intersection 07.13.16

Keeping and Letting Go
Every Person in New York

Marie Kondo's The Life-changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever (with a subject like that, she might have banished the subtitle) and the followup, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, have touched a chord about how we regard our possessions. Here are a few variations on the themes of keeping and letting go…

Opening July 20 at the New Museum, The Keeper, an entire exhibition on the idea of preserving. Central to it will be Partners (The Teddy Bear Project) — a vast display conceived in 2002 by Ydessa Hendeles of 3,000 family photos in which someone is posing with a teddy bear.

Material for the Arts is a non-profit that acts as a middleman between businesses (and individuals) with stuff they don't need—and arts organizations that need stuff badly. It can make the difference between an arts organization surviving or shutting down.

Collectors Club, 22 E. 35th [Park/Mad] is a place for serious stamp collectors that features a philatelic library. The building was designed by Stanford White in 1902 for Thomas Benedict Clarke, an art dealer and decorator who wanted a showcase for his collection of American art. It was bought by the stamp club in 1937.

Pretty safe bet: you've got boxes of photos, somewhere, that you're going to get to, someday. And if you don't have boxes of photos, you've got thousands of digital images that will be, before long, tens of thousands. Either way, it's a mess. Isabelle Dervaux to the rescue.

Museums are about preservation. Pop-up shops are definitionally ephemeral, and ice cream straddles both worlds: frozen it will last, but the clock starts running when it's ready to serve (its higher purpose). Let all that go and check out the Museum of Ice Cream, July 29-August 31, where the sprinkle pool, immersive chocolate room and, of course, plenty of tastings, will bring out the child in you—something definitionally eternal. 100 Gansevoort [10th Ave/Wash]. Tickets are $18, which includes ice cream.

For those who want to declutter, but need an escape hatch: Box Butler.

The renowned psychiatrist David R. Hawkins wrote many books on spiritual enlightenment, including Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender.

Foley's NY Pub, 18 W. 33rd [5th/6th] 212.290.0080, has a great collection of sports memorabilia—with a strong baseball preference. There are over 3,000 baseballs, plus bobbleheads, jerseys, and much else.

Sure, you can go to the Container Store. But if you're feeling more flush, check out the vintage-style aluminum trunk from Linda Horn, $275. Or scoot over the GWB to Closter, NJ to Stevens Antique Trunks, by appointment only.

WNYC tells the story of Nelson Molina and his Treasures in the Trash Museum, located in an East Harlem sanitation garage.
[Image: Jessica Miller]

Vinylheads talk about their obsession in Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting with fellow traveler, photographer Eilon Paz.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for more at Jason's site and his book Every Person in New York.

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