The New England Media and Memory Coalition has published our essay “The Story of the Museum of Everyday Life.” To read it, Click the image below!
MOEL IN ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA!
The Museum is proud to report that our Chief Operating Philosopher is the recipient of aCEC Artslink’s 2016 Back Apartment Residency, and for the month of October is exploring St. Petersburg, working with local artists, and visiting all manner of museums, from the small and unusual to the grand and celebrated. ClickHERE to read her post on the Back Apartment Residency site: “Recent Reflections from the Museum of Everyday Life’s Intrepid Philosophy Department: In Praise of The Diorama” and HERE to read “The Museum of Everyday Life Philosophy Department Encounters the Variable Properties of Big and Little” and HERE to read “On Melancholy.”
NEW!! To watch a feature about the Museum on the television show Wild Travels, broadcast on Chicago PBS. Click HERE. (The show features last year’s Dust exhibit, but was just recently aired…)
Now On View, a new exhibition:
This year we reflect upon the looking-glass and all that it contains. From the moment the first mirror was encountered, this object began to haunt humanity. As a vehicle for gazing at ourselves or for divining the unseen, as unforgiving truth-teller or portal to other worlds, as a totem of power or icon of vanity, the mirror fascinates and dazzles. Essential to telescopes and magic tricks, disco balls and dentistry, the mirror inhabits a central place in a startling diversity of human endeavors. Indeed, the mirror, we would argue, is the object that makes self-transformation possible. This exhibition explores the mirror in all of its guises. Open everyday, 8am-8pm.
A CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR UPCOMING EXHIBITION!
The Museum of Everyday Life is soliciting contributions to its upcoming exhibition featuring the Mirror, which will open on Sunday May 29th, 2016!
For this current mirror exhibition, we are accepting all kinds of contributions, including anecdotes, scholarship, art, and objects, consisting of or relating to all aspects of mirrors, including but not limited to: the mirror and superstitions; the role of mirrors in fairytales; the Echo and Narcissus myth; mirrors and drug culture; mirrors and magic tricks; carnival and funhouse mirrors; mirrors and royalty; mirrors in early cabinets of curiosity; one-way mirrors and surveillance; mirrors and the development of the telescope, microscope and other tools of science; Lacan and Mirror Theory; particular mirrors attached to personal stories; the trope of the mirror in the psychoanalytic interpretation of dreams; the mirror in disco culture; the mirror and survival skills such as starting a fire or sending morse code signals, etc. We welcome contributions in any form, be it personal artifacts accompanied by individual narratives; vague, raw ideas for displays as well as fully realized art objects ready to hang; theoretical writings, research, and of course we will be in need of plenty of raw material so any old or broken mirrors would be welcome as well. The Museum is a self-service institution and does not always have staff on hand, therefore the safety and security of donated objects cannot be guaranteed, although every effort is made to keep all donations as secure and safe as possible. To donate, or for more information, use the “contact us” button above. The museum’s mailing address is 3482 Dry Pond Rd., Glover, VT 05839. Sometimes the volume of contributions received makes it impossible to display everything; the museum curatorial staff makes all final display decisions. Contributors who include a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope or box with their entry will ensure that it is returned to her or him upon completion of the exhibition.
Interested in participating in the exhibit installation? Community work weekends will be April 30th/May 1st; May 14th-15th; May 21st-22nd. Intensive installation week will be from May 20th through May 28th, 2016. Use the “contact us” form on the museum website to let museum staff know you plan to attend.
The museum’s own Chief Operating Philosopher, Clare Dolan, brought the Performance Department’s latest Cantastoria, “Exquisite Corpse” and “Being Mortal” to the renownBanners & Cranks Festival in Detroit in November, and again to Southern Vermont’s Sandglass Theater in early December. A new cranky, “Police Log” premiered at the Banners & Cranks fest in San Juan Puerto Rico April 15th & 16th, 2016! Photos for your viewing pleasure below:
NEW!! Click the image of our front door below to view a Stimulating and Entertaining VIDEO about our Museum (shot last summer by Comcast) and listen to a VPR story about our new Dust exhibit by clicking the photo of Dust.
Read the Seven Days Art Review of our Dust exhibit by Molly Zapp by clicking HERE.
Read an excellent and intelligent article in the Concord Monitor about the MOEL and Dust exhibit by clicking HERE.
Read the same article by Nicola Smith in VT Digger HERE.