March 1999
Georgina Starr, The Nine Collections of the Seventh Museum

  Georgina Starr
British, born 1968
The Nine Collections of the Seventh Museum  1994

214 C-prints, color photograph mounted on Sintra, offset lithograph on paper, ink on paper mounted to foam board, videotape (The Making of Junior [+ Entertaining Junior]), CD-ROM, computer with touch-tone video screen
Collection Walker Art Center
Butler Family Fund and Justin Smith Purchase Fund, 1995

British artist Georgina Starr organizes clutter into imaginative collections. The Nine Collections of the Seventh Museum is a room-sized scrapbook filled with things she collected and made while staying in a small hotel room in The Netherlands. Starr decorated the walls with photographs of herself and her belongings, recorded stories from people she met, and kept all her mail. The cupboards in her room were filled with scraps of fabric, old clothes, and books, so Starr used these materials to sew a doll named Junior and made a video about making and entertaining her toy companion. The room in the Walker galleries shows all the parts of her idea -- the nine collections -- including a computer station where you can find out how she connects all the bits and pieces.

© 1999 Walker Art Center

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