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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Follower of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, The Sense of Smell. Oil on canvas. Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, England.
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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Thomas Anshutz, The Incense Burner, ca. 1905.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1940.11.l
From the collections of the Cooper Hewitt / Smithsonian Design Museum.
Print, The Sense of Smell, ca. 1750; Designed by François-Thomas Mondon (French, ca. 1709 – 1755); France; hand-colored etching with watercolor on paper; 19 5/16 X 21 15/16 in. (49.0 X 55.8 cm); Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt; 1921-22-290
Antoine Vollon, Violets. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Gustave Caillebotte (French, 1848-1894)
Paris Street; Rainy Day1877
Oil on canvas
Art Institute of Chicago
Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection, 1964.336