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(Video link here.) Last January, we wrote about our friend J. Speed Carroll’;s innovative?reaction to his wife Martha’;s passing. To counter the many questions from friends asking “;What are you going to do?”; he wore a button that said simply, I don’;t know.

Since then, Speed has taken another unexpected action. He made Martha’;s Museum: The Precise Placement of Objectsaccent pillow case baby burlap housewares, a lovely film about Martha’;s remarkable, very personal collections in their Greenwich Village brownstone. The rooms of the house remain their traditional selves; the objects within them transform them. With Speed’;s narration, you enter the many stories and meanings hidden in?Martha’;s eclectic collections?from all over the world. The films?14 minutes flew by for us?but it?can be viewed?in chunks as you have time. It is an ode to meaningful collecting (the word clutter never comes to mind).

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You could view?it as a house tour of someone with original style. Or as a tour of the remarkable things to see in each part of the house and the way they resonate with each other and with the viewer.

Some?personal favorites: Martha’;s photograph of two cowboys hanging out in the Texas town where she was from…;

Martha Carroll

And in a room full of Buddha’;s and Eastern art, the dining table and chairs Martha designed in collaboration with a Greek sculptor who stood on the table’;s glass top to show how strong it was…;

Speed Carroll

…;and these curiously?modern candlesticks made from old branding irons from early branding operations in Texas…;

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One room in the house is filled with artwork of friends…;

Speed Carroll

…;including Sally’;s, taken in her twenties…;

Best of all, among the vast collection in the bedroom, are three cubes Speed made for Martha out of different metals signifying “;I love you”;…;

J. Speed Carroll

…;Which is the quiet message woven?through Martha’;s Museum.

Speed would like to collect comments on Martha’;s Museum for posterity, and for his new granddaughter Clare. We invite you to do so here, or at Vimeo.

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