War, Memory, Material Culture

From Maya Valladares, Hunter College and Brooklyn Museum
Both of the below projects compliment Sturken’s book “Tourists of History,” and both are also great in their own right. They help get one’s head around war, memory, consumption, and material culture in nice (and in the case of the first link, fairly hilarious) ways.
www.americathegiftshop.com/#/start
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Cheney Shredding Secret Documents Snow Globe
This art project by Philip Toledano asks what if American foreign policy had a gift shop? What would our souvenirs of the past eight years be?
www.objectsandmemory.org/aboutnew.html
This documentary by Bruce Danitz and Jonathan Fein starts soon after September 11, 2001, and guided by the narration of Frank Langella, the film follows, verité style, the efforts of museum curators and everyday folk who were driven to collect and preserve objects that, once ordinary, are now irreplaceable.

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One Response to War, Memory, Material Culture

  1. Giovanni Tiso December 15, 2008 at 4:49 pm #

    What does it say about me that I covet the Cheney snow globe? Headless Habib hits a bit closer to the gut, but I fear it would fly off the shelves as well.
    And I’d like to add a personal guarantee to the work of Fein and Danitz. I haven’t seen it yet, but they’re not afraid of commenting on, erm, fledgeling blogs. Good people.

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