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Sarah Archer
Sarah Archer is a writer and curator based in Philadelphia.

Entries by Sarah Archer

Shopping for a Modernist Holiday Tablescape at the Cooper Hewitt

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 7:54 AM

One of my favorite holiday memories from my school days on East 91st Street (where I sported a very fashion-forward plaid jumper until age 11) is of browsing the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum's gift shop in search of exquisite, handmade Christmas ornaments and educational stocking stuffers. To...

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Telling Time: The Vintage Design of Alzheimer's Clocks

(3) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 6:13 PM

There might be no clearer metaphor for mental clarity than that clock: we describe the timing of the very punctual among us as being like a "Swiss watch." For the well-prepared, efficient actions progress "like clockwork." The telling and keeping of time was one of humankind's first scientific breakthroughs. We...

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They Ferment for Each Other

(4) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 3:11 PM

You've probably heard the one about the guy who raised $75,000 on Kickstarter to fund a nebulous potato salad project with no business plan, no recipe, and no particular sense of what kind of potato salad he was interested in making. I wish him well, but it's high...

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The (Tortured) Soul of Wit

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 5:01 PM

Try to imagine Grumpy Cat as a professor of German literature at an Ivy League university, haunted by deep misgivings about his role in academia. Now imagine that he has opposable thumbs, an iPhone and a love of wry German aphorisms, and you might end up with something pretty close...

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Family Style

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 2:05 PM

Chef Pierre Calmels didn't go to art school, but he's found a kindred spirit in artist and designer Gregg Moore, a professor of Ceramics at Arcadia University. Moore's exhibition "Heirloom" at the Philadelphia Art Alliance revolves around "Table d'Hôte" ("The Host's Table"), a unique family-style meal that the...

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The Material Is The Message

(1) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 10:49 AM

Most works of contemporary art that you find in galleries and museums are finished by the time they're on view; in the case of performance art that unfolds in real time, a "work of art" isn't really an object but an experience or an interaction. This summer, the

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Handmade for Japan: Aid Through Art

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 10:17 AM

Anxiously reading the headlines about Japan's unfolding nuclear crisis in the wake of last week's earthquake and tsunami, I've been looking around for effective ways to help the relief effort.

A benefit auction starting March 24th offers a great way to send much-needed funds to Global Giving's Earthquake...

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Handmade Holiday

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2009 | 11:14 AM

An outlet mall sweater that will never fit. Fancy toiletries so heavily perfumed you can't bear to keep them in the house. A DVD of an Adam Sandler movie that you wouldn't have gone to see when it was in the theaters. "Rich Dad, Poor Dad".

This December, millions of...

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