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The “@” Symbol, recently added to the collection of the MoMA

Webster’s dictionary defines art as, “the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects.” According to this definition, it is almost easier to define the action of doing art, rather than what it actually is.
Does art need to have a concept or a story, or could it just simply follow the autonomy of art for art’s sake? If an object is seen as aesthetically pleasing shouldn’t it be considered art?  Regardless of an object’s use in daily life, if it is pleasing to look at, should it be displayed? (more…)

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Shaker Woodenware Sewing Baskets. Pine and Ash with Silk, Wax, and Poplar. 9 x 12.5 x 7 in. Miller Collection.

Inspired Innovations: A Celebration of Shaker Ingenuity is currently on view in the McKernan Gallery showcasing beautifully hand-crafted furniture, inventions and artifacts from the Shaker community.

Curated by West Hartford, Connecticut Shaker scholar and collector M.  Stephen Miller, Inspired Innovations seeks to raise awareness about the Shakers, who have successfully faced more than 220 years of challenges. Emphasis will be placed on the community that existed in Enfield, Connecticut from 1790 to 1917. (more…)

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