Current Wolfsonian Newsletter

Studying Work and Society in the United States and Italy

October 07 2014

How to compare the relationship of society to work in the United States and in Italy, particularly in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries?  Why not put to use the collections of The Wolfsonian and its sister institution in Genoa, Italy, the Wolfsoniana, when approaching this subject matter? And why not have students study the subject both in the classroom and hands-on, taking courses in sociology, history, and Italian language and culture, all while working closely with objects in both collections?

Norman Bel Geddes Exhibition Talk

October 07 2014

“Bel Geddes was his own best invention in many ways,” said Donald Albrecht, organizing curator of the exhibition I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America, on view at The Wolfsonian from June 27 through September 28, 2014. In conjunction with the exhibition, Albrecht spoke to a full auditorium at The Wolfsonian on September 5, discussing the designer’s career and highlighting many of his notable accomplishments.

Tremaine Foundation Grant Awarded for Philodendron Exhibition

October 07 2014

It has been quite a trip for the now-ubiquitous philodendron as it has made its way to and spread throughout the United States since the 1930s. Useful material for South American indigenous peoples, exotic tropical plant, coveted interior design element, run-of-the-mill houseplant, inspiration for all manner of modern and contemporary design—the philodendron has been these things and more.

The Shrinking of the Mediterranean

October 08 2014

Call it luck, call it chance, call it fate, but John Perry wasn’t planning to devote the next several years of his life to studying French rule in Algeria when he saw the 1966 film The Battle of Algiers as a high school student in 2003. “I had no idea of the history,” he says. After the film, it was “down the rabbit hole.”

Second World War Photographs Donated

October 08 2014

From military operations to beauty pageants, Mel Victor’s subject matter as a professional photographer ranged widely. The Wolfsonian is now benefiting from his prolific career, thanks to a recent donation of his work, gifted to the museum by his daughter, Donna Victor, who is also a photographer. The donation features nearly six hundred black and white photographs taken in the Pacific theater during the Second World War. The photographs include images of conflict and devastation, portraits of military officials, and shots of people and scenery from the many places he visited.

NEW AT THE SHOP

October 08 2014

Now, even your notebook can affirm what you and your yoga teacher and maybe your therapist and possibly your mother but definitely your dog have known all along—you are great and you are awesome. All in one double-sided notebook ($6), although you may want to get yourself more than one. You know, for those days when you need a little reminder.  As for the Museum Shop, it too is both great and awesome, with plenty of new items for the fall season. Let’s start with getting out of bed each morning.