Joe Struble, Archivist of the photography collection, periodically calls curatorial staff into the print room for “art moment”. This happens when something rare or extraordinary is pulled for photography, research, cataloging or conservation. The object might be going back into its box again for years so we like to take the opportunity to appreciate it. Last Friday Joe called “art moment” and we all gathered around this odd deer leg lamp with photo-offset lithograph shade.
Our exclamations were mixed with glee and horror as we looked at the three photographic scenes depicted on the shade and the legs that support it. The lamp added some fun to our Friday afternoon and it wins my vote for strangest photographic object in the collection. The lamp was featured in the 2005 exhibition Forget me Not: Photography and Remembrance curated by Professor Geoffrey Batchen.
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Jessica Johnston is an Assistant Curator in the Department of Photographs at George Eastman House. She manages numerous exhibitions and projects at the museum including our recent participation on the Flickr Commons.
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