If I Were a Hoarder

A compendium of all the intriguing detritus, all the irresistible bargains and all the wondrous objects that might clutter my studio today if I were a hoarder

Anonymous asked: Dear Zoltana,

On the subject of hoarding newspapers: I would never describe your maternal grandmother as a hoarder but she did have trouble throwing some things away. After I was born, she didn't have time to read the New York Times but she didn't cancel the subscription. She stockpiled several years of back issues in the cellar and they moved with us to a new home when I was five years old. Mother said she was saving the papers for the theater reviews. This was an ongoing source of friction between my parents. Periodically, my father would try to throw some of the papers away, causing my mother to weep. After she died, you inherited her ballpoint pen spring collection. I keep meaning to find the stash and send you a picture since I probably never threw them away, either, and they are still in your old room along with your stickers and stuffed panda bears.

Love, Mom

[ From the Archive ]

Presentation: “Accumulated Wisdom: The Collector as Inventor”

With Melissa Catanese, Rutherford Chang, Carrie Cooperider, Tim Davis, Louise Harpman, Maira Kalman, Nina Katchadourian, Thomas Y. Levin, Harvey Tulcensky, and Penelope Umbrico

When is a discovery an invention? When is accumulation art? Is recombination transformation? In an evening of short performances and talks, artists and scholars will consider the relationship between collecting and creating through case studies of their own collections, which include coffee cup lids, signs prohibiting photography, Toscanini’s pants, shipwreck memoirs, snapshots, The Beatles’ White Album, photos of beds for sale on Craigslist, toilet paper from European hotels, photo postcards, and spoken letters recorded on vinyl.

Date: Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 6:30–8:30 pm
Location: The Morgan Library, 225 Madison Avenue, New York (map and directions here)
Admission: $15 ($10 for Cabinet subscribers and Morgan members; free for students with ID).

Co-organized by the Morgan Library and Cabinet in conjunction with “A Collective Invention: Photographs at Play,” on view at the Morgan through 18 May.

 

Originally posted on Sad Stuff on the Street.

American Hustle called. They want their shoes back. No, really, these belong to the wardrobe department.
Found by ontheroadtrip in San Francisco, California.

We have it on good authority that these shoes were on Grove, near Baker. Photo by KT Drasky.

 

Originally posted on Sad Stuff on the Street.

American Hustle called. They want their shoes back. No, really, these belong to the wardrobe department.

Found by ontheroadtrip in San Francisco, California.

We have it on good authority that these shoes were on Grove, near Baker. Photo by KT Drasky.