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25 Sep

XXXL Painting brings together new and existing works. In the months leading up to the opening, the artists have been busy at work in the building, creating the exhibition on site. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen wishes to demonstrate the resilience and energy of the art of painting with a true ‘battle of the Titans’ between the three artists.MUSEUM









BOIJMANS VAN BEUNINGEN (Rotterdam) 8 June – 29 September 2013

Laurie Simmons

25 Jan

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Interview with Laurie Simmons in Dirty Magazine

Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

3 Jan

Frances Glessner Lee (1878–1962), a New England socialite and heiress, dedicated her life to the advancement of forensic medicine and scientific crime detection. The seeds of her interest began when her brother’s college classmate, George Burgess Magrath (1870–1938), vacationed with the Glessner family at their summer home in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Magrath, then a medical student, went on to teach legal medicine at Harvard and to become the chief medical examiner of Suffolk County (Boston). In 1931 Mrs. Lee helped to establish the Department of Legal Medicine at Harvard, the only such program then in existence in North America. From that time on, she became a tireless advocate for forensic science. In 1934 she presented the department with a collection of books and manuscripts, which became the Magrath Library of Legal Medicine, and in 1936 endowed the department with a gift of $250,000 (adjusted for inflation, the equivalent of $3,367,000 in 2005 dollars).


Mrs. Frances Glessner Lee at work on the Nutshell Collection, 1940s-1950s, 
Glessner House Museum, Chicago, Illinois
In 1943, Mrs. Lee was appointed captain in the New Hampshire State Police, the first woman in the United States to hold such a position. Around the same time, she began work on the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death—a series of eighteen miniature crime-scene dioramas for student analysis. The Nutshells allowed Mrs. Lee to combine her lifelong love of dolls, dollhouses, and models with her passion for forensic medicine. She originally presented them to the Harvard Department of Legal Medicine; later they came into the possession of the Maryland Chief Medical Examiner’s Office. Erle Stanley Gardner, the writer best known for creating the Perry Mason mysteries, and Mrs. Lee’s close friend, wrote that “A person studying these models can learn more about circumstantial evidence in an hour than he could learn in months of abstract study.”

Mark Dion

22 May

Scala Naturae, 1994 by Mark Dion

Concrete Jungle: A Pop Media Investigation of Death And Survival in Urban Ecosystems, 1996 by Mark Dion, New York: Juno Books

The McKittrick Hotel

21 May

Sleep No More takes place at the fictional McKittrick Hotel, a reference to the film Vertigo. The hotel was completed in 1939 and “intended to be New York City’s finest and most decadent luxury hotel”. Six weeks before opening, and two days after the outbreak of World War II, the legendary hotel was condemned and left locked, permanently sealed from the public until it was restored and reinvented by Punchdrunk and Emursive. The McKittrick Hotel is actually three adjoining warehouses in Chelsea’s gallery district at 530, West 27th Street. The address is the former home of megaclubs Twilo, Spirit, Guesthouse, Home, Bed and more. The 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) space has been transformed by Punchdrunk into “some 100 rooms and environments, including a spooky hospital, mossy garden and bloody bedroom.”

Inside the Hotel

See my previous post

Press review

20 Apr

                                                                                                                                                     The New York Times, August 16, 1923, page 15, “Obituary Herman L. Collyer”
The New York Times, April 5, 1939, page 26, “Gas company seizes meters of ‘hermits'”
The New York Times, August 5, 1942, page 21, “Mortgage on recluses’ home is foreclosed, but legendary brothers still hide within “
The New York Times, August 8, 1942, page 13, “Bank and Collyers declare a truce”
The New York Times, September 30, 1942, page 24, “Collyer mansion keeps its secrets”
The New York Times, October 2, 1942, page 27, “Order ejects Collyers”
The New York Times, November 19, 1942, page 27, “Collyers pay off $6,700 mortgage as evictors smash way into home”
The New York Times, November 21, 1942, page 24, “Collyers get deed to home”
The New York Times, February 3, 1943, page 21, “Collyers may lose house”
The New York Times, February 4, 1943, page 24, “Government gets Collyer property”
The New York Times, July 27, 1946, page 16, “Subpoena flushes Harlem recluse”
The New York Times, January 28, 1947, page 25, “Hermit brothers get $7,500 award”
The New York Times, March 22, 1947, page 01, “Homer Collyer, Harlem recluse, found dead at 70. Police require two hours to break into 5th Avenue home, booby-trapped with junk brother fails to appear investigators think, however, he may be ‘Charles Smith’ who summoned them. Homer Collyer found dead at 70 as police forced entrance into home of recluses. Homer Collyer was found dead yesterday in his decaying brownstone house at 2078 Fifth Avenue, but the legend of the two recluse Collyer brothers still lives on.”
The New York Times, March 26, 1947, page C24, “The Collyer mystery. To patrolmen on the midnight-to-eight tour, who sometimes chatted with Langley Collyer on his nocturnal strolls, he seemed, for all his shabbiness, a well-mannered and cultured old gentleman. They probably never thought that some day the entire Police Department would be on the lookout for him.”
The New York Times, March 27, 1947, page 56, “Langley Collyer is dead”
The New York Times, April 2, 1947, page 38, “53 attend burial of Homer Collyer; 2 Harlem Neighbors Present, but Langley Does Not Appear — Police Press Search. Homer Collyer was buried yesterday in the family plot in Cypress Hills Cemetery, Queens.”
The New York Times, April 9, 1947, page 1, “Body of Collyer Is Found Near Where Brother Died. Langley Collyer was found dead yesterday in his old brownstone home at 2078 Fifth Avenue. His body, wedged in a booby trap set to keep out intruders, was lying in the same room on the second floor where his blind brother, Homer, had been found dead on March 21.
The New York Times, April 12, 1947, page 15, “Langley Collyer buried”
Time; April 7, 1947; page 27, “The Shy Men”

Collyer Brothers / from The Library of Congress / Washington

10 Feb

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