Posts by Pamela Popeson
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

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.”

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.

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………..

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.

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.

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.

September 15, 2011  |  Collection & Exhibitions, Design
MoMA’s Got an Expert Model Surfboard

Hobie Alter. Expert Model Hobie Surfboard, view of deck. 1958

In its August 1997 issue, Longboarder magazine ran a story on MoMA’s Hobie surfboard with the tag line “MoMA’s Got a Woody: Yes, But is it Art?” Fun hook, but perhaps the wrong question. The better question might be, why a surfboard? or better still, why this surfboard?

July 14, 2011  |  Collection & Exhibitions, Design
Summertime and the Living’s Easy with the Lawn Chef

Raymond Loewy. Lawn Chef Portable Grill. c.1950. Galvanized and enameled steel. The Museum of Modern Art, Architecture and; Design Purchase Fund

I’ve been thinking about how the Fourth of July is as much a monument to summertime culture as to the ideals of equality, and what a disappointment it would be if Independence Day didn’t happen in the summer.

May 19, 2011  |  Collection & Exhibitions, Design
The Freitag Top Cat Bag: Environmentally Responsible and Good-Looking, Too

Markus Freitag and Daniel Freitag. Top Cat Bag (model F13). 1993. Used truck tarpaulins, seatbelts, and innertubes). Manufactured by Freitag, Zurich, Switzerland. The Museum of Modern Art. Gift of Lars Müller

As the Architecture and Design Objects Preparator, it’s not unusual for me to catch people in the galleries pointing at an object I’ve installed, saying something like, “I have one of those.” I suspect you’re not likely to hear this very often in the Painting and Sculpture Galleries, but it happens all the time on the third floor.