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Finding the Familiar: Art and the Everyday

Olivia Brandwein '22
Student Guide, Spring 2020

Everyday objects go far beyond their function, through both the beauty of their forms and the personal meanings we attach to them. Enjoy this colorful pop-up book tour exploring how everyday objects can be art, as well as how contemporary artists can transform utilitarian things into thought-provoking artworks.

Fish, Janet, Kraft Salad DressingJanet Fish
Kraft Salad Dressing, 1973
Oil on canvas
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Barancik



Kimono, on loan from Smith College Museum of ArtKimono (Meisen), ca. 1920-1940 Taisho-Showa period
Silk, plain weave, stencil-dyed warp and weft
Gift of Julia Meech, class of 1963
Loan from Smith College Museum of Art







Bisa Butler (American, b. 1975), Broom Jumpers, 2019
Bisa Butler
Broom Jumpers, 2019
Cotton, silk, wool, and velvet
Purchase with the Belle and Hy Baier Art Acquisition Fund








Jefferson Pinder (American 1970- ), Katrina, 2005Jefferson Pinder
Katrina, 2005
Painting on metal, assemblage
Loan from the David C. Driskell Collection, Courtesy of the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park






Joseph Cornell, Untitled [Pharmacy Chest], ca .1945Joseph Cornell
Untitled [Pharmacy Chest], ca. 1945
Wood, glass, and cork with assorted materials
Gift of the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation