Posts Tagged ‘Closet Archaeology’

Closet Archaeology in the New York Post

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The August 13, 2017 issue of the New York Post has a great piece on Closet Archaeology! See this show until October 15.

Closet Archaeology extended through October 15, 2017!

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Due to popular demand, Closet Archaeology: An Accidental Time Capsule will run through October 15. This show presents 20th-century ephemera discovered under the floorboards of the Children’s Workshop School/P.S. 61 by a class of fourth-grade students led by their teacher, Miriam Sicherman. The students have compiled an archive of everyday artifacts ranging from ca. 1915 to ca. 1991. In addition to uncovering objects of the quotidian past, the students have also reached out and connected with some of the former students, now adults of advanced age, who lost items under the floorboards many years ago.

The Reliquary exhibition has received coverage in Atlas Obscura and Bedford + Bowery. Miriam Sicherman has discussed the project in Social Studies and the Young Learner (Nov/Dec 2015). The project has also been covered by The New York Times.

June 3: Opening Reception for Closet Archaeology: An Accidental Time Capsule

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Saturday, June 3 @ 2 PM
Admission: $5

In the winter of 2015 in the Children’s Workshop School in the East Village, a Manhattan fourth grader peered into the dusty crevices beneath his classroom closet floorboards. He wondered what treasures might have fallen there in the 104 years since the building was constructed. His classmates took notice and joined him in poking under the boards and pulling out artifacts of everyday life.

Through this “closet archaeology,” the students excavated an accidental time capsule built over a century by the students who had also once sat in their classroom. These junior archaeologists have unearthed love notes, spelling tests, caps from glass milk bottles, portraits of silent film stars, penny candy wrappers, and more. They have even found former students, now adults, who remember losing these items. The project was covered in The New York Times. Miriam Sicherman runs the Closet Archaeology Instagram account.

The City Reliquary is proud to present the first formal exhibition of Closet Archaeology after featuring it at Collectors’ Night 2017.

The Opening Reception on Sat., June 3 at 2 PM will include presentations from some of the junior archaeologists from the Children’s Workshop School as well as professional collectors and anthropologists:

Beverages available by suggested donation, with beer courtesy of The Brooklyn Brewery.

See the slideshow below for a selection of objects, and see even more of Miriam’s students’ finds on the Closet Archaeology Instagram.

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