I spent a lot of time hating Flint Faience because it used to be my job to sell it (for minimum wage) to mean rich people who mainly liked the ones with scary clowns on them. I feel like I gotta repent, and also be honest about how I’m Becoming Weird Old Rich Flint Ladies. (It was obvious from the beginning.) I would die for this one!
Faience is a type of glazed earthenware. Flint Faience was a company that started in the twenties—I’m not kidding you, this story is real!—by a manufacturer of spark plugs (for GM by way of AC) who discovered that it was more economical to keep his kilns running 24/7 even when they weren’t firing the ceramic bits of spark plugs. In the downtime he played around with other ceramics and through the twenties and thirties manufactured tiles that ended up in the homes, corporate establishments and public buildings of Flint that ended up more or less abandoned by the 1970s. Since then people pillage/”salvage” the tiles and sell them to old rich ladies who for some reason still live in Genesee County, for around $100 each.
the only frame job in this house i am happy with in the LEAST is the weird sponged faux-suede on styrofoam (?) that gwen frostic raccoon was in when i bought it
Johanna Drucker’s writing about Vegas neon (in Neon Boneyard, Judy Natal’s photo book about what is now the neon museum) is atrocious
Postcard from Robert and Sylvia Mangold to Eva Hesse, postmarked January, 1967.
All postcard images courtesy of Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio. Eva Hesse Archive, Gift of Helen Hesse Charash. © The Eva Hesse Estate. Courtsey Hauser & Wirth © Estate of Sol LeWitt/ Artist Rights Society (ARS)
i did get to see venturi & brown’s queen anne chair which i know is also not rare or anything but i have never seen one and it was a really big deal for me here in my year of our robert venturi and denise scott brown 2014
(that was probably not made in michigan by the late eighties but it could have been and it was knoll so it counts as ours)
I stood in front of “Hang Up" next to a lady saying "what ever happened to beautiful frescoes?" and I leveled up
the art institute’s 20th c american furniture is a “great” collection but not really that impressive to me, almost everything on display was made in michigan and like…they have better at GRAM and a lot of the stuff is stuff it’s not even hard to find at antique malls in mid-michigan. modernist utopia probs i guess, shrug