Tuesday, July 30, 2013
After 42 years, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is going to stop issuing the little metal buttons as proof of admission and go to a paper ticket. The metal has gotten too expensive, and they'll be able to sell ad space on the paper. The passing of an era!
I think I still have a few little buttons somewhere in a drawer, as souvenirs of seeing artful wonders.
Over the years of its existence, the button became an accidental tourist totem — evidence not only that the city had been visited but also that high culture had been revered. And the button became a kind of art object in its own right, described once by Met curators as a kind of coin with a “multilayered tissue of readings and meanings.”
Check out the dress above, created out of hundreds of buttons for a recycled materials project at Parsons School of Design in 1973!