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Princeton Professor Finds Extraordinary Art in Ordinary Things

Stuff accumulated through a lifetime provides basis for installation comprised of everyday objects

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Princeton Professor David Dobkin

One man's junk is another man's collectible. And one man's collection of stuff -- restaurant menus, snow globes, bottle caps, AAA and AARP membership cards, scores of photos of people in phone books...and much, much more -- is the basis of an art installation running through October 4 at Princeton University's Lewis Center for the Arts.

Ilene Dube of WHYY/NewsWorks, a partner of NJ Spotlight, looks at the work of David Dobkin, dean of faculty at Princeton and a professor of computer science, who finds meaning and symbolism and artistic expression in everyday objects -- a Don Mattingly figure, a necktie covered with pennies, license plates, hotel-room keycards...the detritus and paraphernalia of our culture and our daily life.

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