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    Shaping a Celluloid World Exhibition Opens

    June 16, 2014

    Kellen BackerIn the world of collectible art, celluloid is a niche with devoted collectors.

    Shaping a Celluloid World, the latest exhibition at Palitz Gallery, marks the first time a significant portion of the celluloid collection of Dadie and Norman Perlov is on display in New York City, and on June 10, people eager to view the exhibition attended a special reception.

    “Celluloid played a large part in the growth and development of the plastics industry,” says Dadie Perlov. “Perhaps most of all, celluloid started an evolution of the American economy and the class structures that would operate within it.” On view for attendees were more than 100 objects donated by the Perlovs to Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center, including jewelry, advertising and marketing brochures, postcards, figurines, decorative pins, and buttons. Several rare items include a 15-piece dresser set and a set of Hyatt billiard balls.

    The opening reception featured the exhibition’s guest curator, Kellen Backer (pictured above). “Shaping a Celluloid World demonstrates how celluloid could be imitative or original, a substitute or a novel material, and how cultural ideas shaped a new technology,” he explains. “I wanted to show off the range of shapes and colors celluloid was made into. The exhibition showcases how people shaped celluloid as celluloid in turn shaped the world.”

    The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It runs through July 2, 2014.

    View more photos of the exhibition and reception in our Facebook album.