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/ Smithsonian News Service Art courtesy of Music des Arts Decoratlfs, Paris The unknown art of living by David M. Maxfield Smithsonian News Service NEW YORK--Bernard Rudofsky has seen the enemy and, as Pogo says, "They is us." Architect, author and social critic, Rudofsky has been poking around lately in what he calls our "comedy of manners," challenging and comparing the ways we carry out those little-examined but "most important things in The human species has chosen to take its daily bread in quite a variety of ways, and social critic Bernard Rudofsky wonders whether the contemporary "lap dinner" is an improvement over the past. From top left clockwise: Two 5th-century B.C. noblemen of Greece recline to dine in the customary manner of the an- cients, a style that some contend is better for the digestion than a sit- down meal. A 19th-century belle prefers the bath (forerunner of today's hot tubs?), while modern man, as cartoonist Saul Steinberg demonstrates, has problems coping. life--eating, sleeping, sitting, cleansing and bathing." He seems not astonished at all that a nation deep into the electronic age actually would produce a dinner fork with red and green lights built into the handle, blinking out six seconds for shoveling in food and 25 seconds for chewing. This, after all, is the cultural descendant of an earlier age when an advertisement in a 1903 issue of Harper's Weekly touted the merits of the then- fashionable automat. "The whole operation of being served lunch and dinner," said the ad, "takes about a minute." Rudofsky, a scholar-in- residence at the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City, and assistant Lucy Fellowes have included these and other domestic curiosities in a provocative exhibition here designed as a "salute to the unknown art of living." His aim: to effcourage Americans to reassess those taken-for-granted habits that regulate daily life, just at the time "when we have second thoughts about attributing man's happiness to an unending supply of things he does not need." Rudofsky also shares a concern of the late U.S. Judge Learned Hand. "Our dangers," Hand warned, "are not from the outrageous but from the conforming.., those who take their virtues and their tastes, like their shirts and furniture, from the limited patterns which the market offers." Above all, perhaps, Rudofsky is a believer in the advice of C.C. Lambert- Karlovsky, director of the Harvard Peabody Museum, that "our understanding of other cultures tempers our arrogance in believing that ours is best." "Did you realize," Rudofsky asks, "that if Jesus were to visit this country, he would have to mend his ways?" At the Last Supper, as depicted by little-known but centuries- old mosaics and embroidery, he explains, Jesus and the apostles are shown reclining on couches around a table, the custom of affluent Jews and Romans of the day. As it turns out, the now-familiar versiom of the meal as a more formal, sit-down affair were painted by later generations of artists to conform to the customs of their day. "That should give some food for thought," says Rudofsky, who has titled his Cooper- Hewitt exhibit and companion catalog "Now I lay me down to (please turn to page 8A ) Smithsonlen News Service Art courtesy of The MetrOpolitan Museum of Art 12 .Serving Over 48 Communities in Northern New Hampshire and Vermont July 15, 1981 anine cops protect Upper Valley New Hampshire StateTrooper states of Vermont and New and New Wayne Fortier. Ben lives in Hampshire. Police are Ely with his handler, Vermont Ben, a four-year-old the dogs. State Trooper Howard shepherd, is one of 15 canines 1 am Atherton. in the Vermont State Police dogs, I don't use the word master patrol dog program. Eight are and am reluctant even to use on the road and seven are in handler, perhaps partner various stages of training, to would be more appropriate as The dogs are trained at the of both Ben and Oscar work as Vermo.nt Police Academy in resides integral parts of the law en- Pittsford for a 16-week period forcement effort in the sister and then they return oneday a The project provides a place for a magazine or book, a dish of special soap, a bottle of lotion -- whatever you might want near you while enjoying a hot tub. It's also convenient for sitting while drying toes. Lumber is called for -- for example, clear pine if you end up by painting, or a hardwood like mahogany or walnut or birch if you plan a natural finish. Start the project by forming the top two end-pieces and attaching them to the top slab with waterproof glue and 6d finishing nails. Next, make the base, shaping the ends as shown in the detail drawing. Each pedestal consists of two parts which are joined in a 45 degree miter that is rein- forced with glue and 3d finishing nails. Put together the top, base and pedestals by using glue and 6d finishing nails. Be sure to go over all surfaces and edges with fine sandpaper before applying a finish. The project should not appear to have sharp corners. Round off all corners, slightly at least, by working with the sand- paper. _g NEW HAMPSHIRE-VERMONT COOPERATION Trooper Wayne Fortier and Oscar (left) and Vermont ---Sister states are represented by New Hampshire Trooper Howard Atherton and Ben (right). month for more work with case of an assault on their their handlers. The instruction handler, the dogs will attack at Pittsford is under the on their own. While taking direction of head trainer Fred photographs for this article we Busch. witnessed a very graphic In addition to the monthly example of Ben leaping from training, Ben and Atherton the cruiser and attacking after attend seminars around New Trooper Atherton was England to sharpen their grabbed. skills and learn new The dogs are also trained to techniques from other dog attack into gun fire if the need handlers, arises. Certainly having a Ben is trained primarily for trained dog gives the trooper handler protection. This is an much needed protection and important aspect as members makes him a more efficient of the State Police work alone law enforcement officer. in a rural area where a backup The patrol dogs are trained is often a very long way off. to search buildings, guard Ben and his colleagues will prisoners and assist in crowd attack on command, or in the control. They can also trail if A MAN'S BEST FRIEND-A DOG'S BEST FRIEN- D--New Hampshire State Trooper Wayne Fortler in a more relaxed moment with his constant companion Oscar. A TIME FOR WORK-Oscar's job is tracking and he can sniff out a trail with the best of the tracking dogs in the nation. the scent is fresh. Searching a darkened building such as a warehouse is a dangerous task for an officer and one that most dislike. The dogs are trained to do the job efficiently without the handler exposing himself. If a subject is where the dog can get at him, the dog will bite. If out of reach, the dog will bark to alert his handler that someone is in the building. Ben is four years old and lives with the Atherton family. ite is treated just as any house pet and like most is very protective of his family. Troopor Atherton has been with the State Police for six and a half years. The last two have been spent in the local area. He is married and has two children, a boy and a girl. ()scar is an-eight-year old black and tan bloodhound. He is one of six bloodhounds owned by the New Hampshire State Police who also have II shepherds. Your ad, this size, on page 1 of the Second Opinion is only $5.00 Oscar's original training Albert Darling who heads the was conducted by retired Lt. bloodhound program for New Gene Meyers and lasted for a Hampshire. year. The bloodhound team meets After being assigned to once a month (or training. In Fortier, who is Oscar's fourth addition Oscar and rooper handler, both man and dog Fortiex track an average of trained for three months three days a week during under the tutelage of Cpl. (pleaseturntopage2A) THE VERMONT TEAM--Trooper Howard Atherton and his attack dog Ben can be your friend or, if you are on the wrong side of the law, can be a formidable opponent. HAVE YOU HEARD ... Lunch is now being served on the deck of BONNIE OAKS overlooking Lake Morey... ... DELICIOUS Your ad, this size, on page of the Second Opinion is only $10.00 WEST FAIRLEE CENTER CHURCH MIDDLE BROOK ROAD SUNDAY July 19, 7:30 PM Rev. Harold R. Albert / Smithsonian News Service Art courtesy of Music des Arts Decoratlfs, Paris The unknown art of living by David M. Maxfield Smithsonian News Service NEW YORK--Bernard Rudofsky has seen the enemy and, as Pogo says, "They is us." Architect, author and social critic, Rudofsky has been poking around lately in what he calls our "comedy of manners," challenging and comparing the ways we carry out those little-examined but "most important things in The human species has chosen to take its daily bread in quite a variety of ways, and social critic Bernard Rudofsky wonders whether the contemporary "lap dinner" is an improvement over the past. From top left clockwise: Two 5th-century B.C. noblemen of Greece recline to dine in the customary manner of the an- cients, a style that some contend is better for the digestion than a sit- down meal. A 19th-century belle prefers the bath (forerunner of today's hot tubs?), while modern man, as cartoonist Saul Steinberg demonstrates, has problems coping. life--eating, sleeping, sitting, cleansing and bathing." He seems not astonished at all that a nation deep into the electronic age actually would produce a dinner fork with red and green lights built into the handle, blinking out six seconds for shoveling in food and 25 seconds for chewing. This, after all, is the cultural descendant of an earlier age when an advertisement in a 1903 issue of Harper's Weekly touted the merits of the then- fashionable automat. "The whole operation of being served lunch and dinner," said the ad, "takes about a minute." Rudofsky, a scholar-in- residence at the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City, and assistant Lucy Fellowes have included these and other domestic curiosities in a provocative exhibition here designed as a "salute to the unknown art of living." His aim: to effcourage Americans to reassess those taken-for-granted habits that regulate daily life, just at the time "when we have second thoughts about attributing man's happiness to an unending supply of things he does not need." Rudofsky also shares a concern of the late U.S. Judge Learned Hand. "Our dangers," Hand warned, "are not from the outrageous but from the conforming.., those who take their virtues and their tastes, like their shirts and furniture, from the limited patterns which the market offers." Above all, perhaps, Rudofsky is a believer in the advice of C.C. Lambert- Karlovsky, director of the Harvard Peabody Museum, that "our understanding of other cultures tempers our arrogance in believing that ours is best." "Did you realize," Rudofsky asks, "that if Jesus were to visit this country, he would have to mend his ways?" At the Last Supper, as depicted by little-known but centuries- old mosaics and embroidery, he explains, Jesus and the apostles are shown reclining on couches around a table, the custom of affluent Jews and Romans of the day. As it turns out, the now-familiar versiom of the meal as a more formal, sit-down affair were painted by later generations of artists to conform to the customs of their day. "That should give some food for thought," says Rudofsky, who has titled his Cooper- Hewitt exhibit and companion catalog "Now I lay me down to (please turn to page 8A ) Smithsonlen News Service Art courtesy of The MetrOpolitan Museum of Art 12 .Serving Over 48 Communities in Northern New Hampshire and Vermont July 15, 1981 anine cops protect Upper Valley New Hampshire StateTrooper states of Vermont and New and New Wayne Fortier. Ben lives in Hampshire. Police are Ely with his handler, Vermont Ben, a four-year-old the dogs. State Trooper Howard shepherd, is one of 15 canines 1 am Atherton. in the Vermont State Police dogs, I don't use the word master patrol dog program. Eight are and am reluctant even to use on the road and seven are in handler, perhaps partner various stages of training, to would be more appropriate as The dogs are trained at the of both Ben and Oscar work as Vermo.nt Police Academy in resides integral parts of the law en- Pittsford for a 16-week period forcement effort in the sister and then they return oneday a The project provides a place for a magazine or book, a dish of special soap, a bottle of lotion -- whatever you might want near you while enjoying a hot tub. It's also convenient for sitting while drying toes. Lumber is called for -- for example, clear pine if you end up by painting, or a hardwood like mahogany or walnut or birch if you plan a natural finish. Start the project by forming the top two end-pieces and attaching them to the top slab with waterproof glue and 6d finishing nails. Next, make the base, shaping the ends as shown in the detail drawing. Each pedestal consists of two parts which are joined in a 45 degree miter that is rein- forced with glue and 3d finishing nails. Put together the top, base and pedestals by using glue and 6d finishing nails. Be sure to go over all surfaces and edges with fine sandpaper before applying a finish. The project should not appear to have sharp corners. Round off all corners, slightly at least, by working with the sand- paper. _g NEW HAMPSHIRE-VERMONT COOPERATION Trooper Wayne Fortier and Oscar (left) and Vermont ---Sister states are represented by New Hampshire Trooper Howard Atherton and Ben (right). month for more work with case of an assault on their their handlers. The instruction handler, the dogs will attack at Pittsford is under the on their own. While taking direction of head trainer Fred photographs for this article we Busch. witnessed a very graphic In addition to the monthly example of Ben leaping from training, Ben and Atherton the cruiser and attacking after attend seminars around New Trooper Atherton was England to sharpen their grabbed. skills and learn new The dogs are also trained to techniques from other dog attack into gun fire if the need handlers, arises. Certainly having a Ben is trained primarily for trained dog gives the trooper handler protection. This is an much needed protection and important aspect as members makes him a more efficient of the State Police work alone law enforcement officer. in a rural area where a backup The patrol dogs are trained is often a very long way off. to search buildings, guard Ben and his colleagues will prisoners and assist in crowd attack on command, or in the control. They can also trail if A MAN'S BEST FRIEND-A DOG'S BEST FRIEN- D--New Hampshire State Trooper Wayne Fortler in a more relaxed moment with his constant companion Oscar. A TIME FOR WORK-Oscar's job is tracking and he can sniff out a trail with the best of the tracking dogs in the nation. the scent is fresh. Searching a darkened building such as a warehouse is a dangerous task for an officer and one that most dislike. The dogs are trained to do the job efficiently without the handler exposing himself. If a subject is where the dog can get at him, the dog will bite. If out of reach, the dog will bark to alert his handler that someone is in the building. Ben is four years old and lives with the Atherton family. ite is treated just as any house pet and like most is very protective of his family. Troopor Atherton has been with the State Police for six and a half years. The last two have been spent in the local area. He is married and has two children, a boy and a girl. ()scar is an-eight-year old black and tan bloodhound. He is one of six bloodhounds owned by the New Hampshire State Police who also have II shepherds. Your ad, this size, on page 1 of the Second Opinion is only $5.00 Oscar's original training Albert Darling who heads the was conducted by retired Lt. bloodhound program for New Gene Meyers and lasted for a Hampshire. year. The bloodhound team meets After being assigned to once a month (or training. In Fortier, who is Oscar's fourth addition Oscar and rooper handler, both man and dog Fortiex track an average of trained for three months three days a week during under the tutelage of Cpl. (pleaseturntopage2A) THE VERMONT TEAM--Trooper Howard Atherton and his attack dog Ben can be your friend or, if you are on the wrong side of the law, can be a formidable opponent. HAVE YOU HEARD ... Lunch is now being served on the deck of BONNIE OAKS overlooking Lake Morey... ... DELICIOUS Your ad, this size, on page of the Second Opinion is only $10.00 WEST FAIRLEE CENTER CHURCH MIDDLE BROOK ROAD SUNDAY July 19, 7:30 PM Rev. Harold R. Albert