Natalie Zemon Davis, famous for her ability to conjure whole worlds from the archival traces of obscure individuals, talks about Margrieta van Varick. In this peek into the historian's craft, Davis shows how one could use Margrieta's inventory to help us think about Margrieta's year's in the East, her travel to the West, her relationship to her children and husband, attitude to slaves, and the contemporary resonances of her goods in Flatbush. This extraordinary conversation introduces the range of curatorial and historical issues that animates Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick.
December 22, 2009Margrieta van Varick
Margrieta van Varick - her name alone conjures meaning and makes associations with present day life in New York City, be it a subway stop, or a street in downtown Manhattan. The inventory leads you to the past of these well-known places in contemporary life. This video shifts the curatorial thinking about the inventory that is the cornerstone of the exhibition Dutch New York now on view in the Bard Graduate Center gallery to a discussion of its existence as a simple list, a unique source of knowledge, an essential artifact of everyday life
September 18, 2009Margrieta van Varick
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