Ellen Lupton, the curator of contemporary design at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the director of the master’s program in graphic design at the Maryland Institute College of Art recently posted a well written and humorous article in the opinion section of the NY Times about the angst of having inherited stuff from the past. It appears that her need to eliminate clutter trumps her archival gene… something I didn’t expect from a curator.
Here’s the article: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/12/how-to-lose-a-legacy/?ref=opinion
So, if something is damaged and it costs less to repair than to replace, is this curator’s advice an insurance liability? If its an heirloom, does the agent help ease the pain by guiding the insured to get good advice?… or just toss old stuff out?
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