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House and Home at William D. Cannon Museum

Artist Date Updates

Story and photos by Lucy Wheeler

Artist dates are a wonderful way to get the curiosity juices flowing and get the mind wondering about bigger, better or different ways of seeing, hearing and thinking.  In short, dates are those activities which lure our thoughts to our creative natures.

So it is this month with the William D. Cannon Art Gallery in Carlsbad, CA. which is featuring a House and Home display adapted from the original exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington D. C and now being toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance.  It’s showing through October 23, 2016, at the Dove Library Cannon Gallery. Tuesdays – Sundays 11a.m -5p.m


What makes a house and what turns it into a home?    Is it the architecture, the atmosphere or the weather which impacts available supplies within different environmental communities and its corresponding inhabitants? And does it deviate from generation to generation?

And what is the impact of new inventions and discoveries man makes to his environment?  A dramatic evolution occurred when indoor water supplies became available and the impact on kitchens and bathrooms was huge.  At first there was one bathroom per household and now it isn’t unusual to see several bathrooms per household.  And kitchens began to become mechanized.  Toasters, dishwashers, garbage disposals and even the space changed the building needs to match the lifestyles which make a house a home.house-home02

The telephone has had its impact on not just lifestyles but the way we build our homes to accommodate the lifestyle changes.  One can only image the subtle impact cellphones will have for us in the future. The show has minimal artifacts but just enough to tweak the imagination.

This NEH (National Endowment for Humanities) display is to show where we were 50-100 years ago, where we are now, and lets us ponder where we might be headed in the next few generations.  After all, that’s what artist dates are for.