A U.S. president took his last sip from this cup before being shot. Can you guess which one? Hints: Born in the Buckeye State, this future president attended law school and then won a seat in Congress at 34. His presidency was very much oriented toward foreign policy. He often wore a pink carnation in his lapel.
Our collection includes many of the last objects used or worn by presidents before their deaths. Perhaps as a holdover of the Victorian notion of “making a good death” as a way to ensure making one’s way into heaven, we often believe we can better understand the lives of individuals by knowing how they conducted themselves in their final hours.
See more objects from the last days of our presidents on the blog: http://s.si.edu/last-moments (Link in profile!) #FirstFamily#Mourning#RestInPeace#NeverForgotten#ForeverMissed#AmericanHistory#PresidentialHistory#WhiteHouseHistory#POTUShistory#MourningTraditions#Coffee#APUSHhistory#MaterialCulture
'One final thing. you know what I loved the most about your letter? The wait. I loved every second I waited for it.' A friend wrote to me. Reading this before bed, as I usually just check all messages from different platforms at the same time at the end of the day, I feel so sympathised and relieved. While all the contemporary aids are urging immediacy, there are just so much one can gain from waiting. Waiting for a delayed eye contact, an extended or adversative reply, a vacuum avoidance, a confirmation, etc, waiting gives time for things and people to reveal themselves as they are, instead of trying to rip something off them. It is a mind and body practice, a process of de-imagining which is sometimes too consciousness-dependent to be mastered.
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We are delighted to announce that @lilliannassau has been selected to exhibit in the Show’s 2018 edition, held at the @parkavenuearmory from January 19-28.
Owned and directed by Managing Director Arlie Sulka, Lillian Nassau LLC are world-renowned specialists in Tiffany Studios lamps, favrile glass, favrile pottery, mosaics, windows, desk pieces and Louis C. Tiffany paintings.
The gallery is credited with almost single-handedly reviving interest in the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany and has been a leader in the field for 72 years.
Please join us in welcoming @lilliannassaullc to the Show!
Fair Highlight: Tiffany Studios, Double Poinsettia Table Lamp (detail), c. 1906
A visual pun taken to its extreme, or some obscure facet of Italian art history/material culture I'm unaware of? Remembered this from my recent jaunt in Milan: sitting in the entrance vestibule of a lovely Art Deco block of apartments - in which the Casa Museo Boschi di Stefano is housed - was this comfy-looking armchair, which first glance told me was upholstered in grain-patterned beige fabric that resembles marble. NOPE. It's a piece of sculpture carved entirely from marble, in the shape of an armchair, and displayed as one. There was also no sign prohibiting interaction, i.e. sitting, so I guess butts are welcome. Go figure. Still can't figure this one out ... #visualpun#visualjoke#milan#italy#art#architecture#sculpture#italianart#furniture#furnituredesign#decor#armchair#chair#interiordesign#materialculture#object
As the days grow shorter, the lists of jobs grow ever longer and germs mutate at break neck speed - it can only mean one thing - Christmas is on its way. By way of celebration, between now and the big day, there will be offerings of glorious garments, astonishing accessories, extravagant engravings or obscure objects - all with a Christmassy connection. To begin, I present this toy, paper and wadding Christmas Pie, complete with holly and stuffed full of blackbirds. Bought by a Mrs Florence Sharp in 1930 for her two granddaughters, the pie was given as a surprise present and at every Christmas tea thereafter, was placed on the dining room table. Its appearance would herald a collective singing of the rousing chorus, 'Four and Twenty Blackbirds', before small gifts were taken from inside the pie and given to the children. Though a highly unusual object, you will be pleased to know that the pie has been properly preserved and now resides at the Museum of Childhood, V&A, London. #christmas#festiveseason#twentiethcentury#historical#history#objects#materialculture#objectsofchristmas#festivities#pie#toy#toys#childhood#children#christmas#fourandtwentyblackbirds#bakedinapie#pies#holly