Saturday, August 30, 2008

Food with Eyes: The Exhibit

Today marked the realization of a dream I've had for years: to have a collection of mine on display for the public. I've always loved museums and thought it must be wonderful to donate your collection to a museum for permanent display. I hoped to one day see a placard next to some wonderful exhibit reading "From the Collection of Lushie Peach." That day has arrived, although it's not at the Smithsonian or the Met, but at the Children's Room of the Schenectady County Public Library.

The glass display case there features a monthly exhibit, usually someone's collection or maybe crafts or miniatures. I make a point of looking at it every month. A few months ago it hit me that my collection might be a candidate for the case. I spoke to the librarian who seemed somewhat confused about what I was proposing to put in the case. Nevertheless, she took my contact information. I heard nothing and figured they had a full schedule of the usual collections of frogs or pigs or whatnot. But then I got a call asking if I could bring my collection in for September! Of course I immediately said yes, and gathered my items together.

This morning I installed the exhibit (ok, I put the stuff in the case). I also found a few books to tie in with the theme. So without further ado, Food with Eyes: The Exhibit:

Look for the exhibition catalog soon. I actually changed the setup a little after I took the pictures, using some stands and easels to prop up some things. I'm tempted to go there everyday now and watch to see if anyone looks at the case. I expect the Smithsonian, or maybe MoMA, will be contacting me soon to see about a traveling exhibit.


Maria said...

Congratulations! This is brilliant! I'd like to request a copy of the catalog.

I have one concern, though. Do they provide some kind of insurance or guarantee in case of stolen items? Do they have a 24-hour guard at the exhibit?

Lushie Peach said...

There is a guard, plus a sophisticated laser-activated alarm system, so I think it will be safe.

I hear the exhibit is going to the V&A museum next. I'll be sure to get you a catalog.

Waffle Whiffer [Brandon] said...

Wonderful collection, and such a neat way to share it with the public. I'm sure all the kids will love it.