Posts by Pamela Popeson
May 2, 2013  |  Collection & Exhibitions
Watching the Sweeper’s Clock

According to Albert Einstein, “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”


Maarten Baas. Sweeper’s Clock. 2009. Video, 720 min. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the designer

As much as I like that idea, and really I do, it seems to me that all too often time stops doing its job, and instead everything starts happening at once, or at least not happening in a timely fashion. Read more

April 11, 2013  |  MoMA PS1
MoMA PSI VW Dome 2: Rocking My Rockaways
Dome 2 at the end of the day. Photo by Pamela Popeson

Dome 2 at the end of the day. Photo by Pamela Popeson

If you can picture that moment in an adventure movie when the adventurers come crawling up to the crest of a hill to scope out what’s next on their horizon, then you can imagine the scene in Rockaway Beach as the MoMAPS1 VW Dome 2 first appeared on our horizon, which is to say on  Shorefront Parkway and Beach 94th and 95th Streets, just a stone’s throw from the ocean and the former boardwalk. Read more

February 28, 2013  |  Collection & Exhibitions
Watching the Wind: Viégas and Wattenberg’s Wind Map
Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg. Wind Map. 2012

Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg. Wind Map. 2012. Interactive software

What’s more poetic than the wind? The moon comes close I suppose, but I wonder if even the moon can hold a candle to the wind. Read more

January 3, 2013  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Artist’s Choice: Trisha Donnelly in the Making
Polaroid Sunglasses. American Optical Corp., Southbridge, MA. c. 1946. Plastic, l. 6 1/8" (15.6 cm). Manufactured by American Optical Corp., Southbridge, MA. Gift of Edgar Kaufmann, Jr.

Polaroid Sunglasses. c. 1946. Plastic, l. 6 1/8″ (15.6 cm). Manufactured by American Optical Corp., Southbridge, MA. Gift of Edgar Kaufmann, Jr.

A favorite childhood pastime of mine was digging for buried artifacts of the Leni Lenape in my backyard. Another was making maps of the neighborhood. Neither pursuit was entirely productive in any real sense Read more

October 11, 2012  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Painted Buildings for the Record

Jason Crum. Project for a Painted Wall, New York City, New York. Perspective. 1969. Gouache on photograph. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase, 1969

In The Realm of Ideas Frank Lloyd Wright called architecture “the truest record of Life as it was lived in the world yesterday, as it is lived today or ever will be lived.” Read more

July 5, 2012  |  Collection & Exhibitions, Design
A Child’s Chair: Delight in Ownership

Gerrit Rietveld. “Beugel” Child’s Chair. c.1928. Manufacturer: Metz & Co. Gift of Jo Carole Lauder

Growing up I had my own kid-sized chair that I absolutely loved. It was made of wood, with a convertible slatted back that could swivel up for sitting or down for stepping up. Read more

May 24, 2012  |  Collection & Exhibitions
Prayer Companion: Keeping Prayer Pertinent in the Digital Age

Market Buzz: Digesting Euro Turmoil……….Monsters laughed during gang rape……….Regime bulldozers pave space for Euro vision……….I feel everything will be okay……….EU to cash in on Libya………..Somali radio reporter murdered………..Dancers urge action on anorexia……….. Read more

March 22, 2012  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Lester Beall and the Rural Electrification Administration
Rural Electrification Administration

Lester Beall. Rural Electrification Administration. 1937. Lithograph, 40 x 30″ (101.6 x 76.2 cm). Gift of the designer

I won’t be naming any names, but recently someone admitted to me that they just don’t “get” posters. I don’t get what’s not to get. Read more

January 24, 2012  |  Collection & Exhibitions, Design
Suited for Subversion…and Peace, Love, and Understanding

Ralph Borland. Suited for Subversion. 2002. Nylon-reinforced PVC, padding, speaker, and pulse reader. Fund for the Twenty-First Century. Photos by Ralph Borland and Pieter Hugo

Ralph Borland designed Suited for Subversion as a protest tool that could provide protection from police batons during protest events, and at the same time serve to creatively disarm any baton wielders that protesters might confront. Read more

November 3, 2011  |  Collection & Exhibitions, Design
Word Up

I’m a big fan of words; letters and the written word to be a little more precise.  And not just the sound and meaning, but actual words—their physicality, their shape and form, and how they look. I have a nephew who was crazy for the letter “u”; specifically the lower case “u,” with serifs. Read more