Things that Make You Go Hmmm…John Coolidge in CULTURED Magazine

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I was flipping through a copy of Cultured Magazine at work, and I paused at this page. I’m really not the demographic for this slick publication, and I don’t know anything about photographer-turned potter John Coolidge and his partner, “painter and creative director” David Burgoyne. But the photo of these two, by Coolidge, caught my eye.

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Art and Fragrance: Sissel Tolaas at the Cooper-Hewitt

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I’ve been meaning to post about this event for ages; better late than never, I suppose!

I made a field trip to the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum with some co-workers one afternoon back in the spring. As soon as we entered the Museum, my nose went on high alert. We had just cut through through a courtyard garden, but the smell I noticed was something inside the building, even though it was “outdoorsy,” like damp grass and freshly turned earth.

I asked a passing staff member what I was smelling, and she filled me in and pointed me in the right direction to read the wall text pictured above. For its Design Triennial exhibition (this year’s theme: “Beauty”), the Cooper Hewitt commissioned artist Sissel Tolaas to create a “smellscape.” Its subject was Central Park.

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