Originally Posted by L'Incandescent
Reviews at the fragrance sites online haven't been strongly positive for the Art of Scent exhibit. It's curated by Chandler Burr, and I suspect some of the reviewers have some basic disagreements with his aesthetic commitments. I'm glad to hear a positive review!
We were discussing this today at breakfast. The exhibit is terrible from a curating standpoint. Much of the text is vapid and, in any event, is not illuminating.
But the 12 scents selected are nicely varied and, in and of themselves, educational and enjoyable. If people have complaints about the selection, other than "he should have included X," I would like to hear them. The Tresor exercise was excellent. I had recently heard a musical performance where the same thing was done - a choral piece was disassembled into all the component parts and then reassembled so you can hear how the different tonal ranges come together- and it is an excellent idea and something I had never encountered before in fragrance.
For the people who read this thread, the exhibit is great. For people with minimal prior interest in fragrance, the exhibit will be pretty opaque and it is fair to blame Burr for that. Much more could have been done to concretize the language and descriptions of the scent, but lucidity and accuracy is not his strong suit.