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A Universe of Things: Micky Wolfson Collects

November 15, 2019–March 12, 2020
The Wolfsonian–FIU @ 1001 Washington Avenue

Over the course of more than three decades, an astounding diversity of materials has arrived in Miami Beach from all over the globe. Stained glass windows and paintings, vases and sideboards, posters, prints, books, and ephemera fill warehouses. They arrive in massive crates, wrapped boxes, or shopping bags, all to be catalogued, researched, preserved, studied, and perhaps exhibited or published. Suitcases of documentation—invoices, receipts, notes on napkins, and more—are sifted through and archived for future scholarship. This massive undertaking is the life's work of collector and raconteur Mitchell "Micky" Wolfson, Jr., and has become the cornerstone of the museum that bears his name.

In A Universe of Things: Micky Wolfson Collects, The Wolfsonian examined Wolfson's life of collecting by exploring how objects form networks that connect across time and cultures. In recognition of Wolfson's 80th birthday, the exhibition featured beloved icons and unexpected finds in a presentation timed to coincide with the publication of the book Founder's Choice (Scala Publishers), which highlights 37 key collection objects selected by Wolfson himself.

A Universe of Things was made possible by Funding Arts Network, Inc. (FAN).