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Do you make lists? Are you the type of person to add an accomplished task to your list only to cross it off moments later? (I am!)

Last week, I saw a wonderful show entitled "Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists' Enumerations" at The Morgan Library & Museum here in New York. It housed lists, sketches, and feverishly drawn notes belonging to some of the most famous figures in literature, art, and politics. Here are a few of my favorites from the exhibition.

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Realist painter Adolf Konrad drew this packing list in 1953, outlining what items to bring on an upcoming trip.

1 Realist painter Adolf Konrad drew this packing list in 1953, outlining what items to bring on an upcoming trip.

Around 1912, painter MacDonald-Wright drew notes on his version of the color wheel.

2 Around 1912, painter MacDonald-Wright drew notes on his version of the color wheel.

Famous painter Harry Bertoia made a list of his personal attributes for an assignment in school in 1932.

3 Famous painter Harry Bertoia made a list of his personal attributes for an assignment in school in 1932.

Pablo Picasso wrote this list of recommendations for artists for the 1913 Armory show.

4 Pablo Picasso wrote this list of recommendations for artists for the 1913 Armory show.

Painter Oscar Bluemner made this list of paintings in his inventory at the time—this was one of my favorites of the show!

5 Painter Oscar Bluemner made this list of paintings in his inventory at the time—this was one of my favorites of the show!

A grocery list belonging to painter Franz Kline.

6 A grocery list belonging to painter Franz Kline.

It was interesting to see the notes of these powerful people, considering how near and dear lists are to my heart. Especially in my job here in the Crafts Department, I am constantly making my own notes or referring to crafter's lists while out on a shopping trip. Take a look at some of the lists I've saved over the past year.

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An outline of styles and color of ribbon to buy on a recent shopping trip.

1 An outline of styles and color of ribbon to buy on a recent shopping trip.

Marcie's selection of mannequin heads for her phobias story.

2 Marcie's selection of mannequin heads for her phobias story.

Swatches of ribbon for Shane from Shindo (stay tuned for a blog post on this amazing shop!)

3 Swatches of ribbon for Shane from Shindo (stay tuned for a blog post on this amazing shop!)

Athena's fun list of fabric swatches for her superhero-costumes story from this year's October issue (recognize the colors?)

4 Athena's fun list of fabric swatches for her superhero-costumes story from this year's October issue (recognize the colors?)

Shane's lists are always very neat.

5 Shane's lists are always very neat.

A shopping list from earlier this summer—recognize the fabric on the bottom? Steph used this for the collar on Martha's Motha costume.

6 A shopping list from earlier this summer—recognize the fabric on the bottom? Steph used this for the collar on Martha's Motha costume.

Our very own

7 Our very own "illustrated inventory" of our archive bins on 2M...

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There are a ton!

9 There are a ton!

Images courtesy of The Morgan Library & Museum.

Comments (1)

  • Love this post! I saw this exhibit at the Morgan Library too, and it made me think about the lists I keep. None are as lovely and artistic as these, but still worth holding onto as artifacts of my life.

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