January 18 – March 17, 2013
Hear from our community about some of their prized possessions and why they wouldn’t trade them for the world.
What makes an object valuable? Its cost? Its history? Our memories about it? Our personal attachment? Someone else’s judgment? Can we “value” something that isn’t “valuable?”
The Alice C. Sabatini Gallery invited members of our community to share what they most valued. Not what they owned that was worth the most money, but what they’d miss the most if it were suddenly gone. We asked three questions:
- What is the object?
- What is the story?
- Why do you keep it?
People shared memories of family, friends, and events. The objects in this exhibit aren’t worth a lot of money, but they are worth a great deal to the people who own them. We all keep mementos. Our memories make stories. Our stories about these items create meaning and value.
This is exhibit isn’t about the stuff, it’s about the stories. Every object has a story. The associations we all have make us who we are. We build our community through our associations. It’s our story.