Maya Dvash in conversation with Glenn Adamson
If you're going to visit a French family and bring flowers, make sure there's an uneven number – and never red roses (lest the host think you are having an affair with his wife). In China, clocks hint at the clock of life that is running out. In Brazil, scarves symbolize mourning, and in India, white and black are unlucky colors – so never wrap gifts in those colors.
To celebrate the opening of the "Black Box" exhibition, Maya Dvash, Chief Curator of Design Museum Holon, held virtual conversations (in English) with international curator Glenn Adamson on objects, people, and the different attitudes to them from professional, social, and cultural viewpoints.
Glenn Adamson is a curator, writer and historian based in New York. He has previously been Director of the Museum of Arts and Design; Head of Research at the V&A; and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee. Adamson’s publications include Thinking Through Craft (2007); The Craft Reader (2010); Postmodernism: Style and Subversion (2011, co-edited with Jane Pavitt); The Invention of Craft (2013); Art in the Making (2016, co-authored with Julia Bryan-Wilson; and Fewer Better Things: The Hidden Wisdom of Objects (2018). His newest book is Craft: An American History, published by Bloomsbury, and he is co-host of the online interview series Design in Dialogue.