Friday File

It’s been awhile since I put together a weekly link roundup because life has been so busy, but I couldn’t let this week’s content pass by. There was a lot of good stuff online, so let’s dive in!

Karl Lagerfeld taught a master class at a college in Paris. Oh to be in that room. That would be one interesting lecture.

So cool to see the first artifacts arrive at the Smithsonian’s still-under-construction National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Elsa Schiaparelli’s personal collection is going up for auction at Christie’s in January. I anticipate drooling over the catalog when it is released.

I can’t wait to see Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s “One Thousand Pieces” during its Winter Series in December.

Kim France, formerly editor in chief of Lucky Magazine, shared her 7 shopping rules. She says, “some stores are incredibly good at pulling you into their whole gestalt,” and recounts almost buying a pair of shoes completely at odds with her life. Has she been secretly watching me when I go into Anthropologie?

Have a really great weekend — last one before the holidays hit with their full force!

A Program to Preserve Black History

I need to share a great initiative by the National Museum of African American History and Culture to encourage the preservation of black American history. This coming Sunday, the Brooklyn Museum will host Save Our African American Treasures, a program that “gives residents of New York the opportunity to identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance tucked away in the attics, closets and basements of their homes.”

There will be experts, including my friend Sarah Scaturro, conservator-in-charge of the Costume Institute at the Met, giving free consultations. Attendees can bring up to three personal objects that are no larger than a shopping bag for review — things like garments, books, textiles, toys, and photos.

Along with the consultations, activities will teach how best to store and preserve family heirlooms and historical artifacts.

The event takes place at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, New York. It runs from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

Here’s the schedule:

11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Hands-on Preservation
In this hands-on activity, participants are invited to learn how to properly store letters, pack garments and prepare photographs for preservation storage and presentation.

Community Partners Expo
Learn more about the wonderful resources available in New York! Community Partners will distribute materials and answer questions from members of the public.


12:00 p.m.
Why We Collect: Even More Stuff than You Have at Home
Kevin Stayton, the Brooklyn Museum’s Chief Curator, will offer a tour of selected galleries in the building and discuss the ways in which the history of the building and the history of the collections have run parallel for over a century in the formation of a great institution.

1:00 p.m.
Basic Clothing & Textiles Preservation
Learn to store your textiles like a museum professional! Get practical tips to help you preserve special clothing such as family uniforms and wedding dresses along with quilts, needlework, lace, and other fabric objects. Find out how to avoid damage, when to seek expert assistance, and how to store these pieces for the next generation. Plus, see a demonstration of how to pack your textiles.

2:00 p.m.
Saving Your Family Photographs and Papers
Great Aunt Mary left you with the responsibility of preserving the family photographs and papers – now what do you do? Learn how light, heat, and humidity affect your family collections. Discover some simple things you can do to be a good steward of your family paper and photography collections.

3:00 p.m.
Preserving Digital Memories
Digital photographs and other new media are fragile and require special care to keep them useable. As new technologies appear for creating and saving our personal digital information, older ones become obsolete, making it difficult to access older content. Find out more about the nature of the problem and learn some simple, practical tips for preserving your digital memories.