Friends of Interpretable Objects

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"Friends of Interpretable Objects is an idiosyncratic, breath-taking inquiry into the human capacity to cherish the material object world and to hate it, to hold it responsible, and to grant it its own humanity... This book should be read by art historians, anthropologists, curators, literary critics, and anyone who has ever shouted at a car or kicked a door." - Bill Brown, Dean of Humanities, University of Chicago"

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Miguel Tamen's concern is to show how inanimate objects take on life through their interpretation - notably, in our own culture, as they are collected and housed in museums. It is his claim that an object becomes interpretable only in the context of a "society of friends." Thus, Tamen suggests, our inveterate tendency as human beings to interpret the phenomenal world gives objects not only a life but also a society. As his work unfolds, "friends" also takes on a legal sense, meaning advocates, introduced to advance the argument that the social life of interpreted and interpretable objects engenders a related web of social obligations. Learned and witty, with much to teach art historians, environmentalists, anthropologists, curators, and literary critics, his book utterly reorients our understanding of how we make sense of our world.

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