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Re: [BKARTS] Greasy Paws



what about surgeons' gloves ?


On Fri, 7 Jan 2005 10:27:52 EST, DanceMarathon1@xxxxxxx
<DanceMarathon1@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> Philip-
> I appreciate your information as despite providing gloves and placing signs=20
> requesting people=20
> PLEASE DO NOT HANDLE, they do, don't they? At presentations, as dramatically=
> =20
> possible I tell my favorite horror story of personally putting on handcream=20
> before showing a book, and permanently fingerprinting it. There's usually  =20=
> a=20
> wave of oohs in the audience--yet, there are still those that just pick up t=
> he=20
> books anyway in their greasy paws.
>
> Now, the question is how to get everyone to wash their hands. How about thos=
> e=20
> handcleaners with alcohol?=20
>
> A L I C E * S I M P S O N
> D A N C E M A R A T H O N
> http://www.craftsreport.com/february03/profile.html
>
> > From:=A0 =A0 Philip Zimmermann <pzimmermann@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > Subject: Re: Cotton gloves : an alternative.
> >=20
> > Amy-
> >=20
> > Some years ago I took one of my book classes to visit the Museum of Modern
> > Art Library Annex on West 45th St. in NYC. Anne Britton was the archivist
> > there at that time, and she was accessioning the large Franklin Furnace
> > Archive of artists' books that MoMA had recently purchased from Martha
> > Wilson.
> >=20
> > She was, as usual, extremely helpful in bringing out a terrific sample of
> > interesting book works from the MoMA collection for my class to look at. S=
> he
> > allowed all the students to handle the books. This is obviously the only w=
> ay
> > to really appreciate any artists' book.
> >=20
> > I expected her to require all the students to don the ubiquitous white
> > cotton gloves which was (and is) standard procedure for viewers. Instead s=
> he
> > asked that all the students go into the restroom and wash their hands well
> > with soap and water. Anne explained that they had discovered that many of
> > their books were being damaged by visitors when they used cotton gloves
> > since it is so hard to feel and turn pages when wearing them. In many case=
> s,
> > she said, pages were getting "half-moon" kinks from people trying to
> > separate the individual pages so that the next leaf could be turned.
> >=20
> > Obviously having visitors all go and wash their hands may not be always be
> > practical, especially in a gallery setting, but I think it is worth
> > reconsidering always using cotton gloves. In many cases washing hands is
> > easily done, and not only is it better for the books, but it also makes
> > handling artist's books a much nicer experience for the viewer.
> >=20
> > Philip Zimmermann
> >=20
>
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