Friday, March 30, 2007

Exhibitionists

It's been a morning of exhibit installation here, as major and minor new displays went up in the Main Library lobby.

Our lovely and talented Archivist, Karen Peterson, is putting the finishing touches on our primary exhibit, "A Return From Oblivion: Portland's First Neurosurgeon, A.J. McLean" (about which more later, when the web component is complete).

I, on the other hand, took the coincidence of a recently emptied case (which had been holding a selection of our historic postcards, until the stock of those sold out and the case copies were pulled) and Wednesday's photo shoot of the rare book collection (for an upcoming issue of the School of Medicine Alumni Association's Focus magazine) to throw together a little carrier-over-content display of visually interesting book bindings. Hopefully, it will give passers-by a little reminder of the downside of e-books.

If you can't make it to the Marquam Hill campus to see these two new exhibits, stay tuned for the McLean website, and check out some of these sites to (virtually) enjoy the beauty of the book arts:

University of Wisconsin Libraries, Art of Books
Richard Minsky's American Decorated Publishers' Bindings 1872-1929
Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Science and the Artist's Book

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