Things Fall Apart – Multi-day, 2017

An exhibition and walking tour exploring the life and afterlife of things.

June 17, 2017 to February 2, 2018

Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

If nothing lasts forever, how and why do we save what we save? Everything falls apart: compounds break down, solids crumble, surfaces rust. We’re surrounded by constant change as we reclaim, reuse, or reimagine our material environment. Yet decay is also connected to our hopes for the future and our understanding of the past. Our impulse to protect treasured objects is a desire to hold onto the stories they tell. But whose stories survive?

Visit Things Fall Apart, an exhibition and walking tour at the Chemical Heritage Foundation that explores the life and afterlife of things—and why we fight to preserve them. As part of this exhibition, CHF also presents Things Fall Apart: An Old City Walking Tour, narrated by exhibition curator Elisabeth Berry Drago. This walking tour explores stories of decay, preservation, and renewal in this historic Philadelphia neighborhood, featuring interviews with preservation experts.