Many museum curators at National Museum of American History have been apart from the collections they tend to for several months due to health and safety precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. While working from home since March 2020, one curator noticed herself creating new uses her things—an ironing board serves as a desk, a table clock becomes a support to prop up a phone—for example.
In our latest guest blog post written by the museum's Curator of Mathematics, read about how alterations to an object's intended uses can make us newly aware of the ways in which those who created and used objects took advantage of what they found available.
Continue reading here: https://invention.si.edu/innovators-curators-making-do-nothing-new
A teleworking curator looks at the ways in which those who created and used objects took advantage of what they found available.