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From the Freud Museum
 
Susan Hiller's From the Freud Museum evokes the cases and drawers of an anthropological museum. Hiller's "museum" concentrates on "unspoken, unrecorded, unexplained, and overlooked" materials--personal mementos, private relics, and talismans--which are presented as precious objects in museum-style conservation boxes. She writes of the work: "On one level, my vitrine installation is a collection of things evoking cultural and historical points of slippage--psychic, ethnic, sexual, and political disturbances." The title relates to an earlier version of the work created for the Freud Museum in London.
 
Susan Hiller.
From The Freud Museum. 1991-96.

Vitrine installation: 50 customized cardboard boxes fitted with artifacts, texts, images, etc. each box (closed) 2 1/2 x 10 x 13 1.4" (6.3 x 25.4 x 33.6). Tate Gallery, London. Purchased 1998. Photo: E. Woodman, courtesy the artist



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