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The Division Museum of Ceramics and Glassware:
Tea Symposium In Honor of Future Historical Importance

Event:
February 28, 2009; with free edition


Forever & Today, Inc. presents The Division Museum of Ceramics and Glassware's Tea Symposium in Honor of Future Historical Importance. Please join us for a cup of tea and allow us to make you a permanent member of the Friends and Founders of The Division Museum of Ceramics and Glassware.

At the Tea Symposium, visitors to the event not only have the opportunity to facilitate the Museum's expansion of its collection, but the chance to become part of the history of the 21st Century, preserved by the Museum. All guests are encouraged, upon finishing their tea, to smash their cups; the fragments will then be collected and entered into the Museum's registry, along with any debris that contributes to the rich history of our times.

The Museum acquires all of its ceramic and glass items from a group of benefactors officially known as the Friends and Founders of The Division Museum of Ceramics and Glassware. While their collecting interests vary immensely in terms of subject matter, specialization, and enthusiasm, each individual possesses a large enough group of ceramic and glass items to be considered a collection worthy of archiving. These items have been de-accessioned from their former owners because they are cracked, chipped, or shattered. We gratefully rely on the benevolence of Friends and Founders, who generously engage in the act of fragmenting their own consummated collections to forward the Museum's pursuit of completeness.

The Division Museum of Ceramics and Glassware is the only private institution in New York City dedicated to the future historical importance of 21st Century ceramics and glassware. Founded in 2004, the Museum exclusively collects damaged ceramic and glass items, primarily everyday items of food preparation and consumption. It is the mission of the Museum to preserve these artifacts in their current condition. Within the fields of both historical archaeology and anthropology the study of ceramic fragments have come to define the activities and values of lost cultures. We preserve these contemporary artifacts as fragments in the service of future historical import. The impact of the Museum will extend to its benefactors, who in building the Museum's collection, succeed in establishing the Museum as an institution they founded.

The Division Museum of Ceramics and Glassware: Tea Symposium in Honor of Future Historical Importance is curated by Ingrid Chu and Savannah Gorton.