Curators of Cool

Carl Lindgren, Benjamin Law and Paul Owen viewing objects from the natural environments collection.Our exciting new project shows you our collection through the eyes of six internationally influential stylists, editors, authors, architects and designers.

We invited them to go behind the scenes in our collection stores and choose a few special objects or specimens that epitomise ‘cool’ in their eyes from more than 1.2 million treasures. The result is a series of micro-exhibitions showcasing their choices.

What is “cool”?

What is and isn’t cool at different times and in different places tells us a lot about the culture and society we live in. What is cool has the ability to change the way we think about the world around us.

What do you think is “cool”? Why? Often the answer says a lot about your self-expression, your view of the world and the meaning and identity you attach to objects.

The Curators of Cool

  • Sibella Court - International stylist and designer
  • Benjamin Law - Author (Gaysia, The Family Law)
  • Carl Lindgren - Editor, Map Magazine & The Weekend Edition
  • Paul Owen - Architect, Owen Vokes & Peters
  • Alexander Lotersztain - Multidisciplinary Designer & Director, Derlot
  • Nick Southgate - Faculty Member, School of Life (UK) teaching in “How to be cool”

Event Details

10 June 2013 - 10 June 2014
Level 2

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