As adults, we may fondly look back at what were once childish things with a bit of nostalgia. However, how many of us use those memories of books, toys, or television shows in our very grown-up professions? Dr. Sarah Anne Carter is the visiting Executive Director and visiting Assistant Professor for the Center for Design and Material Culture at UW-Madison.
She says the babysitter turned her four-year-old son onto Scooby Doo. In this edition of Radio Chipstone, Dr. Carter explains to contributor gianofer fields how her son’s love for the crime solving canine and their many, MANY conversations, changed the way she thinks about her work as a curator.
(The interview is based on an article written for the American Alliance of Museums. It appeared in the March 27th 2018 issue of Avidly: A Channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books.)
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: The Mystery Inc. gang circa 2000 in “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!”. Credit: PictureLux/The Hollywood Archive/Alamy Stock Photo.
This segment comes from the Radio Chipstone Archives on WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio. See here.