Email: mmcurator at gmail dot com
Location and hours
Right now the Museum exists only online. There is no public physical space for the Museum yet, so therefore, no hours. Seasonal exhibitions are displayed in the Curator's Baltimore, Maryland home. Obviously having strangers traipsing around one's space isn't the best idea, so pictures of these little home exhibitions are posted at the blog so would-be visitors can get a sense of what a museum devoted to cosmetics would look like. The Curator would like nothing more than to break ground on a real physical space for the Museum, but it's a daunting task for someone without the connections and money required to do so. There are plans to look into into staging temporary exhibitions in local gallery spaces. If you're so inclined, you can check out this video from an interview I did with Baltimore Magazine to get more of a glimpse into the collection (just try to ignore how hideous I look!)
In 2006, the Curator had the idea to develop a coffee table book devoted to beautiful makeup. From that idea grew the bigger notion of an entire museum to display these objects, along with a visual history of the beauty industry. In 2008 the Museum's blog was launched as a way to chronicle new makeup releases and put the idea of a cosmetics museum into the public sphere.
The mission of the Makeup Museum is to:
- Preserve and document contemporary and vintage cosmetic items, both for beauty consumers and the general public.
- Promote these items as legitimate cultural artifacts by examining the design and artistic inspiration behind them.
- Explore the sociological and cultural impact these objects and their advertising have on consumers, particularly women.
- Research and record the history of the beauty industry and the culture therein.