Yes, thanks for this great list. Here is a link to short essays about objects in the Syracuse University Plastics Collection that I wrote a few years ago when I curated...they are intended to mix technical, material, economic, social and aesthetic considerations. Unfortunately the position ended before I could write more....See: http://plastics.syr.edu/page-essays.php
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Carrie-- This is a great list. Sorry for coming in late on this, I was away. But i want to chime in and add two of my own works. These account for objects but also the relationships people have with them, which ultimately is why they are even objects in the first place.
Thank you to everyone on the list who provided such smart and generous suggestions—there are too many of you to name but I appreciate all of your assistance. I have compiled a list here of the texts and other resources recommended by the group. I hope others find these many suggestions helpful as well.
Our colleagues over at H-PCAACA recently hosted a Space in Popular Culture month. It happened to coincide with the opening of a new space exhibit at the museum where I work so I wrote a modest meditation about an object from spacey popular culture moving to a museum. It's called, and I hope you'll enjoy, "The 7,000 Pound Astronaut in the Room."
Edit: We are delighted to announce that the closing remarks will be delivered by Prof Tim Ingold (University of Aberdeen).
This thoughtful discussion on the fair market value of museum jobs continues the previous discussion on the museum sacrifice measure. (Scroll down past the goofy Mona Lisa photo.) This time the author takes into consideration the prospects of landing careers in academia.
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