Curator + Collections Manager, The Philip Johnson Glass House
As Curator and Collections Manager at The Philip Johnson Glass House I have had the pleasure to work with the Glass House Collections and Archives, in particular organizing the objects from the Estate of David Whitney, an influential art curator and collector, and Philip Johnson’s partner of forty-five years. This experience heightened my awareness of the objects a person consciously or unconsciously acquires during the course of a lifetime, everyday objects, such as loose change, stamps, books of matches, appointment cards, clothes, shoes, gadgets, accessories, receipts, correspondence. What do these objects say about a person and their legacy?
Of your belongings, is there a particular object that best defines or most reveals who you are as an individual? What does it say about you?
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Mark gave the final word
As a biographer, I know that those small objects and other bits of ephemera that are typically ignored are in fact the secret to character and the grist for any narrative — god is in those details, to trot out the Miesian cliche.
I would hate to think that I might be reduced to a single defining object (wedding band? yankee cap? laptop?), so maybe I’ll leave that for others to decide.
Tuesday, April 5 at 10:26am
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