Saturday, November 27, 2010

Black Friday--An "only in America" Holiday

Yesterday was Black Friday here in the States. That means that large numbers of people, bellies bulging with turkey, made their way to shopping malls in the small hours of the night hunting for bargains. The term "Black Friday" seems to have some sort of grim overtone, but it refers to the balance sheets for stores. After the huge sales, the stores will be "in the black". Wikipedia explains that the term originally referred to the horrible post-Thanksgiving traffic jams in Philadelphia.

The alternate tradition on Black Friday is to go to a museum. My brother and I headed down to the Currier Museum in Manchester to see the Secret Life of Art exhibit. The exhibit explains the "behind the scenes" aspects of working in an art museum-buying art, deaccessioning art, loaning art, borrowing art, preserving art. You can watch a video about the exhibit at the bottom of this post.

The Santa above seems to be the perfect picture to depict the grim commercial side of Black Friday. Actually, he is in London to advertise the release of the Finnish movie, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. I can't wait to see it! Dark, grim and just in time for the holidays!

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