The Various Lives of Objects: The Origins & Evolution of a Pennsylvania German Hanging Cupboard

October 16, 2021

By Jena Gilbert-Merrill, '22 In Winterthur’s Pennsylvania Folk Art Room, a cupboard hangs on the wall in simple, warm humility. Yet despite its quiet appearance, this object contains many layers of stories. In researching this object, the history of this form, and the various contexts in which it has existed, I found that, despite its current state, this object has lived a number of lives and may not have always looked or functioned quite as it ...

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Object Lessons at Gunston Hall

September 24, 2021

By Kelly Fu, '22 One of the delights of attending a Winterthur field trip is the opportunity to go behind the scenes to see things that the average museum visitor would not get to experience. Yet oftentimes, the most fascinating of these experiences involve objects that are out of the public view precisely because they are not awe-inspiring at first glance. One such object that we saw at Gunston Hall was the wooden frame of a side chair. The ...

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The Neighborhood as Collection: A Walking Tour of Mt. Vernon, Baltimore

August 25, 2021

By Jena Gilbert Merrill, '22 On June 17, 2021, the WPAMC fellows visited the Mt. Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore for a walking tour. After three full days of shuffling through historic houses, meandering around the sprawling estates in which these houses are situated, and investigating the various ways that people inhabited and related to these spaces in the past, we began the walking tour standing on the corner of a city block in Baltimore. While ...

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StudioEis: Memory, Monument, and The Embodied Past

August 19, 2021

By Naomi Subotnick, '22 When we visit a museum or historic site, our attention is often directed to the collection objects on display, or the architectural elements of the building: rarely do we think about other interpretive tools utilized to transform exhibitions into narrative spaces. While visiting the Maryland State House during Winterthur’s Southern Field Study Trip, I had the opportunity to reflect on the other material presences that define ...

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