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The Field Notes Aesthetic: Heidi Norton at the Elmhurst Art Museum

by Caroline Picard
Mies van der Rohe is such an historic presence. The aftershock of his innovation is still palpable, reflecting as it does the evolution of an “international style after World War II.” It is hard to imagine, therefore, how one might absorb his architecture into daily life—much less install an exhibition under one of his roofs. That is the challenge posed by the Elmhurst Art Museum, an institution that purchased van der Rohe’s prototype for suburban life, the McCormick House, in 1992.... [more]
Posted by Caroline Picard on 7/24/14

Over the Top

by Victor M. Cassidy
      There was a time when toys were not plastic, but made of wood. Sized to fit small hands and simply shaped with rounded edges, they were often laminated together from two or three kinds of wood. Surfaces were usually a treat to the eye, with stripes and circles painted on them in primary colors, shallow grooves sometimes outlined painted areas, and shiny, clear shellac elsewhere. Toys were inevitably tactile—we expected to handle them, after all—and they withstood much banging around.... [more]
Posted by Victor M. Cassidy on 1/25/10
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