Now on View
23 imagesVist Consuming Passions ll on view at AMUM Monday-Saturday, 9am-5om now through October 6th! Consuming Passions II Collectors collect. All of the collectors participating in this exhibition have multiple collections; what is on display here is a fraction of their works. Most keep their collections in their homes, while some are fortunate to have acclimatized storage away from their living spaces. Some have gone to great lengths—and great expense—to create special museum-like atmospheres in their homes to accommodate their treasured objects. Serious collectors are experts in their subject areas, whether they are professionals in their respective collecting disciplines or extreme hobbyists. Each of the collectors represented here is totally conversant in the vernacular of his or her specialty, and each also has interests which extend beyond the focus of his or her particular collection. For many of them, the first collection begat a second collection, and the second collection begat a third collection. Again, collectors collect. From automobile art to baseball cards to cornhuskers, these collections are pursued by their owners and built into more than a passing stewardship; for most of our collectors they are truly passions—passions that have occupied their lifetimes and occupied significant mental, spiritual, and geographic spaces in their lives. For our collectors, acquiring these works is not a hobby; it is a lifestyle and a devotion that exceeds most other interests. These accumulations of objects each have communities attached to them through a network of other collectors, and those communities contribute, not surprisingly, to the increase of knowledge about these subjects. Collectors collect, but they also form the core of the expertise in their fields. Some provide footnotes to others’ works, while some write their own books on their subjects. Individuals who collect with passion and a quest for knowledge may hold the key to advancing scholarship about a focused area of history, culture, or science.