The goal of Radio Chipstone and contributor gianofer fields is to invite you to take a second look at the things you choose to keep near. That’s the basis of Material Culture, its purpose is not to look at the history of objects. It’s to look at history through objects. Basically, it’s a different way to interpret the world around us. Since that world had suddenly gotten much smaller. It may be a tool to help pass the time.
While Material Culture may seem like a new thing, Object Lessons has been around since the 1800s. Sarah Anne Carter is the Visiting Executive Director, Center for Design and Material Culture and visiting Assistant Professor of Design Studies at The School of Human Ecology University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of Object Lessons: How Nineteenth-century Americans Learned to Make Sense of the Material World. In this edition of Radio Chipstone, Carter and fields talk about the history of Object Lessons and how the practice/pedagogy helped school-age children develop the ability to make sense of the world.
About the Host:
gianofer (JON nah fer) fields is an Art Historian and Material Culture contributor and curates the Radio Chipstone series. The project is hosted by the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and funded by the Chipstone Foundation; a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts.
About the Guest:
Sarah Anne Carter is the Visiting Executive Director of the Center for Design and Material Culture and visiting Assistant Professor in Design Studies at The School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of Object Lessons: How Nineteenth-Century Americans Learned to Make Sense of the Material World.
Image: Cover of Object Lessons book.