Art and Fragrance: Sissel Tolaas at the Cooper-Hewitt


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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Yoko Ono and Fragrance, Part 2: “Smell Pieces”

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Back in May I visited the exhibition “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971” at the Museum of Modern Art. I was preparing to write a short piece about the show as a freelance assignment (see here!) and I ended up enjoying Ono’s early conceptual art more than I expected to.

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Fragrance in Art: Marble Relief with Two Goddesses (1st-2nd century A.D.)


Lower part of a marble relief with two goddesses, Imperial Rome, 1st–2nd century A.D. Marble, 53 1/2 in. (135.9 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fletcher Fund, 1924. 24.97.99

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art website: “The two goddesses are closely related to the figures of Demeter and Persephone on the Great Eleusinian Relief. . . .The altarlike incense burner between them must be an addition of the Roman copyist. This relief is said to have been found at Eleusis.”

Photo by Tinsel Creation.