Oct 13, 2009

Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England

Written by Amanda Vickery, Behind Closed Doors introduces readers to men and women of all social classes and walks of life. Through a vast array of archival material (from upholsterers records to burglary trials) Vickery explores the home… Read more
Art Oct 12, 2009

Antique Dealer Spotlight | Nathan Liverant & Son

Located in Colchester, CT, Nathan Liverant & Son Antiques has actively been dealing in fine examples of 18th and 19th century Americana since the 1920s. Current specialization focuses on pieces of Connecticut and New England furniture made… Read more
Architecture Sep 25, 2009

Infrastructure for Souls

Joseph Clark traces the parallels between corporate-organization and the American Megachurch in “Infrastructure for Souls.” Several things are interesting – for one Clark does a fantastic job of historical context. The other is the… Read more
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