Saturday, April 26, 2008

Who Owns the Past?

In this April 21 article on YaleGlobal OnLine, James Cuno makes a compelling argument for the reframing of ownership of antiquities. Rather than being considered the property of nation states -- which come and go over time, sometimes give rise to sectarian violence and often fail to protect the heritage in their trust -- antiquities should be considered the property of all humanity.

Heritance embraces the perspective expressed by Cuno when he wrote: "An understanding that ancient and living cultures belong to all of us could contribute to greater respect for the differences among us and serve as a counterargument to the call for cultural purity that flames sectarian violence."

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Elasticity at Moma

It's great when physical collections and their online counterparts play to their own strengths.
Design and the Elastic Mind, an exhibit on the top floor of Museum of Modern Art in New York, shows off trends in design by displaying tools, products and environments you can touch, stand in and around, and follow crowds to what's popular or stray off into a corner that nobody's noticing.
The online part isn't just a rundown of what's at the museum, it lets you check out features or sites that are part of the collection but hard to appreciate without your own computer and browser. The online part is a treat, and includes deep collections of links that bring together innovations in design from products to journalism to the internet.