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Re: handling/exhibiting books



I heard a curator once say that handling books with clean hands was actually
preferable to wearing gloves as the trace oils did less damage than occurred
when a piece was dropped because of the akwardness of handling with gloves.

Last summer at Jamboree a few of us had the pleasure of poking around Ed
Hutchins' studio - he seemed to have approached the problem of displaying
multi-panel books that you would like viewers to engage with but not handle
by having printed but unassembled book parts framed in great displays that
allowed the viewer to at least see all the surfaces at once. Obviously you
can't replicate the act of turning pages and physical exploration which is
central to some work, but they were wonderful objects in and of themselves.
If Ed is still on the list, maybe he can comment?

Best wishes,
Roberta
paper@oregontrail.net

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