Author Archives: Nicholas Merkelson

Museums Seek Clarity, Face Challenges to Budgets and Relevance

Lately I’ve been taking advantage of the comp museum admission perk through my employment with New-York Historical Society.  I’ve saved a good deal of cash at New York’s premier cultural institutions with inflated admission prices ($25, MoMA; $20, Frick Collection; … Continue reading

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Frames Upon Frames At Collector’s Showroom

Today I went to Diego Salazar Antique Frames in Long Island City, New York.  It’s a place well known in the frame game (Merkelson 2013), but I surprisingly found it hidden among steel-doored warehouses just south of Queens Boulevard.  Having … Continue reading

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Finnish Baby Buggy Bumper: Finland’s “Maternity Package” as Cultural Heritage

In 1938, the Finnish government introduced the Maternity Grants Act.  That year, Finland’s expectant mothers each received a baby shower of supplies for their newborn.  All-weather clothing, health and hygiene products, bedding, a toy–these were some of life’s bare necessities … Continue reading

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Lordy Lord, Lourdes! Pilgrimage Site Suffers Record Flooding

The rainwater and snowmelt that flooded southwest France just over a week ago has finally receded.  The normally tranquil Gave de Pau river rose as much as 15 feet, spilling over its banks and pouring into medieval towns across the Pyrenees. … Continue reading

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Culture in Peril Shares Photos and Videos

I missed the Instagram memo and decided to start a Flickr Photostream instead.  I like the use of the Flickr portfolio to share images and videos more than the actual social media component of Instagram, though I’m sure each service … Continue reading

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Post Office Workers Curb Illicit Smuggling of Peru’s National Cultural Heritage

This article was prominently featured in the The New York Times Americas section on June 14th.  Self-proclaimed “defenders” of their nation’s history, an art historian and an archaeologist have joined together to safeguard Peruvian cultural heritage from illicit smuggling.  Trafficking in … Continue reading

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Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY

Yesterday I visited for the first time the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY.  Founded in 1897 but relocated from nearby South Hampton last year, the Parrish focuses on American art, with a particular emphasis on work from the … Continue reading

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