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Food is a Weapon / Don't waste it!
Cleaning Your Plate for Your Country
During WWII, the US government depended on Americans to volunteer in the war effort. Over 85 million Americans–nearly two thirds of the population–purchased war bonds providing much needed financial support. Women entered the workforce in large numbers helping to produce the thousands of ships, tanks, and airplanes required overseas.  Food shortages were a major problem...
1959-134-1-22 Matt Flynn
Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights is one mural from a collection of five produced in 1948. The mural is divided into three distinct views, the two ends showing building exteriors while the center view looks through a colonnade into a courtyard. Through this view one can see all manner of decorative fences, roof tops, a cupola, even a...
Maquette, Maquette of book cover design: Dylan Thomas, Portrait of a Young Artist as a Young Dog
Lux in Tenebris/ Artists are Dogs
Lux in Tenebris, Latin for "Light in Darkness," is a line from Dylan Thomas’s “One Warm Saturday," the last story in “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog.” “The barman switched on the light. ‘A bit of lux in tenebris.’” A Latin-quoting barman, a high remark in a lowly setting, light and dark; such...
Drawing, Proposal for Pershing Sq, 1986
A Magic Carpet
“Sustainability,” “green,” “eco-friendly”: these terms have become bywords associated with the contemporary city. With the inception of LEED certification in 1998, and the advent of sustainable technologies such as solar panels, today’s urban designers are increasingly immersed in the conversation around sustainable design. Architect and sculptor James Wines (b. 1932), however, has been grappling with these questions since...
Sidewall, 1830
A Wallpaper View of Early New York
This wallpaper shows a view of New York harbor as seen from Castle Williams on Governor's Island. The design features a landscape view that alternates with an eagle bearing an E Pluribus Unum banner. The paper is woodblock-printed in grisaille or shades of gray with a green filigree running through the design that outlines and...
Egg Cup, Gourmet, designed 1958
Elegant Egg Cups
Kristian Vedel is primarily known as a furniture designer, trained by the Danish architect-designer Kaare Klint and strongly influenced by Klint's standards of economy, function and simplicity. Vedel established his own studio in 1955. These stacking egg cups are one of his early innovative designs, part of the Gourmet line of plastic tableware from about 1958....
Print, From a Series of Naval Battles for Wedding Festivities of Cosimo Il deMedici, Ship of Heracles, 1608
What Would the Medici Do?
It is easy to think, in the age of Pinterest and the Knot, that weddings have never before been so extravagant.  Without knowing the history of weddings in the West, we all too often find ourselves rolling our eyes at 30,000 dollar weddings.  But, those tasty, miniature, artisanal canapés with pickle remoulade (at fifteen dollars...
Textile, ca. 1780
The Astronomer
Illustrated accounts of travels to the Far East served as guides for seventeenth- and eighteenth-century artists in Europe, who used these illustrations to create fanciful and imaginative chinoiserie scenes. This textile’s design is in the style of the prolific French chinoiserie artist Jean-Baptiste Pillement. Pillement’s astronomers were inspired by the travel accounts of sixteenth- and...
Firescreen, 1825-40
Still Life with Canary, or A Hungry Cat
While the genre of still life painting dates back to ancient times, it had emerged as a specialty by the late sixteenth century. Still lifes depicted mostly inanimate objects and could include natural things such as fruit, flowers or animal trophies, as well as man-made objects such as vessels or books. While it is not...
Sidewall, "When in Rome", 1958
When in Rome
This design consists of five different structures of ancient Rome, including some of the more well-known ruins such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Roman Forum. All of the structures are seen in silhouette, as are the peculiar cast of characters patrolling them. Appearing in front of each structure are Roman soldiers either on...